How can you cure foot problems?

15. August 2014

Many foot problems can be alleviated and prevented by taking good care of your feet and wearing suitable shoes. Also, you should start looking for a solution immediately instead of hoping that the problem will just go away. It won’t!

Chief Nurse of the Rheumatology Department of East-Tallinn Central Hospital Katti Kõrve says the most common foot problems among both men and women are corns, callouses, warts, rashes between the toes and ingrown toenails.

Kõrve says that callouses, corns and blisters are usually caused by the wrong footwear. When pressure on the foot is great in a certain area or body weight constantly rests on a certain part of the sole, this often causes callouses or corns in that particular area. This is why it is necessary to try on both shoes when buying and it is advisable to go shopping in the evening, when your feet are swollen. This helps prevent buying shoes that are too tight.

The problems arising from the build of the foot or unsuitable footwear can sometimes be alleviated with supports that can be bought in pharmacies and placed between and around toes. They support the foot, keep the toes in the correct position and thereby reduce the likelihood of problems.

Kõrve says that people often suffer from corns, which are viral growths, and sufferers must seek treatment by a specialist. Corns may develop on toes as well as on the soles of the feet and can cause a lot of pain.

Cracked heels or rashes between toes can be prevented by washing and drying your feet and using foot cream. The feet must be washed with water that is warm, not cold or hot. The areas between the toes should be washed separately and water spray from the shower should be used if possible. Kõrve advises against soaking your feet too often, as softened skin is easy to damage. Using too many washing products, such as bath salts, soap or shower gel, is not good either – they dry out the skin.

People suffering from callouses should be careful when removing them. Callouses are usually removed too vigorously. A washing brush with natural bristles, a pumice stone or foot scrub should be used. A metal foot file is not a good choice due to the risk of skin injury. Removing too much of the callous is not good either, as it will cause the skin to thicken.

A soft and absorbent towel is good for drying feet, and the areas between the toes must be dried separately. Powder or talc may be used to treat rashes, but the quantities applied must be modest. Foot cream should be chosen on the basis of its greasiness – the drier the skin, the greasier the cream that should be used.

Those who suffer from serious foot problems should make an appointment with a podiatrist. Podiatrists are most often contacted by people suffering from changes in toenails or ingrown toenails. They can also help people suffering from fungal nail infections or nail infections caused by other factors.

“No foot problem is worth suffering,” Kõrve says. “Seek help from a specialist and your foot problems will soon go away. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about.”

 

Source: Eesti Ekspress (Healthy Family)

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