So many of us neglect the health of our feet, tucking them away inside socks and shoes and ignoring issues, hoping that they will go away. But there are so many conditions out there that can affect your feet and most of the time ignoring them will only see the problem worsen. The truth is that the sooner that these problems are tackled, the better. This will help problems to be diagnosed and rectified sooner, reducing pain, discomfort, or general embarrassment due to the bad smells that so often accompany foot health problems. Let’s take a moment to highlight a few so that you can visit a podiatrist as soon as you notice symptoms arising.

Bunions

A bunion is a form of bone deformity at the base of an individual’s big toe. You will generally be able to identify this condition just by looking at the shape of your foot – if your big toe is leaning towards your other toes, you may have a bunion. While the precise cause of bunions is unknown, it is thought that they tend to run in families and that wearing ill-fitting shoes can make the condition worse. The good news is that if this condition is causing you problems, you can undertake bunion surgery to remove the issue.

Verrucas

Most people will experience having a verruca at some point in their life. It is a plantar wart, which means that it is a type of wart that develops on the sole of the foot. While it isn’t likely to be dangerous, it can cause pain from time to time – as though you have stood on a needle – as the pressure of standing on the wart forces it into your skin. They generally develop due to a virus invading the body through a cut in the sole of the foot. However, they can be treated with creams, plasters, and sprays. Consult your pharmacist to find the right type for you, as certain styles of treatment are more suitable for different individuals.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is easily identifiable, mostly due to the distinctive bad smell that results from the condition. This is a common fungal infection, which (as well as causing a bad smell) often results in itchy white patches between the toes, red and sore patches on the soles of the foot, and cracked skin that may bleed. While it is unlikely to get better if left to its own devices, it can easily be treated with a variety of creams, sprays, and powders. Most are available on an over-the-counter basis, but it’s a good idea to consult your doctor or pharmacist to find which will be best for your needs.

These are just a few of the many problems that could potentially arise with your feet at some point or another. But hopefully being familiar with the symptoms and the best ways to treat them will help you to keep your feet healthy and in good condition at all times. Remember, if you are ever in doubt, simply visit your doctor!

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