Unless you’re a hypochondriac, when you have foot pain you probably don’t buy every over-the-counter medicine at your neighborhood pharmacy or run to the nearest doctor. Instead, you try a few things on your own first to see if you can start to make sense of what’s causing your pain before going to see a doctor about it. Things like those mentioned below.
Google your symptoms
In our immediate-gratification, action-oriented society, we want to know what’s wrong, and we want to know NOW! So if you’re experiencing an unnatural amount of foot pain, your first inclination is probably to Google your symptoms and try to self-diagnose. While this might help you gain some insight and narrow down some of your problems, WebMD is not a doctor and it doesn’t know your specific situation.
Ask a question on social media
Once you’ve self-diagnosed, you need a second opinion, right? So naturally you go to your social media channel of choice – let’s say Twitter or Facebook – and update your status, “Anyone else out there experience foot pain early in the morning and have a solution?” You’re bound to get all sorts of remedies people swear by. Take them with a grain of salt!
Consult with your friends
You can’t exactly hide the fact that you’re wearing your loafers out on a Friday night, suggesting a leisurely walk instead of your normal 5 mile jog, or making a grimacing face every time you take a step. You might as well just tell your friends about your foot pain and ask for their advice. You might need them to help you get around for a few days if the pain turns out needing surgery!
Cry to your mom
Okay, don’t freak out and go crying to your mom! We didn’t mean to scare you away mentioning foot surgery. But, if you need some comforting she’s probably the best person to give it to you. Just be prepared that if you ignore your foot pain for too long, the problem may end up being severe enough that the treatment could involve foot surgery. The good news is, there have been amazing advances in technology for foot treatments, so you don’t have to worry.
Get an appointment with your GP
Once you’ve decided you’ve had enough of your foot pain and you’re ready to get it checked out, your first inclination might be to call your general practitioner to schedule an appointment. While they do have a vast array of knowledge, you are better off contacting a foot doctor – also known as a podiatrist – because they have specialized knowledge when it comes to your feet and ankles and can recommend the best treatment options.
If you’re looking for someone to evaluate your foot pain, contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.
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