Our feet must endure a lifetime of supporting our body, and just like other parts, your feet do need some care and attention. Wearing ill-fitting shoes or working on your feet all day can cause foot issues to arise, and if a foot issue is not addressed, it will continue to cause pain and likely worsen. Here are a few of the common foot ailments, along with suggested treatments.
- Athlete’s Foot – Athlete’s Foot is a fungal infection that generally occurs in the soft and moist area between the toes. Symptoms include redness of the skin, intense itching sensation and even pain in some cases, and if you have this condition, make an appointment with your local podiatrist in Central Coast, and prompt treatment can be carried out.
- Ingrown Toenail – This can be a very painful condition, when the edge of the toenail grows into the skin, and if you notice discomfort on one of your toes, it could be an ingrown nail. A common cause is tight fitting shoes that put pressure on the side of the toes and can cause the nail to change its direction of growth slightly, yet there other scenarios where pressure is constantly on a specific place on a daily basis.
- Bunions – A bunion is a hard lump of skin that develops on a toe joint, which often causes the big toe to point slightly inwards. Narrow footwear is a major cause of bunions, and the majority of sufferers are women that like to wear fashionable, yet ill-fitting footwear, although is often occurs in men who do a lot of walking. If you can feel a lump of hard skin developing on one of your toe joints, make an appointment to see your local podiatrist, who can diagnose and recommend a treatment
- Plantar Fasciitis – The plantar fascia is a long ligament found under the foot, and when this becomes inflamed, it causes a pain in the heel area. As this ligament supports the arch, it can easily become inflamed from overuse, indeed, many sports jumpers suffer with plantar fasciitis, due to the constant pressure when landing. Other causes include tight calf muscles and being overweight, and if you feel sharp pains under the soles of your feet, book an appointment with your nearest podiatrist, who can examine you and recommend at treatment.
- Heel Spur – This can be a very painful condition that is caused by a calcium growth between the heel bone and the foot arch, and while some people do not experience pain, others do and it can be very uncomfortable. Heel spurs are caused by long periods of stress on the muscles and ligaments, perhaps due to being overweight or exercising vigorously.
- Corns & Calluses – They are very much similar and manifest themselves as thick, hard skin that forms of the sole of the foot, which is actually nature’s way of protection the skin when it is subjected to constant friction, which causes blisters. The condition is always the result of long periods of time with pressure on one area of the foot, and it may not be at all painful in the early stages, and you can buy special corn pads that cushion the skin against the shoe, giving the skin time to heal.
If you always clean your feet and allow them to dry, especially between the shoes, plus you always wear suitable footwear that will not put undue pressure on any area of the feet, then your feet should always be ready to take you where you want to go.