Your feet and ankles are an amazing display of natural engineering with everything working together like a well-oiled machine—until something malfunctions and you experience foot and ankle pain and discomfort. Fortunately, you can mitigate and even prevent problems with your feet and ankles by making regular visits with your foot doctor to catch and correct problems before they can even start or become worse.

There are many reasons that you may need to visit your foot doctor — with these four being among the most common:

  • Toenail troubles—Discoloration or changes in texture and even the odor of your toenails can be the signs of a fungal toenail infection. Redness, pain, swelling, and oozing on your toes can be signs of ingrown toenails.
  • Swelling and pain in your feet or ankles—While some pain and swelling in the feet and ankles is normal after being on your feet all day, any issues that don’t resolve after resting and icing may be the sign of a serious problem so be sure to see your foot doctor.
  • Toe deformities—Toe issues such as hammertoes and bunions should be treated as early as possible to prevent more serious consequences and invasive treatments down the road. In the early stages, the toes are more flexible and more easily straightened.
  • Cuts that aren’t healing properly—Numbness in the feet and cuts that heal slowly can be a sign of diabetes. Proper diabetic foot care overseen by your podiatrist is essential for avoiding infections, ulcers, and even possible amputations.

If you are experiencing pain and discomfort in your feet and ankles, make an appointment with your trusted foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment. At Podiatry Center of New Jersey, Dr. Russell Samofal, Dr. Dolan Chowdhury, Dr. Jaclyn Ramirez, Dr. Chris A. Obiarinze, Dr. Eric Freiler, Dr. Owen Morris, Dr. Farah Lakhram, Dr. Meltem Ates, Dr. Zakiyyah Waters, Dr. Ashley Kim, and Dr. Riddhi Shah treat a variety of conditions such as sports injuries, diabetic foot problems, pediatric foot conditions, toe deformities, arthritis, nail fungus, arch problems, and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies and dedicated staff, our 11 conveniently located offices provide individualized high-quality care for patients all across Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Ocean, Passaic, and Union Counties. For all your foot and ankle problems, contact our Wayne, NJ office at (973) 925-4111 for an appointment.