When to See a Podiatrist

by | Nov 23, 2017 | Health

Many people do not give much thought to their feet until something goes wrong. If you have painful feet, it can greatly affect you by increasing your stress level and making you tired and testy, all of which affects the quality of your life. A foot doctor in Chatham specializes in diagnosing and treating leg, ankle, and foot complaints and pain.

Common Issues

Some of the more common issues that a foot doctor deals with include:

  • Pain in your feet which can be caused by bunions, heel spurs, and even broken bones. Since many of the bones in your feet are quite tiny one could be broken, and you not even realize it. Another quite common cause of foot pain can be traced to planter’s warts. If you are prone to wearing high heels or shoes that are ill fitting and too tight that can cause a host of other problems. Most people do not realize that if you have painful feet, you are more likely to suffer from other health issues as well.
  • You probably do not know this, but a podiatrist might even be able to help you with smelly feet. If you wear the same shoes day after day, particularly without socks, you may find that your foot odor is embarrassing.
  • One of the issues that a foot doctor deals with daily is ingrown toenails and toenail fungus. Toenail fungus can cause your nail to become thicker, discolored, or even to crumble. An ingrown toenail can be extremely painful. If you notice that one of the edges of a toenail is growing into your skin, you should make an appointment with a podiatrist. Ignoring it can lead to an infection or even the loss of the toe.

If you have any of these or you notice strange growths on your feet, even if you are dealing with a case of athlete’s foot, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Chuck Mitchell at Mitchell Foot & Ankle.

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