If you (or any of your family members) are suffering from a condition or injury causing pain in the lower limbs, it could warrant an office visit to see a podiatrist. Why? Well, because podiatrists are doctors who specialize in treating foot and ankle issues. This means a prime reason to see a podiatrist is to find relief from a foot or ankle problem causing pain, difficulty, or taking away your ability to participate in favorite activities.
When everything performs as intended, it is quite easy to take our feet for granted and not think about everything they do for us.
Feet and ankles not only enable movement, but they also have to support the entire body when we stand. Whereas this typically goes unnoticed (unless a problem develops), the lower limbs endure tremendous amounts of physical force. Even just walking at a normal pace places up to two times your bodyweight on a foot as it lands while taking a step!
At our Upland office, we provide a wide range of podiatric services for patients. Some of the broader categories of problems we can resolve include heel and arch pain, toe deformities, skin and nail conditions, and sports injuries.
An especially important service podiatrists provide—one you might not think about—is diabetic foot care. Most people might be aware of the other areas of foot care, but not as many are aware of the fact diabetes can cause serious problems in the lower limbs. Perhaps the most serious of these problems is the development of diabetic foot ulcers.
Foot ulcers are wounds that do not heal because of systemic damage caused by the diabetes. Left untreated, ulcers can become gangrenous over time. There is no treatment for gangrene, which means amputation is the only way to keep it from spreading.
Losing a limb is concerning enough, but this can be a life-threatening situation. In fact, the mortality rate for a diabetic foot ulcer is greater than the rate for several forms of cancers – including breast, colon, and prostate cancer.
If you were to ask a sampling of podiatrists why patients come see us, you would learn that one of the most common conditions we treat is heel pain. A couple of reasons explaining this are the tremendous force loads we all place on our feet (even when simply walking) and the way the foot is structured, specifically with a couple of tissues connected to your bone (the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia).
In addition to internal injuries and conditions that cause pain, you should also see a podiatrist if you have a toenail condition or an issue with the skin on your lower limbs. We provide effective care for issues like fungal and ingrown toenails, plantar warts, and severe cases of cracked, dry heels.
Unfortunately, despite having pain or discomfort, many people do not seek the help of foot care specialists because they believe it is not serious. However, many podiatric issues can be indicative of more serious health issues and can lead to chronic problems. It is important to come in for a visit and give us the opportunity to provide you or your loved ones with a proper diagnosis and treatment plan to resolve the problem, take away any pain, and let you get back to your favorite activities!
Keep in mind that physical pain and discomfort is never a normal state. Pain is how your body tells you something is wrong. Remember, many foot and ankle ailments are most-easily treated in early stages and become harder when left unaddressed, so it’s best to listen to your body.
If your body is telling you something is wrong with a foot or ankle, call us at (909) 920-0884 for more information or to request an appointment with our Upland, CA office.