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A Greater Threat For Foot Issues

It is reported that about 25% of human bones can be found in the feet. That is why, when the bones in the feet become misaligned, the body follows suit and runs out of alignment, too. Approximately 75% of Americans are at risk for severe foot conditions, but it is not something hereditary. Foot issues are a result of the failure to take proper care of the feet. It has been said that feet mirror a person’s general health. Different medical conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, or nerve and circulatory-related problems can have initial signs manifested on the feet.

Walking is considered the best exercise for the feet and can be beneficial to the whole body since it encourages circulation. If done regularly and properly, walking can actually help in controlling weight and promoting a healthy being. Exercising should be done in moderation though, since overdoing it may also lead to a number of general foot problems. Below is a list of those problems:

Arch pain/strain. This is commonly a complication of Plantar Fasciitis, another typical condition. The plantar fascia, a broad band of fibrous tissue, can be found along the bottom surface area of the foot which runs from the heel up to the forefoot. When the plantar fascia is exposed to extreme stretching, discomfort can be felt in arch locations and in the heel. Usually, doctors would recommend shock-absorbing and removable insoles to be worn inside the shoes.

Athlete’s Foot. This is a type of fungal infection which is manifested by red, dry and flaky skin, with itchiness or discomfort. This condition is often present among those who use common bathrooms because the fungi can be contracted in gyms, showers, swimming pool locker spaces, dressing rooms, and other warm, moist areas where fungi can thrive. To avoid athlete’s foot, it is recommended that you wash feet daily and then completely dry them. Use clean, dry socks and shoes, or as prescribed by a doctor, a topical or oral medication.

Toenail Fungus. Also known as Onychomycosis, toenail fungus can be acquired from areas which are always wet such as shower stalls, pools or public fitness centers. People who prefer wearing tight shoes that may keep the feet from drying out are at higher risk. This condition is very challenging to deal with which is why people are encouraged to practice preventive measures. Protective shoes should be worn in the above-mentioned locations and it is better not to borrow footwear from other individuals.

When someone notices something different or discomfort on their feet, they should attend to it, before it becomes worse. If left untreated, minor conditions may branch into a major one. It is very important to look out for any toe bumps, calluses, blisters or thickening of the skin on the foot area, stained, brittle, flaking or thick toenails, peeling skin on the sides of the feet, in between the toes or heels, pain or any wound, and warts.

Feet are vulnerable to fungal infections that can lead to itching and burning. Fungal infections under toenails can make walking, standing and wearing shoes miserably painful. Contact a podiatrist if you experience fragile nails or dry skin and desire for your feet to look and feel much better.

In order to have a healthier feet, observe proper care and treatment. First, foot pain, unsightly or itchy toenails, or any sign of discomfort should never be neglected, and should be consulted with a podiatric doctor. Wear protective footwear in public areas to prevent obtaining bacteria and fungi. Give the feet a rest once in awhile by pampering them with a massage or foot spa. Consider shoe insoles that absorb the shock when there is too much pressure while walking or running.

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