We use our feet every day, so if we ignore an issue with our feet and it snowballs into a major problem, every step you take may soon be painful. And while it’s true that some minor foot conditions can be handled at home without professional medical intervention, there are a number of issues that require immediate attention. In today’s blog, we spotlight four foot conditions that you shouldn’t put off treating any longer.
Actively Treat These Four Foot Conditions
If you believe or know that you are dealing with one of these four issues that commonly affect your feet, it’s in your best interest to consult with a foot specialist in your area and figure out the best steps forward so that you don’t end up dealing with long-term foot pain.
- Bunions – Bunions earns the top spot on this list, and we’re so adamant that you shouldn’t delay bunion treatment that we even dedicated an entire blog explaining why you shouldn’t put off treating a bunion. You can learn more on that blog, but by the time most people realize they are dealing with a bunion, there’s not much they can do to reverse the issue. You can certainly take some conservative steps to alleviate symptoms and slow the progression of the bunion, but you’re not going to be able to shift that displaced big toe joint back into the proper position at home. Bunions will only continue to get worse if you keep wearing the same shoes and doing the same activities that led to their onset in the first place, so proactively attack the problem before it gets to a point where surgery is your only remedy.
- Ankle Arthritis – Tens of millions of Americans deal with some form of arthritis, and when it affects your ankles, movement can become painful. Again, you’re not going to be able to reverse the joint damage you’ve experienced or regrow lost cartilage, but you can make your muscles and ankles stronger so that degeneration slows and symptoms lessen or resolve. Similar to bunions, if you keep ignoring the problem, it’s only going to get worse, which generally brings more severe symptoms. Some simple solutions like exercise, shoe modifications and weight loss can help to fight back against arthritis progression.
- Plantar Fasciitis – Plantar fasciitis involves inflammation of the thick band of tissue on the underside of your foot that connects your heel to your toes, and as you might imagine, it can be tough for this inflammation to resolve if you’re constantly stressing your feet by walking. That’s not to say that you should lay in bed for a month and hope the inflammation fades, because that’s not the best course of action either. Instead, sync up with a specialist, let them examine your feet, your footwear choices and talk with them about what a normal day on your feet looks like. Oftentimes some shoe changes or orthotic inserts along with avoiding heavy-impact activities like running can help to bring an end to your plantar fasciitis symptoms. Physical therapy exercises to help take stress off the plantar fascia can also work wonders.
- Diabetic Feet – Finally, if you are diabetic, you’ll want to pay extra close attention to your feet. They are the furthest body part from your heart, and if diabetes affects your blood circulation, oftentimes your feet are prone to delayed healing in the event of a cut or a sore. If an infection ends up developing, healthy blood may not be able to help resolve the problem, which can lead to major issues, including amputation. Perform regular foot checks and keep an eye on any cuts or sores if you have diabetes. If there’s a concerning wound, have it cared for by a professional.
If you’re dealing with any of these foot issues, or you’ve developed a new or chronic pain in your foot and you want a specialist to provide a recommendation, reach out to Dr. McDonald and his team today at (860) 244-8889.