Since foot problems can be an indicator of a serious health problem like diabetes, arthritis, and peripheral artery disease, you should have foot and ankle issues checked by your podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment and to help avoid future complications.
Some of the reasons you should make an appointment to see your foot doctor include the following:
- Toenail color and texture changes—Discoloration of the toenails may be a sign of a fungal toenail infection. As the infection progresses, the toenails will become thicker and more brittle and the microbes often release a terrible odor.
- Pain and swelling in your feet and ankles—If you have pain and inflammation that doesn’t decrease after several hours of resting, icing, and elevation, you may have a severe injury. See your foot doctor right away.
- To treat bunions and hammertoes before they worsen—Toe deformities will gradually worsen over time and should therefore be treated early to avoid future complications.
- If your feet feel numb—Peripheral nerve damage is one of the first signs of diabetes, and it often shows up in the feet and ankles before you feel it elsewhere. Patients with diabetes should make regular visits to see their foot doctor to treat problems like infected cuts and ingrown toenails before they worsen.
If you have pain and discomfort in your feet and ankles, see your podiatrist for the best care. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stephen Markantone treats a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, pediatric foot conditions, toe and foot deformities, fungal infections, and heel problems. Equipped with the most advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Family Foot & Ankle Clinic provides individualized and high-quality care for patients in the North Versailles and Delmont, PA areas. Contact our North Versailles office at 412-824-9370 or our Delmont office at 724-733-3338 to schedule an appointment.