Few things are more frustrating than experiencing pain and discomfort in your foot. Not being able to walk comfortably is not only annoying, but can exacerbate problems that already require treatment. Luckily, a qualified podiatrist can treat a wide range of issues ranging from mild swelling to severe pain. Take a look below at four common foot problems and how a podiatrist can help to get rid of them so you can get back on your feet.
Bunions occur when the joint at the base of the big toe is not aligned properly. This misalignment can cause swelling and significant pain, especially while wearing tight-fitting shoes such as hiking boots or heels. The root cause of bunions can be one of a number of things ranging from arthritis to a hereditary disorder. To treat bunions, podiatrists will often prescribe orthotics, such as shoe insoles, or even recommend surgery to realign the joint and prevent additional bunions from forming.
If you've been experiencing pain or numbness in the area surrounding your third and fourth toes, it may be that you have a neuroma, or benign tissue growth. While neuromas sometimes have a simple hereditary cause, they can also spring up after wearing high heels (or other shoes that don't fit properly) for an extended period of time. Podiatrists can prescribe anti-inflammatory medication and inject cortisone around the affected area to lessen the pain.
Fungal nails arise when an infection is left untreated. Most people who have fungal nails are only concerned with the cosmetic drawbacks, but in fact the problems and medical risks posed by a fungal nail can be fairly serious. If you've suffered from a fungal nail for any length of time, visit a podiatrist immediately to begin a treatment regimen. Creams and nail lacquers are the most popular ways of treating fungal nails.
While the term "athlete's foot" might lead people to believe that only athletes can contract it, the reality is quite different. Athlete or not, you can get an infection simply by coming in contact with the fungus at a gym, swimming pool shower, or regular locker room. Signs of the infection include itching, redness, and blisters, all of which can be treated with a fungal cream or topical medication. A podiatrist (liek those at Advanced Foot Clinic) can also instruct you on ways to prevent athlete's foot before it strikes--keeping your shoes dry and your feet covered with new socks are usually the best ways to startShare