To Call or Not To Call, That Is the Question
Making the decision to call a podiatrist can be a big step. Podiatrists are integral to your foot and ankle health and should be called immediately if you notice a problem with your feet or ankles. These doctors are experts in all things related to the foot and ankle and can help you get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan quickly and efficiently. If you are debating whether or not to call, read below to see if you are experiencing some of the common symptoms that podiatrists treat regularly.
When I put up my legs, my feet hurt.
When you lay down at night to go to sleep and are plagued with sudden foot pain that doesn’t disappear until you dangle your feet at the edge of the bed, it is time to see a podiatrist. This is a sign of a condition known as peripheral artery disease. This condition can cause a lot of pain and should be treated immediately.
Tingly, numbness and burning oh my!
If your feet are tingly, numb or burning, it could be a sign of a nerve disorder that is making your feet less sensitive. People with diabetes are especially prone to neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy permanently damages nerves in the feet and can cause a loss of sensation. See a podiatrist right away if your feet frequently tingle, burn or feel numb.
Puffy, painful feet
Feet that get swollen and painful warrant a call to a podiatrist immediately. There are many different conditions that cause painful and swollen feet. Due to the broad spectrum of issues, it is advised that you see a podiatrist to figure out exactly which one is causing the pain and swelling.
Exercise and Activity is More Painful
If you are exercising or increasing your activity, and find yourself in a lot of foot or ankle pain, it is time to see a podiatrist. This could be a sign of an overuse injury or sprain. If treated early, downtime could be minor and the pain can be cured quickly. If it is ignored and not checked out by a podiatrist, it could mean a severe tear or fracture.
If your feet are in pain, swelling, or experiencing any other abnormality, it is important that you call a podiatrist immediately. Call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. You can reach our office at 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Any time you have a question about your feet, count on us.