How do I identify problems that need a podiatrist's attention?

Generally, the problems related to your feet and ankles, such as blisters, pain, athlete's foot, need a podiatrist's attention.

Podiatry is focused on treating conditions affecting the feet, ankles, and lower extremities. If someone is experiencing foot pain or discomfort, they are advised to make an appointment with a podiatrist. Some symptoms may not seem to require immediate attention, but if they are progressing, then it is essential to undergo an examination.

You should seek advice from a trained medical professional if you come across the following problems:

  • persistent pain in feet or ankles
  • non-healing ulcer
  • blisters on feet
  • severely cracked or peeling away of skin over your feet
  • changes with, or thickened toenails
  • skin discoloration on one or both feet
  • acute heel pain, swelling, redness, pus discharge, accompanied by fever

Disorders that podiatrists can treat

Some of the medical conditions that these specialists are able to diagnose and treat include:

  • athlete’s foot
  • blisters
  • burning feet
  • cold foot problems
  • calf muscle stretch
  • corns or calluses
  • cracked heels and splitting skin
  • deep vein thrombosis
  • feet, ankle, shin, and hip pain
  • bunions
  • foot smell and sweat
  • ingrown or fungal nails
  • inflammation due to arthritis or gout
  • hammertoes
  • heel bone spurs
  • neuromas
  • plantar warts
  • plantar fasciitis
  • sesamoiditis
  • tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • foot complications from diabetes
  • nerve problems
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • fractures and sprains

It is most fitting to consult a podiatrist when your feet are still in a painless, healthy state, as the treatment you will receive will improve your lifestyle and habits and help avoid developing complications later on.


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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/