9 Signs You Should Call the Foot Doctor
It’s not uncommon after the holidays for us at Paul S. DeMarco, DPM to see an increase in patients calling with complaints of foot pain or discomfort. The holiday season is a time when people push themselves and spend extra time on their feet: walking, socializing, cooking, cleaning and shopping and that’s when a minor foot problem may become more major. If you are undecided about whether you need to come into our Somers Point office for an examination, the answer is yes if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Pain of any sort: mild, intense, constant, chronic, intermittent, dull or sharp. Pain is never normal and a signal from your body that something is wrong.
- Infection: pus or discharge, redness or red streaks, heat or swelling, especially if accompanied by a fever.
- Nail changes: color, thickness, crumbling or disintegrating. Also, if you have a sore spot at one corner of your nail, as this may indicate an ingrown toenail.
- Skin changes: bruising, swelling, color or temperature changes; excessive peeling or cracking.
- Growths, enlargements, lumps or bumps or changes in the shape of your foot. These should be brought to the foot doctor’s attention even if they are not painful or accompanied by any other symptoms. These include warts, as well as corns and calluses, which can be sign of a problem deep inside your foot.
- Numbness, tingling or loss of sensation in your feet.
- Rashes, itchy red areas on your feet.
- An injury to your foot that doesn’t seem to be healing after a week or so.
- Difficulty walking or standing without pain; loss of balance.
Oftentimes your feet may show the first signs of a problem within your body. If you have any of the above symptoms or something just doesn’t feel right, listen to your feet! Our podiatrist, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco will be able to provide a prompt diagnosis and the right treatment plan for your condition. Don’t delay; contact us for an appointment today.