When To See a Foot Doctor

Is it time to turn to our podiatry team for care?

We don’t often think about our feet until problems set in. Unfortunately, once issues arise, the last thing you want to worry about is what kind of doctor you should turn to. Our Fort Walton Beach, and Crestview, FL, foot doctors, Dr. Cosimo Ricciardi and Dr. Neil Patel, are here for you whether you are looking for preventive care or need to treat acute or chronic injuries or disorders. Here are the top reasons people turn to our foot and ankle doctors,

You’re an Athlete

We all know the amount of wear and tear our feet and ankles take on, especially as athletes. That’s why it’s essential that you have a dedicated foot doctor that can ensure that you are giving your feet the proper care they need. Our Fort Walton Beach, Crestview and Niceville, FL, can provide tips and strategies to reduce your risk for injury. Preventive care is key to keeping you on your feet and in the game; our team can help.

You Have Diabetes

Diabetes can increase your risk for nerve damage, ulcers, infection and amputation, so it’s essential that you have your blood sugar under control. While you should work with your doctor to manage your blood sugar through medication and a healthy lifestyle, you should also have a podiatrist on your care team. Our Fort Walton Beach, Crestview and Niceville, FL, specialize in diabetic feet and wound care. If you have diabetes, you should visit at least once a year for a checkup. If you notice any changes in your feet, call us right away.

You Have Persistent Joint Pain

Aches and pains happen; however, if you are dealing with pain or stiffness in the foot or ankle joints that don’t subside, this could be a sign of arthritis. Arthritis is a progressive condition, which means that it can get worse over time. Luckily, our team can provide you with medications and lifestyle modifications that can slow the progression and protect against severe and permanent joint damage.

You Sustain an Injury

From strains to sprains and broken bones, we’ve seen and treated them all. It’s important that you turn to our team after an injury so we can determine the best way to treat the injury. More severe injuries may require casting or immobilization so the foot or ankle can heal properly. Not getting the proper treatment now could risk long-term pain, inflammation and instability.

Emerald Coast Podiatry is the premier foot and ankle clinic in Fort Walton Beach, and Crestview, FL. If you are looking for a foot doctor to provide care tailored to your needs, call us today.

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