Common Foot Problems
If you are suffering from any of these foot issues, find out how to handle them now!
There are many issues that can affect our foot health over the years. Our Pennsauken and Turnersville, NY, podiatrists are here to provide you with a little insight into some of the most common afflictions and what you can do to manage these conditions.
This bony protrusion is often found at the joint at the bottom of the big toe. Bunions are usually progressive, meaning that they will get worse over time if you leave the issue untreated or if you don’t properly care for your feet.
Preventing bunions from growing larger and causing pain and discomfort is actually pretty easy with non-invasive measures such as wearing the proper footwear that doesn’t put pressure on the bunion and also provides the foot with enough stability and support when moving around. Bracing the foot, and performing certain stretching and strengthening exercises can also go a long way to providing long-term relief.
Fungal Toenail Infection
Sometimes fungus can get inside the nail and lead to yellow, brittle and cracked toenails. While the issue may only seem like an aesthetic problem, you will want to treat the fungus before it spreads to other areas of the foot.
While there are over-the-counter antifungal medications on the market, they aren’t always the best option for penetrating the nail to successfully kill the fungus. If you aren’t experiencing relief from OTC treatments then it’s time to talk to our Pennsauken and Turnersville foot doctor about oral antifungal medications or laser therapy.
This is usually the most common cause of heel pain. This condition causes inflammation of the large band of tissue that runs from the heel bone to the toes. If you have plantar fasciitis then you may notice a serious stabbing pain at the heel that is often worse in the morning or when moving around after long periods of rest.
This condition will usually go away on its own as long as you stay away from running or other high-impact exercises. Resting and elevating the foot, using compression or supportive bandages, and performing certain foot exercises daily can also speed up recovery.
Corns and Calluses
While these thick patches of skin really aren’t something to worry about they can still cause pain and discomfort. Corns and calluses often surface when there is too much pressure or friction on certain areas of the feet. As a result, the skin forms this hard, protective barrier.
Simply soaking the feet for several minutes in warm water and then carefully pumicing away the dead skin is often the only treatment needed to thoroughly remove corns and calluses.
Regional Foot and Ankle Specialists is proud to provide comprehensive foot care in Turnersville and Pennsauken, NJ. Call us today if you have questions about how to treat any of your foot problems.