What are some Warning Signs you Need to see a Foot Specialist

In spite of being an integral part of our overall body health, certain foot conditions ignored, or doctor’s visits are being delayed until the problem advances. Many times the doctor’s appointments are delayed as people do not recognize the signs and symptoms of a foot problem pointing towards other significant diseases of the body.

Warning Signs of your foot that Need to see a Foot Specialist


Below are just a few of such problems which if noticed, it is important to get an appointment fixed with a foot specialist.

Balding toes

Balding toes treatment NJThe hair on toes meaning as the Toe hair is more prominent in males; females have lighter hair on their toes. Disappearing of these hairs can be an indication of arterial disease. It can signal poor circulation to the peripheral arteries. Other symptoms of a peripheral artery disease are purplish toes and shiny skin.

Blood flow in arteries is restricted due to plaque formation, which if left untreated can lead to heart attack or stroke.

If you suspect peripheral arterial disease, proper foot care is essential as the condition leaves the feet more susceptible to wounds, ulcers, and infections. Less blood supply leads to less oxygen supply to the feet making injuries difficult to heal.

Numbness of Feet

Numbness of Feet treatment at NJMany of you might have experienced numbness in the top of foot after sitting in a position for a long time or if the foot is placed at an awkward angle. If the problem becomes regular or if the numbness persists even when you are active, it should not be ignored at all.

Numbness in Feet and Toes can be a result of peripheral arterial disease or peripheral neuropathy related to Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes affects the blood flow to the feet and may make wounds and cuts difficult to heal, increasing the chances of infection.

If experiencing regular numbness of the feet or wounds of the feet, which don’t heal properly, it is important to consult a doctor and take treatment for numbness in feet. A good exercise routine and a healthy diet can improve the blood flow to the peripheral arteries and prevent foot for diabetes person.

Dry and flaky skin

Dry skin of feet which does not improve even after applying a moisturizer may indicate a thyroid condition. The thyroid hormone controls the metabolic rate, blood pressure, nervous system functions, and tissue growth.

Though the dryness can also be a result of some less serious issues or just because of a change in weather, it’s important to consult a doctor to get an ok for thyroid function.

Morning Foot Pain

Morning Foot Pain NJMany people complain of feet hurt in the morning after sleeping or foot pain while taking the first few steps in the morning. The pain can signal rheumatoid arthritis (a condition which leads to inflammation in joints and pain in small joints as well) or plantar fasciitis (inflammation of a thick band of tissue connecting the heels and the toes).

Medication and exercises can control the foot pain caused by arthritis.

If you have a question why do my feet hurt so bad in the morning you can contact dr Sanjay Gandhi. 

Plantar fasciitis pain occurs as the thick band connecting heel and toes remains contracted during sleep, but which on waking stretches. Foot-strengthening exercises can control it and stretch the feet before getting out of bed.


Swelling in the tissue of the toes and fingers gives a round, wider or a clubbed appearance. It can occur because of underlying heart disease or lung cancer. Clubbing of fingers diseases decreases the vascular resistance, which increases the blood flow to small arteries of toes.

Clubbing can occur on both toes and fingertips, and if noticed should never remain ignored. It is crucial to get advice from the specialist.

High-Arched Feet

High-Arched Feet Treatment in Manalapan, NJ

A sudden increase in the arch of the feet can be associated with nerve damage. Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) is an inherited disorder of peripheral nerves. This disease leads to thinning of the arches, loss of muscles of lower legs, changes in gait, numbness, and difficulty in balancing.

Any of the above symptoms should be brought to the notice of a doctor right away.

Pitted Toenails

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease which affects the skin making it patchy and irritated. The pitted nails are an indicator of nail psoriasis. Most of the people suffering from nail psoriasis have skin psoriasis as well.

If you find holes, little pits, patches or horizontal lines across nails consult a doctor like Dr. Sanjay Gandhi to get the proper treatment. The earlier the treatment, the better it is, as it keeps psoriasis from spreading further.

Black spots or lines under the toenails

Blackening of the nails after getting injured is a prevalent thing. If the discoloration occurs without any reason, it can point towards melanoma or fungal infection.

A hidden melanoma is most often overlooked and left untreated. Therefore if you notice any discoloration and there is no history of injury, it’s better to get consulted.

As everyone is aware of this simple saying ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,’ the earlier you become aware of a foot problem, the longer you can go to prevent the complications.

About Sanjay Gandhi, DPM
Sanjay Gandhi, DPM

Sanjay Gandhi, DPM is the type of foot doctor who believes that health care is a partnership between a patient and a specialist. He immigrated to the States with his family as a small child, and has enjoyed a bilingual, multicultural life ever since, which allows him to understand his diverse and many patients.