Addressing Foot Problems
Correct an ingrown toenail.
It's a common foot affliction that you can deal with on your own at home. Be careful what equipment you use, though, since an ingrown toenail can easily become infected. Start by clipping the toenail straight across. Gently lift the ingrown part and slide a tiny ball of cotton under it to keep it from growing deeper. Change out the cotton every day until the problem is corrected.
- Protect the toe while it's healing. You might want to bandage it to make sure it doesn't get infected.
- If you see any signs of infection, see a doctor.
Treat foot fungus.
If you have an itchy rash, chances are it's athlete's foot. There are over-the-counter creams that can be successfully used to treat athlete’s foot and other fungus. Use a cream according to the manufacturer's instructions until the rash goes away and your foot feels better. In the meantime, make sure you change your socks often.
- If the condition doesn’t go away after a few days, see a doctor.
- Toenail fungus is a different type of fungus, and it's much harder to treat. If your toenails are brown or yellow and cracked, see a doctor to discuss a prescription that might help.
Stop bunions before they get out of hand.
A bunion occurs when the bone on the side of the foot experiences stress and begins to grow outward. This condition can become very painful if you don't take measures to correct the problem. Bunions are often genetic, but they can also be caused by wearing shoes that are too pointy at the top (like high heels or ballet shoes).
- Make sure your footwear isn’t causing problems. It might be time to trade in those stilettos for some comfy flats.
- Wear bunion pads. They're available for purchase at drugstores. You place them over the bunion to prevent it from rubbing against your shoes.
- Consider surgery. If you have a very painful bunion, you might want to consider surgery, since there's nothing you can do to make it go away on its own.
See a podiatrist if you have foot pain.
If you experience pain that doesn't go away, it’s important to seek medical attention.
- There are many bones in the feet that can easily become fractured.
- Walking on a hurt foot can exacerbate the problem.
RIVERA FOOT & ANKLE: At Orlando H.Rivera DPM, our priority is to deliver quality care to informed patients in a comfortable and convenient setting. When you have problems with your feet, you need to turn to a podiatrist who listens and responds… an experienced doctor who knows the field and can effectively diagnose and treat your needs… a friendly physician who counsels you on the best ways to maintain and improve your health. Our physician(s) meet all these criteria. Plus, you benefit from a dedicated team of trained professionals who give you the individualized attention you deserve.
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