When Should You Visit a Foot or Ankle Surgeon?


There’s an obvious answer to this question: you should definitely contact Monmouth County’s Affiliated Foot & Ankle Center a.s.a.p. if you’ve sustained a painful injury like a broken bone or a twisted ankle. But the answer is not so obvious with other foot problems. What if the top of your foot’s been aching for a couple of days each time you walk? Do you take a wait-and-see approach? How long do you wait? How do you know when it’s time to get help?

Every individual is different and every foot issue may not have the same solution. But our board-certified podiatrists Samantha Boyd, DPM, Hal Ornstein, DPM, Dan Phan, DPM, and Joseph Saka, DPM can tell you this with certainty: many, many foot conditions will get worse without treatment. That’s why we encourage you to contact us as soon as you perceive a problem with either your feet or ankles.

Foot pain isn’t normal and you shouldn’t think of it as a regular part of aging. Treatment is often shorter and easier when you tackle a problem soon after you notice it. In some cases, treating a problem early on can even be lifesaving.

It’s time to visit our office in Howell or Jackson, New Jersey when you have any of the following symptoms:

  • foot, ankle, or leg pain while walking
  • difficulty standing for long periods of time
  • heel pain
  • a change in the appearance or your foot - a toe deformity, a new lump or curve, discolored toenails
  • cracked or crumbling toenails
  • persistent numbness or tingling anywhere in your lower limbs
  • cracked heels
  • a sore that isn’t healing

Foot pain can reveal a major health issue

Symptoms in your feet can point to some serious medical conditions. For example, a non-healing wound or a constant tingling feeling suggests that you may have diabetes. A nagging pain might reveal a stress fracture or an underlying bone disorder called osteoporosis.

We treat all issues of the feet and ankles

You can click here to find a list of foot and ankle conditions that we treat. Prevent a small problem from becoming a big one, or just get pain relief faster by calling us at (732) 905-1110 or by contacting us online.