Not many things stay the same — including your body. With age and life experience, you can expect to look and feel a little differently than you did a few years prior. There are, however, some changes that should never be ignored, especially changes with your feet. The doctors at the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston want you to know that no change is too small.
Here are a few things that you should notice:
Don’t believe the lies. Pain is not normal. If you recently noticed that you have occasional pain in your feet or ankles, it’s time to visit our office. Heel pain in the morning could be a sign of plantar fasciitis. Pain in a previously stubbed toe may be from a broken toe instead of a bruised one. A sore ankle now and then could be from an injury that still needs more recovery time.
High temperatures can lead to warm and sweaty feet, but take notice if you’re no longer comfortable taking off your socks and shoes. When your feet have an odor, a fungal toenail or athlete’s foot might be the culprit. What's the solution? Visit a podiatrist to see what's causing the smell.
Tingling or numbness
Have you noticed occasional tingling or numbness in your feet? It could be nothing. It could also be early signs of neuropathy — especially if you have diabetes. Neuropathy is permanent nerve damage, and it affects your ability to feel sensations in your foot that serve as protection. Losing the ability to tell if something is hot or cold is one example.
Listening to your body and scheduling regular appointments with our office can help you stay in-tuned to changes that may happen to your feet or ankles. Our board-certified team of podiatrists and surgeons is located in the North Houston area at the following locations: Northwest Houston, Northeast Houston, Tomball, Liberty Dayton, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Cleveland, and Livingston. Make an appointment online or call us at (281) 444-4114.