How many times have you let something small turn into a much bigger problem than it ever needed to be? It’s time to break out of the habit of putting off warning signs for a later date, especially when it comes to foot injuries. Most foot conditions are treatable with no lasting side effects as long as treatment begins on time. In this blog, we’ll talk about the early signs of common foot injuries and how you can stop them before they start.
All bunions start as a small bump. Sometimes it can be hard to differentiate between the natural curve of your big toe joint and the early stages of a bunion. However, the bunion could grow tremendously in the time you spend deciding, so look for these signs:
- Shininess and warm to the touch
Wounds and Ulcers
Diabetic patients already know the importance of maintaining strong foot health habits. Preventing wounds and ulcers is incredibly important because it can be the difference between living a healthy and active lifestyle or losing the ability to do the things you love. Watch out for wounds by looking for:
- Friction points in shoes
- Discoloration on feet
- Deteriorating skin on the sole of the foot
Ingrown toenails start as small annoyances but can progress quickly, becoming infected and taking you off your feet entirely. The key is to catch them early on or stop them entirely before they start. You can do this by:
- Cutting nails straight across and never ripping them
- Redness around toenail
- Swelling around toenail
So, as soon as you recognize any of these early signs, the best way to avoid creating a worse injury is to see your local foot doctor as soon as possible. If you’re located in Essex County or East Orange, NJ, come see Dr. Bruce Theall or Dr. Emad Youssef - DPM at Gentle Touch Foot Care. He and his friendly staff will evaluate your symptoms, make a diagnosis, and get you back to doing the things you love. Make an appointment online or call (973) 673-3668 today.