How Often Should I Visit A Podiatrist?
posted: Jun. 07, 2021.
Podiatrists help people enjoy healthier feet. In addition to diagnosing and treating a diverse range of foot and ankle issues, they can also help you take steps to prevent injuries and various foot conditions. Dr. Kent DiNucci, the experienced podiatrist at The Ankle and Foot Clinic in Omaha, NE, can address all your foot and ankle concerns.
Signs You Should See a Podiatrist
Individuals with healthy feet should still visit a podiatrist once every year. The doctor can identify potential issues and recommend steps you can take to avoid problems and maintain healthy feet. Patients who have certain foot or ankle conditions, such as a history of foot ulcers, should see a podiatrist more often. The skilled podiatrist at our office in Omaha, NE, can determine how often you need to come in for a checkup.
There are times when you should see a podiatrist even if you are not due for a checkup. For example, it is important to have a foot or ankle injury examined by a doctor who can prescribe the right treatment to help the injury heal properly and prevent further complications. A sprained ankle, for example, that does not heal properly can lead to chronic ankle pain and instability.
Signs you need to see a podiatrist include:
- Chronic heel pain
- Blisters on the feet
- Ongoing foot or ankle pain
- Discharge from an area of the foot
- Changes in the nails or skin on the feet
- Severe cracking, peeling, or scaling on the heels
- Increased swelling, tenderness, redness, or pain in the feet or ankles
- Foot or ankle issues that have persisted for two or more weeks
Conditions Podiatrists Treat
Podiatrists treat a wide range of foot and ankle conditions and injuries. Seeking treatment is important for proper healing and the prevention of chronic problems. Examples of some of the many foot and ankle conditions a podiatrist can diagnose and treat include:
- Sprained ankles
- Plantar fasciitis
- Ingrown toenails
- Fungus toenails
- Corns and calluses
- Achilles tendon injuries
- Bunions and hammertoes
- Fractures and breaks
- Diabetic foot care
- Flat feet
Visiting the podiatrist once a year is a good rule of thumb if you are not dealing with a foot or ankle condition. Individuals who do have a specific condition can benefit from seeing the doctor every few months. Dr. DiNucci can advise you as to how often you should come in. To schedule an appointment with our exceptional podiatrist, call The Ankle and Foot Clinic in Omaha, NE, at (402) 331-0221.