When to Call a Doctor

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.

When to Call a DoctorAs the average population of America is constantly aging, foot and ankle problems have become much more prevalent in society than ever before. Repetitive activities, hereditary conditions, and aging feet all present an environment in which most people will have at least one or more foot problems throughout their lifespan. As many individuals prefer to care for their own health if they can, knowing the signs and symptoms associated with necessary medical care will be useful in determining when to call a doctor for your unique case. Robert Parker is a certified podiatrist dedicated to the proper diagnosis and treatment of any foot or ankle problem you might have. Contact our office for information on any factors which might increase your risk of developing a more severe condition.

Diabetic patients

People who have diabetes suffer from a variety of degenerative effects on the body which will develop into serious medical problems without proper care. This condition is commonly associated with the advancement of neuropathy and the inability for wounds to heal effectively due to reduced blood flow. Such podiatric concerns often dictate the necessity of annual checkups at our Houston office.

Changes in the skin and toenails

Any unnatural changes to the appearance of your feet and ankles are common indicators of necessary medical attention that may even stem from vascular problems. Alterations in these tissues are commonly detected as hair loss, discolorations, thickening of the skin or nails, and increased or decreased sensory perception. Our office offers a variety of treatments to aid in the elimination of problems like skin rashes as well as bacterial and fungal infections.

Development of growths

As soon as patients detect a growth in their soft tissues or bones, they should seek podiatric care. Any condition that forms over time is easier to treat as soon as it is detected as opposed to after it has matured. While some growths may be minor concerns like corns, calluses, and warts, conditions that develop in the bones, like bunions and heel spurs, can become quite painful without medical intervention and typically will not disappear without medical care.

Reduction or degradation of foot structures

Just as patients should keep an eye out for the outward development of problems, they should become knowledgeable about their current health status to stay informed about any degenerative effects on their feet. These changes can occur quite slowly through the repetitive use of one or more areas of the foot. Many athletic and exercise regimens can cause your extremities to develop a variety of conditions as a result of overuse. Stress fractures, plantar fasciitis, and flat feet are just a few concerns in this aspect of podiatry.

The detection of pain

Patients should be aware that foot pain is not normal. The “no pain, no gain” mantra holds no truth. The experience of pain in the feet and ankles is indicative of medical concerns and will commonly undo any strength, stability, or flexibility training that is being attempted. As a result of faulty biomechanics in the feet, many individuals even experience back pains from the cascading effects of misaligned bones. In order to correct such problems our office often prescribes specialty shoes and orthotics to correct foot problems and to provide the rest of the bones in the body a supportive and stable foundation to rest upon.

Now that you’re aware of the signs of serious foot and ankle complications, you’re on your way to an effective and efficient recovery with the help of Parker Foot and Ankle. Contact our office directly at 281-497-2850 or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Robert Parker.