5 Signs You Might Need a Podiatrist

If there’s one thing that Dr. Megan L. Oltmann and Dr. Craig B. Frey want you to remember about your feet, it’s this: foot pain is never normal. You may be tempted to chalk up recurring foot pain to old age or too much exercise – but you shouldn’t. Podiatrists are specially trained to evaluate pain in your foot or ankle, determine its cause, and prescribe medications and therapies to fix your problem and eliminate pain.

Here are 5 issues you may be having that the experts at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland can help you with:

  1. Heel Pain
    In adults, heel pain is most likely caused by an inflammation of the plantar fascia, called plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis may or may not be accompanied by heel spurs – bony growths on the heel that can irritate the surrounding tissue. We can treat your heel pain with stretching and exercise, steroid injections to reduce inflammation, or, for the worst cases, surgery.
  2. Osteoarthritis
    When protective cartilage between your joints breaks down as a result of age or overuse, you have arthritis. We can help you manage arthritis foot pain with custom orthotics (shoe inserts), physical therapy, and/or medication.
  3. Bone deformities
    Painful bumps or bulges on your feet definitely call for a visit to Dr. Frey or Dr. Oltmann. It’s fairly common to develop a bony bump at the base of your big toe (bunions) or a bump in a toe that just won’t lie flat (hammertoes), but you don’t have to live with the pain. We might recommend a change in footwear, a custom shoe insert to ease it, or surgery to correct it.
  4. Nail and skin problems
    These are plentiful and include blisters, corns, calluses, toenail fungus, and ingrown toenails. Such conditions can get worse over time or become infected, so your first line of defense is a visit to the podiatrist. Make an appointment with us right away if you have skin problems such as burning feet or numbness. These symptoms can indicate serious underlying issues.
  5. Diabetes
    If you suffer from diabetes, we hope your general physician has recommended that you make regular appointments with a podiatrist. Diabetes affects the feet in so many ways, including loss of feeling and decreased circulation, both of which can cause even minor issues to become serious very quickly. Our podiatrists specialize in managing – and helping you to manage – diabetic foot complications. 

There’s no need to continue suffering from foot pain. Call us at (440) 903-1041 or visit us online. You are always welcome at our state-of-the-art office in the beautiful Cleveland suburb of Solon, Ohio.