In October, we see lots of scary masks and horror movies for Halloween. But one thing we at Gentle Professional Foot Care hate to see is patients scared to come into our Venice office. So often, fear holds patients back and delays them getting the treatment they need for their feet and ankles.
Below are 4 of the most common fears and why they should not prevent you from getting foot discomfort evaluated:
1. “It’s going to hurt.” The irony of this fear is that most of the time, when patients have a painful condition such as an ingrown toenail for example, they end up leaving our office in less pain than when they came in. In most instances, when your toe or foot issue is causing you pain and there is a necessary treatment to fix it, the podiatrist can us a local anesthetic to numb the affected area first before treating it.
2. “The foot doctor is going to tell me I need surgery.” Too many times we hear this reason for why patients didn’t come in sooner with progressive conditions such as bunions and hammertoes. The truth is that there are many conservative treatment measures that can be used to slow the progression of a chronic foot problem or deformity and delay or even prevent the need for surgery. The trick, however, is that they work best when treatment can start during the early stages of a foot condition.
3. “My foot issue is embarrassing.” Our podiatrist Dr. Charles A. Suleskey has seen it all and he is not going to judge you! Athlete’s foot, warts and other skin conditions can look ugly, but they’ll only get worse if left untreated. In addition to treating these problems, the foot doctor can give you tips on how to prevent them in the future.
4. “I’m going to have to rest my foot and miss out on activities I love.” While it’s true that rest is a key component of healing for many foot conditions, there are also tools such as air casts that can enable you to still use your feet while you heal. And in the long run, if you need to put your feet up for a short time now to prevent a long-term disability later, isn’t it worth it?
So, what’s holding you back? If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain, contact us today by calling: (941) 493-7999.