Find out when you might need to see a foot care professional about your pain.
Heel pain can happen to anyone. While rest and staying off the heel can help the foot heal more quickly, sometimes heel pain persists or gets worse. You may be wondering when you should turn to our Fort Myers, FL, podiatrist Dr. Brian Doerr for heel pain and when this problem might be a cause for concern.
When to See a Podiatrist
If you are dealing with heel pain, turning to our Fort Myers, FL, podiatrist Dr. Doerr over a primary care physician can provide you with specialized medical care as well as a swift, accurate diagnosis and customized treatment plan. So, when is it time to visit a podiatrist for your heel pain? You should schedule an appointment with us if,
- Pain isn’t responding to home care such as rest, icing, pain relievers and stretching
- Pain doesn’t get better within 2-3 days
- Pain gets worse
- Your pain occurs while at rest
- You experience numbness or tingling in the feet or heel
When you call our office, we will ask you questions about your symptoms to find out whether you need to come in for immediate care or whether your heel pain can wait a day or so. While you may be worried that a specialist such as a podiatrist won’t be able to get you in for weeks, please don’t hesitate to give our office a call. We create room in our schedules every day to treat patients dealing with urgent foot and ankle problems that require urgent care.
When Heel Pain Requires Immediate Care
While the symptoms above do require visiting our podiatrist just to be on the safe side, we also want our patients to recognize when the symptoms they are dealing with are serious enough that they will most likely need to drop what they are doing and come into our Fort Myers, FL, practice so that Dr. Doerr can properly evaluate their heel pain. Heel pain is considered an urgent matter if,
- Your symptoms are accompanied by a fever
- You notice red streaks spreading across the feet (this is a sign of infection)
- Your pain is suddenly severe or worse
If heel pain is impacting your daily routine and lifestyle, or if your symptoms are getting worse, it’s best to see our Fort Myers, FL, podiatrist Dr. Doerr for an evaluation. To schedule an evaluation, call (239) 931-3668 today.