Every day your feet take thousands of steps to get you where you need to go. Feet are a very complex part of your body. Each foot contains 26 bones, held in place by hundreds of ligaments, muscles and tendons. The total force placed on the foot daily is well over one million pounds for the average adult. However, the feet act as versatile and complex shock absorbers that help protect the body with every step.
Since our feet are used for everything that we do, people tend to ignore the signs that their feet are sore. They just think that there is nothing wrong and tend to leave signs and symptoms of sore feet to daily activity, when there could be more underlying problems.
The most common types of problems are:
- Athlete’s foot – a common fungal infection of the skin of the feet, which results in itching, scaling, redness and blisters on the feet;
- Blisters – painful, fluid filled lesions on the foot, cause by friction and pressure from ill-fitting shoes, excessive moisture or stiff shoes;
- Bunions – an enlargement at the base of the big toes cause by a misalignment of the joint;
- Corns & calluses – a build-up of the skin that forms that the points of pressure, calluses can be on the bottom or sides of the foot, while corns are between the toes and on the upper foot;
- Ingrown nails – a painful condition caused by the nail growing into the surrounding skin, leading to inflammation and potential infection of the toe;
- Warts – a growth on the skin caused by a viral infection that appears round and flat on the foot.
Proper foot care starts at a young age. Here are some tips to help with proper foot care:
- When your child is learning to walk, ensure that they start with bare or socked feet, in order to allow the movement of the bones and muscles in the foot to properly develop
- Wear good quality running shoes
- Treat any ingrown toenails immediately
- Wash your feet regularly with mild cleansers
- Exercise daily
- Maintain a healthy weight
Remember that you only have one pair of feet to last a lifetime, so take good care of them. If you have any of these or any other problems with your feet, speak with your Apple Drugs pharmacist.