You’ve noticed your feet looking or feeling funny lately and wonder what’s going on. You usually just blow it off and tell yourself you’re fine, but these foot problems aren’t seeming to go away. Should you be worried? Here are 5 signs that you should contact a foot doctor to get your feet checked out right away.
Your toenail is falling off
If you notice your toenails have become thick, discolored, and are beginning to separate from the nail bed, there’s a pretty good chance you have toenail fungus. Sometimes this can be painful, but the only way to completely get rid of it is toenail fungus laser treatment by a trusted podiatrist.
You have a tingling sensation in your feet
This could be a sign of nerve damage, also called neuropathy. The tingling could be accompanied by weakness, numbness and pain in your feet. It’s often also described as a burning sensation. It’s important to get it checked out because it could be a sign of an infection, metabolic problems, exposure to toxins, or a result from a traumatic injury. Diabetes is also a common cause of neuropathy.
It’s difficult to bear weight
If your foot pain has made it difficult for you to bear weight, then there are bigger problems at play. Instead of ignoring the pain and hoping it just goes away, you should schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. There could be any number of issues causing this, such as bunions or hammertoes, all of which are probably easily treatable.
You have a stabbing pain in your arch
If you get up in the morning and feel a stabbing pain in the arch of your foot as soon as your feet hit the floor, you may have plantar fasciitis. This is caused when the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot, connecting your heel bone to your toes, becomes inflamed. It’s painful, but treatable.
You experience excruciating foot pain every day
If your feet hurt all day, every day, and you can’t wait to get home and put them up at the end of the day, then you need to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. Something is causing your foot pain, and if you just ignore it, it will only get worse. It could even start affecting other parts of your body such as your knees, hips, back, and neck.
Your feet aren’t meant to hurt. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms above, consider it a sign to get your feet checked right away. You might be surprised to know that there are fast, easy treatment options available to help. Today’s treatments speed healing times, can get you in and out in one day, and are nearly painless, allowing you to get back to your daily activities as soon as possible and foot pain free.
At Adler Footcare we believe feet shouldn't hurt and neither should their treatment.