I just came across a terrifying story out of Australia that perfectly illustrated my long-standing claim that you need to see your podiatrist as soon as you start experiencing foot pain.
According to published reports, a Melbourne man was experiencing pain and swelling in his foot for about A YEAR when he decided to go see a doctor and try to do something about it.
At first, doctors thought the man had some sort of infection but, after taking x-rays, physicians realized the man had a giant parasitic worm living in his foot.
The worm in question was a guinea worm, which can grow to be several feet long and which, when inside the body, travels around inside the body causing intense, burning pain and creating blisters and ulcers on the skin as the creatures try to exit the body.
Fortunately for the individual in question, the worm in his foot had already died and broken into two, smaller pieces. Still, the patient needed to have surgery in order to remove the broken up pieces of the worm; thankfully, despite his delay in seeking treatment, this story has a happy ending—he went on to make a full recovery.
Of course, for most of us in Houston, the cause of our foot pain is unlikely to be a parasitic worm, however the moral of this cautionary tale can still be applicable to all my readers. Foot pain won’t usually get better on its own if left untreated—in fact, if you don’t see a physician promptly, the underlying cause of your discomfort may worsen and make more invasive intervention necessary to get you feeling well again. Don’t take chances with your foot health—if you are experiencing any kind of foot pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider today!