Make a resolution to take better care of your feet this New Year. Address problems before they become harder to fix! Start by familiarizing yourself with these 5 general categories of foot issues. If you notice anything amiss, don’t wait; call Montgomery Foot Care Specialists in Montgomery, AL at (334) 396-3668 and seek the expert care of podiatrists Heidi M. Christie, DPM or Chandra L. Day-Houts, DPM.
1. Odd Color
Examine your feet on a regular basis for changes in color. Any sort of spot that wasn’t there before, or a spot that changes color or shape should be looked at by Dr. Christie or Dr. Day-Houts. Bumps, lumps, and spots – including dark spots underneath your toenails – can be cancerous and should be checked out as soon as possible.
Pain in your feet is not normal. It can come in many forms – dull and achy, sharp, intermittent, first thing in the morning, or pain that starts out minor but grows worse over the course of your day. Pain in your heel, toes, arch, or ball of your foot can have many causes. Our podiatrists are trained to find the source quickly and offer you the proper treatment.
Are your feet always cold? Do your experience a burning sensation in your feet? Cold feet can indicate a problem with blood flow such as peripheral arterial disease (PAD) or another circulatory problem. Feet that have a persistent burning sensation may be a symptom of an underlying disease as well, such as a thyroid imbalance or damage to the nerves in your feet.
Fungal infections are usually the culprit when it comes to itchy, scaly toes or feet. Athlete’s foot is a very common fungal infection that’s pretty easily resolved with medication. Fungal toenails also respond well to medication. Fungus that’s left untreated can spread (on yourself and to others) or nails may become so infected that they must be removed entirely.
Numbness in your feet is another sign of PAD, but it can also be a symptom of diabetes. Undiagnosed or uncontrolled diabetes can have a great impact on circulation and blood flow, leading to nerve damage and loss of feeling. If you notice any of these signs of foot disease, make an appointment with us without delay. Early diagnosis and treatment can be your best defense against serious problems with your feet and your overall health.