5 Signs You Should Make A Podiatrist Appointment

A lot of us dread going to the doctor, no matter the kind. We put off going to the dentist, getting a check-up and everything else in between for as long as we possibly can, but in the end, we are just doing more harm to ourselves.
Ankle Joint Pain Treatment

A lot of us dread going to the doctor, no matter the kind. We put off going to the dentist, getting a check-up and everything else in between for as long as we possibly can, but in the end, we are just doing more harm to ourselves.

When it comes to your feet, you really shouldn’t wait to see your podiatrist if you’re experiencing a problem. Something small which can be fixed with conservative methods can easily become a major problem requiring a more invasive remedy if left untreated.

While some problems, like an ankle sprain or foot wound, will go away with some at-home TLC, it is important to monitor your condition. If the issue of concern gets worse or fails to heal, your podiatrist can provide you with the right diagnosis and treatment plan to get you back on your feet, pain-free.

Here are 5 signs you should see your podiatrist:

Persistent Ankle Joint Pain

Ankle joint pain can be a sign of arthritis, one of the most common conditions Americans suffer from. If you notice your ankle joints are swollen, tender, stiff, red or warm to the touch, you should schedule an appointment with your podiatrist. He or she can recommend treatment options to reduce joint inflammation, pain and stiffness.

Diabetic Foot Care

For patients with diabetes, it is extremely important to see your podiatrist regularly. Diabetes can affect the blood flow to your lower extremities, reducing sensation and making it harder for infections to heal. In addition to seeing your podiatrist for habitual check-ups, you should also check your feet daily for any developing problems or reduced sensitivity.

Ingrown Toenail Treatment

An ingrown toenail is a painful, but common, occurring condition for most people. While some home treatments may be successful, it is better to see a podiatrist who can safely remove the ingrown nail and provide medication to prevent infection.

Numbness or Decreased Sensation

Persistent numbness or decreased sensation in your lower extremities is not something to ignore. These symptoms could be signs of an underlying condition that needs to be addressed, such as a fracture or tendinitis. Numbness can also be a sign of neuropathy, or damaged nerves, which is a condition diabetics are particularly susceptible to.

Pain When Walking or During Normal Activity

You should not be experiencing pain when you walk or during normal day-to-day activities. If you are, you should see your doctor to address the possibility of an injury that did not properly heal. Without treatment, your condition could get worse and you may have even more difficulties completing your normal activities.

No matter the foot or ankle condition, it is important to be vigilant and have your podiatrist properly diagnose your problem. At Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists, we have several South Florida locations from Ft. Lauderdale to Palm City to address and treat all of your lower extremity conditions. Make an appointment with one of our eight board-certified podiatrists today! 1-855-550-FEET

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Comments (7)

I think I need to see a podiatrist because I have an ingrown nail. Thanks for mentioning that the decreased sensation is a cause for concern that should be addressed immediately. On top of that, I have persistent ankle joint pain that’s been going on for weeks so I might schedule an appointment soon.

I like how the article explains that if you are starting to notice ankle joint pain and swelling, you will want to go see a podiatrist as you could have arthritis. Recently, I have noticed that my ankles are very swollen and are starting to hurt but I haven’t done anything to damage them. I will make sure to go see a podiatrist to check if I have arthritis or not.

I’m glad to hear that podiatrists can safely remove ingrown toenails. I have had ingrown toenails off and on for as long as I can remember, and lately one of them has been flaring up and is extremely painful. I will look into finding a podiatrist in my area to remove it for me as soon as possible.

Thank you for explaining that if you are having a decrease in sensation or numbness in your feet, you need to go see a podiatrist as there may be a medical problem such as diabetes. My brother just mentioned to me that he has been having some numbness in his feet and he isn’t sure why it is happening. I will suggest that he go and see a podiatrist.

I like how you explained that people should see a podiatrist if they experience when walking or if their ankle is swollen and tender to the touch. My wife and fell down the stairs yesterday and luckily she didn’t get too badly hurt. She says it hurts to walk and her ankle is very obviously swollen. I’ll see if it still hurting her tonight and if it is then I’ll schedule her an appointment with a podiatrist.

Thank you for explaining that if you have persistent ankle joint pain you should see a podiatrist since they can help treat it and reduce stiffness and inflammation. My husband has been having some difficulty since he broke his ankle last year and hasn’ t been able to fully recover. I think he needs to see a foot and ankle specialist who can help him get the treatment he needs.

It’s good to know that persistent ankle pain can be a sign of joints being swollen. foot pain and swelling run in my family and I’m worried that it will happen to me when I get older. I’ll have to be sure to do as much as I can to prevent that from happening.

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