Your feet bear the brunt of everyday life, so it’s no surprise that you sometimes experience pains and aches in your feet and ankles. But some problems can become severe, requiring the attention of a podiatrist. Today Dr. Joel Segalman, Dr. Stephen Lazaroff, and Dr. Brittany Ciaramello at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC are sharing the top seven signs that it’s time to visit a podiatrist.
1. You’re taking running more seriously. The steady impact with the ground when running can cause pain and damage your feet. If you begin to run more often, you should be aware of the potential problems that can accompany the running lifestyle.
2. You have aches or pain in your foot or ankle. Arthritis is very common; in fact, it affects millions each year. Symptoms of this condition include swollen, red, stiff, and painful joints. With proper treatment, you can control your pain while maintaining joint function.
3. You are diabetic. With diabetes, you’re at a higher risk for foot- and ankle-related conditions, ranging from serious infections to dry skin. Even a small cut can have a serious effect on your body.
4. Heel pain is slowing you down. There are several reasons why you might experience persistent heel pain. Diagnosis is the first step, so if your heel pain doesn’t subside, schedule a consultation with your podiatrist.
5. Your toenail is ingrown. Toenails that turn reddish or begin to drain are often signs of an ingrown toenail. Your podiatrist may recommend removing a portion of the toenail or suggest medication to combat the infection.
6. You have a possible sprained or broken bone. Just one wrong step can leave you with a strained, sprained, or broken bone. If you experience sharp pains, visit your podiatrist to get a diagnosis for your injury.
7. You have a tender bunion. A bunion develops when the bone or joint of your big toe is displaced. This condition will only worsen without treatment, so don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with your podiatrist.
If you’re concerned about the condition of your feet or think you might have an injury, it’s important that you call the offices of Today Dr. Joel Segalman, Dr. Stephen Lazaroff, and Dr. Brittany Ciaramello at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC today to schedule an appointment.
We serve both New Haven County and Fairfield County areas. Schedule an appointment by calling our Waterbury office at (203) 755-0489 or our Newtown location at (203) 270-6724.