Why Should You See A Podiatrist?

There are many reasons to see a podiatrist, especially if you are suffering from foot or lower limb pain. Podiatrists specialise in any conditions involving the feet, toes, or ankles.

Below are some of the top reasons people visit a podiatrist:

You suspect you have a sprain, strain, or broken bone

Firstly, if you believe you have broken a bone, please seek immediate medical advice. A strain or sprain could be an injury or from over-exertion. Any pain, redness or swelling could indicate damage, which should be addressed as soon as possible. Ignoring an injury will only make it worse!

Your heels are cracked, dry or bleeding

In more recent times, there are many foot creams available on the market; however, these products only offer a temporary solution. If your foot is cracked and bleeding, you are at a higher risk of infection. Please seek the advice of a professional as soon as possible.

You have diabetes

Diabetes can be the underlying cause of many issues with the feet. If you have diabetes or believe you are developing it, you need to visit a podiatrist or health care professional for regular foot examinations. Diabetes can weaken the blood supply to your feet and reduce your sense of feeling in your feet, making you more susceptible to injuries and infections. Regular foot examinations and proper care is the key to preventing issues when it comes to diabetic foot care

You have Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection and typically makes the skin between your toes incredibly itchy. Over-the-counter remedies are available, but if you find these do not work and the problem persists, please get in touch with us to help.

You have chronic pain in your ankles and feet

There could be several reasons why your feet are hurting, from a medical condition to poorly fitting shoes. Unfortunately, if left untreated, some conditions can lead to your feet becoming misaligned and affecting how they function. A podiatrist can offer you solutions to your foot problems, both in the short and long term.

You have taken up running

Runners are particularly at risk of developing foot and ankle injuries because of the extra stress put on the foot and ankle. Undergoing analysis before you begin running can be hugely beneficial, ensuring you are wearing the correct footwear to support your feet. Everyone’s feet are different; a podiatrist can ensure you wear the right footwear.

You are developing corns or calluses

These conditions are not particularly dangerous on their own, but they can suggest underlying conditions which could be. Problems with your footwear or your gait and foot structure can cause stubborn calluses.

You have ingrown toenails

An ingrown toenail can be particularly painful and, if not treated, can also become infected. Seeking advice from a podiatrist can ensure the nail and surrounding areas are not damaged. Surgery can be performed in more serious cases; a podiatrist will be able to advise you on this. You should never try to cut out or remove an ingrown toenail on your own; this will only worsen the problem. 

There is persistent numbness in your foot

Experiencing numbness in your feet is not uncommon, and on its own, it is not dangerous. However, it can signify underlying conditions such as tendonitis and diabetic neuropathy, which are more serious and need to be addressed.