Like issues with other parts of your body, not every foot problem requires a trip to the podiatrist. Some may resolve with a little rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain medicine. But, if you have a persistent problem that won’t go away, then a trip to Physicians Footcare is necessary.

Here’s a list of the type of foot problems that warrant a trip to a podiatrist:

• If you have one foot that has a flattened arch, it can be a sign of a tendon injury. Tendons that don’t function properly can lead to joint problems and misaligned bones. Prolonged tendon injuries can cause permanent damage to the foot, so the sooner you see your podiatrist the better.

• If you have a sore on your foot that won’t heal, you must see a podiatrist. Those with diabetes are especially at risk for foot sores. And if left untreated, sores may lead to amputations. The best advice is to go to your podiatrist as soon as possible. The longer you have an open sore, the more prone you are to infection which can eventually travel into your entire body, requiring hospitalization or surgery.

• If you’re experiencing foot or ankle pain that gets worse when you walk, you should see a podiatrist immediately. Many people try to live with the pain, which is not a good idea. Persistent pain may be a sign of a stress fracture. Your podiatrist can x-ray your foot to determine if a stress fracture exists.

• If you have severe pain in your foot or ankle that lasts more than 24 hours, then you need to see your podiatrist. There are a variety of conditions that could cause severe foot and ankle pain including compartment syndrome, deep vein thrombosis, or a broken bone.

• If you experience pain in your feet while they’re elevated, then you also need to see a podiatrist. For example: If you experience pain while resting your feet on an ottoman, and the pain goes away when you put your feet flat on the floor, then you may have peripheral artery disease or decreased blood flow. A Physicians Footcare podiatrist can quickly assess if you have these conditions and then refer you to the appropriate specialists for treatment.

• If you experience discoloration on areas of the foot or ankle, then you absolutely need to see a podiatrist. Your feet should look the same. Redness may be a sign of injury or infection. Blue and purple coloration could indicate vein problems. Your Physicians Footcare podiatrist is the authority on everything foot related and can quickly assess what the discoloration of your feet means and offer a treatment plan.

These are just some of the signs that you need to see a podiatrist. If you’re experiencing symptoms that persist for more than 24 hours, a visit to Physicians Footcare is warranted. As podiatrists, we’re the authority on feet and ankles. We can quickly assess your feet, treat your condition, and help get you back on your feet and back to what you love to do.