When To See a Foot Specialist

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Very few people give their feet the care they deserve. In fact, most people barely notice when their feet have problems. They don't periodically look at their feet to check for any developing issues. Others can't differentiate between what's normal and what needs urgent attention. And if they actually notice foot problems, they may hesitate to seek help.

Below are some tell-tale signs to help you know when to see a foot specialist. 

Persistent Pain

Excessive pain is the most obvious sign that there might be something wrong with your feet. Pain is not necessarily an indication of an injury. In some cases, it might indicate more serious health problems such as diabetes. 

If you have diabetes, changes on your feet (however small) should be taken seriously. Excessive pain on your feet may indicate that you're suffering from diabetic neuropathy. High blood sugar in diabetics can injure nerves in their body, causing this neuropathy condition. The most common symptom is pain and numbness on the legs and feet. 

Many feet problems have similar symptoms, and diagnosing them is a job best suited for professionals. So if you feel a sharp and unusual pain, visit a podiatrist as soon as possible.

Visible Swelling 

Swollen feet are another reason to see a foot specialist. Swelling indicates more severe health problems and can be problematic when you ignore them. 

There are several situations where one should seek immediate care, like when:

  • The swelling occurs suddenly and for no apparent reason
  • The swelling is caused by a physical injury like a car accident
  • Painful swelling develops on one foot (often accompanied by pale skin)

Swollen feet can also be a sign that you might be suffering from a severe heart problem. You should seek immediate care if the swelling is accompanied by other symptoms such as chest pain, breathing difficulties and dizziness.


Feeling numb in your feet after sitting for a while is normal. However, constant numbness may indicate a bigger problem. The main causes of numbness are trauma from an injury or nerve damage in your feet. Other causes include sciatica and restless leg syndrome

Numbness that is accompanied by dizziness, severe headaches and breathing difficulties are also causes for concern. They might be signs of a much more serious undiagnosed health issue. Seeking help can help you identify the underlying causes before they get out of hand. In most cases, a certified podiatrist can rule out some health issues and narrow down on the real cause for your numbness.

For more information on podiatry services, contact a professional near you.

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