The general rule of thumb (er, big toe...) is to come in and see us. But sometimes small things like a stubbed toe or sore feet may be manageable at home. Here are a few more guidelines to help you know when you need to come in. You're also always welcome to call our office to talk to our staff about your concern.
Unusual- If you are having an unusual pain, discomfort or appearance of your feet you should see your podiatrist.
Persistant- Maybe there's nothing particularly unusual about your pain. It could just be achy feet. However, if the condition persists and is altering the quality of your activity level, come visit us and we'll help you get it resolved.
Bleeding- If you've had an injury and the wound won't stop bleeding, come in to be seen by a professional. It could indicate infection or improper healing.
Severe pain or swelling- If there is severe pain or swelling, come in immediately. These could be indicative of more serious conditions, like boken bones or blood clots.
High Risk- If you are at high risk for foot problems (for example, if you have diabetes) talk to your podiatrist or primary care physician about how often you should be visiting your foot doctor. Make sure to keep those periodic appointments to prevent foot problems.
Affecting Activity- If a foot problem is decreasing your ability to be active, it's time to see the podiatrist. Physical activity is a huge contributor to overall health. Foot problems that inhibit activity level need to be addressed.