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How You Know When It's Time to Visit a Podiatrist

Your feet are your foundation, and that means that foot health should be prioritized! While feet are often overlooked, it’s important to keep them in tip-top shape so you can keep moving through life with ease.

The team at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists has outlined ten important signs to keep in mind so you know when it’s time to visit a podiatrist:

  1. Persistent Heel Pain: Pain that you can’t seem to shake may be a sign of more serious conditions, such as plantar fasciitis.
  2. Potential Sprains: Podiatrists are experts when it comes to treating sprains and can diagnose the issue properly.
  3. Nail Fungus: Most fungal conditions require a certain level of treatment, and it’s important to address any noticeable changes in the skin and nails right away before they spread.
  4. Swelling and Inflammation: Conditions such as circulatory issues, arthritis, or peripheral neuropathy could be the culprit here, all of which need attention from a medical professional.
  5. Ingrown Toenails: While seemingly minor, it’s best to have a podiatrist take a look at any ingrown toenails to provide proper treatment and prescribe any medication needed to fully clear them up.
  6. Sports-related Injuries: You don't want to leave an injury unattended to heal on its own, so it's always best to see a podiatrist who has the proper diagnostic tools to assess the issue accurately.
  7. Diabetes: Individuals with diabetes are at a higher risk of complications when it comes to their feet.
  8. Difficulty Standing or Walking: Even if it ends up being something as simple as finding a more supportive pair of shoes or incorporating custom orthotics, podiatrists are an important factor in evaluating changes in gait or balance issues to help repair mobility. 
  9. Foot Deformities: From bunions to flat feet, podiatrists are experts in providing solutions for a variety of ailments.
  10. Joint or Ankle Pain: Chronic joint pain in the lower extremities could be from a number of things, from arthritis to musculoskeletal conditions. Seeing a podiatrist is an important first step to diagnosing the root cause of pain.

If you’re experiencing any of the above, it’s time to come see Dr. Hubert Lee and the team at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists so you can find relief and get answers about your ailments. You can schedule an appointment online or call today at 425-455-0936.

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