Foot Pain Specialists Questions and Answers
If you are experiencing foot pain, it could be an indicator of an underlying condition and should be tended to by a podiatrist. Come to Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists today, where Dr. Gary Ochwat and our team of podiatrists can help you get to the root cause of your foot pain. Call now or book an appointment online. We Serve Patients From Elgin IL, Huntley, Montclare IL, Schaumburg IL, Streamwood IL, Gilberts IL and Bloomingdale IL.
We use our feet to get us everywhere, so when our feet are in pain, it is hard not to notice and can greatly impact our quality of life. There are many conditions that can happen with the feet, from plantar fasciitis and sprains, to hammertoe and bunions. Fortunately, there are doctors who dedicate their entire career to diagnosing, treating and preventing these issues.
When should I see a podiatrist for foot pain?
You should consult a foot care specialist when you experience any of these symptoms:
Numbness, pain or swelling in one foot — Occasionally suffering from sore or swollen feet is normal, but sudden pain, swelling or numbness in one foot or if it seems to happen without cause can be a sign of a serious problem and requires a trip to the doctor.
Nail fungus — With the growing popularly of nail salons, the number of cases of fungal infection on toenails has increased exponentially. The infection causes the nails to become thick and discolored, and you risk it spreading to the other toenails if left untreated.
Continuous heel pain — Heel pain can be caused by a wide variety of different issues. A podiatrist will take x-rays and perform an exam to determine the root cause and develop a plan of treatment.
You think you’ve sprained, strained or broken your ankle or foot — Your first instinct may be to visit the orthopedist, however podiatrists typically have more experience treating foot and ankle injuries.
Bunions — Bunions are bony bumps that develop on the outside of the joint of the big toe. As the bunion gets larger, the condition can become increasingly painful. An x-ray can help diagnose the root of the problem and based on the severity of the situation, the podiatrist will recommend treatment options.
Painful corns or calluses — These common problems are the result of thickened areas of dead skin and can become painful if the skin becomes too thick. To alleviate the pain, a podiatrist can remove the hardened skin or prescribe a topical medication to treat them.
Joint pain in the foot or ankle — Especially if the pain in your foot or ankle persists, it’s important to see a doctor to determine the root cause of the pain. The podiatrist can work with you to determine a long-term treatment plan.
Should I see a podiatrist or an orthopedist for foot pain?
Depending on the cause and the severity of the pain will determine whether you should see a podiatrist or an orthopedist. Orthopedists specialize in the musculoskeletal system and foot and ankle reconstruction. Podiatrists are specialists in everything to do with the feet. Both professions have expertise in surgical and non-surgical remedies.
What foot problems do podiatrists treat?
Conditions commonly treated by podiatrists include:
- Arthritis, instability, pain, joint diseases
- Calluses and ingrown toenails
- Chronic wounds associated with diabetes or other illnesses
- Deformities of the feet (bunions, hammertoes)
- Fallen arches
- Heel pain, bone spurs, neuromas and plantar fasciitis
If you or someone you know is experiencing foot pain, come to Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists today! Our team of professional and caring staff have specialized training to help your feet be in the best condition possible! Contact our office to talk with an expert today. To schedule an appointment at our clinic, visit us online or give us a call!