Medically Reviewed by Dr. Rachel N. Verville
June 23, 2015
While there are several specific symptoms that serve as a sign you may need medical care, RNV Podiatry recommends that you follow a simple rule: if your foot or ankle hurts or looks or feels differently than normal, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.
Often, patients delay a medical visit because they:
- Don’t recognize that their symptoms are part of a larger issue.
- Believe they can work through the pain until it resolves itself.
- Have symptoms that come and go over time.
- Think their condition is embarrassing or unimportant.
Unfortunately, concerns that go unaddressed can develop from small issues to problems with a more serious health impact. Taking action now helps you manage your treatment more easily, more quickly, and with less discomfort.
Should I See My General Practitioner or a Podiatrist?
If you’re experiencing problems with your foot, ankle, or leg, Plano podiatrist Dr. Verville recommends that you see a physician specifically suited to your needs.
A podiatrist is a doctor that diagnoses and treats conditions related to the structures of the leg. He or she trains in a podiatric medical school, completes three years of hospital residency, and can attain board certification through the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and the American Board of Podiatric Medicine.
It’s certainly fine to speak with your general practitioner before your appointment with a podiatrist. However, this may delay treatment, since many GPs will refer patients to a specialist for foot and ankle related issues.
What Symptoms May Require Treatment from a Podiatrist?
Consider a visit with Dr. Verville if you experience one or more of the following:
- Resting pain in your foot or ankle.
- Discomfort when you stand, walk, or put on your shoes.
- Swelling, inflammation, or redness in your feet or ankles.
- Tingling, itching, burning, or numbness in your feet.
- Discolored or painful toenails.
- Warts, bumps, calluses, or corns.
- Flat feet or high arches.
- Any other foot or ankle deformity that impacts daily life.
Dr. Verville will talk with you about the symptoms you are experiencing, provide a diagnosis, and recommend treatment to resolve your discomfort and restore your health.
Schedule an appointment with an experienced, knowledgeable Plano podiatrist. Call RNV Podiatry at (214) 385-8822 or reach us online.