People usually wait for severe pain or discomfort before seeking medical help. In most cases, they tend to ignore changes that appear harmless until they turn into something critical. “If it doesn’t hurt, it’ll go away,” they would say.
However, some changes that occur in your feet may be a warning sign for a much bigger problem. At Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists advise you to be cautious of these changes:
- Discoloration: Although our bodies may change colors when exposed to extreme temperatures (i.e. red in heat and blue in cold), under normal circumstances, any changes should be noted and acted upon accordingly. If you feel that your feet appear blue-ish or purple-ish in color, it could be a sign of inadequate oxygen supply to your feet. Most diabetic patients experience this. Red coloration could be a signal of infection.
- Shape distortions: In some cases, changes in the shape of your feet can be noticed immediately, whereas in others it might take a while. Joint injuries or inappropriate footwear could alter the normal shape of your feet. Likely conditions that could result include bunions, hammertoes or bone protrusions. It is important to examine your feet every day.
- Desensitization: Lack of sensation in your feet or numbness could be due to a diabetic condition known as neuropathy which should not be taken lightly. Another condition to note is the temperature of your feet. If they are unusually cold most of the time, it could mean poor blood circulation due to diabetes or anemia.
- Size abnormality: Swelling in your feet or ankles could indicate a problem in some other part of your body. It could be due to water retention in your body (fluid build-up), which might be telling you that your heart, kidneys or even liver need attention.
Your feet could be telling you of multiple problems that could aggravate over time. Listen and seek consultation from our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba, and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas for your foot-related concerns. Visit any of our offices located at Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown, MD or contact us for an appointment today.