We use our feet constantly and naturally there are common foot problems that occur. This guide from cosyfeet looks at the causes and problems of the main ones.
Feet are prone to taking their fair share of punishment through walking and wearing tight-fitting shoes, so naturally, they can suffer from pain and other issues.
There are lots of different causes and treatments. If you suffer from foot pain or want greater comfort, this easy-to-follow guide we’ve created will help.
Cosyfeet examines the different foot pain problems and treatments?
Poor footwear, diabetes, and ageing are some of the chief contributors to foot problems as Mark S. Davies, a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the London Foot and Ankle Centre, tells us.
“In the foot, any inflammatory or degenerative process affecting joints or tendons can be the source of a great deal of pain. The commonest afflictions are those of arthritis and tendonitis. Pain can also arise from inflamed nerves and Morton’s neuroma, which is a compression of the nerve between the third and fourth toes.
Toenails can also be a significant source of misery.”
Here cosyfeet have listed some common issues people suffer from and what causes them.
Causes: Wearing tight or narrow shoes can cause bunions to form as they put pressure on the metatarsophalangeal joint (MTP), which is the joint between the bone of the foot and big toe.
Bunions (known medically as hallux valgus) are a bony deformity that sees a bump form on the large toe joint and this can cause it to turn slightly inward. As well as the formation of the bump you may notice pain and swelling over your big toe joint, hard and sore skin and changes to the shape of your foot.
Mark S. Davies from the London Foot and Ankle Centre told Cosyfeet a bit more about the condition.
“There are many causes of foot pain. One of the most common foot problems we encounter is as a result of bunions. This is a deformity of the big toe exacerbated by tight shoes. Any deformity if pronounced can be a source of pain and this includes, in particular, the lesser toes.”
Potential treatments for bunions
There are a number of treatments available for bunions and non-surgical treatments are usually tried first.
Our comfortable wide fitting shoes offer extra wide, deep and roomy footwear so that people suffering from bunions do not have to go through the pain of putting on shoes when going out.
Here at Cosyfeet we also have a variety of bunion relief accessories to help you or a loved one enjoy some respite from the pain that it can cause. These include Gel Bunion Covers, Gel Bunion and Metatarsal Pads and Gel Bunion Relief Sleeves.
For severe cases, surgery can be considered, and the type of surgery will depend on the level of deformity, age, and the severity of the symptoms.
Causes: The fungus thrives in warm, damp areas like showers, pools and gyms. Can be caught walking in these areas barefooted or wearing shoes that are warm and damp.
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection of the skin and is often found between the toes, although the infection can spread and cause discomfort, itching, blistering, cracking and pain to other parts of the foot.
Potential treatments for athlete’s foot
Antifungal treatments such as sprays, powders and lotions can be applied to your feet and are available in pharmacists.
Petra Kravos, the founder & editor of Be Healthy Now, told Cosyfeet issues like athlete’s foot are common, but that there are lots of treatments available.
“Feet issues are very common today although people don’t like to talk about them as they are an embarrassing problem. Bunions, fungal infections, cracked heels and ingrown nails are all issues many people face.
“Wash your feet regularly and dry them thoroughly – that’s very important as any wetness becomes a breeding ground for bacteria.
“If, despite your best efforts, you still get feet issues and even pain, the treatment will depend on the type of issue you are facing. For example, for recurring fungal infections and Athlete’s foot use anti-bacterial essential oils such as tea tree and oregano oil. Use them twice a day but dilute them with olive oil before applying directly onto the skin or toe.
“For painful, cracked skin, a moisturising shea butter could do the trick but make sure you exfoliate and file the dry skin first. Raw honey and calendula cream are also great for skin healing.
“It’s really important you take care of your feet and keep them healthy, otherwise this could have a negative impact on your health as you would be less active when you suffer from feet issues and pains.”
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