If you have been struggling with foot pain or are embarrassed to show your feet this summer, consider seeing a specialist sooner rather than later. Here are the top four reasons why you should consider seeing a foot specialist before summer fun, hot weather, and outdoor activities kick into full gear:
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes:
Diabetics are very prone to developing wounds and infections to their feet due to neuropathy, poor blood circulation, and other health issues. Routine evaluation by your foot specialist can help catch and prevent these issues before they cause trouble.
If you suffer from heel pain:
Heel pain is a very common complaint and is usually very easily treated. But if it is left unchecked for too long, it can significantly increase your recovery time. If you suffer from heel pain, a foot specialist can help diagnose the problem and provide solutions.
If you're nervous to show off your feet:
Everyone looks forward to running around without shoes in the summer months, unless you’re not too keen on everyone seeing your feet. Bunions, hammertoes, and thick toenails keep many people stuck in their shoes throughout the summer. There are many treatment options for these issues that can help make you feel comfortable running around in your flip-flops and sandals this summer.
If pain is keeping you from staying or becoming active:
Foot pain can put a severe damper on your summer plans. Pain that is consistent for more than a week without much improvement should be evaluated. In general, pushing through or ignoring foot pain is not a good idea.
Did any of these tips resonate with your situation?
Dr. Zackery Nance of The Oregon Clinic Foot & Ankle treats patients at Providence Portland Medical Center. To learn more or schedule an appointment, visit www.oregonclinic.com/our-team/zackery-nance