How to treat 10 Common Foot Problems
1. Athlete’s Foot: One of the most common foot problems, which is caused by a skin fungal infection. It causes itching and flaking of the skin around the toes and in extreme circumstances can lead to painful fissures. Treatment usually involves keeping the feet as dry as possible and making sure you change your socks regularly. There are different kinds of Athlete’s Foot so getting the right advice about which anti-fungal cream to use is important.
2. Ingrown Toenails: These can be quite painful and most commonly affect the big toe. If left untreated they can cause infection. Some people have a greater tendency for ingrown nails and the best option is to pay a visit to your local podiatrist or chiropodist rather than treat it yourself.
3. Fungal Nail Infection: Another common condition, this occurs when a fungal infection gets under the nail, causing unsightly discolouration and damage. It can be difficult to get rid of once it occurs but there are now special treatments that work more effectively.
4. Verrucae: Most people have suffered from a verruca once or twice in their life. This is a plantar wart that occurs around the sole and bottom of the toes. They can be painful if left untreated but often won’t go away by themselves. Treatments can include freezing the verruca or using a special cream such as Spirularin VS.
5. Diabetes: Not a foot condition but it can cause problems with circulation that affect the feet. If you have diabetes and have anything from an ingrown toenail to an ulcer that won’t heal, it is important to see a qualified chiropodist or podiatrist for treatment.
6. Corns and Calluses: Common corns and hard areas of skin build up when there is pressure or friction on the foot. These come in various types, some of which can bleed and cause pain. Treatment normally involves a visit to a chiropodist who will be able to remove them hygienically and safely.
7. Heel Pain: This can be caused by a variety of factors from ill-fitting shoes to damage to the bone or skin underneath. It is often a condition suffered by sports men and women. If you are suffering from heel pain, then getting a professional examination from a podiatrist is important.
8. Gout: This condition occurs when you have an imbalance of uric acid and it can specifically affect the feet. It causes inflammation of the joints and can be very painful. Gout can be treated by anti-inflammatory drugs but is best helped by changes in diet and health regimes.
9. Blisters: A common problem with feet is blisters, normally from ill-fitting shoes that rub around the heel or toe area. Most people heal these by changing the footwear or using a plaster. People with diabetes though need to take special care as healing can take much longer.
10. Ageing Feet: As we get older, our feet come under more pressure. Not only does the skin get a little thinner but ageing joints and poor circulation can all add to problems. Regular visits to a qualified chiropodist or podiatrist help keep your feet in better condition.
All information on this website is for general guidance only and is not intended as a substitute for the personal medical advice of health care professionals or your own doctor.