Foot Ailments

Ingrown Nails – This is a nail condition in which your nail corner or sides dig painfully into the skin. These are frequently caused by improper toenail trimming, but also by boot pressure, injury, fungus infection, poor foot structure, and inheritance. Toenails should be trimmed by toenail clippers right across, slightly longer compared to the end of the toe.

Blisters – A condition caused by skin friction and moisture. Never pop them. You may put band aid or moleskin over a blister, and leave it on until it comes off naturally in the bathtub or shower. Keep your toes dry and wear a new layer of socks as being a cushion between your feet and shoes. If a blister breaks on its own, make sure you clean the area by washing it and putting an antiseptic and protect it with a sterile bandage.

Corns and Calluses – These are protective layers of compacted, dead cellular material. The repeated friction and pressure from skin rubbing against hard areas or perhaps against an irregularity inside a shoe causes this foot problem. Corns ordinarily form on the toes and calluses on the soles of the feet, but both can occur on either surface. The chaffing and pressure can lose or otherwise be painful and may end up being relieved by applying moleskin around the affected areas. Take note, never cut the corns or calluses with any tool, and never apply home treatments, except under a podiatrist’s instructions.

Athlete’s Foot – These are foot ailments that usually starts off between the toes and can propagate to other parts of the foot and body. It is the effect of a fungus which most commonly attacks the feet because the warm, dark and humidity of shoes fosters fungus infection growth. The signs of athlete’s foot are drying skin, itching, scaling, inflammation, along with blisters. You can prevent this illness by washing your feet every day with soap and warm water, then drying it carefully, especially the toes and changing shoes and socks regularly to reduce moisture.

Bunions – These are generally misaligned big toe joints which usually become swollen and soft. The deformity causes the first joint of the big toe to be able to slant outward, and the second joint to angle to the other toes. Bunions are normally inherited, but the tendency may be aggravated by shoes which can be too narrow in the feet and toe. There are conventional and preventative steps that may minimize the discomfort of your bunion, but surgery is generally recommended to correct the problem.