Approximately 75% of Americans will experience foot health problems of varying degrees of severity at one time or another in their lives. Though foot pain might not be as severe as back or neck pain, it can still cause all sorts of problems in your daily life.
Each foot has 26 bones, meaning that one-quarter of all the bones in your body are in your feet. Even damaging a single bone in your foot can lead to all sorts of painful issues. If you don’t take care of your feet problems, you’ll end up damaging them more even more down the line.
Here are some important signs to beware of that could indicate that your foot pain is far more serious than you might’ve thought:
- The pain has reached your heel — If your heel is in pain, though it could be just a minor annoyance that goes away in a day or two, it could mean something more severe is going on with your feet. Damaged tendons or bone spurs in your feet can reach your heel if unattended long enough. You might need an X-ray to determine the root of the problem and what treatments you have available to you.
- You’ve been diagnosed with diabetes — Diabetics need to be even more careful when it comes to foot and ankle issues. If you’ve recently been diagnosed with diabetes or have been a diabetic for years, make sure you’re getting professional medical assistance right away if you’re experiencing any kind of pain in your feet. Ignoring these issues could lead to amputation, so talk to a professional as soon as you can.
- You feel joint pain in your ankle — This could mean you have some kind of arthritis. If your joints are red, tender, or swollen, you should see a professional foot doctor as soon as you can in order to avoid further damage and address the pain.
Don’t let any kind of foot problem impact your daily life. If you’re experiencing any kind of foot pain and are in need of painless foot surgery, contact Dr. Moy today!