When Do I Need to See a Foot Doctor?

August 22nd, 2016

Bare Feet Standing on Floor CopyOur feet act as shock absorbers for all the movement of our body. Even walking and standing can add extra pressure, and turn minor injuries into major ones. Most Frisco patients don’t consider going to a foot doctor unless they are referred by their general practitioner or suffering from severe symptoms. By then the original injury has usually worsened and requires more intensive treatment.

So when is the best time to head to the foot doctor? The answer is tricky and depends on how active you are and what symptoms you experience.

Maintenance and Support for an Active Lifestyle

If you lead an active lifestyle and enjoy playing sports, dancing, or running, your feet are constantly recovering. To ease the strain and prevent serious foot injuries from putting you on the bench for several weeks or even months, a foot doctor can set provide you with pointers and information to keep your feet in good condition.

Even without suffering from serious injuries, stress fractures can spring up and cause issues later in life.

A trip to the foot doctor can help you heal existing injuries and manage poor habits before they lead to painful problems. Advice from a foot doctor on what shoes to wear and therapeutic exercises to keep your feet strong and flexible can save you thousands of dollars in treatment and keep you in the game.

At the First Sign of Trouble

There are some telltale signs that your feet beginning to wear down and weaken. These include:

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Burning
  • Numbness
  • Tingling

A foot doctor will perform a physical examination and some diagnostic tests to find out the cause of discomfort and help you treat the symptoms before they worsen.

Treatment for Foot Problems

When caught early enough, most Frisco patients can avoid surgery with simple treatments such as resting, icing, compressing, and elevating their feet after more strenuous activity.

For more tips on how to care for your feet, call RNV Podiatry’s office at (214) 385-8822 to schedule a consultation.