When to Call a Foot Doctor

Taking Care of Your Body

Most people do not like to call the doctor if they can help it. They are afraid that committing to an appointment will mean unpleasant news, long and tedious treatments, orders to stay away from anything fun, and plenty of fees. They deal with their discomfort for as long as they can, hoping the problem will vanish on its own, or telling themselves that the pain isn’t so bad. When they finally break down and visit a specialist, they often find that their condition started out as a simple problem, but became more complicated as time passed—resulting in the long-term treatments they were hoping to avoid. Fortunately, this cycle can be broken.

Pain Is a Sign

Pain is your body’s way of saying something is not right. It warns you when your feet and ankles have sustained damage, or when they are no longer functioning properly. Even though you put a significant amount of pressure on your feet, they were constructed to handle your everyday activities without discomfort.

If you are dealing with persistent pain in your feet or ankles, you need to have it evaluated and treated. Other signs to watch out for are changes in your nails or skin; severe cracking or peeling on the foot, especially around the heel; blister formations; discomfort that increases with activity; and any bumps, bruises, or wounds that are not healing—or are getting worse with time.

Hints of Infection

Infections are unpleasant and even dangerous if they are not addressed. The body does its best to fight off invaders, but sometimes its best is not enough and you can get overwhelmed. Unless an infection is dealt with promptly, you risk serious, permanent damage. If you already have a condition that weakens the immune system, like diabetes, even small infections can be life-threatening or lead to amputation.

Never ignore a possible infection. Instead, contact Dr. Victoria Melhuish right away if you notice increased swelling, tenderness, redness, and heat on the skin of your feet. Sometimes numbness or tingling may also be present. Red streaks coming from an injury, discharge or pus leaking from affected area, any problem accompanied by a fever, and issues that are not improving after several weeks of treatment are other common signs that an infection is present. Fungal toenail infections and athlete’s foot may spread to other areas of the feet showing that the problem is getting out of control.

Don’t be afraid to contact an expert like Dr. Victoria Melhuish when you have a problem with your feet or ankles. Most conditions can be resolved with easy, noninvasive measures, so you return to your normal life pain-free. Allowing an issue to fester gives it a chance to worsen and become much harder to treat—or worse, to develop a complication like an infection. Instead, contact Sierra Foot & Ankle in Carson City or Gardnerville for more information or an appointment and restore your feet to health. We serve the Minden, South Lake Tahoe, and Glenbrook areas as well. Call (775) 783-8037, or visit the online contact page to reach us.