trAdvice from Dr. Schlomo Schmuel: When You Should Consider Visiting a Podiatrist

Unlike a family physician or optometrist, many individuals do not consider visiting a podiatrist until it is too late. With the stresses of personal and professional obligations, foot issues are all too often pushed aside. Dr. Schlomo Schmuel, a licensed healthcare professional at The Foot Clinic in Los Angeles, CA outlines what a podiatrist does, and when you should consider seeing one.

What is a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a medical professional devoted to the study of medical/surgical treatments of the foot, ankle and lower extremity. Feet are complex anatomical structures, all-in-one stabilizers, and shock absorbers, making them instrumental to overall health and well-being. So how will you know when it is time for you to see one? We have laid out the four most common reasons to see a podiatrist below.

Most Common Reasons to Visit a Podiatrist

Dr. Schlomo Schmuel suggests that if your feet start to swell or feel numb on a consistent basis, there is no reason to endure the pain and accept it. Various factors could be the cause of pain and often may lead to more serious effects if left untreated. These symptoms could be caused by tendonitis, a broken bone, sprained ankle, or even an underlying infection. If the numbness you are experiencing is accompanied by tingling or burning, it could be a sign of nerve damage — a condition that diabetics are susceptible to.

While regular corns or calluses are not inherently a serious problem, the underlying cause of the corns or calluses may be. Problems with your gait or structure of your foot may be the reason for your corns and calluses, which may indicate that a greater problem is at hand. In cases such as these, Dr. Schlomo Schmuel would suggest seeing a podiatrist to ensure that there are no underlying issues causing these symptoms.

If your feet cause you pain when you are being active or mobile, it is worth seeing a podiatrist. There is a chance that you could have a fracture or other potential foot injury that has not healed properly. Additionally, there is a chance you may have arthritis, which can change the way your feet function. Without proper treatment, your injury could worsen over time and make it increasingly difficult to go about your daily life.

Lastly, if you have ingrown toenails (which are toenails that grow into the skin), it is important to get them seen by a professional. Dr. Schlomo Schmuel explains that an ingrown toenail can go from being a minor nuisance to being extremely painful or infected. This can occur due to improperly cut nails, poorly fitting footwear, abnormal nail shape, fungal nail infection, bunions, and trauma to the area. Podiatrists are able to determine the cause of the ingrown toenail pain and treat it accordingly, through conservative or surgical treatments.

Dr. Schlomo Schmuel on When you Need to Visit a Podiatrist

If you experience any form of discomfort in your feet that makes it difficult to do your daily activities, we strongly suggest seeing a podiatrist. Your feet are in connection with majority of the parts in the human body, therefore they could cause all sorts of problems to in your lower extremities especially if left untreated. Untreated pain will often result in the over or under compensation of various body parts, often causing excessive pain. If you are unsure or in doubt regarding your alignments, go visit a podiatrist!