Ouch! That perfect pair of shoes no longer fits like it used to? You may not realize it, but that could be a sign that you need to consult a foot pain doctor. Many people consider aches and pains in their feet to be a way of life. What they don’t realize is that foot pain doesn’t have to be a natural part of getting older.
If you’re experiencing any signs of foot pain, it means there is a problem. But, foot pain isn’t the only reason to see a doctor. Below we list some of the most common reasons people visit a foot pain doctor, also known as a podiatrist.
As we stated earlier, any type of pain in your foot is a reason to see a foot pain doctor. When you see a podiatrist, the first thing they will want to know is where the pain is coming from. Is is it radiating from your heel or somewhere else? Where the pain is coming from will give your podiatrist clues as to what is causing the pain. In addition to asking you questions, they will also perform imaging tests to see what’s actually going on in your foot.
Swelling is another common reason for seeing a podiatrist. Just like pain, swelling is a common condition that is often ignored by many as something natural. In reality, it means that something may be wrong. For example, you may have stepped on something sharp which created an infection inside of your foot. If not treated in a timely fashion, something such an infection could require a hospital stay.
Bunions may be one of the most well-known foot conditions. They often affect how well shoes fit. Many people try to live with them rather than go to see a podiatrist. That’s a mistake. In addition to the fact that bunions are painful and unsightly, they also represent a structural deformity occurring. Waiting too long to get this checked out could make it hard to walk.
Westfield Family Podiatry has proudly served the communities in and around Union County for years. Their compassionate and professional team of podiatrists are able to treat any foot ailment.