Jumping, walking, or carrying heavy weights, can all subject the foot to excessive strain. Fungal infections, trauma, and inflammation are some factors that could trigger foot problems. Your podiatry Fair Lawn services provider may recommend conservative modalities to improve your quality of life. Find out the different foot problems and potential interventions for preventing complications.
Common foot problems
Foot problems range from benign conditions you can manage with conservative treatments to complex neuropathic issues. The most prevalent conditions include.
An ingrown toenail is prevalent, accounting for one in five cases of foot conditions. The toenail curves inwards into the soft tissue of your toe. It often leads to inflammation and pain that may range from mild to severe.
As the condition progresses, it causes swelling and infections. It is advisable to schedule an appointment with your podiatrist if you experience severe pain. You are also at high risk of foot complications if you have diabetes or a history of ingrown toenails.
Treatment options: The treatment may involve lifting the toenail to stop the swelling and inflammation. Your podiatrist may prescribe medication to address fungal infections. Self-care can manage symptoms and prevent recurring problems.
Plantar warts refer to viral growth occurring on the base of the foot or toe. Hammertoes occur when the HPV (human papillomavirus) enters the skin through a minute lesion. It affects one in ten people in the general population.
Many cases of plantar warts have mild symptoms that can disappear with self-care. However, the condition may cause pain when engaging in physical activities or walking. If the symptoms interfere with your daily routine, consider consulting your podiatrist.
Treatment: Interventions are necessary when the symptoms persist. Patients with diabetes or an immune disorder may require aggressive treatment. If topical medications do not work, cryotherapy and laser therapy can stimulate the immune system and kill the virus.
Heel pain tends to emerge when the foot experiences excessive strain. It affects athletes and joggers, and people over the age of 40. Heel pain may be due to several foot anomalies, such as Achilles tendonitis or bursitis.
Treatment: Your podiatrist will assess the site of the heel pain during your diagnosis. Since the condition is often due to overexertion, rest and a cold pack could manage symptoms. Pain medication is prescribed for some patients experiencing intense pain. In severe cases may require a surgical procedure to address abnormalities.
Diabetes and foot problems
Poor regulation of blood sugar can damage the nerves and blood vessels. People with diabetes often experience foot problems like ulcers and pain. Nervous system anomalies may cause numbness and loss of sensation in the foot.
Prevention and management: Monitoring foot problems is advisable for people with diabetes. Check for signs of ulcers or nerve problems daily. Seek professional advice from a doctor immediately if you notice foot problems. Early treatment can prevent sepsis or amputations. Your podiatrist will recommend management and therapeutic modalities depending on your diagnosis.
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