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:

  1. Increased pain, swelling, redness, tenderness, or heat.
  2. Red streaks extending from the affected area.
  3. Discharge or pus from an area on the foot.
  4. 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.