When Should I See My Foot Doctor?

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Your feet and ankles contain a huge number of bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons all of which are susceptible to injury and disease. Therefore, it’s very important to take care of your feet and have regular exams with your podiatrist. Check-ups will help avoid problems and begin treatment of any issues early to avoid unnecessary complications, pain, and discomfort.

Some of the many reasons to consult with your foot doctor include:

  •  Severe pain and swelling—Pain that doesn’t decrease substantially after a few days of resting and icing may be the sign of a major problem that needs attention right away from your foot doctor.

  • Toenail abnormalitiesDiscoloration and brittleness of your toenails may be the signs of a fungal toenail infection. This is often combined with a bad smell that is emitted by the fungal contaminants.

  • Bunions and hammertoesToe deformities need to be checked out and treated by your foot care professional since they can worsen over time and become more painful, sometimes requiring surgery.

  • Skin problems—Corns and calluses develop in response to pressure and rubbing and can be difficult to properly treat without causing cuts and possible infections.

  • Wounds that don’t healPatients who are battling diabetes need to be especially careful to notice any cuts that are not healing since an infection can lead to amputation.

 

If you are experiencing pain and discomfort with your feet and ankles, make an appointment with your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX, is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.