Having uncomfortable or painful feet is never normal and should be addressed immediately to reduce the risk of injury. Oftentimes, pain can be corrected by insoles or wearing shoes that support your arch. However, there comes a point where you should visit a foot clinic to address the pain you’re experiencing. Here are the top signs that you need to visit a foot clinic.
- Pain or Swelling in One Foot – If you have slight pain or swelling in both of your feet, there isn’t much cause for concern, especially if you are pregnant or just rain a 10k. However, if you are feeling unusual pain in one foot in particular, it’s worth visiting a foot clinic and having it looked at.
- Serious Injury or Accident – One of the most obvious signs of needing to visit a foot clinic is if you suspect you have broken or sprained your foot. If this is the case, you should visit a clinic right away for treatment, or go to the emergency room. Serious injuries should be addressed immediately to prevent further damage from occurring.
- Joint Pain – Many people treat joint pain with an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory. However, it’s important to visit a clinic to determine what the root cause of the joint pain is and formulate a long-term treatment plan.
- Painful Corns, Calluses, or Bunions – As the skin around your foot thickens, you might face pain from corns, calluses, or bunions forming. When you visit a foot clinic, they will be able to professionally shave down that thick skin and treat the affected area.
- You Have Diabetes – Type 1 and type 2 diabetes run a high risk of poor circulation, ulcers, nerve damage, and infection. Because of these risks, it’s important to consult with a foot clinic annually to keep your foot health in check.
We hope these signs will help you determine when you need to visit a foot clinic. If you have any questions regarding our foot clinic, and the services we provide, please contact us at Abbott Foot & Ankle Clinic today.