When to Call the Podiatrist

When to Call the Podiatrist

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April is National Foot Health Awareness Month. There is great value in knowing the state of your foot health. We could all pay a bit more attention to our feet and act faster if we see any concerns. Seeing something out of the ordinary should prompt us to call the podiatrist, but we can delay.

The doctors at the New Jersey Podiatric Physicians & Surgeons Group want to help you make an easier decision if you have questions about your foot health. Our encouragement is to perform foot checks regularly. The consistency allows you to spot differences with confidence. When we ask how long you have had a problem, you can say something like, “I didn’t see it during my last foot inspection.”

Here are three reasons to pick up the phone and give us a call.

Signs of an infection

Do you know how to spot an infection? If you see redness, swelling, or discharge, there’s only one thing to do: call our office. Increasing pain and even warm skin near the injury are other signs. An untreated infection can lead to more complications, including an amputation. Patients who have diabetes are at risk of non-healing wounds or ulcers. Inspect feet daily to stay ahead of infection complications.

Non-healing wounds

We just talked about how non-healing wounds or ulcers are at risk of infection. Another concern for a wound that won’t heal is a potential diagnosis of another condition: diabetes. Poor circulation is a common complication of diabetes, which impacts the body’s ability to heal. Non-healing wounds can be the first sign of a problem.

Pain that won’t go away

Any form of pain is a reason to give us a call. However, if you’re managing pain without finding relief, we’re here to help you find the underlying cause. You may have an undiagnosed injury or a condition like peripheral neuropathy. Delayed treatment may seem convenient at the moment, but the consequences can be life-threatening. Don’t push through the pain.

Here’s a great rule of thumb: If you have questions or concerns about your foot and ankle health, contact us. We are ready to listen.

At the New Jersey Podiatric Physicians & Surgeons Group, there are almost 30 foot and ankle surgeons, podiatrists, and doctors. With more than 30 locations, from Newark, NJ, to Cape May, NJ, we value convenience and excellent service for our patients. We offer compassionate, cutting-edge care across our network, and we specialize in treating the following conditions: ankle and sports injuries, heel pain and plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammertoes, corns and calluses, ingrown toenails, diabetic foot care complications, children’s foot problems, skin conditions of the feet, and fungal nails. Our group is among the best foot and ankle providers in

the country. To schedule an appointment, first find a podiatrist in your area.