Medically Reviewed by Dr. Rachel N. Verville
November 28, 2016
Many Frisco patients put their foot health on the back burner. If their feet hurt, they dismiss it or just try to grin and bear the pain. But foot health is important, and treating foot pain or irritation can greatly improve your quality of life, prevent other injuries and even avoid the need for surgery! Read on for 10 reasons why you should see a foot doctor, and don’t forget to contact Frisco foot doctor, Dr. Verville of RNV Podiatry, if you are experiencing one of the conditions listed below.
1) You have chronic back pain that is not from an injury
Not all back pain is actually caused by the back. Problems with your feet can affect your back, too. Treatable foot problems like flat feet – also called fallen arches – can cause you back pain. If you’ve been suffering from back pain for years but can’t get a diagnosis, you should see a Frisco foot doctor to rule out that a foot problem is the true culprit.
2) You have arthritis
Arthritis is the painful inflammation and stiffness of your joints. And because you have so many joints in your feet, arthritis can cause painful foot conditions, too. If you have arthritis, and you are experiencing pain in your feet, it’s time to see a Frisco foot doctor like Dr. Verville of RNV Podiatry so she can diagnose the cause of your foot pain.
3) You have yellow or black toenails
If you have a yellow or black toenail, you may have a fungal toenail. This condition can quickly develop into an acute infection, and requires medication from a foot doctor to treat.
4) Your ankle has been swollen for at least an hour
Swollen ankles are not something to mess around with. You may have experienced an ankle sprain, which can worsen without proper treatment, or be experiencing other damage to your ankle bone and ligaments. If you’re experiencing swelling in your ankle, don’t just wrap it up with a bandage. See a Frisco foot doctor immediately for a proper diagnosis.
5) Your child complains of foot pain
If your child often complains about foot pain, don’t dismiss it as just growing pains. Children can have feet problems, too, and one of the most common foot issues for kids is flat feet or fallen arches. Under the treatment of a Frisco foot doctor, your child can experience relief from his or her foot issue, including assistance in finding properly fitting arch supports to aid with flat feet.
6) You have knee pain that is not the result of an injury
Just like feet issues can cause back pain, they can also cause knee pain. If you have undiagnosed knee pain that just won’t go away, visit a foot doctor to rule out any underlying foot issue.
7) You have chronic heel pain
Heel pain can be a painful condition. It may just start in the morning as soon as you wake up and step on your feet, but before you know it, you can feel heel pain with every step. Heel pain can be caused by a number of conditions that can be treated by a Frisco area foot doctor.
8) You think you have broken a bone in your foot
The feet have more bones than any other part of your body. And it’s important to make sure that those bones stay healthy. If you had a trauma to your foot and think that you broke a bone as a result, you should see a Frisco foot doctor for an examination and x-ray. A broken bone that isn’t properly treated can escalate into bigger issues.
9) You wear high heel shoes
Shoes should always fit properly, give at least a half an inch space in the toes, and never be more than 2 inches high. If you love your high heels, you are likely experiencing feet problems from placing your feet in unnatural positions for several hours a day – especially if you have a profession in which you are standing in your high heels for many hours a day.
10) People tell you that you walk strangely
If people are always telling you that you walk strangely, you should see a Frisco foot doctor for an evaluation. Several foot conditions can cause you to have an awkward step, and many are treatable.
If you are experiencing any of the conditions listed above, call Frisco foot doctor Dr. Verville and RNV Podiatry for an examination today at (214) 385-8822.