How much attention should we pay to our feet? It’s kind of easy to ignore them when we’re busy, but that isn’t really a good idea. Catching these problems early can improve your health and make you feel better.
One: An ingrown toenail can be very painful and the treatment is often worse. It’s also not a given that the treatment will work the first time. Sometimes it has to be done more than once. There are several causes, including shoes that crowd the toes and improper nail care. Some people care for this problem at home, but it is best to let the doctor do it. That will decrease the chances of infection.
Two: Blisters: Shoes that are too tight can rub blisters on the ankles. Thick, unbendable shoes such as hiking boots can also cause this problem. Buying quality shoes that have been fitted by a professional may sound expensive, but it is the best way to prevent blisters.
Three: Cracked heels are usually a cosmetic problem. The skin of the heel is sometimes callused and dry. This can result in cracks in the callus. If these are deep, they can be painful and bleed. This opens up the possibility of infection.
Treatment for this problem is going to depend on at least one medical condition. A healthy person should be able to resolve this problem with a pumice stone and lotion. However, if you are a diabetic, the pumice stone is best used by a doctor. Feeling in the feet could be compromised, making it hard to know when enough of the callus has been removed.
Four: Fungus is another cosmetic problem, but it can also be itchy and painful. The doctors I’ve spoken to about fungus have indicated that current insurance companies rarely cover this condition. There are two over the counter remedies that could help. One is a liquid made for this purpose. It is painted on with a brush. The other is vaporub that contains oil of rosemary.
Five: Pain that is not associated with a known injury or illness can be a message from your feet. Standing too long, especially on concrete or other hard surfaces, is one such message. Shoes and mats can help here. Small stress fractures may also be a problem. In many cases, if the pain doesn’t go away, it’s best to see the doctor. Fractures or illnesses such as diabetes will require professional help.
Six: Wounds aren’t always a problem in the feet…if you’re healthy. However, illnesses such as diabetes can all make wounds on the feet heal poorly. Any wound should be watched to make sure it heals cleanly, and if it doesn’t it’s imperative to see the doctor. If you don’t, you could lose your foot.
Taking care of our feet is important. Their condition can be a sign of how we are doing in other health areas. If you have questions about, it’s a good idea to check in with your doctor.