From Bad to Worse: 3 Podiatric Problems That Need an Early Intervention


Foot and ankle pain is never good news, but when the source is ignored, whatever issue gave rise to the aches tends to go from bad to worse. That’s particularly difficult for the podiatrists at Your Next Step to see! After all, we know firsthand how a little early action can prevent typical troubles from turning into serious, lasting complications.

For your convenience, we’ve gathered some info on three of the most commonly neglected podiatric problems and how they can become exacerbated by inattention, with solutions and treatment options added along the way. We hope you find it helpful in managing any aches and pains ahead!

1.) The Wobbly Walk: Ankle Sprains and Instability

  • A twisted ankle is a common occurrence. However, neglecting a sprain can lead to chronic ankle instability. This means your ankle joint becomes loose and prone to future sprains, impacting your balance and mobility.
  • Early intervention: Tried-and-true RICE therapy (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) followed by physical therapy exercises can strengthen the supporting muscles and improve proprioception (your body’s awareness of joint position), preventing chronic instability.

2.) The Grumbling Toe: Don’t Ignore Ingrown Toenails

  • Ingrown toenails, where the nail edge digs into the surrounding skin, can cause pain, redness, and even infection if left untreated. While seemingly minor, neglecting them can lead to severe infections that may require surgery to remove the ingrown portion of the nail.
  • Early intervention: Soaking the affected toe in warm water and gently applying topical antibiotic ointment can help. If the pain worsens or persists, consult your DPM.

3.) The Tender Tendon: Achilles Tendonitis Needs Attention

  • Achilles tendonitis, an inflammation of the tendon connecting your calf muscle to your heel bone, can cause pain and stiffness, especially in the morning or after activity. Ignoring it leads to a more critical condition – Achilles tendon rupture, a complete tear of the tendon that requires extensive rehabilitation or even surgery.
  • Early intervention: Stretching exercises can help reduce inflammation and promote healing. A podiatrist can also recommend further treatment options, like orthotics or physical therapy, to prevent a rupture.

Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich, Dr. Aliza V. Eisen, and Dr. Cassandra Stache are ready to help you step forward pain-free! Schedule your appointment and contact us today.

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