Foot care is often neglected or ignored until it becomes a bigger problem that prevents walking or impedes movement. Patients in Frisco, TX often seek treatment for conditions that could have been resolved with simple care and treatment, but instead require more invasive procedures. Though home care can give temporary relief, you should not wait until your symptoms progress to see a qualified podiatrist.
When Should I See a Podiatrist?
Referred by a general practitioner, podiatrists can treat physical problems, aesthetic issues, or simply ensure that your feet and ankles are supported when you enjoy active pursuits. You should come to see a podiatrist if you:
- Play sports, dance, or are very active. Your podiatrist can evaluate you for custom orthotics to give additional foot or ankle support and screen for the early stages of foot and ankle problems before intensive treatment and downtime are required.
- Experience pain or discomfort while walking, running, or standing. Your feet and ankles can fracture or sprain even with slight missteps. Your podiatrist can diagnose a condition that you didn’t know you had and provide treatment before it worsens.
- Notice changes in the appearance of your feet. Though particularly important for patients with diabetes or other chronic conditions, any change in the appearance of your feet or ankles could signal an ongoing problem that will develop into a bigger problem if it goes untreated.
Dr. Verville provides Frisco patients with all non-surgical care at her office in Frisco, TX and surgical treatment as a more permanent correction for chronic conditions.
What Can I Expect From a Visit to the Podiatrist?
During a consultation, Dr. Verville will examine your feet and ankles for visible problems. She may order imaging for confirmation of sprains or breaks or require additional diagnostic testing. Once you are diagnosed, treatment depends on the severity of your injury.
Treatment for Mild Conditions
When your condition is mild, Dr. Verville can support you by developing a timeline for recovery and suggestions that will prevent re-injury. Treatments for mild injuries include:
- Applying ice and compression.
- Prescription or over-the-counter anti-inflammatory or pain medication.
- Keeping weight off of the injured area.
- Changing to more comfortable shoes that give your feet more room.
- Ordering customized orthotics to prevent future injuries.
While most people shrug off less serious foot and ankle injuries and opt for home treatment, this carries a risk because you cannot assess the severity of your injury and potential for chronic problems.
Treatment for Severe Conditions
Severe and even traumatic foot injuries can impair your ability to walk, run, or even stand up. These problems usually go untreated because many Frisco patients do not understand the severity until the conditions have worsened. Foot and ankle stress fractures are particularly difficult because the symptoms are initially not very severe. Treatments for severe injury include:
- Physical therapy
- Long periods of rest
- Restriction of activities
- Walking aids such as crutches, a cane, or a wheelchair
Most severe foot and ankle problems begin with mild symptoms. Early intervention and scheduling a consultation before mild conditions develop into more serious problems is key to avoiding serious procedures.
If you have a foot or ankle problem and need an expert podiatrist in Frisco, TX, contact our office at 214.385.882.