Feet are one of the most underappreciated parts of the body, and easy to overlook. Unfortunately, many of these problems can get out of control before you feel the need to see a doctor. Your local foot specialist can help in managing all these issues though.
Blisters are fluid-filled pockets that can exist on multiple areas of your body. On feet, these raised pockets can make walking or standing painful by applying pressure in odd areas. Blisters should clear on their own and popping blisters should be a last resort.
Athlete’s foot is a contagious fungal condition. Typically, the athlete’s foot comes from wet environments. Symptoms include itching, burning, and stinging in your feet, as well as visual changes. This condition can be treated with over the counter medications. Continued issues may call for your doctor prescribing stronger medication.
Fungal Nail Infections
Fungal nail infections come from moist environments, from wet socks to swimming pools. Symptoms include your nails changing color, crumbling, scaling, and crumbling. These infections can be very persistent, so a doctor may order prescription strength cures.
Ingrown toenails grow into the surrounding skin. There are a wide number of reasons this can happen in your feet, from genetics to compression. You can begin treating these at home with trimming and warm soaks; however, severe cases require medical intervention.
Claw and Hammer Toes
Both claw and hammer toes can be caused by genetics, though hammer toes can also be caused by improper footwear or other foot problems. Both require a diagnosis for management purposes. Your podiatrist can help you set up special footwear and supports to help you with the associated pain if needed.
Corns and Bunions
Bunions are thickened skin which occurs on your big toe, while corns are circles of thickened skin anywhere on your feet. Both may not initially be painful, but over time they can alter how you walk. Additionally, both may require surgical intervention if you do not follow your doctor’s treatment instructions about shoes and healing.
Plantar fasciitis is a problem with the plantar fascia tissues in the heel and bottom of the foot. These ligaments can become strained through improper support and can be managed through over the counter solutions if needed. A doctor may be able to amplify the relief through steroid injections, physical therapy, or surgery.
Plantar warts occur on the bottom of your foot and can be painful to walk on. While some resolve on their own, most require multiple treatments either at home or in your doctor’s office. You can get plantar warts from any type of moist environment.
Flat feet are a generally genetic condition in which you lack an arch when standing. This condition can cause strain on the various ligaments in your feet. This condition only requires treatment if you experience pain or injuries.
This article is not a substitute for medical advice. Please consult your medical team if you are experiencing these symptoms.