Don’t Ignore Your Feet
It seems to be a common occurrence that people tend to ignore foot discomfort and other problems with their feet and ankles until conditions, like bunions, for example, become much worse and harder to treat. While ignorance may be bliss, when it comes to your feet it can also end up being painful and debilitating, so be sure to see your foot doctor right away for any problems.
Initial signs of potential foot problems that should not be ignored include the following:
Toenail color changes—A yellowing of the toenails may be a sign of a fungal toenail infection, while dark spots under the toenail could be indicative of skin cancer. Infections in patients who have diabetes can lead to gangrene and amputation, so be sure to have an evaluation done by your podiatrist.
Heel pain—While minor heel pain often subsides with rest, icing, and elevation, if you have pain and discomfort that is ongoing it could be the sign of plantar fasciitis or a heel spur. Be sure to see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis.
Toe pain—Ingrown toenails can cause considerable pain in the toes and can lead to infections if not properly treated. The big toe is often one of the first places that gout symptoms will exhibit. Gout is caused by uric acid crystallizing out of your blood and into the joints, causing extreme pain, swelling, and stiffness.
Swelling in your feet and ankles—A minor sprain, tight-fitting shoes, or standing on your feet all day can cause your feet and ankles to swell. However, if the swelling lasts for days at a time or is recurring, it could be a sign of a blood disorder or kidney problem.
Don’t ignore what your feet are telling you! Be sure to have regular visits with your podiatrist to catch problems early before they worsen. Call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. With access to advanced technologies, Dr. Bruce G. Blank and his staff can help you manage all of your foot and ankle conditions including heel pain, ankle sprains, toe deformities, fungal toenails, and plantar warts. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.