How To Deal With Common Foot Problems
Summer is on the horizon, and that means it’s time to shed the boots and sneakers and let your feet enjoy some fresh air. When you think about health, your feet may not be your first priority, but it is important to look after them. Here’s a guide to some common foot problems, and some tips to help you solve them.
Warts and Verrucas
Warts and verrucas won’t cause you any pain, but they may make you feel self-conscious, especially in the warmer months when your feet tend to be on display more frequently. Warts are small flesh-colored lumps, which can be found all over the body. Warts on the feet are known as plantar warts while verrucas develop on the soles of the feet. Both warts and verrucas are contagious through skin to skin contact.
They are caused by a virus known as the human papillomavirus or HPV. If you have a wart, there are various treatments available. You can buy over the counter therapies from drug stores, or you can seek expert advice about wart removal. Removing a wart is usually a faster and more effective solution, and it can help to stop the spread of warts to other parts of the body and also to other people. If you do have a wart or a verruca on your foot, wear a protective sock when you swim and wear shoes in communal areas. If you walk around in a swimming room changing room, for example, there is a risk of spreading warts to others.
Blisters are painful sores, which usually develop as a result of friction. You may notice that you get blisters when you wear a new pair of shoes or when you participate in activities, such as running or walking long distances. If you have a blister, it will often get worse with further contact, so try and shield it using a band-aid.
It’s a good idea to wear in a new pair of shoes at home before you try and walk a significant distance in them. If you’re running a half marathon, for example, bandage your feet or carry tape with you to protect your feet, and don’t ever try and run in brand new trainers.
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection, which causes rashes to develop between the toes. This skin often looks red, and it may be dry and cracked. Sometimes, the skin can also be very itchy. It’s unusual for athlete’s foot to cause any serious problems, but it is best to treat it swiftly to prevent it from spreading to other parts of the body. Treatment for athlete’s foot involves using anti-fungal lotions, creams, and sprays.
You can reduce your risk of getting athlete’s foot by ensuring you dry your feet properly after showering and avoiding walking around communal areas, such as changing rooms at the gym, with bare feet.
We rely on our feet to get us from A to B on a daily basis, so make sure you look after those foot problems!