Maybe It Will Go Away?

These can be the five most dangerous words related to foot pain. These are words most often repeated from patients during my years of practice. People tell me they had the problem for a few days, weeks or months. The reason they did not seek treatment was because 'They Thought It Would Go Away."

This attitude can be troublesome to people, especially diabetics. A small problem can rapidly become a major one; with infection, deformity and possibly amputation resulting.

Most people will have increasing pain and will eventually call for an appointment. Diabetics, however, because of the lack of feeling in the feet (neuropathy), poor vision and other medical problems which make it hard for them to inspect their feet, will often not have pain and not understand the seriousness of their problem. They do not come to see a doctor at the first signs of a problem.

Pain is not normal in the feet, and should be evaluated at the first symptoms. Pain is a signal that something is not in balance and correct.

Non diabetics should be seen early as well as treatment can be directed to the problem thereby getting them better much sooner than if the problem becomes chronic.

Have you heard yourself saying theses words? If so, you now know how dangerous they can be.

Dr. Harvey Danciger
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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle
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