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When Do I Need to Call a Plano Podiatrist?

PodiatristWhile there are several specific symptoms that serve as a sign you may need medical care, RNV Podiatry recommends that you follow a simple rule: if your foot or ankle hurts or looks or feels differently than normal, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Often, patients delay a medical visit because they:

  • Don’t recognize that their symptoms are part of a larger issue.
  • Believe they can work through the pain until it resolves itself.
  • Have symptoms that come and go over time.
  • Think their condition is embarrassing or unimportant.

Unfortunately, concerns that go unaddressed can develop from small issues to problems with a more serious health impact. Taking action now helps you manage your treatment more easily, more quickly, and with less discomfort.

Should I See My General Practitioner or a Podiatrist?

If you’re experiencing problems with your foot, ankle, or leg, Plano podiatrist Dr. Verville recommends that you see a physician specifically suited to your needs.

A podiatrist is a doctor that diagnoses and treats conditions related to the structures of the leg. He or she trains in a podiatric medical school, completes three years of hospital residency, and can attain board certification through the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and the American Board of Podiatric Medicine.

It’s certainly fine to speak with your general practitioner before your appointment with a podiatrist. However, this may delay treatment, since many GPs will refer patients to a specialist for foot and ankle related issues.

What Symptoms May Require Treatment from a Podiatrist?

Consider a visit with Dr. Verville if you experience one or more of the following:

  • Resting pain in your foot or ankle.
  • Discomfort when you stand, walk, or put on your shoes.
  • Swelling, inflammation, or redness in your feet or ankles.
  • Tingling, itching, burning, or numbness in your feet.
  • Discolored or painful toenails.
  • Warts, bumps, calluses, or corns.
  • Flat feet or high arches.
  • Any other foot or ankle deformity that impacts daily life.

Dr. Verville will talk with you about the symptoms you are experiencing, provide a diagnosis, and recommend treatment to resolve your discomfort and restore your health.

Schedule an appointment with an experienced, knowledgeable Plano podiatrist. Call RNV Podiatry at (214) 385-8822 or reach us online.

How Do I Prepare For a Visit with My Frisco Podiatrist?

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Your podiatrist can help you identify and treat a variety of conditions related to your foot or ankle. It may be time for an appointment if you:

  • Have pain in your foot or ankle.
  • Are concerned about discoloration or discomfort around your toes.
  • Have noticed changes in the texture or smoothness of your skin.
  • Are finding it more difficult to walk or run.

Frisco podiatrist Dr. Rachel Verville commonly assists patients with these conditions. Before your visit with our practice, we recommend that you do a little prep work to get the most from your time.

Before You Visit RNV Podiatry

Write down a list of your symptoms, the questions you have, and medications you take. During a visit, you may be too busy with the process to remember the details of what you’ve been experiencing. Putting together your questions and concerns beforehand ensures that you get the right information.

Get together medical records and laboratory tests from other doctors you may have seen. Records such as X-rays and MRIs can help you save time in getting a diagnosis from your Frisco podiatrist.

Talk with our office about insurance and referral-related questions or if you have special needs. RNV Podiatry wants to accommodate you in any way we can to make your experience as comfortable and supportive as possible.

At Your Visit with Dr. Verville

Share details about why you scheduled an appointment and talk about the questions you have. Dr. Verville will take the time to provide a thorough examination and to respond to your concerns. If you don’t understand something, please ask for more detail.

Mention any new medications or changes in your body and behavior. It’s possible that these changes are the source of the symptoms you are experiencing, such as beginning a new jogging routine. Knowing your medications is important in case Dr. Verville writes a new prescription. Please also mention if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, as this may affect treatment.

Bring your footwear if your problem has to do with walking or exercise. Often, improper support causes foot and ankle pain, so seeing the shoes you wear can help Dr. Verville identify or rule them out.

Following Your Visit with the Podiatrist

Prepare for any tests you may need to have. These tests can eliminate more serious reasons for foot or ankle problems. Dr. Verville will provide the instructions you need before your test.

If the problem is footwear-related, follow Dr. Verville’s recommendation. She may advise you to replace your shoes with newer, more supportive footwear. She may also suggest inserts or orthotics to improve your stride.

Pay close attention to your progress. RNV Podiatry wants you to recover quickly and properly with treatment. If you do not feel that your condition is improving, please contact us so that we can plan for the next step.

We look forward to seeing you for your appointment. Contact Frisco podiatrist Dr. Verville with questions by calling at (214) 385-8822 or emailing our practice.

Common Symptoms Leading to Foot Surgery

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Frisco foot surgery patients often want to know more about their symptoms before their appointment with RNV Podiatry. Our website offers a wealth of information about typical foot- and ankle-related conditions, which we invite you to explore.

Certain conditions are mild but cause enough discomfort to prompt treatment. Others may begin with subtle cues but become more serious and eventually require foot surgery. Learn what you can expect from your care with our practice.

Symptoms That May Suggest Larger Concerns

Before you read this list and begin worrying that you need foot surgery, you should understand that many symptoms can come from easily treatable and more problematic conditions alike. Still, it’s worth knowing what you should watch for so that you can tell Dr. Verville during your visit.

  • Pain in the Achilles tendon at the back of your heel. If left untreated, this tendon can degenerate and rupture. Surgery reconnects the calf muscles with the heel bone to give you back push-off strength.
  • Serious pain in your ankle. This may be a sign of a fracture or sprain ankle, and more severe cases may require surgery.
  • Pain along the bottom of your foot may be a symptom of plantar fasciitis. While it’s uncommon for Frisco patients to have foot surgery to treat this condition, there are procedures that can release tension on the ligament or stretch certain foot nerves.
  • Severe bunions or hammertoe. Foot surgery can remove the swollen tissue from around the toe joint, straighten the toe, and realign the bones. Foot deformities or injuries can also cause blisters and calluses on the feet.
  • Significant pain in your foot may mean you have a fracture. Intense discomfort, swelling, blistering, and bruising may also be signs. In addition to surgery, treatment options include physical therapy and proper exercise.

Alternatives For Frisco Foot Surgery Patients

Dr. Verville follows a conservative approach to treatment. As a patient, you can expect her to:

  • Conduct a thorough examination.
  • Discuss your experience, symptoms, medical history, and changes in behavior.
  • Identify treatment options that can resolve your condition.

Foot surgery is typically last among these treatment recommendations. Often, Dr. Verville is able to help patients with measures that are as simple as new footwear, physical therapy, medication, and non-invasive procedures. Find out which approach is best for your care by visiting our practice.

Learn more about Frisco foot surgery and other treatment options with RNV Podiatry. Call (214) 385-8822 or online.

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