Quick Advice for 10 Common Foot Problems!

1. Athlete’s Foot
This is typically caused by a fungus that likes warm, dark, and moist environments like the areas between the toes or on the bottoms of the feet,. The athlete’s foot fungus also causes itching, burning, peeling, and sometimes a slight odor; the infection can also migrate to other body parts. You can avoid athlete’s foot (also called tinea pedis) by keeping your feet and toes clean and dry and by changing your shoes and socks regularly. If you're an athletic individual, or spend a lot of time in wet environments (such as gyms or pools) you are susceptible.

2. Hammertoes
If your second, third, or fourth toe is crossed, bent in the middle of the toe joint, or just pointing at an odd angle, you may have what’s called a hammertoe. Hammertoes can get arthritic and painful, and you may need surgery. Because hammertoes are bent, corns and calluses often form on them. We here at Gentle Touch Foot Care perform surgery often for this ailment.

3. Ingrown Toenails
The right way to clip toenails — straight across — is key to foot health. If you don’t cut them properly, the corners or sides of the nail can dig into skin and become ingrown. An ingrown nail can possibly get infected and be very painful. Sometimes a minor procedure must be performed.

4. Bunions
A bunion is a crooked big-toe joint that sticks out at the base of the toe, forcing the big toe to turn in. Bunions have various causes, including congenital deformities, arthritis, trauma, and heredity.  Proper foot wear may alleviate a bunion but sometimes surgery is needed.

5. Plantar Fasciitis  
Plantar fasciitis is a painful disorder in which the tissue that connects the ball of the foot to the heel – the fascia – becomes inflamed.  A lot of the time, the first step you take in the morning can be extremely painful due to this problem. There are many way to treat it, including orthotics or surgery.

6. Corns and Calluses
Corns and calluses form after repeated rubbing against a bony area of the foot or against a shoe. Corns appear on the tops, sides, or even between your toes. Sometimes it is due to bony prominences or imbalance and X-rays may be necessary to understand what is the cause.

7. Blisters
It’s this simple: If your shoes fit well, you won’t have blisters. It’s important not to pick at them. Clean the area thoroughly, then sterilize a sewing needle and use it to open the part of the blister located nearest to the foot’s underside. Drain the blister, slather with antibiotic ointment, and cover with a bandage.

8. Gout
Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a build-up of uric acid in joint tissues and fluid, which happens when the body is unable to keep uric acid levels in check. It causes you big toe joint to become red, hot and swollen. Proper dieting and medical may be necessary.

9. Toenail Fungus
Toenail fungus can give nails an unattractive, deformed appearance. It can alter the nail’s color and spread to other nails, even fingernails. To prevent them, it's always good to wear proper shoes and keep them clean. If oyu already have them, we here at Gentle Touch Foot Care have many treatment that include laser surgery and Keryflex.

10. Diabetic Foot Care
If you are diabetic, you are susceptible to many problems, such as numbness and tingling. Also, ulceration may occur, it is always good to see a podiatrist to avoid any potential problems.

If you or anyone you know is experiencing any of these issues, visit us at Gentle Touch Foot Care. A podiatrist is the only person that is trained in a specialized field in medicine for anything concerning the lower extremity, foot and ankle, that’s why it is important for you to visit your podiatrist if there are any problems concerning your feet. If there you have any other questions feel free to contact Dr. Theall’s and Dr. Saleh’s Gentle Touch Foot Care office for all your foot and ankle needs and concerns at 973 673 – 3668.

 

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