Medically Reviewed by Dr. Rachel N. Verville

March 21, 2024

Podiatrists can diagnose, treat, and care for a range of common foot and ankle conditions. These conditions include symptoms that stem from chronic illnesses and athletic injuries. If you are experiencing any of the following conditions affecting your feet, going to the podiatrist may be the first step in getting the care you need before your chronic illness worsens or your symptoms become more severe.

See a Podiatrist for These Chronic Illnesses


Diabetes often results in nerve damage to the foot, making it more difficult for you to experience pain. For many diabetics, cuts and sores on the foot do not heal as quickly and are more prone to infection, all because of the low blood circulation that diabetes causes. These diabetic foot symptoms are reason enough to make an appointment with a podiatrist.


Gout is caused by the buildup of uric acid in the joints, especially in the joints of the big toe and throughout the foot. It can result in sudden and severe flare-ups of pain, along with tenderness and redness. Gout flare-ups are often linked with diet, especially red meat, alcohol, and high fructose corn syrup. Attacks are most common at night. If you are experiencing gout flare-ups, it may be worth speaking with a podiatrist about management techniques.


Osteoarthritis often manifests with pain in the joints of the feet and toes, along with stiffness following prolonged inactivity. Early diagnosis is crucial, as treatment from a podiatrist can minimize the risk of damage to other joints.

You are in Good Hands with Our Board-Certified Podiatrist

Treatment from a podiatrist can make all the difference in your struggle against chronic illness. Contact our office at your convenience to make an appointment with RNV Podiatry.