Find out when you should actually be turning to a podiatrist for care.
While we all visit a dentist to make sure our teeth and gums are healthy, and we all visit a doctor at least once a year for checkups and physical exams, many people don’t have a regular podiatrist that they turn to; however, your feet and ankles need care too and sometimes it’s necessary to turn to a podiatrist when issues arise. Here’s when you might need to visit one of our podiatrists in Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg, VA,
Sometimes instances like running a marathon or spending all day on your feet can cause feet to be a little sore, stiff, or in pain. While this is normal and will go away with a little rest, sudden and persistent pain should never occur. Furthermore, if you notice pain and swelling for no reason this could be a sign of a more serious issue. If pain is keeping you off your feet it’s time to see a doctor.
Numbness or Tingling
If you are noticing regular numbness, tingling (“pins and needles”) and loss of sensation in the foot this could be a sign of peripheral neuropathy, a condition caused by nerve damage. Those at risk for peripheral neuropathy include,
- Those with autoimmune diseases
- Those with certain vitamin deficiencies
Even if you aren’t at risk for neuropathy, any recurring foot numbness and tingling should be assessed by a qualified doctor.
You May Have a Broken Bone
If you suspect that you might have fractured your foot or ankle a podiatrist is going to be the best doctor to be able to diagnose and treat the injury. Most people suspect a broken bone if they’ve experienced a direct, traumatic impact to the ankle or foot. You may have even heard an audible popping sound at impact, followed by pain, swelling, bruising and trouble walking. If this is something you’re dealing with, you need to see a doctor right away.
Recurring Fungal Infections
Fungal infections can be particularly frustrating, especially if you’ve tried over-the-counter medications and nothing seems to be working. Whether you are dealing with a case of athlete’s foot or toenail fungus, our foot doctors can provide you with more effective medication, including oral medication, which can often work better than creams.
You Have Diabetes
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes it’s important that you have a podiatrist that you can specifically turn to for foot-related matters. Our Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg, VA, foot and ankle team can provide comprehensive exams, diagnose and treat diabetic-related foot problems, ensure that toenails are properly trimmed and help you prevent serious foot complications.
Looking for a podiatrist in Reston, VA, that can provide you with comprehensive foot and ankle care? If so, turn to the team at Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers. Call today at (703) 437-6333, (703) 368-7166 or (703) 777-2101 (respectively) and schedule an appointment.