We all know there are times when you can ignore a twinge in your foot, but there are also moments when you notice something strange that should be seen immediately by your Houston podiatrist. Read on to learn about six of those shouldn’t-be-ignored indicators:
- Foot cramping and spasms: This symptom could indicate nerve compression in your feet and/or an inadequate blood supply to the feet. While an occasional foot cramp should not be a cause for concern, if the problem occurs regularly, make an appointment with your doctor.
- Heel pain: If you feel a sharp pain in your heels, especially when you first wake up in the morning, you may have plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the plantar fasciia (connective tissue at the heel) which is better treated sooner rather than later. Your podiatrist can help you manage the pain and advise lifestyle changes such as better shoe choices that can help correct the issue.
- Swollen feet: Unless you can pinpoint the reason why your feet have swelled up (i.e. you’re pregnant or just got off a long-flight) swollen feet should be a major red flag, as they can indicate a problem with your lymphatic system, a blood clot or just poor circulation. Any of these problems, if left untreated, can make it harder for wounds to heal and, especially if you are diabetic, can contribute to the development of dangerous ulcers.
- Cold feet: If your feet are always cold, it could be a sign that you have peripheral neuropathy (loss of blood flow to the appendages), especially if you are diabetic. Seeing a doctor immediately could help stop or even reverse the progression of this condition.
- Dips in your toenails: Most toenails are raised in the middle; if yours have an inwardly curving, spoon-like shape, this could be an indication that you have anemia (an insufficient iron supply in your blood.)
- Yellow toenails: A thick, yellow toenail isn’t just unattractive; it’s probably got a fungal infection. The sooner you see your doctor, the sooner you can begin to treat the problem and even receive temporary aesthetic fixes so you don’t have to be embarrassed to show off your nails.
These six signs are just a few indicators that you need to see your podiatrist. Any time you are experiencing foot pain, either from an injury or for no apparent reason, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider as soon as possible so you can start feeling better quickly.