Your feet spend a lot of time bearing your body weight and the brunt of everyday life, so it’s not at all surprising people sometimes feel pains and aches in their feet and ankles. However, some conditions can be serious and may need further care by a podiatrist. Today Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich, and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen of greater Philadelphia’s Your Next Step Foot and Ankle Care Center share the top 7 signs that it’s time to schedule an appointment.
- Pain in your foot or ankle: Stiff, red, painful, and swollen joints are often a sign of arthritis. With proper treatment, you’ll be able to maintain your joint function and control pain.
- Painful bunion: A bunion – which is a large bump at the base of your big toe – is known as a bunion. It develops when the bone or joint of that toe is out of place and will worsen without treatment.
- Running more often: While it’s a great way to exercise, the steady impact with the ground can damage your feet. If you’re just beginning to run regularly, you should be conscious of the potential problems that come with running.
- Ingrown toenail: Toenails that are draining or turn red often indicate an ingrown toenail. Your podiatrist might prescribe medication to deal with the infection or remove part of the toenail during your appointment.
- Diabetes diagnosis: With diabetes, you’re at a higher risk for foot- and ankle-related issues, which can range from dry skin to severe infections. Even a tiny cut or bruise can severely affect your body, so if you have diabetes, you need to visit your podiatrist at least once a year.
- Broken or sprained bone: One clumsy step can leave you with a broken bone or a sprained ankle. If you’re in pain and believe you may have damaged your foot or ankle, visit your podiatrist immediately for a diagnosis.
- Heel pain: Heel pain can have a negative effect on the functioning of your feet, lower back, and legs. Diagnosis is the first step in treatment, so schedule a visit with your podiatrist if your heel pain worsens.
Suppose you’re concerned about your feet or think you might have an injury or infection. In that case, it’s important that you visit the offices of greater Philadelphia’s Your Next Step Foot and Ankle Care Center so we can evaluate your condition and recommend treatment. Click here to locate the office nearest you.