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Common Foot Problems

Posted onOctober 8th, 2015

Pain stemming from foot problems is not uncommon; millions of Americans are affected by foot pain every year. Fortunately, there are many foot issues that can be treated easily, whether at home or with the help of a podiatrist.

Ingrown toenails

: Sometimes you can trim your toenails too short or not straight across, or possibly have too tight of shoes. From this, ingrown toenails can become an issue. If it is a minor case, you should be able to soak your toe in warm water and rub ointment on it twice a day. However, if you are still not experiencing relief after 10-14 days, you should see a podiatrist.

Calluses/Corns

: Due to friction, hard areas of callus tissue can occur near the toes. Mistakes people make with these are trying to remove them with a sharp object. The best thing you can do is soak your feet in soapy water, then use a pumice stone to remove the callus/corn. If this does not work, see your podiatrist.

Foot odor

: The main cause of smelly feet is sweat mixing with the bacteria naturally found on your feet. If you notice recurring odor, invest in cotton socks and shoes that breathe, such as ones made of leather or canvas.

Athlete’s foot

: This issue can result in itching and cracks in your skin due to a fungus that resides in dark and damp places, such as sweaty feet encased in a running shoe. Oftentimes, an over the counter fungal cream will do the trick.

Most people will experience some form of foot issues in their life. Hopefully they will be minor issues that you can fix with a simple cream. However, if any of the aforementioned issues do not resolve, or you are experiencing other problems, call Kondiles Chicagoland Footcare to schedule an appointment!

Courtesy of: My Family Doctor

 


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