Since the beginning of the COVID-19 quarantine, people have been putting off getting medical care for many issues. Foot problems are no exception. As a result, issues not fixed early have likely gotten worse. It’s neither safe nor wise to put off certain types of care. So, check your feet right now if any of the following statements apply to you.
You have diabetes.
Even well-controlled diabetes may eventually cause problems in your feet. Check your feet for signs of:
- Peripheral neuropathy, or loss of feeling. Signs include numbness anywhere on your feet, as well as prickling, tingling, and burning.
- Lack of circulation, known as peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Watch for symptoms that include cuts healing slowly or don’t heal at all, dry skin, crumbling toenails indicating a fungal infection, and cracked heels.
- Diabetics should let nothing get in the way of caring for their feet – not even a global pandemic. Neglecting PAD, for example, can quickly lead to a dangerous infection and amputation.
You’re a smoker.
Smoking also damages the blood vessels and nerves in the feet. If you smoke and notice symptoms such as pale or discolored toes, cold toes, tingling or burning sensations in your feet, or small sores on your toes, you may have PAD or Buerger’s disease.
You’ve had nagging pain for a while.
Pain anywhere in your feet or ankles that last more than a few days isn’t normal. The longer you wait to seek care, the more complicated your treatment may become. We encourage you to contact Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland in Solon, Ohio. An appointment today with qualified podiatrists Dr. Craig B. Frey and Dr. Megan L. Oltmann can save you pain and troubles down the road. Residents of Summit, Portage, Geauga, and Cuyahoga Counties may call us at (440) 903-1041 or contact us online.