If you live an active lifestyle, you know the importance of comfortable footwear and the feeling of sore feet at the end of the day. Having the occasional ache and pain is totally normal. However, it may be time to see a podiatrist if you struggle with chronic discomfort. Meeting with an expert can significantly improve your quality of life, even if your problem is simply solved through custom orthotics.
The challenge is in figuring out when medical attention is required. At Global Clinic, we address many different pain-related concerns and have identified key symptoms that warrant coming in for a visit. Here are four signs that it may be time to connect with our office and schedule an appointment. We urge you to contact us today if you experience any of these issues (or other serious concerns).
1. You’re Experiencing Chronic Foot Pain
We’re leading with foot pain because this is perhaps the most common and likely reason someone would stop by for podiatric care. Chronic foot pain can occur on the heel, on top of the foot, on the toes – just about anywhere! The main point of discernment is pain duration.
If you have ongoing pain in your foot that makes it challenging to go about your daily activities, then seeking help is important. Foot pain can indicate several concerns, from minor fractures to plantar warts, corns, and more. The best way to find relief is to schedule a consultation as soon as possible.
2. See a Podiatrist if You Have Numbness or Swelling
Foot numbness and swelling that seems to spring up without incident can be symptoms of serious illnesses. Diabetes is one of the most common causes of this issue. Other conditions such as thyroid disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, alcohol use, chemotherapy, and certain medications may also cause these issues.
That said, swelling and numbness can also be caused by a simple injury or even an infection. In any case, it’s important not to ignore these signs and contact us immediately if you experience these concerns.
3. Get in Touch With a Podiatrist if You Have Diabetes
Living with a disease like diabetes requires vigilance. When this disease is ignored, it can lead to serious, sometimes even life-threatening, complications. People with Type 1 and/or Type 2 diabetes are at a much higher risk for foot problems like poor circulation, nerve damage, ulcers, and infection.
You should schedule yearly visits with a podiatrist if you’ve been diagnosed with this condition. Regular checkups can help identify problems like small cuts and scrapes that are easy to overlook.
4. Bunions, Toenails, Calluses, and More
Issues like ingrown toenails and bunions aren’t life-threatening, but they can be frustrating to live with. In certain cases, having these problems may restrict you from wearing certain kinds of footwear. They can often cause pain as well and make mobility difficult.
If you’re dealing with pain caused by a callus, bunion, ingrown toenail, or other similar complication, we urge you to get in touch. While the initial instinct may be to soldier on and ignore the problem, getting help can make you much more comfortable and put your mind at ease.
For These and Other Concerns, Global Clinic is Here for You
Whether you have a diagnosed condition that needs podiatric attention or simply a pain in your foot, we’re here for you. Our Global Clinic providers can offer you the care you need and the ongoing support you deserve. If you’re ready to get started, fill out and submit the contact form below or give our office a call at (847) 299-7000.