As part of your foot health awareness, the New England Podiatry Associates would like to remind patients of the urgent, no-doubt situations that require a visit to the podiatrist.
What is one of the best ways to increase your foot health awareness? Add daily inspections. This step means taking a close look at your feet — top, bottom, and around. Look at your soles, heels, toenails, and more. If you see something, say something. We’re here to help.
Here are three reasons to make an appointment:
Brittle, discolored toenails
Your toenails may be giving you a tip about the overall health of your feet. If the nails are discolored, brittle, and crumbling, you may have a fungal toenail infection. This condition is not only uncomfortable but also contagious.
Swelling and pain
Redness, swelling, and increasing pain are signs of an infection. These symptoms are red flags that require immediate attention. As foot and ankle specialists, a podiatrist will first focus on treating the infection. Then, they will move forward with treating the condition or injury. For patients with diabetes, timing is critical. Act fast.
A foot or ankle injury can be frightening — especially when a patient doesn’t understand the severity. If you think you have an injury or unexplained pain, call a podiatrist for a professional diagnosis and treatment. Untreated injuries, such as ankle sprains, can have long-term injuries. One example is weak ankles.
Keep these reminders handy, and know that we’re here to answer your questions. At New England Podiatry Associates, Dr. Michael Hass, Dr. Alan Green, Dr. Stephen Tubridy, Dr. Ronald Etskovitz, Dr. Raymond Murano III, and Dr. Catherine Jacobs treat various conditions such as sports injuries, foot and ankle pain, pediatric foot care, ingrown toenails, and flat feet. Equipped with a board-certified podiatrist team, we offer two convenient locations to provide excellent care for patients in Norfolk, Suffolk, and Middlesex Counties. Contact our Chestnut Hill office at 617-232-1752 and our Newton-Wellesley office at 617-630-8280. We are still offering a telemedicine option for your safety and convenience.