When your feet hurt, every step can be misery. So, you search online or go to a discount store to buy a remedy. If that solution doesn’t work, you buy something else. Sometimes, over-the-counter remedies can do more harm. Expenses add up and can cost more than seeing a podiatrist.
Keep your feet in their best shape for life by seeing a podiatrist. Board certified podiatrists have extensive study and training in taking care of your feet. They are specialists. If you have these problems, schedule an appointment with the HMG podiatrist near you.
Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist at the onset of foot problems. Some reasons why you need to see a podiatrist include:
- Hurting feet
Whether your pain is due to exercise, injury or an unknown cause, it is a good idea to schedule an evaluation by a podiatrist. Getting to the root cause immediately can correct the problem and bring faster pain relief.
- Shape changes
Your feet change as you age. Arches fall some, and feet may get wider. Bunions, corns and hammertoes form. The shape of your feet can change a lot. As they change, a larger shoe may be all you need. Or, perhaps you need intervention to prevent future surgery. Discuss your feet changes with a podiatrist to see if you need to take action.
- Ankle and knee pain
While you don’t feel foot pain, an improper gait can cause pain in other parts of your body. A podiatrist evaluates your stance and walk to find issues that cause discomfort in other places. Typically, inserts and/or physical therapy can help.
Falls, sports, accidents and exercise take a toll on your feet. If you feel pain or injure your foot, schedule an appointment. Treating the issue quickly can help prevent long-term problems with your feet.
- Skin problems and infections
Open wounds can become infected. Toenails also can pick up an infection, especially high-risk ingrown toenails. Athlete’s foot, dry skin and excessive sweating can lead to skin problems. Treat these conditions right away to keep your feet in their best shape.
- Underlying health conditions
There are many health issues that raise your risk of foot problems. Diabetics, arthritis, poor circulation, obesity and other diseases can affect your feet. If you have underlying health conditions, keep a watch on your feet. Seek treatment if you see any changes.