Franklin Beltre DPM is a mobile podiatrist in Houston TX with over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatry. Our purpose at ic2Feet Home Podiatry is to maintain the health of your feet. We aim to pursue the health and well being of our patients by providing the highest quality foot care in the comfort of your home. Dr. Beltre will provide you with safe and efficient care while taking the time to educate you about your condition, allowing you to make an informed healthcare decision about your treatment.
When to see a Podiatrist
One of the most obvious signs that you should see a foot doctor, or podiatrist is if you have foot pain. A lot of people who stand on their feet all day may not notice anything but if the pain is ever sharp or ongoing, then this may be an indication that there is a problem.
Walking should be natural and comfortable, but sometimes the feet experience internal problems due to genetics or poor habits. A podiatrist can determine what might be causing the difficulty.
Swelling indicates that the feet are reacting to an internal or external issue. Seeing a foot specialist is very important if and when the feet start to swell. They can address the swelling which could become very problematic if ignored.
Sometimes after sitting for a while, people experience a numbing feeling in their legs or feet, and this can be completely normal. However, if the numbness is excessive and ongoing then it may indicate a bigger problem. Everyone has experienced that "pins and needles" feeling when their feet fall asleep, but if this feeling lasts, it may be best to see a foot specialist.
Just like with numbness, stiffness in the feet is also something that can be detrimental to a person’s health. While some stiffness may seem normal after a day of running or being on your feet, excessive rigidity is not. When the feet feel stiff repeatedly, it is important to see a foot specialist. Ongoing stiffness can lead to other problems with your feet.