Uh oh! Could you be missing some important details while doing your daily foot inspections? April is National Foot Health Awareness Month, and we think it’s time to talk more about this topic. Whether you are new to foot inspections or have been doing them for years, we hope this post encourages you to do your best inspection every time.
Dr. Brandon A. Macy at Clark Podiatry Center treats patients with various foot and ankle conditions. You can prevent many of those conditions and even more of them if detected earlier. If there’s one example we give, it’s foot ulcers. This condition can become serious — and it can quickly become infected without treatment.
Here are three signs that you may be missing during your foot inspection:
1. Unaddressed problems
Did you reschedule a podiatry appointment or forget to follow up on a problem? You may need to go back and visit your podiatrist from heel pain that comes and goes to the new mole on your ankle. Unaddressed problems can become serious medical issues. We encourage you to pay attention to the signs.
2. Swelling that stays
It doesn’t seem like a big deal, but the swelling is something that should capture your attention. Swelling could signal an injury or fluid retention. There may be other underlying health issues, including heart-related issues. Swelling is also a sign of infection. Now, swelling doesn’t mean that you have a serious problem. It does mean that you should stop and pay attention.
3. New sights, smells, and feelings
What’s that smell? Well, you could be in the early stages of a fungal infection. If you see something that catches your attention, we don’t want you to dismiss those changes. Do you feel a bump on your foot? Has your skin texture changed? Rely on your senses to guide your next steps. Don’t dismiss what you see, smell, or feel.
How can we help you strengthen your foot inspection skills? Ask us questions; we are always here to support you. Every concern matters to us as we work to provide the best service to you and your family.
At Clark Podiatry Center, Dr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist, treats various conditions such as heel pain, diabetic wounds, bunions, nerve pain, and more. The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of Clark Podiatry Center. We provide exceptional service for patients in Union County. Contact our office at (732) 382-3470 or schedule an appointment online. Our office is at 1114 Raritan Road, Clark, NJ 07066.