posted: Jul. 13, 2021.
At NextGen Foot & Ankle Care Centers, one of the hardest situations we face with our Glendale patients are treating a foot or ankle condition that has gone on way too long and hearing a patient say, “I wasn’t sure if I should call you.” As a general rule, as the old adage goes, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Most foot and ankle problems left untreated will only get worse. Often, the treatment required is longer and more invasive than if we had been able to evaluate and treat the condition sooner. You should also never delay seeking medical treatment for even minor foot symptoms if you have diabetes. Below are a few other guidelines to help you know when to call our podiatrists, Dr. Samvel Keshishyan, Dr. Samvel Keshishyan, and Dr. Samvel Keshishyan.
Foot and ankle injuries that are not emergent may be tricky to diagnose on your own. What looks like an ankle sprain may be a fracture (or a sprain and a fracture together). Don’t make the mistake of thinking that because you can walk on it, the injury can’t be too bad. Many patients have put total weight on a foot with a broken bone only to do worse damage that then required surgery to repair. Ankle sprains have the best chance of full recovery with minimal risk of repeated sprains if rehabilitation starts promptly.
The foot doctor should evaluate any persistent pain. Even if the pain comes and goes or only happens when playing a sport or first thing in the morning if it keeps recurring, it’s your foot’s way of telling you there’s a problem. Pain not alleviated by non-prescription pain relievers and icing should also be checked out.
One of the biggest concerns about a foot injury or chronic condition is infection. This can become a systemic problem that threatens the health of your whole body. Some signs of infection include:
- Redness or red streaks extending out from the affected area
- Swelling and/or tenderness
- Feeling of heat at the site
- Increased pain
- Pus or other discharge from the foot
Contact us immediately at our Glendale (818) 416-3668, South Pasadena (818) 779-6140, or Glendale (818) 756-3338 office if you experience one or more of the above symptoms in conjunction with a foot or ankle problem.