DANCE & GYMNASTICS INJURIES
How do you know whether you're suffering from a minor foot problem or a serious one?
The following are signs that you need to see your podiatrist now
Persistent pain and other symptoms that haven't resolved within a few days of home treatment require an immediate visit to your podiatrist. If you notice aching or minor pain that doesn't go away after five days, you could be experiencing a fractured or broken ankle, foot, or toe. You may need an x-ray, splint, or even surgery to fix the problem.
Pinched nerves and other problems can cause severe pain that can be treated by your podiatrist with injections. Flat feet, misalignment, tendinitis, and hammertoes can be treated with minimally invasive surgery that is performed right in your podiatrist's office. If you wait to treat these conditions, your treatment may become more complicated and your recovery may take longer.
Severe pain can indicate that you have broken some part of your foot, injured your Achilles tendon, or torn a ligament. Surgery is likely necessary in these cases and you need to see your podiatrist as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis and appropriate medical response.
Fever is usually a sign that you have an infection. An infection requires immediate attention from your Newport podiatrist so you can find out what is causing it. You will need to take an antibiotic if you have any kind of infection. Foot problems associated with infection include ingrown toenails, septic arthritis, and osteomyelitis.
Diabetes complications are serious. It is common to get sores on your feet if you have diabetes. When a sore becomes an open wound that doesn't heal, oozes pus, or feels warm to the touch, you may have a diabetes-related infection or ulcer. You should seek treatment right away in order to prevent the problem from getting worse. Diabetic patients also prone to developing peripheral neuropathy. Symptoms include numbness or sensitivity to touch, tingling, cramping, pain, and loss of reflexes. Because peripheral neuropathy is felt in the legs and feet first, see your podiatrist as soon as you notice these symptoms.
Inability to put pressure on your foot is a sign that you may have sprained, broken, or fractured something; or have neuropathy, plantar fasciitis, or overpronation. You may require a splint or even minimally invasive surgery to solve the problem. Overpronation can lead to serious pain - and not just in your feet. HyProCure® treatment performed by your certified HyProCure® podiatrist can treat overpronation caused by misalignment, and minimize or eliminate pain in your feet, knees, and hips.
Tingling or numbness on the bottom of your feet is a sign of neuropathy and can occur even if you do not have diabetes. It is also caused by injury, infection, and hereditary conditions. See your podiatrist in Newport right away if you have numbness or tingling on the bottom of your feet in order to prevent the problem from getting worse.
Stiff big toe or bunion - they both still hurt!
Many patients confuse hallux rigidus with a bunion, which affects the same joint, but they are very different conditions requiring different treatment. ... In its earlier stage, when motion of the big toe is only somewhat limited, the condition is called hallux limitus.