When should I see a podiatrist?

Knowing what foot problems you can handle yourself and when to see a podiatrist can be tricky. Most would agree that a simple scrape, ingrown toenail, or athlete’s foot infection could probably be treated at home.

It is always a better idea to see a podiatrist sooner rather than later. But even here there’s a caveat: if you have diabetes, it is always best to get professional help for foot problems. Why visit a podiatrist, even for simple problems like these? Because the risk of infection, gangrene, and amputation looms over any botched attempt to take care of them yourself.

If you are normally healthy, and the problem is minor, go ahead and try home treatment. If the issue doesn’t improve in a few days or a week, you can still call for help. With any injury, however, seek help right away. For example, symptoms for a sprain and a fracture can be similar. It’s best to get an accurate diagnosis right away. The same holds true for chronic problems that don’t improve with home remedies. Don’t keep walking on your foot and making a problem worse.

You won’t regret contacting Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston for our expert foot care. Just dial (281) 497-2850 or request your appointment online.

Robert G. Parker
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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.