Feet are an essential part of your overall body health, but many people will delay seeing a podiatrist until it’s too late to find a solution. Some problems can go away on their own with ice, rest and anti-inflammatory medication, but it’s important to watch for any changes. There are some signs when it’s better to call a podiatrist sooner rather than later.
Persistent Foot Numbness or Swelling
If your feet are swollen or feel numb once in a while, it’s not a big reason to worry. Having pain or swelling in both feet is more common, but if it’s only located in one foot, this can be more cause for concern. If the problem keeps happening on a regular basis, then it’s not something you should ignore. There could be a number of issues that cause this. A broken foot, sprained ankle, tendonitis, or an underlying infection can make the feet numb or swollen. A numbness that is also accompanied with burning and tingling can be a sign of nerve damage, which those with diabetes can be susceptible to.
Thick Corns or Calluses
Both calluses and corns aren’t something that are considered serious problems, but there could be an underlying cause for them. There could be problems with your foot structure or gait that could be the reasons for stubborn calluses and corns. Some of the problems with the structure of the foot include hammertoes and bunions. If you keep having calluses and corns appear on your feet, it’s time to figure out the underlying causes and get them checked out.
Pain While Doing Daily Activities or Walking
Pain in the foot when you are moving, or active could indicate a foot injury or a fracture that hasn’t healed correctly. If you delay treatment, the injury could get worse as time goes on, which would make it difficult to go about daily life and harder to correct it. Pain that can increase with activity can be a stress fracture. By treating a stress fracture early, you can avoid a more serious problem. When you continue being active with a stress fracture, it can turn into a broken bone.