When You Should See A Podiatrist
By Brian K. Doerr, DPM, PA
September 22, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Podiatrist  

In general, people visit their podiatrist if they’re experiencing problems with their feet or ankles, including their muscles, joints, and ligaments. Your podiatrist here in Fort Myers, FL, Dr. Brian Doerr, will not only examine your foot but also conduct a biometric assessment to see how the problem impacts the other parts of your body. But when will you know that it is time to visit your podiatrist?

Time for Your Podiatrist Appointment

Podiatrists have a complete understanding of the movement and structure of the lower limbs and feet. Diagnosing foot conditions, identifying systemic health conditions that manifest in the lower regions are part of their specialization. With this in mind, when you experience any of these problems, you should visit your podiatrist:

  • Swelling, numbness, or pain in one foot. Swollen or sore feet is common after extensive physical activity. However, sudden swelling, numbness, or pain in only one foot for no obvious reason requires immediate medical attention.
  • Nail fungus. Untreated toenail infections can cause your nails to thicken and become discolored. There is a very high probability of the infection spreading to your other toenails when neglected as well.
  • Continuous heel pain. There are different reasons for heel pain. Your podiatrist in Fort Myers, FL, can effectively identify the cause of your heel pain by going through proper medical examination procedures. Based on his findings, the correct treatment plan can be formulated and implemented to relieve your pain.
  • Recurring athlete’s foot. This can be treated with over-the-counter solutions. However, if it becomes chronic then there is a possibility of another underlying infection. Your podiatrist can prescribe medication to effectively cure this problem.
  • You’re a diabetic. Poor circulation, ulcers, infection, and nerve damage are common problems of people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. If you have this condition, you must visit your podiatrist at least once a year to have a foot examination and prevent possible health problems.
  • Joint pain. Experiencing this in your foot or ankle over a long period requires the attention of your podiatrist so that the proper treatment plan can be put in place.
  • The cause and severity of the bunion must be established before appropriate treatment can be started. Your podiatrist can diagnose the cause and come up with the proper cure.
  • Ingrown toenail. There are many ways to remove an ingrown toenail but to ensure that it is removed without relative pain and the risk of infection, have a podiatrist do it.
  • Corns or Calluses. These are common problems that can be painful. Your podiatrist will help you treat these issues effectively to relieve the pain.

For Any Questions, Concerns, or Advice on Proper Foot and Ankle Care, Contact Us

Dial (239) 931-3668 to book an appointment with your podiatrist here in Fort Myers, FL, Dr. Brian Doerr, now.