When to Visit a Podiatrist

Many people ask themselves what the signs it’s time to see a podiatrist Adelaide are. A painful toenail that refuses to go away or one that bleeding is usually the first sign. Other signs of a foot injury and illness may include painful calluses, foot pain, weakness in the leg, constant pain or numbness, a change in foot behaviour such as being fidgety or having an unusual amount of energy, strange bumps and bruises, or unexplained weight loss.

A podiatrist can diagnose a foot problem by looking at your feet. Your feet will be examined along with your hands and toes. You may be asked to place your feet in a variety of ways in the office. Your feet will be measured to determine if you have high, medium, low arches or whether you have an ingrown toenail, hammertoes, bunions or any other kind of foot abnormality. It is vital to keep in mind that everyone has different shapes and sizes of feet.

podiatrist-adelaideOnce the size and shape are determined, your physician will also take measurements of your hands and arms to see if they are normal. Pain, swelling, tenderness, and a loss in your fingers and toes’ motion may indicate foot problems. If the pain is severe, you may need to visit a podiatrist Adelaide right away. He or she will perform a physical examination as well as taking x-rays.

Foot evaluations are usually painless and do not take long. In the early stages of foot problems, treatment can be very simple, consisting of moisturizing, ice packs and rest. If the pain is chronic, it is wise to seek advice and care with a duration of more than a couple of weeks. Left untreated, permanent damage to the foot can occur.

A podiatrist can fix foot deformities and correct deformities that result from injury. He or she can prescribe special shoes and orthotics to help alleviate pain and prevent further injury. He or she can also prescribe arch support devices to correct the effects of joint damage and correct the angle at which the foot strikes the ground. Suppose you want to try alternative treatment options such as acupuncture, massages or reflexology. In that case, your podiatrist Adelaide can recommend a therapist who uses those treatments or refer you to someone who does.

When the pain does not subside in a few weeks, it is time to take a step back and examine your diagnosis. Your physician may have advised conservative treatment options that do not help alleviate your symptoms or the underlying cause of your pain. Sometimes, simple adjustments to your foot structure can help you feel better right away. If the pain is associated with an existing foot problem, talk to your podiatrist about surgery, orthotics or other options. He or she can help you make the best decision for your foot.