Five Common Foot Problems and How to Treat Them

Foot problems are a cause of complaint for many people in the UK, but you can make your feet feel loved with just a little bit of care and effort, and solve five common foot problems with ease.

How to Treat Foot Problems:

1.    Athlete’s foot.
What is it?
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that causes itchy, dry patches of skin, often between the toes.
How to treat the problem:
Vigilant foot hygiene can prevent Athlete’s Foot. Daily washing of the feet with soap and water followed by thorough drying, especially between the toes, is important. Wearing dry, airy shoes and socks, not borrowing footwear from others, avoiding tight hosiery and using foot powder all help to keep the feet dry and infection-free. When using public showers or pool areas it is a good idea to wear protective shoes.
Once an infection has occurred, it is important to see a doctor, have the problem diagnosed correctly, and treat it promptly. Treatment plans include prescription antifungal medications, either topical or oral, and continued attention to keeping the feet clean and dry. Continue to consult with your Podiatrist until the problem is eradicated.

2.    Bunions
What are they?
Bunions are bony swellings at the base of the big toe, sometimes a result of heredity, poor gait, or poorly fitted shoes, which can be very Bunion-blog-FSpainful.
How to treat the problem:
It’s vital to ease the pressure on your toes. Well fitted shoes, along with Custom Arch Supports can be excellent at helping with poor gait, relieving pressure and preventing pain. An expert shoe fitter in a store such as Foot Solutions can work with you to find the right shoes and arch supports for you, ensuring that your feet have the support & comfort they need. Surgery may be necessary in some extreme cases.

3.    Verrucas
What are they?
A verruca is a wart on the underneath of the foot, that looks like a small, fleshy growth, which usually has a black dot in the centre. Verrucas are extremely common, and can spread via contact with a contaminated surface.
How to treat the problem:
Initially, talk to a pharmacist, as some over the counter medications may help. If the verruca is persistent, you may need to consult a podiatrist/chiropodist, whose treatment methods may include applying Salicyclic acid, Cryotherapy (freezing), Electrosurgery, Excision (removal), or Laser therapy. However, it is worth noting that this treatment does not stop them from recurring.

4.    Fallen arches
What are they?
Fallen arches are a very painful condition that can arise when your feet have been unsupported by your shoes and the arch collapses and becomes flat. It can lead to painful, achy feet and calves.
How to treat the problem:
Arch supports that are designed to support your foot and fit your shoes well are very effective. These can relieve pain and allow your tendons and muscles to work correctly. In extreme cases, surgery may be required.

5.    Corns and calluses
What are they?
Rough, hard areas of skin that develop on areas of the foot where shoes have rubbed or your feet have been under pressure.
How to treat the problem:
Soaking your feet regularly, and using a pumice stone to remove hard, rough skin can restore your feet to silky softness over time. Treatment creams are available for more severe cases, and it’s vital to wear comfortable, well-fitted shoes & arch supports to relieve foot pressures in order to prevent further problems developing. Note: Diabetics & people with poor circulation should always consult a doctor/pharmacist for advice on foot treatment plans.

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