Podiatric Conditions Requiring Professional Care

People call a doctor of podiatry for help diagnosing and treating a wide array of foot and ankle problems. Please contact our office as soon as possible if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Persistent pain in your feet or ankles
  • Changes in the nails or skin on your foot
  • Severe cracking, scaling, or peeling on the heel or foot
  • Blisters on your feet
  • Diabetics with poor circulation who develop Athlete's Foot
  • Thickening toenails that cause discomfort
  • Heel pain accompanied by a fever, redness (sometimes warmth), or numbness
  • Tingling in the heel
  • Persistent heel pain without putting any weight or pressure on your heel, or pain that is not alleviated by ice or over-the-counter painkillers (such as aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen)
  • Any signs of bacterial infection

Bacterial Infections

It is important to be aware of the symptoms associated with bacterial infections. Getting proper and timely treatment can reduce further discomfort and more advanced issues. Some of the signs of bacterial infection include:

  • Increased pain, swelling, redness, tenderness, or heat
  • Red streaks extending from the affected area
  • Discharge or pus from an area on the foot
  • Foot or ankle symptoms that do not improve after two weeks of treatment with a nonprescription product
  • Spreading of an infection from one area of the foot to another, such as under the nail bed, skin under the nail, the nail itself, or the surrounding skin
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