5 Common Foot Problems, Treatments and Prevention!

 

We rely on our feet a lot, and considering how much we use them, it’s not surprising that most people encounter foot problems from time to time.

But many of these foot problems are not only treatable, but preventable too!

Here’s a list of 5 common foot problems and how they can be prevented/treated.

 

Fungal Toenail Infection (Onychomycosis)

How to prevent it…

  • Taking care of your nails by keeping them clean and trimmed.
  • Drying feet properly after washing/swimming,
  • Wearing clean cotton socks and well fitting shoes
  • Avoiding being barefoot in public places

 

How to treat it…

They can be difficult to treat, and over the counter products rarely work. Your GP will be able to prescribe medication, but it is never guaranteed to rid your body of the fungus completely.

We highly recommend going to see a foot health expert, such as a Foot Health Practitioner, Chiropodist, or Podiatrist. Here at The Comfoot Zone, Deborah can help with your fungal nail infection. She strives to always use natural products wherever possible, and will be able to treat and advise your foot problems- including fungal infections.

Deborah is able to clean and reduce the infected nail/s- it is very important to reduce the thickness of the nail and remove as much of the diseased nail as possible. This is followed by the highly successful natural treatments she uses- that of Tea Tree Oil and Marigold Tincture.

 

Ingrown Toenail

How to prevent it…

  • Avoid cutting your toenails shorter than the end of your toe, and use sharp clippers so you don’t tear the nail.
  • Allow your feet some breathing space by not wearing shoes/socks all of the time.
  • Wash your feet regularly, and change your socks everyday to maintain healthy feet.
  • Wear shoes with a wide enough toe box- you must have enough space to wiggle your toes freely.

How to treat it…

If you suffer with this problem you will need to either see Deborah here at The Comfoot Zone, or make an appointment with your own Foot Health specialist. If it’s early stages, the ingrown part of the nail can be removed quite easily, and the nail is then filed in a way that prevents it growing into the skin again. Deborah will also advise you on how to look after your toes to prevent the ingrown nail recurring. If the nail is deeply embedded, you may need surgery.

 

Corns

How to prevent them…

  • Have your feet professionally measured, and wear shoes that fit the length and width of your feet. Make sure there’s about half an inch between your longest toe and the front of the shoe.
  • Avoid shoes with pointed toes and high heels as much as possible. If you have to wear them, try to decrease heel height and maybe switch to trainers or supportive shoes whenever you can (for example when you’re walking into work).
  • Try to get shoes with thicker soles and shock absorbers where possible, this will take the pressure of your feet.

How to treat them…

Some people suggest treating corns yourself using corn plasters/salicylic acid. While this may work, it’s important to know that using salicylic acid or products containing it can cause damage to the surrounding skin- which can result in ulcers or infections.

Because of this increased risk to your skin, nerves and tendons, anyone who has diabetes, cracked/broken skin around the corn, or fragile skin should avoid using anything containing salicylic acid. The best way to treat a corn is to cut it out- but please don’t do this at home!

Unfortunately, it’s possible to buy kits to remove corns yourself. However, we strongly advise people not to try this, as this method carries high risk of infection, plus without proper treatment and aftercare from a trained professional, the corns are much more likely to return.

The best option is to see your foot health specialist to remove your corns. Here at The Comfoot Zone, Deborah is able to help you identify the cause of your corns, advise you on how to prevent them returning, and remove them during a Foot Health Treatment.

Plantar Fasciitis

How to prevent it…

  • If you have fallen arches, wear insoles/shoes that have arch support.
  • Make sure you wear correctly fitting footwear.
  • Avoid wearing shoes with no support such as flip-flops or ballet pumps.

How to treat it…

The best way is to rest your feet, but unfortunately this is difficult as most of us lead busy lives!

Stretching the plantar fascia can really help. One way to do this is by putting your toes against a wall but keeping the rest of your foot flat so you can feel it stretching (like a right-angle), hold this for ten seconds and repeat as much as possible. You can also try placing a towel on the floor, grabbing it with your toes and pulling it towards you.

After stretching you can massage it by using a bottle of ice water (or try freezing a golf ball) and roll it under your foot.

It’s a good idea to make sure you wear well fitting shoes that support and cushion your feet, and arch supports will help, such as the Custom Orthotics we make, or the Sidas insoles we sell here at The Comfoot Zone, as these strengthen and support the foot.

Verrucae

How to prevent them…

  • Don’t share towels, socks or shoes.
  • Wear flip-flops in communal showers.
  • If you have broken or damaged skin on your feet, wear swim socks when you go to a communal pool.

How to treat them…

There are many ideas on how best to treat them, although most warts and verrucae will eventually go away on their own.

Here at The Comfoot Zone, Deborah endeavours to use natural treatments wherever possible. When it comes to verrucae, there is no guarantee that anything will get rid of them other than time, as all viruses have a life-span, but here is two natural ways that Deborah recommends trying rather than resorting to chemicals.

Firstly, try non-alcoholic marigold tincture applied to the verruca and then cover it with a dressing. The tincture should be reapplied every few days, and it is important to keep it covered all the time. This can be done for up to a month.

Alternatively, many have had success with Duct tape. Cover the verruca with the tape so it is air and water tight, and it must remain this way for 5 days to suffocate the verruca. You may have to repeat the process again for another 5 days.

If you would like advice on a foot problem, or an appointment to see Deborah, please contact us either by email to info@comfootzone.co.uk or by phone to 01903 532159.