By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
July 12, 2016
Category: Proper Foot Care
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We’ve all been there—you have something that’s bothering you but you’re not sure it’s bad enough for you to call the doctor. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we would rather our patients make the call. Most podiatric injuries and conditions are best treated sooner rather than later. Here are some reasons to call the doctor:

  • Pain—pain is never normal. It’s okay to wait a day or two if you are experiencing new pain, particularly if you think you know the source (i.e. sore ankles after ice skating). However, constant pain or pain that comes and goes persistently, particularly after an injury, is an indicator that something is wrong.
  • Swelling
  • Changes in the color of your skin or nails
  • Unusual moles or changes in freckles or other spots on the skin of your feet or ankles
  • Excessive peeling or scaling of skin on the heel or foot
  • Skin that becomes so dry or irritated that cracks develop
  • Changes in nails: thickening, crumbling edges, spots, discoloration or debris under the nail
  • Abnormal looking shape of the foot or a deformity in the appearance of toes or ankles
  • Stiffness or loss of range of motion in a part of the foot

Signs of Infection

One of the biggest medical threats is infection. Recognize the indicators of infection: redness, particularly when accompanied by tenderness and heat, red streaks extending from a spot on the foot, pus or other discharge and fever. If you experience any signs of possible infection, it’s very important to call our Monmouth County, Edison or Monroe office immediately so that one of our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah can evaluate your condition.

If you are a patient with diabetes or other disease that compromises your immune or circulatory system, you should be extra vigilant about monitoring foot conditions. For these patients, even seemingly minor issues, such as blisters and athlete’s foot can become major medical problems if not treated at once. To contact us, call 732-662-3050. We promise to never make you feel like you shouldn’t have.