The warm weather is ending, and the Fall is here. With it comes International Podiatry Day, which we celebrate on October 8th. On this special day, we celebrate all the things podiatrists do to help keep our feet healthy. Now is the perfect time to look at some of the most common problems people have with their feet.
1) Bunions. A bunion is a deformity on the joint of your big toe. One cause of bunions is shoes that are too tight. The best way to deal with a bunion is to apply ice and make sure you wear properly fitting footwear.
2) Plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the fibrous tissue running along the foot’s arch that connects the heel bone and ball of the forefoot. It can cause the area to become inflamed and irritated. Applying ice and rest can help relieve the pain. Make sure your shoes have adequate cushioning as well.
3) Ingrown toenails. Pressure may be the cause that drives the edge of your nail into the surrounding skin, and it may cause inflammation, redness, swelling, and can even lead to infection. To prevent ingrown toenails, make sure you trim your nails straight across. Treatment includes elevating your feet, soaking them in warm water and Epsom salt, and anti-inflammatory medications.
4) Athlete’s Foot. This is a common fungal infection often contracted at swimming pools, locker rooms, shared showers, or any place where dampness occurs. Symptoms include itchy, burning feet, and redness between the toes. There are several over-the-counter creams and sprays; however, more severe cases may need medication that a podiatrist can only prescribe.
If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort with your feet, it’s vital to contact an experienced professional right away.
For more tips and expert advice, call Syracuse Podiatry, located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, Dr. Riane Teagarden, Dr. Keith Sherman, and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.