8 Reasons to See a Podiatrist


Your feet spend a lot of time bearing your weight, so it’s no surprise that people often feel pains and aches in their ankles and feet from time to time. But some aches and pains can be a sign of a more serious condition that requires the attention of a podiatrist. Today Dr. Stuart Snyder and Dr. Sara Sharma of Maple Springs Foot Center, LLC are outlining the top 8 reasons why it might be time to schedule a visit.  

  1. You’re becoming a devoted runner. If you’re running regularly for the first time, you might not be aware of the potential ankle, shin, and foot issues that come along with the running lifestyle. Your podiatrist can help you deal with shin splints, foot pain, and other ailments, and help you choose the proper footwear.

  2. You have ankle or foot pain. Red, stiff, painful, and swollen joints are often a sign of arthritis. With the right treatment, you’ll be able to diminish pain and preserve your joint function so that you can live your best life.

  3. You suffer from diabetes. If you’re diabetic, you’re at a much higher risk for ankle- and foot-related problems, which can range from dry skin to severe, health-compromising infections. Just a small bruise or cut can have devastating effects on your body.

  4. Heel pain is affecting your lifestyle. Heel pain can affect the function of your legs, lower back, and feet, which is not conducive to an active lifestyle. You might have extreme or persistent heel pain from tendonitis or a heel spur.

  5. You have an ingrown toenail. A toenail becomes ingrown when it grows directly into the skin, thereby increasing your risk for infection. Toenails with drainage or redness are often a sign of an ingrown toenail, which means it’s time to schedule an appointment with your podiatrist.

  6. You might have a broken bone or sprain. If you’re feeling sharp pains and think you may have damaged your ankle or foot, visit your podiatrist for a diagnosis and treatment options

  7. You have a callus or corn. If your corn or callus becomes too thick, it can become extremely painful. Your podiatrist can offer pain-relieving solutions.

  8. You have an aching bunion. Bunions will only worsen without treatment - medication, surgery, or padding might be needed. 

If you suspect you might have an infection or injury, contact the offices of Dr. Stuart Snyder and Dr. Sara Sharma of Maple Springs Foot Center, LLC to schedule an appointment. Call us today us at (301) 762-3338 or book your appointment online.