We put a lot of stress on our feet during the course of the day. Some activities can be particularly stressful such as running or jogging. We usually neglect our feet unless we are faced with pain or discomfort. There are a few common problems that we face when it comes to our feet and we will be discussing these in detail in the article below.
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that will result in itching, redness and cracked or peeling areas of skin. It usually occurs on moist waterlogged areas of skin. This is particularly focused on the area between fourth and fifth toes or the dry skin around the heels. The fungal species that cause this are quite common and you will be subjected to it around communal areas such as showers, pools and locker rooms. This is commonly seen during the summer among people who wear sandals. Since the sun dries out your skin taking away the natural protective oils on the skin surface, the fungus can flourish as your foot will be constantly rubbed raw from the sandal. To prevent this, you should alternate footwear and use trainers that have ventilation holes.
Corns or calluses
Corns are commonly seen on the top, side or tips of the toes. Due to the constant friction caused by footwear, corns can become inflamed. They develop due to the accumulation of dead skin cells on the foot. This results in thick hardened areas that will cause pain. Make sure that you don’t wear footwear that is too tight or too loose. Avoiding tight socks and stockings will be a healthier option for your foot. For further treatment, consult a good Nightcliff podiatrist.
Pain in the sole of foot
This is commonly called plantar fasciitis. It is a result of the inflammation of tissue that connects the heel bone to your toes. You will experience pain in your heel or arch areas. You will notice that the pain is more pronounced during the morning or after a long duration of resting. It is important to treat this condition before it worsens further. You can consider orthotics for plantar fasciitis as a possible treatment option.
Cracked heels are caused by the development of calluses that appear due to friction and pressure. There are many reasons for this condition such as dry skin due to wearing sandals, abnormal heel structure and shoes without backs and skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. You have to identify which footwear inflames the area and avoid wearing it. You can try soaking your feet in warm salt water for about 10 minutes at the end of the day. You should wear proper shoes for walking on hard surfaces and avoid high heels and flip flops in such occasions, particularly on long durations.