Common Foot Problems

Common Foot Problems

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Bunions: A bump at the base of the big toe that bends toward the others, these can be caused by arthritis or ill-fitting shoes. Pads, shoe inserts, or surgery are possible cures, as is wearing comfortable shoes that fit properly.
Corns & Calluses: Both are typically caused by friction, and therefore normally subside when the foot ceases rubbing against the inside of the shoe. Moleskin pads are a good option for treating corns, whereas calluses can be trimmed or removed surgically.
Gout: This is a form of arthritis characterized by sudden pain, redness, swelling, and stiffness. It typically occurs in the large joint of the big toe, but it can also occur in the rest of the foot, ankle, or knees. It’s caused by an excess of uric acid in the body, which hardens and forms crystals in the joints. The symptoms are usually treated with anti-inflammatory medication or one that lowers the amount of uric acid in the body. Your doctor may also prescribe dietary changes to help. 
Plantar Warts: These tough growths found on the soles of the feet are caused by a virus that enters the body through broken skin. They can be very painful. Salicylic acid can be applied topically, but burning, laser therapy, freezing, and surgery may be necessary for more severe cases.
Athlete’s Foot/Fungal Infections: This fungal infection is picked up by walking barefoot through public showers and pools. It is normally treated with topical antifungal lotions and oral medications in more severe cases. If the fungus enters through a break in the toenail, the nail will become infected also. 
Hammertoe: If a person’s footwear is too tight, especially in the toe area, the middle joint of one or more toes will bend downward. This is cured by proper-fitting shoes, shoe supports, and surgery. 
Ingrown Toenails: Wearing comfortable shoes is important, of course, but so is taking proper care when trimming the toenails. Otherwise, this painful condition, where the nail begins growing into the skin, will occur. For mild cases, a soaking in warm water, placing a piece of cotton in between the nail and skin, and keeping the area clean are sufficient. Minor surgery can also remove all or part of the nail. 
Flat Feet: People with this condition have little to no arch, which causes the entire sole of the foot to come into contact with the ground. It may be genetic, or caused by an injury or condition such as rheumatoid arthritis. Treatment includes exercises to strengthen the foot and shoes with proper support.
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