Conditions Of The Lower Extremities That Need Immediate Medical Attention

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There are those conditions that we do not need to worry about too much such as a small sprain that does not hurt much or maybe a tiny scratch or wound that will heal fast in our feet. But then, there are those instances where you need to immediately go to somebody who can help you out without further delay. Here are some of those critical conditions that you need to be aware about.

Discoloration of the lower extremities

Both of your feet should be identically coloured to each other. If however you begin to notice that one of them appears to be slightly different in colour, it is time to get the help of podiatrists without further delay as it could indicate a serious underlying condition. Redness could indicate that there is an infection and even that you have gout. If there is a bluish or purple like colour there could be a problem with regards to the veins and any paleness could indicate that there is not enough blood flow.

Pain in your feet when legs are elevated

If you feel that your feet keep hurting when you lie down but feel better when you sit down and keep them hanging off the edge of the bed, it could be possibly a decrease in your blood flow to the lower extremities or it could be the onset of peripheral artery disease. If this is the case you need to get the help of a foot specialist Brisbane as soon as possible and you might even need to undergo surgery.

Burning, numb or tingly sensations

Decreased sensations in your lower extremities or symptoms of neuropathy could have these altered sensations in your feet. Diabetes is one condition that could do this but that is the simplest condition of them all. It could even be related to your spinal cord health and tumors that cause nerve damage.

Pain and swelling in just one of your lower limbs

If you are experiencing edema or in other words swelling that is painful in just one of your lower limbs, it can be considered abnormal. Broken bones, tendonitis, infections and ruptures in tendons are among the many issues that could be presenting with this condition. Sometimes, swelling in both your lower limbs is associated with hypertension and blood pressure fluctuations. If you experience pain that keeps growing as you keep on moving around, there is a chance that you have developed a stress fracture. If this happens, please do not try to push yourself and work through all the pain hoping that this will pass. Instead go and meet a medical professional immediately. If you get a stress fracture well treated in time, chances are that it will recover completely and will not get even more serious or turn into broken bones that are unable to heal correctly.