Everyday Signs You Need to See a Podiatrist

People often think that podiatrists exist to treat major foot problems like fractures and Achilles tendinitis. This is a part of their job. However, podiatrists also treat smaller, more minor foot problems. People often ignore these problems simply because they don't realize they can get care. So, if you're dealing with any of these "everyday" foot problems, contact a podiatrist.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails often feel sore. They may swell and cause your toe to become red. You might keep trimming them back, but they persist. This is a problem a podiatrist can treat. They may just need to trim your toenails in a specific way to change the direction they are growing. Or, in more serious cases, they may need to surgically remove all or part of the toenail.

Persistent Heel Soreness

If your heal is just sore for a day or two, you probably stepped on something and bruised yourself. On the other hand, if you have heel soreness that persists, it's probably something more than that. Even if the soreness is not terribly severe, you could have heel spurs or plantar fasciitis. Your podiatrist can likely design a shoe insert or orthotic insert for you to wear, which will take pressure off your heel and allow these ailments to heal.

Toenail Fungus

Nails that are yellow, brittle, and thick are usually infected with fungus. There are over-the-counter treatments that you can try, but they do not always work. If you've given them a chance and you're still showing symptoms of toenail fungus, see a podiatrist. They can give you more potent, oral antifungal medications to take. They may also recommend having all or part of your toenails removed so that fungi in the nail bed can be treated.

Painful Calluses

Calluses are not usually a problem if they are not painful. But if they do cause you any pain, they are something you should have a podiatrist take a look at. You may actually have a corn, not a callus. A corn happens when a part of the tissue under thickened skin becomes sore and sensitive. A podiatrist can design a shoe insert that takes the pressure off your callus or corn, alleviating the pain.

Podiatrists do more than just treat serious foot injuries and diseases. They also deal with everyday problems that affect the feet. Talk to a podiatrist if you struggle with any of the problems above.