Managing Foot Pain: When to See a Podiatrist

Foot pain in Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, and Niceville, FL, can make your daily life miserable. Having difficulty walking makes going about your regular daily activities difficult. What you want is relief and Dr. Cosimo Ricciardi and Dr. Neil Patel of Emerald Coast Podiatry can help you find it. 

What is causing your foot pain?

 One of the first things you need to know is what is causing your foot pain in Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, and Niceville, FL. In some cases, it is obvious. When you have bunions, they are visible. Other types of foot pain may be more mysterious. When you are in pain, and you don't know why, this is a good time to see a podiatrist. 

Treating your foot pain at home

 In most cases, the most conservative treatments for pain in your feet are things you can do at home. These include changes in lifestyle or OTC medication. Wearing different shoes is an option for many different painful foot conditions. Some foot pain will respond to rest and ice. In the event that a couple of weeks have passed, and the pain has not decreased, that is the time to make an appointment to see the podiatrist. 

You suspect an infection

 If you are diabetic and have an ulcer on your foot, this is a good reason to get an appointment posthaste. Diabetic infections can turn serious very quickly. If you are prone to ingrown toenails, you may end up with an infection. The toe will be red and may feel hot to the touch. If you see pus, it is time to get professional help. 

Difficulty walking or putting weight on your foot

 Once the pain in your foot gets to the point where it is disrupting your daily life, it is time to make an appointment and let a professional help you with your foot pain. 

If you injure your foot

 If you injure your foot, and it is bleeding, swollen, or bruised, you should get help as quickly as possible. You may have broken a bone. 

Your feet have many different bones, tendons, muscles, and fascia that can lead to pain. Keeping them happy and pain-free can be a full-time job. Your podiatrist is your partner in this endeavor. 

Dr. Ricciardi and Dr. Patel of Emerald Coast Podiatry provide treatments to help with your foot pain in Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, and Niceville, FL. To make an appointment, give one of our offices a call. To reach the Fort Walton Beach office call 850-862-4119 or Crestview, 850-682-6522

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