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5 Common foot Problems and How to treat them at home.

by | Dec 27, 2022 | General Podiatry | 0 comments

The human foot is quite a complex structure for something that is seemingly so small relative to the rest of your body. Often neglected, it continues to carry a person through their lifespan, however, when pain does occur, it has a significant impact on lifestyle and health.

Pain in feet can often give your foot doctor (podiatrist) an indication of a systematic problem. So sometimes, whilst home treatments are more convenient and can save a bit of money, it is worthwhile making the investment in your health.

Imagine not being able to enjoy one of the many hikes Brisbane has to offer, or accompany your children to the park, or walk the dog, this is an unfortunate reality for some suffering with long term foot pain.

These are five common issues we see at ProHealth Podiatry in both Red Hill and Upper Mount Gravatt and how you can begin treatment at home:

1. Athlete’s Foot:

Athlete’s foot is a fungus that thrives on the feet due to a warm, dark, moist environment. It is commonly seen on the soles of the feet as well as between the toes. Symptoms can include redness of the skin, flakiness, a smell, burning as well as itching. Patients working in closed in footwear such as in hospitality, hospitals or tradies generally suffer from Athlete’s Foot. It can also be spread at locations such as the gym or swimming pool. At home, treatment can commence with the correct choice in socks, making sure to change them regularly, as well as wearing footwear in public locations. Over the counter products such as antifungal creams/sprays or powders can be used to minimise the tinea. If left untreated, tinea can spread to nails or other parts of the body.

2. Blisters:

Blisters commonly occur due to an increase in friction between the foot as well as the shoe. Choosing an appropriate sock and correctly fitting shoe minimises friction. If a blister does form, it is best to leave it alone and keep it sterile by covering it with a band aid or dressing. If it does burst, then the area can be kept germ free with the use of a broad spectrum over the counter antibacterial ointment, followed by a band aid. If you suffer from any other chronic diseases that leave you susceptible to infection, then seeing a podiatrist or GP is a must, however, most blisters can be treated at home. If you suffer from reoccurring blisters, then it is worthwhile seeing a health professional and discussing methods to either minimise blisters or keep them away.

3. Ingrown Toenails:

Incorrect cutting techniques, nail picking or tight socks and shoes can lead to ingrown toenails. Sometimes, an ingrown toenail can lead to infection on the side of the nail as well as the surrounding skin. A visit to the podiatrist for a routine general care can teach you how to manage an ingrown toenail at home by packing the side of the nail using cotton wool or providing a toe separator or suggesting a better sock or wider shoe. If you are already suffering with the start of an ingrown toenail, it is worthwhile soaking the foot in lukewarm water for about 20 minutes and then trimming the nail, making sure that you have trimmed to the very end. Remember, if you suffer from any chronic illness such as Diabetes, leave it to the professionals.

4. Toenail Fungus:

At Red Hill we see a lot of fungus. Toenail fungus can be treated at home via the use of a topical ointment provided over the counter or taking an oral medication. It is important in both cases to follow the application instructions on the bottle. It is difficult to get a toenail fungus but getting rid of a fungus takes persistence and time. It often also reoccurs after a successful treatment. It is often ‘caught’ with damage to the nail via sport, fitting on shoes in a store or incorrectly fitted shoes. If home treatments are not working, then it is worthwhile investigating other treatment options such as laser.

5. Corns:

Corns can be quite debilitating to walk on and patients often describe the sensation as walking on a stone. Recently, we have had numerous patients present to clinic after having used over the counter corn plasters. As a podiatrist, this is a pet peeve of mine, as they are usually impregnated with an acid and destroy healthy tissue alongside the corn. Often the discomfort and pain patients’ then feel is from the damage the plaster has created. Having a general foot maintenance regime keeps the pain experienced from corns at bay and can consist of a once or twice a week use of a pumice stone before a shower, a good quality moisturiser with the right ingredients, natural fibre socks ad correctly fitted shoes.

At ProHealth Podiatry we are located on both the Southside and Northside of Brisbane for all your podiatric needs. These were just a few tips you can implement at home for healthier, stronger, better-looking feet. However, if you would like to see results faster, we do have a lunula cold laser machine that would help with tinea as well as fungal nail infections and different inserts and Band-Aids and plasters in clinic to offload and dress that nasty blister. Patients have been loving our nail bracing system and whilst we do agree due to a time commitment this is not for everyone, so some have opted for a partial nail removal.

Should you have any further questions please feel free to give up a call on (07) 3076 7306, send us an email info@prohealthpodiatry.com.au or send us a message via our Instagram or facebook.

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