Attention! General Foot Care is here, reporting for duty, with some basic training tips for your healthy feet. Consider this a crash course into the ways you can pinpoint, prevent, and combat enemies like toenail fungus, heel pain, and neuropathy. Most problems can be thwarted by diligently practicing daily foot checks, making sure you have the right shoes, and resting during injuries. Remember, in the world of foot care, only the strong survive.
New Routine for New Recruits
Checking your feet every week is a good way to ensure that you don’t develop problems. If you’re diabetic, you’re going to want to do this every day. You can avoid a doctor’s visit by treating most small symptoms promptly at home. However, cracks in the skin, brittle toenails, an unusual foot odor, and misshapen joints are all common issues that may require an appointment at the McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group.
Common Foot Conditions mean Major Problems
When you have numbness, tingling, and pain in your feet, you could be experiencing peripheral neuropathy. The causes can be hard to pinpoint, but we are very familiar with the symptoms and treat a lot of patients with this condition. Diabetics are at high risk and should keep their blood sugar at stable levels to keep issues at bay. At the first sign of complications, make an appointment with Dr. Brian McDowell so he can help you.
Fungal infections, like toenail fungus and athlete’s foot, are another common problem that’s easy to prevent. If you notice dry, flaky, peeling skin on your feet or experience blisters and itchiness, you might have the onset of athlete’s foot. Fungus can also grow on your nails, making them brittle, yellow, and crumbly. Both of these conditions might make your feet very smelly. Treat this infection by keeping your feet extremely clean and dry, changing your socks and footwear frequently, and letting your feet dry out as much as you can.
Bunions are a bone deformity that can only be reversed with surgery, so it’s best to practice good foot care in the first place and prevent them from ever happening. The causes for bunions can be hereditary, brought on by poor footwear, and also created by arthritis. Your big toe leans in toward your smaller toes, creating a painful bump on the side of your foot. Prevent and treat your bunions by wearing proper shoes and custom orthotics from McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group. This will slow their development and relieve pain and pressure.
Ingrown toenails start as a small, painful, tender spot on the corner of your nail. This is the result of the nail piercing into the skin on your big toe. If you feel like you may have an ingrown toenail developing, soak your foot in a warm bath and separate the pierced skin from the nail by putting a piece of cotton between the affected areas. You can also apply antibiotic ointment and a bandage to prevent infection and protect the area.
Heel pain, or plantar fasciitis, happens to a lot of people. It’s caused by overuse or a sudden tear from running, dancing, or playing high-impact sports like tennis. You may have this condition if the pain is worst during your first steps in the morning—or after sitting down for a long time and then getting up. If you have any pain in your heels, rest the area and apply ice. Stretching the area is important for keeping the tissues flexible and pain-free. To prevent this condition from happening or recurring, wear proper footgear and maintain a healthy weight.
We Take Command at McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group
It takes only a couple of minutes to check your feet; why not develop a foot care routine to prevent these conditions? It’s much faster than the weeks of rest you would need if you develop problems. However, if an issue comes up and you need to see us, we are here to help you with laser therapy for neuropathy, nail trimming, custom orthotics, and more.
Make an Appointment: Sir, Yes Sir!
Don’t make your foot care a private affair. Call Dr. Brian McDowell from the McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group at (916) 961-3434 if you notice symptoms. You can also make an appointment online and follow our Facebook and Pinterest pages for more fun, feet-related updates.