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A Step Ahead: Tips for Top Foot and Ankle Care 

Your feet ache after a long day at work, or your ankle is a bit sore after a misstep climbing stairs. You're wondering whether your problem will clear up on its own or whether you should see a specialist.

Mark Kazewych, MD, an orthopedic surgeon on the Baylor Irving medical staff, says that for mild problems you can try at-home treatments. Rest, ice, compression and elevation can help heal minor injuries. If you have bunion pain or pain in the ball of your foot, try giving your feet a break from high heels. If you're not seeing improvements in two or three weeks, see a doctor.

Some conditions, Dr. Kazewych says, demand quick attention:

  • Muscle cramping during activities, which could indicate a problem with blood vessels
  • Any discoloration of the toes, which could be a sign of reduced blood flow to the feet
  • Nighttime burning or pain, which could stem from nerve damage, especially in people with diabetes
  • Swelling, which could mean an injury that requires medical attention
  • Locking or grinding in your ankle, which may stem from arthritis or another condition
  • Anything that isn't improving after two to three weeks

Special Care

People with diabetes should take precautions to prevent foot injuries, such as choosing shoes over sandals. They should also check their feet every day for signs of injury. That's because people with diabetes may have reduced sensation in their feet and may not feel the pain of a small cut or scrape. Untreated, these minor injuries can be slow to heal and can become infected.

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