If you’re experiencing foot pain, you’ll likely need to see a podiatrist to identify which of the dozens of potential causes are leading to your pain. The most common culprits include plantar fasciitis, arthritis, diabetic neuropathy, ingrown toenails, and stress fractures.
Podiatrists are experts in diagnosing and treating foot and ankle problems. They use personal and family medical history, physical examination, X-rays, or lab tests to diagnose the underlying condition.
The diagnostic tests your podiatrist orders will vary depending on the signs and symptoms you’re experiencing and their findings during a physical examination.
You can alleviate foot pain that lasts a few days or less at home by resting your foot, applying ice three times a day for 20 minutes each time, and taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications.
If your foot lasts longer than a few days, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to prevent further complications.
Treatment is essential for several reasons:
Primary care providers will often treat foot pain caused by common, minor ailments like corns or calluses. However, most primary care providers will refer you to a foot doctor, or podiatrist, for complex or more severe problems like hammertoe, fractures, or plantar fasciitis.
Starrett Podiatry doesn’t require you to have a referral, but your insurance company may have requirements. Talk to your insurance company’s member services department before scheduling an appointment to ensure you’ve met all requirements to receive maximum benefit.
At Starrett Podiatry, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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