We’re all familiar with “foot-in-mouth” disease, that horrible affliction that causes us to say things we immediately regret. But, social faux pas aside, what actual foot problems do people tend to deal with? And what types of sensations suggest that something harmful is afoot? These four problems are especially common.
While this nasty fungal infection can occur anywhere on the body, it is most common in those lowermost appendages from which it takes its name. It tends to originate between the toes, especially after you’ve walked barefoot in a gym, shower, or other communal area. Symptoms include cracks in the skin, blistering, and a persistent itching. Anti-fungal creams, ointments, and sprays are the best treatment options.
This common problem is categorized by the toenail growing into the groove of the nail. It can be caused by ill-fitting shoes, a running injury, or genetics. It often causes redness, swelling, and pain, all of which intensifies if swelling occurs. Home treatment options include washing with antibacterial soap to prevent infection, wearing loose-fitting shoes, and cutting the nails so that they’re straight, not rounded.
Officially called “hallux valgus,” these large bumps form on the joint of the big toe. They are typically caused by wearing shoes that are too tight, although they also tend to run in families. The most obvious symptom is the presence of the large bump, which is usually about the size of a nickel. The big toe becomes tender and can be painful to move. Walking sometimes causes discomfort, and a callus often forms underneath the big toe. Bunions usually go away on their own if with proper-fitting shoes and occasional icing.
This disorder is the most common cause of pain in the heel. It stems from the inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament on the underside of the foot. There is no single cause for the condition, although running, obesity, and having highly-arched feet are all thought to increase risk. The only symptom to speak of is the pain in the heel, which is typically worse immediately after getting up in the morning and after strenuous activity. Rest and ice are usually the only necessary treatments, although NSAIDs like ibuprofen can help control inflammation.
Sometimes we forget about our feet, stuck as they are way out at the end of our bodies. If any of these issues arise, however, take proper care and call a podiatrist if necessary.
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Emma Sturgis is a freelance writer based out of Boston, Mass. She writes most often on health and education. When not writing, she enjoys reading and watching film noir. Say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2
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