Are your feet giving you problems? Perhaps you are experiencing pain.
Or your ankles are feeling weak. Whatever the case may be, a visit to foot specialists may be in order.
Podiatrists specialize in any condition or problem relating to the feet, toes, and ankles.
Here are some signs that it’s time to visit one:
There could be a number of reasons your feet are hurting, from arthritis to cheap shoes. Some conditions can change the way your feet function – permanently. A podiatrist or orthopedist can provide you with both short-term relief as well as solutions to preserve foot health.
Whether it’s from an injury or overexertion, if there is swelling, redness, and pain in any part of your foot, visit a specialist immediately. You could end up making the injury a lot worse if it’s not treated carefully and properly by an expert.
While these aren’t particularly serious problems, the underlying cause might be – especially if they appear to be getting thicker. There could be problems with your gait or foot structure causing stubborn, gross calluses.
There are plenty of foot cream products on the market that you can use on dry heels. However, these products can only do so much. If the dryness is persistent and the skin on your heels begins to split and bleed, there is the possibility of an infection. Let a podiatrist take a look at your heels and treat the problem before it becomes serious.
While occasional numbness in the feet is not uncommon, persistent numbness is. If you are experiencing numbness regularly, don’t just grin and bear it. There could be an underlying infection, condition such as tendonitis, or even a serious problem such as diabetes.
Speaking of which, diabetes is an underlying condition for many foot problems, both moderate and severe. If you have diabetes, or suspect that you may, you should have your feet examined at least once a year. It’s essential that you include a podiatrist and orthopedist in your healthcare team.
An ingrown toenail can be extremely painful; it can also get infected if not treated. It’s a good idea to seek professional help for the treatment in order to ensure that the nail and surrounding tissue are not damaged.
This fungal infection can make the skin between your toes feel very itchy and look scaly. Over-the-counter antifungal ointment may or may not be help, depending on the severity of the problem. If the symptoms do not go away after a few weeks, it’s time to visit a foot doctor. You may need strong, prescription medication.
Runners are prone to aches, pains and injuries. A podiatrist will assess your feet to flag potential problems. He or she will also recommend the right pair of shoes for your feet. Undergoing an examination as soon as you begin with running will help prevent problems from occurring in the first place.
Don’t sit around and wait for your foot problem to become impossible to live with. Get help right now before it becomes serious. Make an appointment with the foot specialists at The Beltsville Foot And Ankle Center; same day appointments are available – just call 301-937-5666.