Are you hiding your feet in trendy shoes in hopes that no one will see your foot problems? Instead of hiding your feet you should be seeking treatment options. When feet hurt and develop flaws it’s their way of telling you that the choices you’re making are not helping your feet and it’s time to do something different. Foot problems are signs that something just isn’t quite right. Here are common foot flaws that should be signals you need to make some lifestyle changes.
Blisters, Corns & Calluses
Blisters, corns and calluses can often look nasty. They are caused by friction from shoes that don’t fit you, your toes rubbing together, constantly walking barefoot, high-heeled shoes, and an uneven weight distribution on your feet. You can avoid them in the first place by wearing shoes that fit your feet correctly and offer you good support. Also giving your feet a little TLC once in a while, like a simple foot soak and moisturizer, will help too.
A bunion is basically a bone deformity that shows up as a bump on your big toe. It’s sometimes caused by foot biomechanics that are inherited from your family. Sometimes a bunion is harmless, but it becomes a major foot problem when you consistently wear narrow shoes that aggravate the condition, like high heels. This is why foot pain caused by bunions is more common in women than in men. The best treatment options for bunions is minimally invasive bunion surgery.
Maybe you can’t necessarily see your foot flaw, but you can smell it! In fact, it’s not so much causing physical foot pain, but emotional pain instead. It can be really embarrassing to visit a friend, take your shoes off and get comfortable on the couch to watch a movie, only to have a weird smelling funk fill the air and realize it’s your feet. To avoid smelly feet, make sure you are washing your feet every day, consistently changing your shoes and socks, and even using a foot powder or antiperspirant spray if needed.
If you care so much about the way your feet look, then you need to make sure you’re trimming your nails correctly! Ingrown toenails are as preventable as they are painful. They are caused when your toenail grows into the skin on the side of your toe usually due to improper trimming or wearing shoes or socks that are too tight. It’s also a good idea to avoid shoes that don’t fit correctly and cause your toes to jam into the end. To prevent ingrown toenails, make sure you’re trimming your nails straight across (no rounded edges). They usually heal themselves, but can sometimes get infected.
If you have loosened, thickened, crumbling or discolored toenails then you may have a fungal infection. Toenail fungus is a common foot problem usually contracted by walking barefoot in public places or using unsanitary nail care practices. It’s something you can have for years without it ever causing any pain. Other than just being downright ugly and embarrassing, if it’s left untreated it can lead to problems like difficulty and pain when walking. The best treatment for toenail fungus is laser treatment.
Your new shoes may be the latest “it” item to have this fall, but if they are causing your foot pain, then stop wearing them! Sacrificing fashion this fall is a small price to pay for the foot problems you could have later. Don’t be vain, avoid your foot pain!
To learn more about foot flaws causing you pain, contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.