Funky fungus, bony bumps, irritating ingrown toenails – sometimes the foot problems you’re dealing with can look and feel downright unappealing. It can be very inconvenient and embarrassing as the warmer weather sets in and you’re wanting to wear sandals, flip flops and go barefoot on the beach. Some issues can also cause severe discomfort and even foot pain. So how do you solve these problems? Learn some things you can do in the article excerpt below:
Posted by: Men’s Health
Your Grossest Feet Problems, Solved
There’s hope for your feet just in time for sandal weather. Follow these suggestions from top podiatrists so you can fix your feet issues once and for all.
Identify it: Expect dry, cracked skin that peels off the bottom of your foot and in between your toes, says Brian Fullem, D.P.M., a sports podiatrist and author of The Runner’s Guide to Healthy Feet and Ankles. These areas become extremely itchy, and in serious cases, you may develop blisters filled with clear fluid.
The cause: A fungus called tinea pedis, says Meredith Ward, D.P.M., a podiatrist at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Conn. Your sweaty socks are often to blame, since fungus requires darkness, warmth, and moisture to thrive, says Dr. Fullem.
The fix: Try over-the-counter antifungal treatments like Lotrisone or Tinactin twice a day. Soaking your feet in warm water can feel soothing, and also help with the itching, notes Dr. Ward.
If you don’t see improvements after a week, see your doctor: You may need a prescription-strength antifungal cream, or an antibiotic if a bacterial infection developed in your cracked skin.
Identify it: A large, bony bump that forms on the outside of your big toe joint. Your big toe looks like it’s moving toward your smaller toes.
The cause: Mainly genetic, but too-tight shoes may play a small role, says Dr. Fullem. Some researchers believe shoes that are too small will push your big toes toward the second toe, and your foot may adapt to that position, he says.
The fix: The simplest treatment is a toe spacer, placed between your big toe and second toe, which tries to fight the adapted—and incorrect—position of the big toe, says Dr. Ward. Wider shoes can also help alleviate pain and pressure.
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You also have treatment options for cosmetic problems on your feet, such as corns, calluses, dry feet, and toenail fungus.
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