Happy St. Patrick’s Day! If you’re planning on searching out your own pot of gold today, drinking some green beer or just generally engaging in Irish revelry, hats off to you. If, however, you’re hoping that the luck of the Irish will help you banish that niggling foot pain you’ve delayed dealing with, as a Houston podiatrist, I beg of you: don’t!
For as long as I can remember, I’ve warned people about the dangers of self-treating, or worse, ignoring, foot pain and injuries. Just because you can walk on your sore foot doesn’t mean you haven’t damaged it; after a fall or trip, if you experience foot pain and decide against seeking medical attention, you may be exacerbating an ankle sprain or turning a bone bruise into a fracture! Worse, even a minor injury that is left untreated can leave you vulnerable to repeat (and worse) problems in the same area.
I always ask patients: why would you ignore a foot injury of any kind? We depend on our feet and ankles for literally everything we need to do and everywhere we need to go. On the off chance that you’ve done some real damage to these vital appendages, get them examined by a podiatrist at the first sign of pain rather that risk permanent damage.
Whether someone stepped on your foot at a St. Patty’s day parade or you twisted your ankle stumbling home at the end of the night, come see Dr. Andrew Schneider for any type of foot pain. If you do, you’ll be walking free of pain a lot sooner than if you stay home waiting for a leprechaun to help you.