Feet Taking a Beating? Why You May Need to Visit a Podiatrist

Everyday activities can take their toll on our feet and soles.

feet taking a beating

We’re constantly on our feet walking, jogging, jumping, or standing.  All of these regular, everyday activities sure do take their toll on our soles.

We can’t forget that our feet are almost always supporting all of our body weight! It’s pretty understandable as to why so many people suffer from problems relating to their feet and ankles.

But did you know that your healthcare specialist may be able to help you with some of those problems? Your family healthcare practice may specialize in the field of podiatry. Podiatrists study and treat conditions, injuries, and issues pertaining to the feet, ankle, and lower leg.

So just what conditions and injuries do they treat?

Common reasons people visit a podiatrist

  • Abnormal sensations in the feet or ankles.
    Many people feel numbness in their feet, while others may feel a tingling sensation throughout the day. Some people even feel a burning sensation in their feet and lower legs.
  • Swelling in the feet and ankles.
    This is definitely a time to consult with your podiatrist.
  • Wounds on your foot, ankle, or lower leg that have not started to heal over time.
    Visiting a podiatrist is important to find out what is wrong.
  • Persistent pain that worsens with activity.
  • Foot discoloration.
    This can also be a symptom of some sort of condition or problem with the feet. Gout often gives feet a bit of a red color, while problems with the veins are usually seen through blue and purple shades.

If you are suffering from any of these problems, speak with your primary care physician about seeing a podiatrist.

Here at The Austin Diagnostic Clinic, our physicians are trained in podiatry and the treatment of feet, ankles, and the lower legs.