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When Is the Right Time To Visit a Podiatrist?

Here are the most common reasons people turn to the podiatrist. 

While you definitely need to see your doctor once a year for a checkup you may not always recognize when you should turn to a specialist for care. If you are dealing with foot or ankle problems your regular doctor may not be able to help. In this case, it’s a good idea to turn to our New Braunfels, TX, podiatrists Drs. Brandon and Sarah James, who specializes in diagnosing, treating, and managing injuries, conditions, and diseases that affect the health and function of your feet and ankles. Wondering when you should turn to a podiatrist? Here are the most common reasons to visit us,

You’re Dealing with Persistent Joint Pain 

Red, aching, swollen joints in your feet or ankles could be signs of arthritis, a progressive condition that can lead to permanent joint damage if left untreated. This is why it’s important to see your podiatrist right away if you suspect that you could be dealing with arthritis. Feet and ankles are often affected by this condition, but our podiatrists can work with you to find the right medications to drastically slow the progression of joint damage and to reduce symptoms.

You Develop Numbness, Tingling, or Swelling 

The occasional “pins and needles” feeling after sitting in an awkward position or swelling after being on your feet all day is fairly normal, but when you notice numbness, tingling, or swelling that keeps coming back or doesn’t go away this could be a sign of a more serious issue. Numbness and tingling could mean that there is nerve damage in your feet, and persistent swelling could be a sign of deep-vein thrombosis, heart problems, or kidney issues. It’s important to see our New Braunfels, TX, podiatrist as soon as possible.

You Think You’ve Sprained Your Ankle 

If you’re dealing with a sprained or broken ankle it’s important to see a podiatrist (not an orthopedist), as our team has extensive experience both diagnosing and treating a wide range of foot and ankle injuries. It’s important not to ignore pain, swelling, bruising, and other signs of a sprain or break, as leaving these injuries untreated can lead to long-term pain and instability. Injuries should always be evaluated by a qualified foot doctor.

You Have Diabetes 

Those who have been diagnosed with diabetes are at a greater risk for nerve damage, ulcers, infection, and other issues. It’s important that if you have diabetes that you first get your blood sugar under control with medication and a healthy lifestyle and that you visit a podiatrist at least once a year.

Don’t let foot pain, numbness, or other problems affect the health of your feet and your quality of life. The podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels can provide you with the individualized care you need to get on your feet again. To schedule an appointment, call us at (830) 387-4427.

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