Nobody wants to go to the doctor if they don’t need to. That includes visiting a podiatrist, as wonderful as he or she may be. Indeed, many minor foot problems either resolve themselves or can be addressed with home remedies or over-the-counter medication. But not all foot or ankle problems are minor, and not every issue can be dealt with safely or effectively on your own. Sometimes, an appointment with a skilled and experienced podiatrist is the only way to fix what ails your feet or ankles.
Making an appointment with a podiatrist does not mean you are making an appointment for foot surgery or that you necessarily have a serious problem. It simply means you are seeking the help of a highly-trained professional who can evaluate your situation and recommend the most effective treatment options.
So when should you see a podiatrist? If you are experiencing any of the following, you should make an appointment at your earliest convenience:
- You have recently suffered an injury and have pain, swelling, numbness, weakness, redness, or an inability to put weight on your foot or ankle.
- You are experiencing persistent or recurring pain for two weeks or more or you’re your pain isn’t responding to over-the-counter medication or other remedies.
- You see a change in the color, temperature, or appearance of your feet, skin, or toenails.
- You have blisters or a rash on your foot.
- Your skin is cracked, scaling, peeling or bleeding.
- You see any signs of an infections, such as swelling, redness or red streaks on your foot or leg, drainage, pus, or a fever of 100 degrees or more.
- You have toenails which are painful, ingrown or discolored.
- You notice an abnormal bump, lump or growth on your foot.
- You are experiencing any of the following conditions which have not responded or abated after attempts to treat them yourself: hammer toe, bunions, calluses, corns, plantar warts, heel spurs, ingrown toenails.
Call the Hollywood, Florida Foot and Ankle Specialists at JAWS Podiatry Today
At JAWS Podiatry, we know how painful and frustrating foot or ankle problems can be. We also understand that you want to resolve any such problems as quickly and as easily as possible. That’s why our foot and ankle specialists will explore all possible alternatives to treat your condition and see if a non-surgical solution can address your problem. If we do recommend surgery, our experienced podiatrist will perform your procedure with the utmost care and precision, using the most advanced technology and methods. We are here to get you back on your feet and back to your life. Please contact us today at (954) 922-7333 to schedule a consultation.