Deciding Whether to Call the Podiatrist? Here’s Some Guidance


Making the decision to get medical help – whether you need a physician, a dentist, or a specialist– can be challenging. You’re trying to determine what might be wrong and whether or not the situation really merits intervention. This can be even more confusing when you’re dealing with your feet. Many people approach foot pain as a natural part of aging when, in fact, nothing could be further from the truth. You don’t have to live with discomfort, and your foot doctor can help. 

The decision to call a podiatrist starts with understanding exactly what a podiatrist does. Your foot doctor has gone through years of specialized advanced training that make him or her an expert in treating all illnesses and injuries related to the feet, ankles, and lower legs. 

So when should you reach out for help? Here are some common reasons that patients visit Podiatry Group of Annapolis, P.A.:

  • foot and ankle injuries

  • diabetes care to prevent complications including peripheral neuropathy

  • correction of posture or gait issues through custom orthotics

  • wounds that are slow to heal or don’t heal at all

  • persistent pain or discomfort

  • loss of function

  • diminished sensation

  • changes to the color or texture of the skin on the feet, including redness, cracking, peeling, or scaling

  • changes to the color or texture of your toenails

  • infections including toenail fungus and plantar warts

  • heel pain

  • newly appearing deformities, including bunions and hammertoes

  • flat feet or high arches

Essentially, if you are noticing changes in your feet, or if you have any concerns about the overall health and well-being of your feet, ankles, or lower legs, a visit to the podiatrist is in order. Your foot doctor will begin your visit with a thorough examination culminating in an accurate diagnosis of your issue, then work with you to create an effective and individualized plan for treatment and follow up care.

No matter what the problem, if it’s foot health-related, Dr. James M. McKee can help. Click here or call Podiatry Group of Annapolis, P.A. at 410-224-4448 today to schedule a convenient appointment in our modern, comfortable office in Annapolis, MD.