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Pooler, GA   31322

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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
September 22, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: callus   blisters   corns   diabetes  

A common mistake we at The Foot & Ankle Center PC see patients make is waiting too long before contacting the podiatrist to have a foot problem evaluated. Most injuries, diseases and conditions of the toes, feet and ankles have the best outcome if treated in their early stages. Below are some questions to ask to help you determine if you should call the doctor.

  1. Are you in pain? Persistent pain is never “normal” and it indicates a problem in your foot. Our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard Talarico, will want to know if the pain came on suddenly or gradually, if it is worse when you are active and on your feet, specifically where the pain is and what it feels like (dull ache, sharp, stabbing, etc.).

  2. Have you been treating a condition for over two weeks with no improvement? Although some minor conditions (athlete’s foot, ingrown toenails) can be treated with over the counter medications or home treatments, if the problem is not being relieved in a reasonable period of time this means a call to the doctor is needed. One caution: patients with diabetes should not attempt home treatment of even minor problems and should report any conditions to the podiatrist immediately due to the increased risk they have for ulcers, wounds and infections which could pose a major medical problem.

  3. Do you have severe cracking or peeling on the heel or anywhere on your foot? Not only can this be a sign of a more serious problem, it provides a gateway for bacteria into your body and should be treated as soon as possible.

  4. Have you noticed anything unusual about your foot? This would include size, shape, color or the presence of any lumps or bumps.

  5. Do you see any changes in your toenails or the skin of your foot? Thickening, crumbling or discolored nails can be a sign of fungal infection. For skin, change in color, swelling or dryness can indicate a problem.

  6. Do you have a blister, callus or corn? Oftentimes these “surface” problems are indicators of a bone or structural issue in the foot.

  7. Are there any signs of infection? These would include: red streaks coming from a particular area, swelling, redness, tenderness, warmth, pus or discharge—especially if any of these symptoms are accompanied by a fever.

If you can answer yes to any of these questions, contact our Pooler office for an appointment at your earliest convenience by calling: (912) 330 – 8885.

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