When to Call a Podiatrist

A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine who specializes in diagnosing and treating foot, toe, and ankle problems, including skin and toenail issues to infections, [term=’ankle-sprain’]sprains[/term], [term=’fractures’]fractures[/term], sports injuries, deformities, disorders, and diseases.

Call a podiatrist when you experience any of the following issues:

  • Persistent, chronic, increasing, or sudden pain in the feet, toes, or ankles
  • Any change in the feet, toes, or ankles, such as swelling or the taking on of a bluish, reddish, or purplish color
  • Signs of infection, including swelling, redness, tenderness, heat, red streaks, or discharge of pus
  • Any infection that spreads to another area of the feet or toes
  • Any change in the toenails or skin on the feet, including thickening nails, [term=’blisters’]blisters[/term], or severe cracking, scaling, or peeling
  • Symptoms that do not go away or improve within two weeks of using an over-the-counter treatment on your own

Podiatrists provide the following medical services to patients to maintain healthy feet, toes, and lower legs: education on proper hygiene, care, and exercise; diagnoses and treatments for pain, deformities, injuries, diseases, and disorders; surgeries to correct problems; prescriptions for appropriate therapy and diagnostic procedures; prescribe and fit orthotics; and consult with other doctors or specialists to provide patients with a collaborative approach to health care.