15 Jan DO NOT Ignore Foot and Ankle Pain!
As I’ve said time and time again, you really don’t know how valuable your feet and ankles are until you injure them, and often times, I see patients who come in months after their initial injury in excruciating pain. I ask them, “Why on earth did you wait so long to come and see me?!” And they almost always reply with, “Because I thought it would heal itself and thought I could muster through the pain while it healed.”
And while many, many foot and ankle injuries can be remedied without seeing a podiatrist, there are many, many that require a podiatrist’s care and attention, especially if you ignore the pain and/or injury, simply hoping it will go away. I’ve seen more irreversible damage from patients who figured they’d “tough out the pain” – if only they would have seen me sooner! Now they may require surgery, painful rehabilitation and longer recovery times.
As a board certified foot and ankle surgeon, trust me, if you are experiencing pain from an injury or progressive arthritis, a prior foot or ankle surgery, or even osteoporosis (which can cause gait problems, and in turn, foot and ankle problems), DON’T wait to see me.
Well, your feet and ankles are extremely complicated musculoskeletal structures made of many, many bones and ligaments. These fairly small bones support your entire body weight – literally the weight of your world! And because of this weight, they are prone to injury. Even minor injuries like twisting and spraining your ankle could have caused more damage than you initially think, AND can happen doing the most mundane things, like walking in bad shoes, for example. Once the injury happens, many ligaments and tendons in that area become looser and more prone to injury in the future.
IMMEDIATE RELIEF FOR FOOT & ANKLE PAIN
So, what exactly are symptoms indicating you may need to see a foot and ankle surgeon?
- Chronic foot and ankle pain
- Consistent heel pain
- Pain caused by any kind of motion
- Pain that caused you to limp or favor one foot over another
- Toe or toe joint pain, redness or swelling
- Blisters and/or corns that won’t go away
- Failed foot and/or ankle surgery
- Difficulty walking
- Arthritis in the foot and ankle
If you have any of these symptoms, please don’t wait until your pain is out of control to see me. My number one goal is to help you alleviate your pain, as well as prescribe an individual treatment plan based on your condition. You don’t deserve to live in pain, and with all of the amazing treatments and technology available, you don’t have to. Give my office a call, today – we’ll be sure to help you put your best foot forward, again!