When To See a Podiatrist
posted: Oct. 14, 2022.
How your podiatrist in Norridge, IL, can help your feet feel better
A podiatrist is a specialist who is an expert at diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting your ankles, feet, and toes. Your podiatrist can help you and your feet get relief from pain, swelling, and other issues. It’s important to know when to see your podiatrist. Dr. Laura Pickard at Norridge Foot Clinic in Norridge, IL, provides a wide range of foot and ankle services, to help your feet feel better.
Some ankle, foot, and toe conditions can go away on their own, with the help of over-the-counter products or home remedies. Other conditions need the help of your podiatrist.
Some conditions which may go away on their own include:
- Blisters or cuts
- An ingrown toenail
- A fungal infection of your feet and toes
There are other ankle, foot, and toe conditions that may often need the help of a podiatrist. These conditions include:
- Flat feet
- Heel pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Lateral ankle instability
- A sprained ankle
- A broken ankle, foot, or toes
You should also see your podiatrist if you have a medical condition that can affect your ankles, feet, or toes. One of the primary conditions which need the services of a podiatrist is diabetes.
If you have diabetes, it affects your immune, circulatory, and nervous systems, and can cause:
- Loss of sensation in your feet
- Impaired blood flow to your feet
- Delayed healing in your feet
There are also some acute and chronic ankle, foot, and toe conditions that can be helped by a visit to your podiatrist, including:
- Chronic foot, ankle, or toe pain
- Changes to your toenails
- Changes to the skin on your feet, toes, or ankles
- Cracking, dry, or peeling skin on your feet, toes, or ankles
- Open sores, blisters, or cuts on your feet or toes that don’t heal
To learn more about when to see a podiatrist and how a podiatrist can help your feet feel better, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Laura Pickard at Norridge Foot Clinic in Norridge, IL. You can reach her in the office by calling (773) 625-2211, so call today.