Sometimes, we have an embarrassing problem that we don’t want to talk about because, well, we’re embarrassed. It’s easy to think that you’re the only one dealing with the problem because no one else talks about it. This is often the case with foot problems. Who wants to discuss a foot fungus, stinky feet or a bony growth on your toe? As it turns out, a lot of people! Check out the article below – you might get an answer to questions that you’re too embarrassed to ask about your feet.
Posted by: Women’s Health
6 Totally Not-Dumb Questions You’ve Been Too Embarrassed to Ask About Your Feet
Q: I know I can catch athlete’s foot from the gym shower. Any other souvenirs?
A: Actually, you can get athlete's foot from the locker room carpet and the stalls. Plantar warts—grainy growths on the soles of feet—are the top shower threat. The virus, which is a strain of HPV (not the kind that can cause cervical cancer), can live on the damp surface of the floor. But only certain people's immune systems are genetically vulnerable, says Splichal. Plantar warts are stubborn AF, so if they don't go away on their own, a podiatrist can laser them off. Always wear shower shoes, clean them with soap and water after each use, then let them air-dry at home.
Q: How do I treat bunions? Don’t tell me to stop wearing heels for life.
A: Those bony bumps jutting from your big-toe joint are a bitch, and largely genetic. You want to slow their progression by wearing shoes with a roomy toe box. Also, many people with bunions tend to overpronate—the foot rolls inward in motion. Curb that tendency with foot drills that up flexibility in your calves: Press the ball of your bare foot down into the ground while contracting the arch—but without curling your toes. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat five times per foot. Splichal also recommends using a Bunion Bootie ($34, bunionbootie.com)—a thin sock-like device that helps improve ligament flexibility—once a week or after wearing heels. And keep your weight stable. Added pounds aggravate those suckers.
If you find yourself with foot problems like those mentioned above, it’s important to find a trusted podiatrist so you can be evaluated and recommended the best course of action to take – especially if you’re experiencing foot pain that isn’t going away on its own. Most issues won’t get better – they will only get worse. There’s no reason for you to try to push through the pain because they're easy and effective treatment options.
Adler Footcare offers the latest advancements in the field of podiatry such as: toenail fungus laser treatment, minimally invasive bunion surgery, custom orthotics, stem cell therapy, and placement of the HyProCure® stent to correct overpronation.
The New York podiatrists at Adler Footcare are board-certified, friendly, and will start helping you manage the pain right away while you discuss the right solution for your foot pain.
If you’re living or visiting the New York area, consider contacting the best podiatrists in NYC at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.