When it comes to problems with the feet, people tend to put off having a foot and ankle specialist or podiatrist take a look at their issue. Your feet are as important as the rest of your body, making it possible for you to stand, walk, and run. They also support your body weight, which is important for mobility.

Unfortunately, the importance of having healthy, problem-free feet only becomes apparent to most when the problem becomes severe.

Is It Time To Make an Appointment with a Podiatrist?

If you, like many Americans, are delaying seeing a doctor, it’s about time you make an appointment if you are experiencing any of the following.

  1. Your toenails are thick and brittle, which could mean a fungal infection. This type of infection is very hard to treat and tends to come back without medical intervention.
  2. You have chronic fungal infections.
  3. You have chronic toenail issues, such as ingrown nails, which can lead to an infection.
  4. You have persistent heel pain or arch pain and it’s limiting your activities.
  5. You suspect you have sprained your ankle or broken a bone.
  6. You have chronic foot issues and would like to find out how to prevent them from coming back.
  7. Your toes have a limited range of motion or you can’t move them normally. They also feel stiff in the morning.
  8. You need relief from foot pain that doesn’t go away with over-the-counter medication and other at-home treatments.
  9. You’ve noticed a change in the way your foot looks, such as a new growth, lump, or discoloration.
  10. To ensure you are properly caring for your feet and preventing problems, especially if you have been diagnosed with diabetes, also known as diabetic foot care.
  11. Your shoes no longer fit well. Corns, calluses, and bunions can significantly change the way your shoes fit and feel.
  12. You’re experiencing numbness, tingling, or weakness in your feet or legs, especially if the symptoms are new.

Visiting a podiatrist is not just a good idea to address an acute or chronic foot and ankle problem. These specialists can also help you start a healthier lifestyle by becoming physically active. They can provide expert advice on the right footwear and provide custom orthotics that are designed to prevent injury, given your unique foot shape. In addition, they can also help you strengthen your feet and ankles through customized exercises.

Great Foot Doctors in Cincinnati, OH

The board-certified podiatrists at Cincinnati Foot & Ankle Care expertly treat patients with all types of foot and ankle problems. We are the largest podiatry practice in Cincinnati, and employ only the most highly skilled foot and ankle doctors to be part of our team.

The expert treatment of any foot issue can significantly improve your quality of life and overall health. To schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists, call our location nearest you or use our convenient online request form.