10 Reasons Why You Need to See a Podiatrist

Aug 27th, 2010 by Amanda Strouse | 5 Comments So Far

It’s definitely time to see a podiatrist (aka: foot doctor) if …

  1. If you have chronic back pain and it’s not from trauma
  2. If you have arthritis
  3. If you have yellow or black toenails
  4. If your ankle has been swollen for over an hour
  5. If your child often complains of foot pain
  6. If you have constant knee pain and you’re not sure why
  7. If you think you’ve broken a bone in your foot
  8. If you have chronic heel pain
  9. If you have been stuffing your feet into heels for decades
  10. If everyone around you says you walk funny

Have you ever been to a podiatrist? Why?

Do you think you should go now?

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5 Comments on “10 Reasons Why You Need to See a Podiatrist”


  1. martyswaim said:

    I tore the ligament in the arch of my foot in 1974 and have had a painful lump there ever since that I was told for years was scar tissue. In 1996 I had the first heel pain and was told that was plantar fascitis. In 2001 I lfted something that was too heavy and had pain from the top of my right femur to my inner right knee. After that I kept falling and the trouble seemed to be coming from my knee. In 2005 I had knee surgery and had a lateral release for a dislocated knee cap / patella. Since then I have stopped having trouble with falling, but my knee is very tight. When I told the surgeon he said some people are just tight. I am told I have arthritis and bursitis in my hips and my plantar fascitis and arch pain is worse, partly because I started walking again? I had my third pair of custom orthotics made and after several return visits the podiatrist said I have planter fascitis and bone spurs and that the lump in my arch is a plantar fibroma. The fibroma not only hurts in the arch of my foot, but also causes pain on the top of my foot when I wear any kind of a shoe with laces or straps or a solid top. About the only thing that does not hurt the top of my foot is a flip flop that doesn’t touch the top of my foot. I have been able to find out very little about plantar fibromas. The podiatrist said my main problem is that I am tight! The only shoes I can wear are Anatechs, but the Anatechs won’t stay on my feet and I have sprained my foot walking in them. I also have groin pain now, in addition to the pain at the top of my femur, knee, foot arch and heel, hips and lower back. I have gained weight because I am not walking and am also not cooking, so my diet is less heathy. I know the weight is not helping but if feels like a vicious cycle.


  2. amandas said:

    Hi martyswaim – We are sorry to hear about the pain and injuries you’ve had over the years. It sounds like a long road to comfort, but we recommend you continue to work with doctors to find the best way to relieve your pain. Let us know if you have any questions for us that relate to shoes or insoles.
    ~HealthyFeetStore.com team


  3. walkfit.com said:

    Have a Awesome Crhistmas. Hope you also have a Happy New Year.


  4. brandie said:

    SO I’VE BEEN WORKING OUT IN A NEW TURBOKICK CLASS WHICH INVOLVES A LOT OF JUMPING AND TURNING AND KICKING SO AFTER ABOUT A WEEK AND A HALF THE TOP PART OF MY RIGHT FOOT BY THE LEFT BONE HAS BEEN HURTING REALLY BAD. SO I WAITED A COUPLE OF DAYS ICED IT AND THOUGHT MAYBE I COULD JUST SUFFER THROUGH IT OR TRY TO IGNORE IT BUT AS SOON AS I WOULD FINISH ONE ROUND OF MY WORKOUT IT WAS JUST ACHING SO MUCH. IF YOU MOVE MY BIG TOE YOU CAN FEEL WHERE IT HURTS AND ALSO MY ANKLE AS WELL. I HAVE REALLY BAD KNEE PROBLEMS AND THAT COULD BE PART OF IT BUT I FIGURED I’D ASK!


  5. Administrator said:

    If you have knee problems, a turbo kick class may not be the best option. We recommend going to see a doctor.

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