Your feet are two of the hardest working parts of your body. Every day you rely on them to get you where you need to be, and by the end of the day a nice foot rub is always welcomed. An injured foot can put a damper on your day and your ability to move around comfortably. Foot pain often causes other health issues as your body will start to put pressure on places that aren’t used to being pressured, displacing the weight you are avoiding to put on your foot. Healthy feet are essential to a happy life, so it is important to take care of your feet the best you can. However, sometime unexpected injuries will arise. Plantar Fasciitis, ingrown toe nails, bunions and hammer toes area all common foot problems that can cause a great amount of discomfort to your feet.
When you take that first step out of bed in the morning and a sharp pain is felt in the heel of your foot, it’s most likely that you are suffering from Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar Fasciitis is a common injury among people who run on a regular basis, people who are overweight and those who wear shoes that offer very little support. The severe heel pain this causes usually goes away with time, continued walking and stretching. However, if the pain in your heel continues, it is important to see a professional to make sure there is not a more serious injury occurring.
An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of your toenail grows down and into the skin of the toe. The most common cause of ingrown toenails is when you have improperly fitting shoes rubbing against toenails that have not been trimmed. Ingrown toenails can also occur when extra pressure is placed on your toe. It is also important that you do not trim your toenails too short, as this will increase the risk of an ingrown toenail. An ingrown toenail is usually accompanied by swelling and redness around the nail. Some cases of ingrown toenails are too severe to treat at home and require the skills of a professional.
Bunions can occur when wearing shoes that are too small and tight on your feet. However, most bunions are actually a result of an inherited structural defect. A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. Your big toe pushes against your next toe, forcing the joint of your big toe to get bigger and stick out. Bunions can be fixed properly with a simple surgery from your podiatrist.
Keep your feet feeling healthy and happy with proper foot care. If you are suffering from foot pain that just won’t go away, it’s time to make an appointment with your podiatrist. Belmont Anderson and Associates will treat your foot injuries with the utmost care and get you back on your feet.