Feet, as part of our body, are quite specific in many ways which, unfortunately, can lead to many ailments and conditions that might cause pain, discomfort or that might even cause complications down the line if they are not taken care of. Here, we will be talking about some of the most common problems that you can have with your feet and we will also talk about what you can do if such a problem occurs or even how you can prevent it.
Due to the fact that our feet are mostly covered by socks and shoes, it creates an environment that is dark and damp and which is perfect for bacterial and fungal infections, one of which is athlete’s foot, perhaps the most common medical problem that people have with their feet. These infections can cause blistering, redness, itching and many other symptoms. In addition, these can be quite difficult to treat if not treated immediately. There are many powders and creams today that can deal with these pretty effectively and it is best to ask your doctor to recommend something.
In addition to these, certain viral infections can also affect your feet and these are most noticeable characterized by warts. Warts should also be looked at immediately as they can spread and become more difficult to get rid of. You will need to talk to your doctor about removing these because they are usually impervious to over-the-counter stuff.
Bunions are another relatively common problem which can affect both men and women, although women are more susceptible because of high-heeled shoes which are one of the contributing factors for development of bunions. Bunions usually run in the family and they can vary in severity. If they are not that severe, wider-cut shoes or pads may be enough to prevent any pain. In more severe cases, physical therapy and going to a podiatrist for some orthotics may be required. Sometimes bunions have to be addressed surgically.
3. Ingrown toenails
Ingrown toenails is one of those foot problems that pretty much all of us had to deal with once or twice in our lives. Ingrown toenails are simply toenails breaking the skin due to the fact that they are growing towards (into) the skin because of improper cutting of the nails. The easiest way to deal with this is to visit the doctor and have them cut the piece of the nail that is going into the skin. The best way to avoid ingrown toenails is to cut the nail in level with the tip of the toe, straight across.
4. Dry skin
Dry skin of the feet can lead to a number of symptoms that will be quite bothersome, especially if you leave it unattended. Dry skin can lead to burning and itching feet and it can progress into irritation and peeling skin. The best way to attend to this is to use only mild soap and to apply lotion or moisturizing cream to your feet after washing them.
5. Various injuries
The foot contains an extraordinarily large number of bones and muscles and this, unfortunately, means that the injury is quite common, especially when you consider the fact that we have contact with the surface with the feet and that they are quite stressed during any physical activity. It would take too much time and space to talk about all the various foot injuries that you can procure. It is important to go and visit a specialist if you are feeling persistent pain in your foot or if you are feeling that something is not right. Otherwise, the pain may spread to your knees or even your back.