Foot problems are one of the most embarrassing body problems we can ever have. It can happen because of various reasons, but most cases are caused by hygiene problems.


Even though it can happen to anyone, what separates an individual from other ‘victims’ is the quick action that one takes against it.

Others are complacent in dealing with this problem, and others are hesitant to seek out help because of embarrassment. Whatever side they may choose, they would end up with one common outcome: aggregated foot problem.

Do not suffer the same fate. Learn about the different foot problems that you may experience -- and how to deal with them properly.



BUNIONS

Bunions manifest itself as a bump that develops on the large toe joint that causes it to turn slightly inward. The formal term of doctors for this condition is “hallux valgus”

How to Treat It?

Apply ice on the affected area for 10 minutes with a cloth-covered ice pack. It is an effective primary treatment to reduce your foot’s inflammation.

To prevent your condition from worsening, you must see a podiatrist-- a doctor who specializes in foot care, so he can prescribe custom-made shoe inserts or a splint that can straighten the big toe. If your condition continues to worsen, surgery would be your final solution to treat it.



INGROWN TOENAILS

An ingrown toenail occurs when toenails start to grow into your nail grove, which will certainly cause significant pain and discomfort.

How to Treat It?

Before cutting your toenails, wash your feet first with antibacterial soap and keep them dry and clean. It will help if you cut your toenails after taking a bath so it can be soft and easy to cut. One thing you should remember is to avoid cutting your nails in a rounded pattern because it increases the risk of inward growth. Also, you should avoid wearing pointy shoes to prevent pressure on your toes.


ATHLETE’S FOOT

An athlete’s foot is usually found between the toes or on toenails. This condition is a fungal infection of the skin that can spread and cause itching, pain and discomfort.

How To Treat It?

Keep your feet clean and dry. Dry it with a separate towel (the clean one, of course). Then you may apply an antifungal treatment like Kerasal to the affected area, especially if it’s on the toenails. I personally recommend this brand because I have seen how effective it is. If you’re not familiar with the brand, you may check out the kerasal reviews online to see how it has helped many people in getting rid of their fungal problems.


PLANTAR FASCIITIS

This condition is the most common cause of heel pain, and it occurs when the plantar fascia on the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed. This ligament is responsible for supporting the foot’s arch.

How to Treat It?

For a home treatment, you can simply rest your foot and apply ice on your it, which can reduce its inflammation. Ibuprofen or Naproxen Sodium can also help you manage the pain. You can also stretch your foot thoroughly before and after a physical activity and throughout the day. By doing this, you can reduce the pain you feel in your heel.

If your condition does not improve, then it’s time to see a podiatrist or an orthopedic surgeon to arrest your condition’s growing implication.



CORNS

Corns are often found on the soles of the feet or toes and are generally painless. This condition actually protects the skin and stops the body from developing blisters through its patches made of thick skin.

How to Treat It?

You may apply corn patches to relieve your pain. In extreme cases, surgical treatment would be needed.