No matter where you go, your feet are coming with you. And when you have problems with your feet, you know that sooner or later you’re going to feel the pain. That’s why it’s so important to take care of your feet and do whatever possible to keep them healthy.
The best way to make sure that your Feet are healthy and well cared for is to know what the most common problems are and what causes them.That way, if you do develop an issue with your toes you’ll know to contact Karin at Happy Feet Coin just a short drive from Alhaurin el Grande.
One of the most common of all feet problems are bunions. A bunion is a painful bump that forms at the base of the big toe when the cartilage wears thin and the toe becomes dislocated. One of the main reasons people develop bunions is their family history. It is estimated that 40% of people with bunions got them from their genes. Another common cause – as with many other toe problems – is poorly fitted footwear. High-heeled and too-narrow shoes are among the primary culprits in non-genetic bunions, as are certain types of arthritis and foot injuries. Women are also more prone to developing bunions, especially during pregnancy. Those who work in professions that spend a lot of time on their feet also have a higher susceptibility to bunions.
Hammertoe is another common toe problem that affects women more than men. Hammertoe happens when one of the toes – typically the second toe, but it can be others as well – becomes bent into a claw-like position at the middle joint. Hammertoe is typically painful and over time may result in the patient no longer being able to move the toe. Hammertoe is common in women because of ill-fitting and high-heeled shoes, but it also occurs in children who continue to wear shoes after they’ve outgrown them.
Corns and Calluses
Corns and calluses are extra layers of skin that have thickened and grown hard on the feet. A callus refers to a flat area, while a corn typically has a raised, circular shape. While corns and calluses can occur on any part of the foot, the most common areas include the ball of the foot, outside the pinky toe, and between the fourth and fifth toes. Often corns and calluses create pain for the patient while walking or wearing shoes.
Another common problem people have with their toes is the growth of toenail fungus. Toenail fungus comes from a fungal infection and typically causes the nail to turn white or yellow. If left untreated it can spread deeper into the nail, which may cause the toenail to thicken or crumble at the edges. Toenail fungus is common on the feet because they spend so much time in warm, dark places.
Ingrown toenails tend to occur at the corners or sides of the toenails. Here the nail actually grows into the skin of the toe, an event that often results in swelling, redness, and pain. Left untreated by a doctor, an ingrown toenail can also lead to infection and further complications.
Foot care is especially important for people with diabetes, because they are prone to poor blood circulation and nerve disease in the extremities. A common complication of diabetes is peripheral neuropathy, which is the loss of feeling in the feet and toes. If you can’t feel your feet and you get a cut in an area that isn’t clearly visible without thorough inspection, it can get infected. When you have diabetes, it makes it more difficult for your body to fight off infections in your feet. Patients can get sharp objects lodged into their feet without feeling them, resulting in infection which may require amputation.
Although amputation is not always required, over 65,000 amputations are performed each year due to complications from diabetes, making it a very real complication. By regularly visiting a podiatrist in your diabetes care you can reduce the risk of lower limb amputation by up to 85%.
Whether you’re trying to find treatment for a bunion or to relieve your toe pain, you don’t have to suffer any longer. Karin is a certified Medical Pedicure, Podiatrist in Coin – Malaga.
You don’t have to live with painful Feet problems any longer. Call Karin today at 674 716 115 to schedule your consultation.