Find out the best times to visit a podiatrist for care.
Our podiatrist Dr. James Mintzer has been providing high-quality foot and ankle care to the Washington, DC, area for more than 30 years. Dr. Mintzer specializes in diagnosing, treating, managing and preventing foot and ankle disorders, injuries and other problems. Wondering if it’s time to visit our podiatrist? You may want to schedule an appointment with us if,
You’re Experiencing Foot Pain
Most people will deal with foot pain at some point during their lifetime and while minor pain will often go away on its own, there are times when foot pain is caused by a larger issue such as a bunion, hammertoe, ulcer or sprain. You should schedule an appointment with our Washington, DC, podiatrist if pain is,
- Accompanied by fever, numbness, weakness or tingling
- Doesn’t get better with at-home care
- Gets worse despite rest
You Have Diabetes
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes one of the most important doctors that you can add to your team is a podiatrist. Our foot and ankle specialist Dr. Mintzer can provide you with comprehensive checkups and care to prevent complications such as ulcers and nerve damage. If you do notice any changes in the appearance or health of your feet, it’s particularly important that you have a foot doctor that you can turn to right away.
An Infected Ingrown Toenail
An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of the toenail (usually the big toenail) grows into the skin. This results in pain and swelling around the affected toenail. While the problem will often clear up on its own it’s important to be able to recognize these warning signs of an ingrown toenail,
- Severe pain and swelling
- Pus draining around the nail
- Intense pressure on the toe
You Have a Bunion
If you notice a bulging lump sticking out at the base of the big toe this could be a sign of a bunion, a common foot deformity that can cause intense pain and problems over time if left untreated. Any changes to the overall shape, structure or appearance of your feet should be evaluated by a foot care professional.
You Notice Numbness or Tingling
If you experience weakness, numbness, tingling or burning in the foot, this could be a sign of nerve damage or diabetes. Any of these symptoms warrant immediate medical attention.
Need to schedule an appointment with our renowned Washington, DC, podiatrist Dr. Mintzer? If so, call Providence Foot Health Center at (202) 269-4062 to get on the books.