When Should You Visit a Podiatrist

Are you dealing with any foot issues? Here at Southwest Foot Institute in Phoenix and Glendale, AZ, Dr. Michael H. Dershowitz can help you and your feet feel better.

If you are suffering from ankle, foot, or toe pain, it’s hard to know whether it will go away on its own, or whether you should seek out the help of a podiatrist. You should seek out the help of Southwest Foot Institute in Phoenix and Glendale, AZ, if you are experiencing:

  • Chronic pain in your ankles or feet that will not go away
  • Nail or skin changes on your feet or toes
  • Severely cracked, peeling skin on your feet
  • Blisters or other open sores on your feet

If you are diabetic, you should also receive regular foot examinations from your podiatrist. After all, diabetics are at risk of sores that won’t heal, nerve pain, decreased blood flow to the feet and toes, and other serious conditions. Your podiatrist can help keep your feet healthy.

One of the most common foot conditions is plantar fasciitis, which causes severe heel pain. It’s caused by overpronation, or the rolling your feet when you walk. Your podiatrist can treat plantar fasciitis by recommending custom-fit orthotics and other devices to take the stress off of your heels.

Other common reasons to see your podiatrist include:

  • Bunions, which are large, bony bumps on the side of your big toe; your podiatrist may recommend bunion removal and realignment of your foot.
  • Toenail fungus, which starts out as a tiny spot under your toenail and grows larger as it burrows underneath your toenail; your podiatrist may recommend prescription-strength anti-fungal cream to aid this issue.
  • Foot or ankle fractures, which can happen because of an accident or sports injury; your podiatrist can help by recommending crutches, a brace or cast, or another device to take weight off of your ankle while your ankle heals.

These are just a few of the reasons why it’s important to visit your podiatrist. To find out more about how a podiatrist can help with foot, ankle, or toe pain, call Dr. Michael H. Dershowitz of Southwest Foot Institute in Phoenix and Glendale, AZ, at (602) 340-8686. Call today!

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