When to See a Podiatrist
Don't tiptoe around the importance of visiting podiatrist Howard Schaengold when you experience foot pain. The feet are vitally important to the body's overall health, despite their distance from the heart. They are our foundation and often display the first warning signs of illness and disease. Pay attention to your feet, and examine them daily. If you notice anything unusual, call Plateau Foot & Ankle Clinic. Don't let foot-related conditions diminish your quality of life.
When you're examining your feet, it's helpful to know the signs of a foot condition. Aside from the obvious discomforts that make walking or running difficult, it's important to understand and recognize common foot problems. These ailments, along with others, may require podiatric care:
Achilles Tendonitis– an overuse injury. Common among active individuals, this condition causes pain to the band of tissue that connects the heel to the calf muscle.
Athlete's Foot– this fungal infection is known for peeling, itching, and burning. It may cause sores and blisters.
Bunion– an abnormal bump that forms at the base of your big toe. Malalignment forces this toe to move toward the others and causes crowding.
Corns & Calluses– friction causes these hard, thick patches of dead skin to form on your feet. They are the body's natural response to protecting your skin, but they may cause pain. Dr. Schaengold can trim or surgically remove these problem areas. Don't attempt to address them on your own.
Hammertoe & Mallet Toe–are two deformities that cause the affected toe(s) or joint(s) to bend abnormally. They occur most often in the toe next to your big toe. Plateau Foot and Ankle Clinic will direct you in finding proper footwear or shoe supports to relieve the pain associated with these conditions. In some cases, surgical treatment is the best option.
Skin and nail problems
Athlete's foot, ingrown toenails, fungal nail infections, warts, and open sores are only a few of the conditions that can affect your skin and nails. These ailments range from mild to severe, but can get out of hand rather quickly. Discomfort caused by cracking and bleeding of the skin is cause for professional consultation.
Infection is characterized by pain, tenderness, redness, and swelling. If you've developed an infection of the foot, it's important to contact our office. Infections spread easily, especially among individuals with weakened immune systems.
Out-toeing and in-toeing are common among children. These conditions may cause your child to walk or run differently than others. Early detection is key. Take note of their walking habits and don't ignore any pain your child may be experiencing.
We provide foot care for adults and children. Our professional staff in Sammamish, Washington is always friendly and eager to assist. If pain in your feet is keeping you from doing what you love, it's time to schedule an appointment. Request one online or by calling 425-868-3338. Your feet will thank you.