Does Your Foot Pain Need Treatment or Can it Wait?

During this troubling COVID-19 pandemic, we at Clifton Foot & Ankle Center suspect that many of our patients have had to grapple with a unique question: what is non-essential medical care? Should you keep that appointment for your annual physical? Must you go to this month’s post-operative checkup or can you put it off?

Now that we’re several weeks into “Stay Home, Stay Safe,” it’s become very clear that we shouldn’t go anywhere unless it’s absolutely necessary. Certain types of foot and ankle pain, however, do require a trip to the podiatrist’s office. Here’s a guide from our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm:

Some pain
In general, treat slight soreness or pain at home with rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen to reduce pain and swelling. Wear shoes or slippers around the house that provide good arch support. If you’ve got an existing condition such as a bunion, now is probably not the time for aggressive treatments such as surgery. Try the methods above first.

Pain that won’t quit or gets worse
If conservative methods like these don’t help your pain after a few days, contact our office. We’ll help you figure out the next best course of action, which may mean a trip to our office in Centreville for an appointment.

Conditions that require immediate care:

  • Bone fractures
  • Sprained ankles
  • Puncture wounds
  • Sudden swelling
  • Inability to walk
  • Lower leg pain when you walk
  • Any changes to your feet if you have diabetes.

We can handle many serious issues right here in our Fairfax County podiatry office. Contacting us first may save you the danger, expense, and hassle of going to the hospital emergency room.

If you have any doubts about how to manage a foot or ankle problem in these uncertain times, please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us in Centreville, VA at (703) 996-3000 for expert, caring advice and treatment.

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