Common Problems that Should Be Seen by a Foot Doctor
Podiatrists can help you treat a variety of foot and ankle problems. Some people aren't sure when they should see a podiatrist. If you experience any of the following problems, you should contact a podiatrist:
- Persistent pain in the feet or ankles.
- Any changes in the toenails or skin on your foot.
- Skin that appears to be cracking, scaling, or peeling on the heel or foot.
Signs of bacterial infection may include:
- An increase in pain, swelling, redness, tenderness, or heat in an area of the foot or ankle.
- Red streaks which extend out from the affected area.
- Discharge or pus.
- Foot or ankle symptoms which don't get better after two weeks of treatment with a non-prescription product.
- An infection spreading from one area of the foot to another.
- Thick nails, which may cause discomfort.
- Pain in the heel, which is accompanied by a fever, redness or warmth, or numbness.
- Tingling in the heel or persistent pain even when you are not bearing any weight or pressure on your heel
- Pain which isn't eased by ice or over-the-counter painkillers, like aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
- Diabetics with poor circulation who develop Athlete's Foot.