Many people think of going to see a podiatrist only when something is seriously wrong. However, you don’t have to wait until you have severe pain or other problems to see a podiatrist—and you shouldn’t. Here are some common foot ailments that can be helped by a visit to your podiatrist.
Calluses are hard patches of skin that form on the feet, often in places of frequent use or friction against shoes, etc. They can be painful, unsightly, and cause other problems. A podiatrist can safely file down the skin and give you tips on taking care of your feet in the future. Other skin discolorations or abnormalities should also be examined by a podiatrist as soon as possible.
Toenails are a common site for fungal and other infections. Having a podiatrist check out your toenails at the first sign of an issue could help prevent worse infections down the line. Signs of an infection typically include thickened, yellowed, or otherwise discolored toenails. Ingrown toenails also need to be inspected and treated by a podiatrist at the first sign.
Soreness, Swelling, or Pain
If you have a wound, swelling, or general soreness in your foot or ankle, you should have it checked out. This is especially true if you have been taking over the counter remedies that have not helped your pain. Pain and swelling can be due to a simple twisted or sprained ankle, but can also hint at a fracture or something even more serious.
Changes in Foot Shape
Flattened arches can indicate dysfunctional tendons, and can lead to arthritis. Muscle imbalances may cause other issues such as hammertoe. Bone malformations such as bunions and bone spurs can also cause serious problems. You should see a podiatrist right away if you notice any changes in your foot’s normal shape.
Family Foot Center in New York City has been providing quality podiatry care for 23 years. We offer treatments and surgeries in-office for bunions, bone spurs, sprained and twisted ankles, infections, ingrown toenails and more. For more information or to book an appointment, call us today at (718) 767-5555.