When you start to notice pain and symptoms of a foot or ankle condition, where do you go? If you live in the Milford, Hamden, or New Haven area of Connecticut, then the answer is easy: Podiatrist Sanjay Patel. As a podiatrist, Dr. Patel is specially trained and experienced in the care of the feet and ankles.
Your feet work extremely hard every day in order to carry you through your activities and work. As a result, you may experience some soreness in your feet. After long days standing or walking, it’s not unusual to see some swelling in the lower extremities. With delicate care, rest, and perhaps some ice to reduce swelling, these symptoms tend to disappear just as quickly as they developed.
However, there are times when it is necessary to make an appointment with a foot specialist in order to get the professional care you need. For symptoms of chronic pain, unusual discoloration, changes to the shape of your foot, or if you have a disease like diabetes that affects your immune system, it’s important to get specialized care right away.
Pain or Trauma
Severe pain or long lasting pain can be a sign of trauma to the tissues or bones in the feet. Fractures, for example, may go unnoticed, but pain will worsen over time if the bone is not fixed correctly or allowed to rest. The same goes for injuries like ankle sprains and Achilles tendonitis, as they will only worsen when not helped.
Heel pain is very common today, and is most likely the result of a condition called plantar fasciitis. This condition will not heal by itself, and may require prescription orthotics in order to reduce the pain.
Changes in Color
When abnormal discoloration is present in the feet or toes, seek care in order to determine if the underlying cause is related to poor circulation. As the feet are the farthest limbs from the heart, poor circulation can lead to a conditions such as nerve damage and slow-healing wounds.
Deformities or Changes in Shape
Changes in shape or size of the feet can be indicative of a much bigger problem (like the development of a disease) or of a fault in the biomechanical structure of your feet. If you notice that your feet have flat or high arches, a podiatrist can prescribe orthotics or recommend stretches and exercises to do in order to strengthen the feet and prevent injuries.
Patients with Diabetes
Diabetes causes many complications to the body, especially the feet. This disease can lead to nerve damage and poor circulation. Both of these cause tissue damage and chronic wounds (called ulcers) that open the door to infection and can ultimately incite the need for amputation of the limb. A podiatrist can teach you how to properly manage the disease and provide the tools to help prevent complications and the spread of infection.
Don’t wait too long to find relief for your feet! Dr. Sanjay Patel is a certified podiatrist who will work with you to ensure that your feet regain their health and remain healthy for the rest of your life. Call his friendly staff at Family Foot Care & Surgery today. Dial the Milford office at (203) 876-7736 or the Hamden office at (203) 288-4055 to make an appointment, or request one online from the comfort of your home.