While there are many instances of foot issues where it’s okay to try some over-the-counter remedies or give it a little time before making an appointment to come into Lansdowne Podiatry and get evaluated by Dr. Monique Renee Rolle, there are a few cases where it’s unsafe to wait:
- You are a diabetic. Patients who have diabetes have two factors working against them that make it very important that they not delay in seeking treatment for podiatric issues. First, diabetic patients have decreased circulation. This means that wounds can be very slow to heal and prone to infection. A simple blister that pops can quickly become an ulcer that opens the door to a dangerous bacterial infection. The second issue diabetics face is nerve damage or neuropathy. This leads to a decrease in sensation which makes it more likely that by the time a foot or ankle issue is noticed it may have progressed to more serious level than in patients who do not have neuropathy.
- You are in pain. Pain is never normal. Most of us respond quickly if we have been injured or have a sudden onset of intense pain. Sometimes, however, even intense pain will go away within a few hours but the damage still remains (this is often the case with a sprain or turf toe). “If you can walk on it, it’s okay,” is a myth. Even pain that comes and goes but is consistent is your body’s way of alerting you that something is wrong. Waiting will usually result in a worse outcome.
- You have signs of an infection. If you have cut your foot, received treatment recently or had surgery for a podiatric issue and you notice: redness or red streaks at the site of the injury or surgery, pus draining from the wound, heat surrounding the affected area or you have a fever, contact our office immediately. An infection can develop quickly and have serious consequences if not treated right away.
- You notice structural changes in your feet. A toe that’s beginning to drift inward or bend under, a bump forming on your toe or heel, arches that have collapsed—these are all signs of physical problems with your foot that will not go away without treatment. Continuing to walk and bear weight on your foot under these conditions could result in permanent damage and disability.