There are many situations where taking your time is important such as while making a complicated recipe, taking a written exam, or driving in bad weather. When it comes to foot pain of any kind, the opposite is true. It is never a good idea to wait and simply hope that the pain will go away or assume that walking it off will help. Many conditions will only get worse without proper treatment. We have helped too many patients with major foot problems who could have easily resolved their symptoms had they sought treatment at the very beginning.
Dr. Harvey Danciger is ready to help anyone suffering from foot pain. Having the assurance of a professional's opinion will give you peace of mind and a plan of attack. In fact, it can make a major difference in your long-term foot health. Please read the following information, and contact our office if you are experiencing any of the described symptoms.
Call us if you notice changes to your skin or nails.
If you follow a daily foot care routine, take special notice of any changes that may be developing on your skin or toenails. Look for severe cracking, scaling, or peeling on your heel or the sole of your foot. If you have dry skin that is not improving and leading to fissures, it should be checked. Do not ignore signs of a possible bacterial infection. This includes areas of redness, swelling, increased pain, heightened sensitivity or increased temperature. An infection could also cause red streaks on the skin, discharge from an area on your foot, symptoms that persist beyond 2 weeks, and symptoms that spread. Make an appointment if you have red, itchy skin or thick, discolored toenails, both of which could be due to a fungal infection.
Call us if you have pain that is not improving.
There are numerous causes for foot pain, and if you have symptoms that are not improving or have no known cause, a proper diagnosis is imperative. Contact Dr. Harvey Danciger if you have continual pain in your feet or ankles, problematic blisters, heel pain, toe pain, tingling or numbness, or pain while standing or walking. Pain that persists despite treatment such as ice or over-the-counter painkillers (such as aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen), should be treated immediately. If you are an athlete, foot pain can be from an overuse injury or an actual fracture in your foot. Lack of treatment could lead to chronic pain and an indefinite change of your daily routine.
Common deformities such as bunions and hammertoes are often due to inherited foot structures. While you may be prone to developing an abnormality, we have several ways that you can delay potential problems and prevent an existing condition from worsening.
It’s simple, if you have diabetes, regular visits with a podiatrist are extremely important. We can help you monitor your foot health, manage any problems that may arise due to neuropathy and poor circulation, identify potential problems before they happen, and provide quick treatment as soon as a problem is noticed. Without regular care and prompt treatment, a patient with diabetes may face serious complications and possible amputation.
We are here to serve you in any way that we can. If you have any concerns about your foot health, please call our Palm Desert, CA office at (760) 568-0108 to make an appointment.