By Steven T. Fink
It happens all the time: You tweak your foot, but ignore the shooting pain, thinking it will go away. Next thing you know, you can barely walk because of the pain. According to the ankle and foot specialists at Affiliated Ankle & Foot Care Center in Soldotna, AK, there are certain telltale signs you should look out for that signal your foot pain needs to be checked out by a doctor.
Here are some signs your foot pain is more serious than you thought:
- You Feel Joint Pain In Your Ankle Or Feet:Joint pain caused by arthritis can creep up on anyone, causing discomfort and stiffness. The common signs of arthritis are joints that are swollen, red, or tender. If you have these symptoms, see a foot doctor right away to avoid making the symptoms worse and causing serious damage. A foot doctor can even provide treatments that can lessen pain and discomfort.
- You Have Diabetes: Diabetics need to be especially careful to monitor foot and ankle pain because of the risk of serious damage that can lead to amputation. Diabetics are more susceptible to foot and ankle infections, which is why they should see a podiatrist at least once a year. This reduces the risk of irreparable damage by a significant margin.
- Heel Pain Is Creeping Up: Life is about getting up and moving, but persistent heel pain can keep you from your favorite activities. If you have heel pain that is worsening, it could be caused by painful bone spurs or damaged tendons. A certified foot doctor will diagnose your pain and can call for an X-ray to determine the root of the problem.
Foot pain doesn’t have to tie you down. Call your local podiatrist or try these foot stretches to relieve your discomfort.
Source: Seward City News