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Why You Need a Podiatrist


24 Apr Why You Need a Podiatrist

This April, we’re celebrating National Foot Health Awareness Month! Unfortunately, many Americans avoid their foot doctor and struggle with disabling foot pain as a result. Seeing your podiatrist annually (or more often if you suffer from a certain condition that requires extra care) is the best way to keep your feet healthy long term, along with daily foot care. Here are five signs it’s time to ditch the discomfort and call your doctor for help.


Think you’ve fractured or broken a bone? Calling a podiatrist for help is crucial in avoiding further complications.


If you have a painful, bony bump on the joint of your big toe, chances are you’re dealing with a bunion. Ignoring your bunion will only make it worse, as they tend to get bigger and more painful without treatment.


If you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, you’re at a higher risk for developing foot problems. Poor circulation, numbness, and nerve damage are quite common. Working with a podiatrist to prevent any injury or complications is recommended.


Dealing with nail fungus isn’t fun. But with better technology, treating nail fungus is getting easier and more efficient. If you suspect you have a case of nail fungus, call a podiatrist near you, and schedule an appointment.


Occasional pain or swelling after a long day of walking is normal. But continuous problems with your foot or ankle, especially if it interferes with your daily life, is a sign you need to see a specialist. Heel pain is especially common and has a lot of root causes.

Here at Alta Ridge Foot Specialists, we care deeply about our patients. Dr. W. Aaron Broyles, Dr. Robert L. Van Brederode, Dr. Thomas Verla, and the rest of our staff at our Mars Hill, Spruce Pine, and Boone, NC, offices are here to help you with any of your foot concerns. To make an appointment, contact us at one of our three locations today.