New York Podiatrists
Foot and ankle problems can be due to chronic medical conditions including arthritis and diabetes. But even with regular activity from overuse or poorly fitting shoes you can have foot and ankle pain.
Many people put off seeing the doctor about foot and ankle problems because they are unsure of where to go for treatment or they think the pain will go away.
You can get a diagnosis and treatment recommendations more quickly from a podiatrist than going to a family doctor. Podiatrists provide the full range of medical care for problems of the foot, ankle, and lower leg.
A podiatrist can diagnose and treat illnesses, as well as perform surgery. And many walk-in care facilities have podiatrists on site.
If you have any issues that involve the foot and or ankle (sports injury, arthritis/joint pain, skin problems, etc.) a visit to your local New York podiatrist is your best bet.
If you are experiencing any of the following foot, ankle, or leg problems it’s time to make an appointment to see your local New York podiatrist.
1. You have diabetes.
People with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are at a much higher risk for foot problems like poor circulation, nerve damage, ulcers and infection. If you are a diabetic, you should see the podiatrist once a year for a foot exam to help prevent these potentially dangerous problems.
2. Numbness, pain or swelling in your foot.
Suffering from sore or swollen feet is normal (after running or standing on your feet all day, for example). But sudden pain, swelling or numbness in one foot for no apparent reason can be a sign of a serious problem.
3. Nail fungus.
The number of cases of fungal infection on toenails has increased exponentially with the growing popularly of nail salons. Left untreated, the infection causes the nails to become thick and discolored, and you risk it spreading to the other toenails.
4. You have heel pain.
If heel pain is ongoing, see a foot doctor. Sometimes you might have a bony growth on the heel that makes it difficult to walk. This is known as a heel spur. Another source of heel pain is that a tendon connected to the heel may be inflamed. A podiatrist will perform a foot exam and may take X-rays.
5. You may have sprained or broken your ankle or foot.
Your first instinct may be to visit the orthopedist. But a podiatrist has more experience treating foot and ankle injuries and can diagnose and treat you.
6. Athlete’s foot.
One of the most common fungal infections out there. And it can generally be treated with over the counter creams or sprays. But if athlete’s foot keeps coming back, your local New York podiatrist can prescribe a more effective cream or oral medication and check for additional issues or possible infection.
7. Ingrown toenails.
You may be tempted to try and remove a painful ingrown toenail on your own or go to the nearest nail salon for help. But it’s safer (and less painful) to have it removed at the doctor’s office. A podiatrist can provide medication if the nail has become infected and numb the area while removing the nail.
8. Foot or ankle joint pain.
Even if easily treated with over the counter anti-inflammatory medication like aspirin or ibuprofen, it’s important to see a doctor to determine the root cause of the pain. This is especially true if the pain in your foot or ankle persists. The doctor can work with you to determine a long term treatment plan.
If you have a bony bump that develops on the outside of the big toe joint, it can become increasingly painful as the bunion gets larger. An x-ray can help diagnose the cause and a podiatrist will recommend treatment options based on the severity of the bunion.
10. Corns or calluses.
These common problems can become painful if the skin becomes too thick. A podiatrist can remove areas of the hardened skin to alleviate the pain or prescribe a topical medication to treat them.