When To See A Podiatrist

When To See A Podiatrist

How your foot doctors in West Orange, NJ, can help you and your feet

Your podiatrist can help you and your feet keep fit and active, because your feet carry you through your activities. There are all sorts of foot and ankle conditions, some of which will go away on their own. However, some foot and ankle conditions need the help of a skilled foot and ankle doctor.

The podiatrists at Foot Health Center in West Orange, NJ, provide a wide range of foot and ankle services to help you and your feet.

So, how do you know if you should see a podiatrist? If you have diabetes, it’s important to see your podiatrist regularly because diabetes can dramatically affect your feet. Problems with your immune, circulatory, and nervous systems due to diabetes can lead to:

  • Open wounds that don’t heal properly
  • Blisters and cuts that get infected
  • Lack of blood flow, which can cause soft tissue necrosis
  • Peripheral neuropathy or loss of sensation

It’s important to seek out your podiatrist if you have:

  • A medium to large bunion
  • Hammertoes which have become painful
  • Ingrown toenails that don’t heal
  • Toenail fungus that doesn’t resolve
  • Plantar fasciitis that doesn’t resolve
  • Flat feet which are causing pain
  • Strains, sprains, and fractures

Your podiatrist has several ways to treat the issues listed above, including:

  • Custom-fit orthotics or footwear
  • Cushions and wedges for your shoes
  • Laser treatment for toenail fungus
  • Immobilization with splints, walking casts, or boots
  • Surgical therapy to repair bones, ligaments, and tendons

If you are experiencing acute foot and ankle pain, you should see your podiatrist if you:

  • Can’t walk or stand due to foot pain
  • Are unstable when you walk or stand
  • Have foot pain that doesn’t go away
  • Have a fever accompanied by foot pain
  • Can’t put on shoes due to foot pain

To discover more about how your podiatrist can help you and your feet and when to seek out the services of a podiatrist, call the podiatrists at Foot Health Center in West Orange, NJ. You can reach them in the office by calling (973) 731-1266, so call now.

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