Your Access to Us Is Not Restricted
This blog will provide some examples of conditions that deserve prompt attention, but here’s the thing:
You should never feel like you need to consult a list before contacting us. For anything.
Regardless of what’s going on in the world, never feel like you shouldn’t call us because a problem is “too small” or “not concerning enough” for our consideration.
First of all, that’s selling your needs awfully short. You deserve a professional look at any potential problem you may have. Period.
And second, as we noted earlier, small problems usually have the potential to become larger ones. We wish more people came in when problems were not “bad enough yet” by their measure!
While we are still accepting patients for in-office appointments—and following CDC-recommended guidelines to provide as safe and exposure-limited an office experience as possible for both patients and staff—that may not be your only option. In many cases, we can hold an initial examination and provide treatment advice remotely via a telemedicine appointment. Even if you currently have reservations about coming to our office right now—or simply can’t—we can still get the ball rolling and provide help without you having to leave your home.
But the path to help must start with you taking the first step. If you are still uncertain about whether you should give us a call, here are some situations where you absolutely always should.
You Have Persistent Pain
Whether the pain is severe or mild, having it be part of your daily life means it’s something that should be addressed now.
Chronic pain is very often a symptom of an underlying problem. Persistent heel pain, for example, may indicate an abnormality in foot structure. A treatment plan involving elements such as custom orthotics and physical conditioning can significantly reduce or even outright eliminate your pain. Leaving it be, on the other hand, could cause the condition to further degrade, leading to more severe or more present pain.
You Have Problems That Keep Coming Back
There are certain problems that, when mild, can often be treated effectively at home. An ingrown toenail can be a great example. However, if an ingrown toenail is severely painful, infected, or keeps coming back again and again, that is not normal.
Once again, a case like this is sign of an underlying problem. It may be an external problem that can be fixed by simple changes, such as changing your footwear or nail trimming habits. In other cases, it might be an inherited problem, and more advanced measures may need to be taken to provide lasting relief. In either case, don’t just let it keep happening!