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By Howard Schaengold, DPM
March 01, 2013
Category: Foot Care
Tags: podiatrist   foot problem   diabetes   PAD   wounds   fractures   ankle pain  

Often, the problems in your feet and ankles go away with time, rest, ice, anti-inflammatories and shoe gear changes. However, sometimes these problems just won’t go away, and that is when you should visit your podiatrist in Sammamish for further diagnosis and treatment.

When Should I See a Podiatrist?

If you are having a specific foot problem, your best bet is to visit your podiatrist in Sammamish for the best care available.  Several serious conditions, such as diabetes and peripheral arterial disease, can show up in your feet first, making it more important than ever to visit your podiatrist.

A Wound or Sore Does Not Heal

If you have an open sore on your foot or ankle, you should visit your Sammamish podiatrist immediately.  This is especially important if you have diabetes, as it usually takes you longer to heal.

Aging Feet

Some changes to your feet are normal as you age, but having pain isn’t one of them.  As you begin putting more miles on your feet, you may notice that your feet may change shape, lose cushioning, experience skin changes; develop arthritis, and an array of other complications. 

Pain Increasing with Activity or Lasting more than 24 Hours

If you are experiencing pain that gets worse with activity, this may be a sign of a stress fracture.  You should not try to work through the pain; instead it is vital that you visit your podiatrist in Sammamish.  If you treat a stress fracture early, you can potentially avoid more serious problems such as a stress fracture that will not heal, or one that turns into an actual broken bone. 

Don’t ignore your foot or ankle pain.  Visit Plateau Foot & Ankle Clinic for immediate diagnosis, and treatment, as well as prevention of the worsening of symptoms. Call our office or schedule an appointment online.

Healthy FeetThe feet are perhaps one of the most overlooked parts of the body. But did you know that they are also some of your most important?

Don’t wait until something is wrong to give your feet extra attention. Keeping your feet feeling healthy and looking beautiful is easy. Here’s how:

  • Inspect your feet regularly, being mindful of any changes in appearance, color and texture.
  • Maintain good foot hygiene by washing and drying feet regularly.
  • Choose proper shoes, and always wear the correct size.
  • Keep feet dry to prevent bacterial infections by wearing moisture-wicking socks.
  • Alternate shoes each day.
  • Trim toenails straight across and gently file away sharp corners to prevent an ingrown. 
  • Avoid walking barefoot to prevent injury.
  • When wearing sandals, remember to apply sunblock.
  • If your feet hurt, don’t ignore the pain! Consult a Sammamish podiatrist if symptoms worsen or do not resolve.

Diabetes

If you have diabetes, you should pay extra attention to your feet as you are at a higher risk for developing foot problems due to nerve damage and poor circulation.  Mild foot problems, such as ulcers, corns, cracked heels and ingrown toenails can turn into serious complications without proper care.  Since even the smallest cut can have serious consequences, it is important that people with diabetes inspect their feet every day and visit their Sammamish podiatrist for routine exams.

When to Consult Howard Schaengold, D.P.M.

If you are experiencing foot pain, don’t ignore it! Consult your podiatrist. Pain, redness, swelling or discoloration are not normal symptoms and should be examined by a trained foot specialist.