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When Should I Go To The Podiatrist

It is important to know when you need to make a trip to the podiatrist. Many people will wait far too long before actually making a trip to the foot doctor. It is not normal to have foot pain and it can be very uncomfortable to try and put up with the pain that you may be having. Below are some of the cases where you may find that it is best to see the podiatrist.

Callus and Corns

It can be painful to have skin that is hard on your feet and it really needs to care of a professional to be removed gently. They can also give advice to you in how you can prevent them from happening again and will be able to treat the problem that you currently have conservatively.

Toenail Discomfort

If you find that you are having discomfort with your toenails and are not able to trim them yourself then you can see a podiatrist in order to get your toenails trimmed. This is an option for those who are simply not able to reach their feet to perform the require maintenance in order to keep them feeling the best that they can.

Yellow Or Discolored Nails

You also want to see a podiatrist if you notice that your nails are become yellow or discolored. This is usually the case of a nail fungus and can be treated easily with the use of an ointment that is topical or in cases that are more severe and oral medication can be used. Toenails that are thicken are able to be sanded down painlessly and infected mails can be removed.

Heel Pain

If you have heel pain you need to see a podiatrist no questions asked. You do need to take note of the type of pain that you are having and when it occurs however. Plantar fasciitis is name for heel pain and there are many different causes. The treatment will include an assessment, physiotherapy advice, insoles, a diagnosis, and injections if needed. There may also need to be an x-ray to help with ruling out a case of gout crystals, bone spurs, and other types of injuries.

Swelling or Numbness

If you have numbness or swelling in just one foot you need to be seen. This can be the cause of many problems such as tendon rupture, tendonitis, infection, and even a broken bone.

Wound That Won’t Heal

You also need to see a podiatrist if you have a sore or wound that is not healing. This is really important for those who are diabetic because it takes longer for you to heal. The sore can be swabbed to determine if there is bacteria and what time and antibiotics and be supplied and administered.

These are only some of the reasons that you may need to see a podiatrist. If you are having problems with your feet that are unusual it is best to go ahead and make an appointment to ensure that there is not a serious problem that needs to be addressed.

Dr. Ian S. Goldbaum is a Podiatric Physician and Surgeon serving patients in Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach.

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