When To Call a Foot Doctor
People call a doctor of podiatry (Podiatrist) for help diagnosing and treating a wide array of foot and ankle problems. Please contact our office if you experience one of the following:
- Persistent pain in your feet or ankles.
- Changes in the toe nails
- Changes in the skin or growths that are changing on your foot or ankle.
- Severe cracking, scaling, or peeling on the heel or foot.
- Blisters on your feet.
- Calluses with pain.
- Toe or Foot deformities that cause pain or trouble walking.
- Growths, Lumps, Bumps on the foot or ankle.
- Changes (not a normal color) in the color of the foot or ankle.
- Foot or ankle symptoms that do not improve after two weeks of treatment with a nonprescription, over the counter product.
- Thickening toenails that cause discomfort.
- Joint pain of the foot and toes with redness, swelling, limited motion and pain.
- Numbness, tingling in the foot or ankle.
- Persistent pain without putting any weight or pressure on your feet.
- Pain that is not alleviated by ice or over-the-counter painkillers (such as aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen).
- Diabetics with or without poor circulation or numbness.
- Recurrent (repeated infections) of Athlete's Foot.
There are signs of bacterial infection, including:
- Increased pain, swelling, redness, tenderness, or heat.
- Red streaks extending from the affected area.
- Discharge or pus from an area on the foot.
- Spreading of an infection from one area of the foot to another, such as under the nail bed, skin under the nail, the nail itself, or the surrounding skin.