For the majority of health conditions, the sooner you seek treatment, the higher the likelihood that you’ll experience the best recovery possible. At the same time, people don’t want to spend money heading to the doctor if they can make a full recovery with some simple home-based conservative treatments. So how can you know if it’s in your best interest to visit a foot specialist or if you can get by on your own at home? In today’s blog, we share five signs that it’s time to see a foot specialist to help with your injury.

When To See A Foot Specialist

If any of the following are true, it’s a good idea to pick up the phone and set up an appointment with an orthopedic specialist near you.

  1. Chronic Discomfort – If your foot pain is constantly bothering you, or discomfort seems to come and go in waves but never truly resolves, it’s time to see a foot specialist. There is an underlying issue that is not being addressed, and it’s clear that your current treatments or lack thereof are not getting the job done. It’s time to bring in a professional.
  2. Affecting Your Gait – If a foot or ankle problem is affecting the way you walk, you should seriously consider connecting with a foot specialist. It may not seem like a big deal, but if discomfort is changing the way you walk, different structures will now be asked to handle more pressure as they accommodate for these gait changes. It’s not uncommon for people with foot problems to develop knee or hip pain because of the increased stress handled by these joints as a result of an issue with their normal walking pattern.
  3. Symptoms Are Getting Worse – For many mild or moderate foot injuries, they are most painful at the outset and then start to get better as a couple days go by. If you roll your ankle and then treat it with some rest and stretching exercises, odds are it will feel better three days after the injury than it did shortly after the injury occurred. However, if symptoms remain steady, or they actually get worse, there may be more going on with your injury than originally thought, and you’d benefit by connecting with a specialist.
  4. Treatment Isn’t Working – Similarly, if you are trying to manage symptoms on your own, but you’re just not finding the relief you hoped for, it’s time to speak with an orthopedic specialist. Without a comprehensive diagnosis, you may be treating the wrong underlying condition, and that can lead to prolonged symptoms. You can absolutely try to treat your injury on your own, but if treatment isn’t working, it’s time for professional intervention.
  5. Shying Away From Activities You Love – If foot or ankle pain is leading you to shy away from some of the physical activities that you love, you owe it to yourself to connect with a physician. Don’t let pain or discomfort dictate your life. Regain your independence and stay active by working with a foot specialist who can get you back to doing all the activities you love.

Regardless of whether you’re dealing with the above issues or not, if you want to get to the bottom of your foot pain and get set up with a treatment plan based on your individual needs, reach out to Dr. McDonald and his team today at (860) 244-8889.

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