6 Reasons You Need to See a Podiatrist

Are regular dental checkups an important part of your life? We hope so; proper care of your teeth prevents disease and can stop a small cavity from progressing to a full-blown root canal.

Turn your focus now to the other end of your body – your feet. People don’t pay a whole lot of attention to them, but the truth is that if we neglected our teeth like we neglect our feet, we’d probably be gumming our food before the age of 30. We should all treat our feet with the same kind of preventative care as we do our mouths!

You walk on your feet every day – a total of some 115,000 miles in an average lifetime. You stand on them for hours at a time, go jogging, twist them around the golf course, and maybe even ask them to cart around those 20 or so extra pounds you’ve been meaning to lose. These hard workers deserve regular attention, something that expert podiatrists Dr. Megan L. Oltmann and Dr. Craig B. Frey can help you with.

Why go to a podiatrist

  1. Home care hasn’t worked. You’ve tried to treat warts, nail fungus, or athlete’s foot with home remedies, but the problem persists.

  2. You’ve got an acute injury. Our podiatrists treat nothing but the feet and ankles, so we provide skilled care of everything from minor sprains to bone fractures. We also perform foot and ankle surgery.
  3. Something hurts. A nagging pain anywhere in your feet often gets worse if left untreated. Making an appointment early on can save you from making a problem worse.
  4. Something’s changed. One of your toes has begun to overlap another; your bunion’s gotten larger; there’s a lump on top of your foot; your ankle makes noise when you walk, etc.
  5. You can’t feel anything. A consistently numb foot or toe needs evaluation and treatment.
  6. You’ve got diabetes. All diabetics need to see a podiatrist at least once per year for a complete checkup. Healing is very slow in diabetics, and it’s alarming how quickly a simple cut or scrape can advance to a limb-threatening infection. There are many other threats to a diabetic’s foot including nerve and blood vessel damage that can be curtailed with regular checkups.

If you call Cuyahoga County home, then we invite you to get to know all of us at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland, located in the historic district of Solon, Ohio. Give us a call at (440) 903-1041 or contact us with your foot and ankle questions and concerns online.