Be Mindful of These 5 Signs of Foot Trouble

When there’s a sudden change in our lives, we can see it clearly. A new baby! The loss of a loved one! Routines are changed, and life takes on a new meaning.

But sometimes change comes about gradually, hinting at a new normal that we’re not quite ready to see. Until, one day it’s staring us in the face. Maybe that’s the reason behind recent interest in the age-old practice of “mindfulness.” If we’re aware of our own actions and our own bodies, maybe change won’t come as a huge surprise. Rather, we can have a positive influence on it. If that’s the purpose of mindfulness, then the podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland are all for it.

Being mindful of foot woes

People don’t tend to take a mindful, proactive approach to their foot health. We ignore gradual changes until a problem is not only staring us in the face, but also finally making us cry out in pain. Catch problems when they are small. Start by being mindful of these 5 foot issues offered by Dr. Megan L. Oltmann and Dr. Craig B. Frey:

  1. Your heel hurts. Heel pain, or plantar fasciitis, is one of our patients’ most common complaints. What starts out as a burning sensation in the heel or slight ache in the arch can quickly advance to throbbing pain that makes walking painful or even impossible.
  2. You’re walking funny. Changes in your foot anatomy that can happen with age and activity such as bunions, bone spurs, or toe stiffness may change the way you walk. Pay attention and have them checked out before your abnormal gait affects your hips, knees, and back.
  3. Your feet are numb or tingling. Feet that experience unexplained changes in sensation may indicate a serious problem such as neuropathy or diabetes.
  4. Your toenails look different. Nails that have become thick and brittle are probably infected with a fungus. Specific color changes could be side effects of medications or a warning sign of diabetes.
  5. You’ve got lesions. A lesion is any sort of disruption of the skin, like warts, moles, or blisters. A mole that you’ve had since you were a kid can be no trouble at all – until it starts to form rough edges or changes color. Keep an eye on any foot lesions and have them checked out if you notice troubling changes or they become painful.

Change the way you think about your feet. Be mindful of anything that’s different, and bring your concerns to us at our office in Solon, OH. Make an appointment online or call us at (440) 903-1041.