Your feet bear the brunt of the pressure that occurs as you walk, run, and stand. This can cause pain from a variety of conditions. Since your feet are often kept covered by shoes and socks, they are also susceptible to developing fungal infections and other maladies that can cause you discomfort. Minor foot problems, such as blisters, can often be treated at home. However, there are times when visiting a podiatrist is the best way to find relief.
Treat Toe Fungus
Fungal infections often develop on your feet if they don’t get enough exposure to air. You might notice some redness and itching between your toes, and fungal infections can sometimes develop a foul odor. Over-the-counter medications can sometimes cure a mild or new infection, but you could need a prescription to eliminate an infection that has become more severe.
Remove Painful Bunions
A bunion is a bony bump that you’ll notice at the base of your toe. Usually, they affect the big toes, but they can develop on the opposite side of your foot as well. They occur when bones in the front portion of your foot move out of place. Some people are prone to developing bunions because of the shape of their feet. Wearing tight shoes or having arthritis can also contribute to the problem. Over time, a bunion can cause pain along with limited movement in the affected toe. Once nonsurgical treatments no longer provide relief, you might need to visit a podiatrist to get your bunion removed.
Heal Ingrown Toenails
Cutting your toenails too short is the most common cause of this painful foot affliction. An ingrown toenail can develop an infection that causes swelling and pain. Some people seem to be more susceptible to developing ingrown toenails, and they may benefit from having a portion of the nail removed. Others can practice self-care by using antibiotic ointment and lifting the nail slightly until it has a chance to grow out.
Eliminate Corns and Calluses
Corns and calluses are both thickened areas of skin that tend to occur on parts of your feet that are exposed to large amounts of friction. You are more likely to get them if you wear ill-fitting shoes, walk barefoot, or engage in activities that involve heavy foot movements such as sports. Foot doctors can remove them so that they don’t continue to get worse.
Problems with your feet can cause pain with every step you take. Some foot issues can also cause limited movement, and you may be susceptible to having even a minor cut turn into a severe infection if you have diabetes. Make sure to check your feet regularly for signs of developing problems so that you can work with your foot doctor to correct them before they restrict your comfort and freedom of movement.