Since many podiatric problems can become more difficult to treat as they progress, and may also be a sign of a more serious health issue, it is important to get a proper diagnosis and treatment to avoid potentially chronic or more debilitating problems in the future.
Your feet and ankles consist of an astonishing number of bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons that have the major role of supporting the rest of your body and helping to keep you balanced while walking, running, or just standing there. Take good care of your feet and have regular exams by your foot care specialist to ensure good foot and ankle health.
Some of the reasons you should consult with a podiatrist include:
- Consistent pain—If you have pain in your foot or ankle that doesn’t subside after rest, icing, compression, elevation, and taking ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory medication, then you should see a foot specialist right away.
- Toenail and skin color changes—A yellowing of the skin and toenails may be an indication of a fungal infection. There also may be a foul odor and yellowish discharge emanating from the infected nail.
- Hammertoes and bunions—You should always have these and other toe deformities checked and treated by your podiatrist since if untreated they can worsen and require surgery.
- Corns, calluses, warts, and other skin abnormalities—Your podiatrist can expertly treat these conditions without causing further complications such as from accidental cuts.
- Numbness and swelling—These can be caused by a variety of conditions, including diabetes, and peripheral artery disease.
- Cuts or wounds that are not healing properly—You should be especially careful about this if you have diabetes since infection and amputation can result if quick action isn’t taken.
If you are experiencing any problems with your feet and ankles, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is dedicated to providing you and your feet with the best diagnostic care and medical treatment. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!