When should I see a podiatrist?

A podiatrist is an expert in all matters pertaining to foot and ankle health. They have more specialized training and experience with this area of the body than a general practitioner.

Never hesitate to schedule an appointment with us for any foot or ankle problems or concerns you may have. You never have to wait for something to become “bad enough” to warrant seeing us. In fact, the earlier a problem is identified and addressed, the faster and more effectively it can be addressed.

Just a few of the conditions that are very much worth seeing a podiatrist about include:

  • Persistent heel pain
  • Pain, swelling, or numbness in one or both feet
  • Fungal toenails
  • Recurring or infected ingrown toenails
  • Bunions and hammertoes
  • Painful corns or calluses
  • Sports injuries, including suspected ankle sprains and fractures
  • Anything pertaining to foot care if you live with diabetes

If you are not certain whether you should schedule an appointment with us or have further questions, you can always contact us for assistance. We’ll always be happy to hear from you.

What causes heel pain?

Persistent heel pain can occur due to many different conditions, each of which can have a number of different causes. 

To most effectively treat a particular case of heel pain, it is essential to determine and understand the factors that are contributing to the problem. If a treatment doesn’t focus on the specific causes, it is unlikely to provide the results you need. 

Various sources of heel pain include:

  • Overuse injuries (placing too much strain on the feet either all at once or via repetitive impacts)
  • Abnormalities in foot structure (e.g. flat feet, high arches) that place excess strain on elements of the foot
  • Ill-fitting footwear, or shoes that put to much pressure on certain areas of the foot
  • Excess weight
  • Heel spurs

If you or a loved one is experiencing persistent heel pain, it is unlikely to just go away on its own. The sooner the causes can be diagnosed and treated, the less likely that the heel pain will continue to persist or become more severe. We’ll be happy to schedule an appointment with you, as well as answer any initial questions you may have.

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