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Common Foot Issues and Their Solutions

There are many common foot issues that people suffer with needlessly. Your feet work hard each and every day. They put up with a lot of abuse. It's no wonder that they are prone to painful issues from time to time. Fortunately, your podiatrist can put an end to the pain and suffering. All that you have to do is make an appointment. In the meantime, take some time to learn about some of these common foot issues and their solutions.


Bunions

A bunion is a swollen bump on the outer edge of your foot. In addition to the swelling, there is also pain that becomes worse when you have shoes on. The skin can also become red. Treatment for bunions includes the following.

  • Bunion pads can be used to relieve the symptoms. You can find these in your local pharmacy.

  • Special orthotic insoles can also help ease the pain. Your doctor can recommend the best ones for your need.

  • Bunion surgery solves the problem. The other options simply ease the symptoms. For the first couple of weeks after your surgery, you will wear a boot to protect the foot.


Corns

There are both hard and soft corns. Hard corns are patches of hard skin that occur on pressure points. Soft corns are tender areas of skin found between the toes. Your podiatrist can discuss the use of moleskin pads to cover the corn while it heals and disappears. Most do disappear on their own. However, some can become infected and will need antibiotics to clear up. The doctor may also have to drain them if they become infected.


Calluses

A callus is an area of hardened, thickened skin. They form as a result of friction. Podiatrists can shave the area down if needed. While they will often go away on their own when the friction stops, this will not happen if the friction continues. Using a good quality moisturizer can also help those who suffer from calluses. Use it daily to soften the skin.


As you can see, there are different options that can help relieve the above foot issues and many others that you may be facing. Do not ignore foot problems. Get them checked out as soon as you begin to see symptoms that something isn't right. Don't wait until things get worse. Foot pain is not something that you just have to live with.

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