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Foot pain is a common ailment that most people experience at some point in their lives. In many instances, people can treat their issues with rest and self-care. But sometimes, it becomes necessary to seek medical attention from a podiatrist. Knowing when to visit a podiatrist can prevent further complications and ensure the best foot care.
“Persistent foot pain that lasts more than a few days, intensifies or interferes with daily activities is a significant red flag that should not be ignored,” said Ashley Fought, D.P.M., podiatrist at Inspira Medical Group Podiatry Woolwich.
Also, any sudden or severe foot pain, especially after an injury, should prompt an immediate visit to a podiatrist.
Other concerning symptoms include:
When visiting a podiatrist for the first time, you can expect a comprehensive evaluation where your doctor asks about your medical history, previous injuries and current symptoms. They will also perform a physical examination of the foot, looking for signs of inflammation, deformities or abnormalities. A health care professional may order diagnostic tests such as X-rays, ultrasounds or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to provide a more detailed view of the foot's internal structures.
“The first visit is crucial in understanding the root cause of the foot pain,” said Dr. Fought. “It allows us to provide an accurate diagnosis and a personalized treatment plan tailored to the patient's needs.”
“We advise against dismissing or taking foot pain lightly,” said Dr. Fought. “Knowing when to seek medical attention can make a difference in preventing long-term complications.”
If you experience persistent or severe foot pain, swelling or any other concerning symptoms, it's time to take that crucial step toward expert care. A visit to a podiatrist will help identify the underlying issue and set you on the path to healthier, pain-free feet.
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