When Should You Visit Your Foot Doctor?

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The feet and ankles are remarkable feats of natural engineering and they contain a large number of bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons that are likely to sustain an injury or be affected by disease at some point during your life. Having regular visits with your foot doctor is a great way to stay on top of emerging problems and avoid future pain and discomfort.

There are many reasons to visit your foot doctor, including the following:

  • If you have pain and swelling in your feet or ankles—Pain and swelling that doesn’t dissipate after a few days of resting and icing may indicate a more severe problem that requires the assistance of your podiatrist.

  • Toenail irregularitiesIf you notice any odd discoloration or changes in texture of your toenails you could have a fungal toenail infection. Pain and oozing at the edge of a nail where it touches the skin may be the signs of an ingrown toenail.

  • Bunions and other toe issues—Hammertoes and bunions should be evaluated as early as possible since early treatment can help prevent future complications. The toes are easier to manipulate in the early stages of these problems. If they progress to the point of becoming very rigid, surgery may be needed.

  • Foot sores and ulcersFor patients who are dealing with diabetes, even a minor sore can quickly develop into an ulcer that may lead to amputation. This is because nerve damage makes it impossible to tell that an injury occurred without a visual inspection.

If you are experiencing pain and discomfort in your feet and ankles see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment recommendations. At Monroe Foot & Ankle Care, Dr. Elliott M. Perel treats a variety of conditions including diabetic foot problems, bunions, nail fungus, arthritis, and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies including shockwave therapy, MLS Laser treatment, and computerized gait analysis, Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provides specialized, high quality service for patients across central New Jersey. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact our Monroe/Jamesburg office at (732) 521-2155.