Diabetes makes you significantly more prone to foot problems. These issues can range from dry skin to serious infections. If you have diabetes, you should have a foot exam performed by a Chiropodist at least once a year.
You feel joint pain in your feet or ankles.
Arthritis is one of the most common conditions affecting Americans. If the joints in your feet are often swollen, red, stiff or tender, see a Chiropodist. Arthritis can change the way the feet function and lead to disability. A Chiropodist can suggest treatments that may preserve joint health and make it easier for you to carry out your day.
Heel pain is limiting your activities.
There are many causes of heel pain. You may have a bony growth on the heel known as a heel spur. Or one of the tendons that connects to the heel may be inflamed. If you have persistent heel pain, see a Chiropodist for a diagnosis. He or she will perform a foot exam and may request X-rays. A proper diagnosis is the first step toward developing a treatment plan.
You have a stubborn ingrown toenail.
When a toenail grows into the skin, the ingrown nail can cause an infection. Ingrown toenails most often affect the big toe. If a toenail is very red or has lots of drainage, visit a Chiropodist for treatment. In some cases, the Chiropodist will remove part of the nail.
You have a bothersome corn or call us.
Corns and calluses are some of the most common reasons people visit a Chiropodist. These areas of built-up skin can be painful if they get too thick. A Chiropodist may recommend cortisone injections to reduce the pain. Another option your doctor has is to reduce their size using a surgical blade. The procedure isn’t painful because the skin is dead.
You have a painful bunion.
A bump at the base of the big toe is known as a bunion. It occurs when the bone or joint of the big toe is out of place. Bunions tend to get worse unless they’re treated. A Chiropodist can suggest treatments, such as padding, taping or medication. Surgery is also an option in severe cases.
You think you have athlete’s foot—and it isn’t going away.
The fungal infection known as athlete’s foot can make the skin between your toes look scaly and feel itchy. Over-the-counter antifungal cream may help. But if the infection doesn’t seem to improve after a couple of weeks, visit a Chiropodist. Oral and cream-based prescription medicines are often more effective. Your doctor will also check for signs of a bacterial infection, which requires antibiotics.
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