Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Get Foot Care

by | Sep 21, 2015

If you suddenly notice that your vision is blurry and you can’t place your finger on the tip of your nose, you’d make tracks for the ER—stat—because it could be a stroke. A constant toothache that gets worse would send you to the dentist pronto. Why is it, then, that you might walk around for days on an aching foot but ignore it as “one of those things that happens when you get older,” or think it will just go away on its own? Here’s some advice: don’t wait to get help for sore feet.

Why? Here are a few reasons not to ignore symptoms in your feet:

  • It could be a sign of something more serious. For example, numbness could just be pins and needles, but this is also a warning sign of diseases like neuropathy, multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson’s. What you think is a sprain could really be a broken bone, but you won’t know without an X-ray.
  • It often won’t go away on its own. The first time you notice your big toe leaning in is the best time to call us. Bunions will keep progressing until the joint is quite deformed and pain and stiffness have set in. If we catch it early, we can slow down that progression. Issues like heel pain from plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and many other foot problems will also get worse if not treated.
  • The earlier we start, the easier it is to treat a problem with conservative measures. Ask us right away about that funny white spot on your toenail, and we could stop toenail fungus in its tracks with a simple topical ointment. Otherwise, it could require oral medication with its side effects, or laser treatment that insurance may not cover. Recovery from a stress fracture is easier and faster if you don’t walk around on it for a while before seeking help.

These are just a few examples of why it is important to come to us right away so we can identify foot pain causes and start treatment immediately. So don’t wait—contact Prairie Path Podiatry in Geneva, IL to set up an appointment for superior foot care. You can reach us by phone at (630) 845-3338 or request an appointment right on our website.

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