A podiatrist is a specialist in caring for the feet. Only a small percentage of the population today understands well whether they need the services of this professional or not. May be because they are unaware of the seriousness of the feet conditions they go through at the moment. Do you know the signs and symptoms that would require you to meet? Here are a few which you should note.
Sores and Wounds – Serious sores and wounds that don’t heal are things that you should be alarmed about. One cause of this is diabetes. In cases like this, a podiatrist can advice you of the appropriate treatments before you get any bone or skin infection.
Edema – This is swelling in one foot only. This may be due to broken bone, infection and tendonitis.
Stress fracture – This is characterized by increased pain whenever you go through a number of activities. If this is not treated right away, this can lead to more serious problem like broken bone.
Flattened foot arch – Does one of your feet has flatter arch than the other? If yes, you may be suffering with tendon dysfunction. This can lead to a bigger problem like arthritis in the joints.
Charcot – You have this is your foot is painful, red, hot and swollen. When not treated early, this can lead to breaking and slipping of bones – making them to be dislocated.
Bumps, Lumps and Moles – Bumps and lumps which seem to grow in size are not normal as this is one characteristic of cysts. Moles, on the other hand, which grow bigger and bleed have to be seen by a podiatrist immediately.