What Happens When Symptoms Are Silent?


There are a handful of foot and ankle conditions that are easier than others to self-diagnose before having a podiatrist professionally diagnose it for you. These conditions are much more visually apparent than others, like bunions or ingrown toenails. For other conditions, however, it can be much more difficult to even notice symptoms, not to mention realizing that what you’re experiencing calls for a trip to the foot doctors! Some conditions can cause your pain tolerance to increase, resulting in you barely noticing when that condition is becoming worse.

Not knowing what to look out for can prevent people from seeking medical help while their condition is still entirely treatable and easy to manage. Out of all the different silent symptoms you could experience, one of the most common are those pertaining to nerve damage. How can you tell if what you’re seeing or feeling is normal or if it warrants a trip to see Dr. Michele Kurlanski?

  • Tingling sensations in your feet or hands.

  • Unexplained numbness, not attributed to contact with extremely cold surfaces.

  • Pins & needles of varying intensity, especially if considerably painful.

  • Burning sensations that come and go or last for a significant amount of time.

  • Muscle fatigue and weakness that seemingly happens at random or occurs in excess after physical activity.

  • Swelling that doesn’t resolve or frequently returns despite rest and elevation.

  • Increased appearance of veins, especially if in an area affected by any other symptoms.

Especially when someone experiences just one or two of these symptoms, it can be easy to write it off as nothing to be worried about. Any time you experience one or more of these symptoms, it can be extremely beneficial to have your feet and ankles examined at Lighthouse Foot & Ankle Center. Call us today at (207) 774-0028 to schedule your next appointment in Scarborough, Maine!