Here at York Foot Orthotics and Bracing, we find that many people tend to dismiss foot pain as an unavoidable fact of life. This concerns us greatly, as in many cases, foot pain can be an indicator of an underlying medical condition and should be taken seriously on those grounds. Of course, not all foot pain is the result of a serious medical concern, but how can you know the difference? That’s what we’ll be covering in this article, so read on to find out when you should see a doctor about your foot pain.
- If you have a previous diagnosis – You should definitely see a doctor about foot pain if you have a previously established health condition, such as diabetes, that’s known to affect the feet.
- If you’ve been injured – Another example of when to see a doctor about foot pain is any time you’ve suffered an injury or trauma to the foot. If you got hurt playing sports, dropped something during a home renovation, or anything else, you should have your injured foot checked out just to be safe.
- If your foot is red or swollen – Any redness, swelling, or heat in your foot is a definite sign you should see a doctor about the problem.
- If you can’t put weight on it – You should also see a doctor immediately if you find that your pain is so severe that you can’t put any weight on the foot.
- If the pain lasts more than two weeks – Lastly, if you have chronic foot pain that comes and goes, we recommend seeing a doctor if the pain lasts more than two weeks at a time. Also seek medical help if your feet become swollen for a week or more, or if you experience numbness for any length of time.