Each foot has 28 bones and more than 30 joints. Any of these bones can break, and all of these joints experience wear over the years. As you age, it becomes ever more important to find yourself a good podiatrist, like the good folks at Whittlesea Podiatry. Here is a list of the most common ailments, and an attendant offering of foot and ankle pain treatment.
The agony starts first thing in the morning and continues on throughout the day. Every step, every movement and the sharp pain returns, beginning in the heel, or the toes and surging up to cause cramps in the calves. Sometimes it’s a matter of not having the proper shoes or boots. The feet and ankles are sensitive places, and calluses and corns can form, along with skin abrasions from new or ill-fitting footwear, which can totally ruin your day, making every step an absolute agony. These often enough cause blisters, which may be ruptured during the course of the day, and get infected if left untreated. Your podiatrist will discuss with you what footwear would be best for your individual needs.
Improper Skin and Nail Care
The feet present with a peculiar environment. If they’re too moist, you court fungus like athletes foot (tinea) and infection. But if they’re too dry, you could run afoul of cracked heels, calluses, corns, and warts. For your nails, you run the risk of chipping or breaking the nails should they grow too dry, or too moist. Therefore, it’s important to choose the right moisturizer, but ensure that you don’t necessarily use too much. As for nail care, remember to rub moisturizer over your toenails and cuticles as well, use nail clippers to cut away any hang nails, be careful when using nail polish. Your podiatrist will be able to tell you just how much is enough.
Most common in the big toe, an ingrown nail happens when the edge of the nail pushes through the skin around your toes causing considerable pain, and potential infection. The general causes of an ingrown nail are previous injury to the nail, or possibly even just the general shape of the nail, which cause misalignment. An infected toe caused by an ingrown toenail will appear swollen, red, painful to the touch, filled with pus and likely emanate heat. In most cases of ingrown toenails, your podiatrist may be able to provide some assistance with pain and discomfort reduction, but in the worst cases, nail surgery may be an option to explore.
Our feet, legs and ankles are a much overlooked but vital part of our day to day lives. They’re really three parts of our body that we don’t give any thought until, of course, they offer us crippling pain that makes simple mobility a chore, if not outright impossible. That’s why it’s important to make them a part of your regular self-care regimen, including scheduling regularly visits to your friendly neighbourhood Whittlesea podiatrist.
About Author’s – This article is penned for Whittlesea Foot & Ankle Clinic. The clinic is Whittlesea podiatry clinic located in the heart of Whittlesea, Victoria. For anything related to foot and ankle pain, diabetes or sports podiatry the podiatrist Whittlesea can help. To make an appointment call 03 8468 2411