Did you know that there are dozens of different types of conditions, diseases, and disorders that can impact the health of your feet and ankles? These conditions, diseases, and disorders range from toenail fungus (otherwise known as athlete’s foot), bunions, arthritis, warts, ankle sprains, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, and so on. Many of these foot and ankle issues are relatively easy for your primary care doctor to assess before referring you to a foot specialist, otherwise known as a podiatrist. Primary care doctors often refer patients out to podiatrists because the vast majority of foot and ankle related problems require special experience and medical training to diagnose and treat.
Although common, heel pain often goes unaddressed and left to worsen over time. A specialist is often needed as a professional solution when simple treatments and lifestyle changes aren’t helping remedy your pain or discomfort. Our doctors, Dr. Scott E. Hughes, Dr. Greg P. Vogt, and Dr. Christine I. Tumele are your best local resource. Here are some ways to address your heel pain at home to prepare for seeing one of our specialists:
Invest in supportive shoes: when was the last time you bought a new pair of shoes? Over time, lower quality shoes can quickly lose their supportiveness. Poor support can lead to several issues like heel pain and fallen arches.
Rest better: who can resist wanting to learn how to get more out of resting? If you have foot or ankle pain, sitting all day with your feet on the floor can make it feel worse. Resting or sleeping with your feet elevated can help increase blood flow and promote healing.
Low-impact exercise: while you don’t always have to be running a triathlon to be fit, simply starting a daily regimen of stretching and light exercise can help improve your foot and ankle health.
If you’re seeking fast relief for your aching feet, Foot And Ankle Specialists P.C. is the answer! Call our team to schedule your next appointment with us in Monroe (734-241-0200) or Lambertville, Mississippi (734-856-8900).