Just as you don’t necessarily need to see a dentist for a mild, brief toothache or make an appointment with your doctor if you catch a common cold, not every foot problem or injury warrants a call to the podiatrist. On the other hand, there wouldn’t be much need for podiatrists or other physicians if every health problem could be resolved with some rest, ice, and ibuprofen.
But we all know that some issues, including foot injuries, require professional care and treatment. The challenge for most folks is knowing when a foot problem is severe enough to seek such help. Adding to the predicament is the fact that some foot injuries which don’t seem so bad at first can get progressively worse – and lead to more health issues or conditions that are much harder to treat effectively.
It is important to remember that just because you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist does not mean you have a serious problem, or that surgery is in your future. Your podiatrist may recommend at-home options to treat your condition or tell you that the situation should resolve itself on its own. But given the consequences of not knowing or addressing your injury, it is always better to err on the side of caution and make that appointment.
While every injury and situation is different, consider calling a podiatrist at your earliest convenience if any of the following apply to you:
- You recently injured your foot and are experiencing pain, swelling, numbness, weakness, or redness.
- You can’t put weight on your foot or ankle.
- You have felt persistent or recurring pain for two weeks or more
- Your pain or discomfort isn’t responding to over-the-counter pain relievers, anti-inflammatory medication, or other remedies.
- You notice a change in the color, temperature, or appearance of your feet, skin, or toenails.
- You’ve developed a rash or blisters on your foot.
- Your skin is cracking, scaling, peeling, or bleeding.
- You see signs of an infection, including swelling, redness, or red streaks on your foot or leg.
- After your injury, you developed a fever of 100 degrees or more.
- You have toenails that are painful, ingrown, or discolored.
- You notice an abnormal bump, lump, or growth on your foot.
- You are experiencing any of the following conditions which have not responded or abated after attempts to treat them yourself: hammer toe, bunions, calluses, corns, plantar warts, heel spurs, ingrown toenails.
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