Common foot ailments and how to fix them.

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Are your feet giving you grief? We don’t always pay enough attention to our foot health but the reality is that painful feet have serious consequences for our mobility and quality of life. So, don’t stand by and bear it any longer – today we look at some common foot ailments and how to relieve them.

Have you noticed a bony lump on the side of your big toe? Bunions aren’t always painful but nonetheless they can affect how you walk (and can look unsightly). Bunions can be a result of unsatisfactory shoes, such as heels that rub and cause trauma to the feet. Genes and arthritis at the base of one’s toe are also causal factors.

The fix: In severe cases, surgery to straighten the toe may be recommended. However, if you have – or wish to prevent – bunions, try wearing wider fitting shoes and utilising painkillers, bunion pads, orthotics or bunion splints, which can be placed in shoes. Soaking your feet or applying ice packs can help to alleviate discomfort and reduce swelling.

Part of keeping feet healthy includes regular self-checks to look for abnormalities. Foot warts often occur on the soles of the feet and present as painful fleshy growths. They are classified as part of the HPV family and are therefore contagious. The best way to avoid warts is by wearing shoes in public areas, especially locker rooms and pool areas.

The fix: Apparently there’s a dermatologically approved self-cure that involves applying duct tape to the wart and changing it every few days. If that fails, a dermatologist or GP can burn them off with a laser or liquid nitrogen. This is relatively painless and very effective.

Athlete’s foot
Do you suffer from dry, itching, flaky pink skin on any part of your feet? Does it make walking uncomfortable? Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection caused by exposure to damp environments, including moisture inside shoes.

The fix: When it comes to preventing athlete’s foot, it’s recommended that you change your socks every day, wash and dry feet properly, and replace old shoes when they begin to wear out. You should also wear protective footwear in public areas, including the pool and the beach. To cure athlete’s foot, you can use a prescription-strength anti-fungal medicine in powder or cream form, or soak feet in apple cider vinegar.

Perhaps the most common foot ailment, blisters are painful, fluid-filled welts that develop to protect skin from trauma, often caused by rubbing shoes. Preventing blisters is obvious: wear moisture-wicking socks and comfortable shoes that fit properly.

The fix: There’s a common tendency to want to pop blisters, however, they heal faster when you leave them alone. If they need to pop, they will do so on their own. When this happens, simply wash with soap and warm water and dry well. It’s then best to apply an antibiotic ointment to the wound and dress with a Band-Aid.  

What are your cures for common foot ailments?

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Total Comments: 10
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    I just saw this Headline and thought, “Oh you beauty” then, read it and not a mention about my burning/stinging feet I have been putting up with for the last 6 or 8 years. It is caused by Peripheral Neuropathy and the doctors can’t give me any relief because it is a nerve thing. Anybody else in the same boat? I have just started using a 40 mg Norspan patch and will see if that helps.

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    too suffer with burning / stinging feet & toes & as I am Diabetic my doctor says that is why but he does not offer any treatments. I have started using a circulation booster which seems to be giving some relief.

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    too suffer with burning / stinging feet & toes & as I am Diabetic my doctor says that is why but he does not offer any treatments. I have started using a circulation booster which seems to be giving some relief.

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    too suffer with burning / stinging feet & toes & as I am Diabetic my doctor says that is why but he does not offer any treatments. I have started using a circulation booster which seems to be giving some relief.

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    Hi Dolly, can you tell me what a circulation booster is?. Medication or a machine?
    My Peripheral Neuropathy, is caused by type 2 Diabetes so I think we are in a similar boat. I think I am having a better day because of the Norspan patch, time will tell.
    I was given Lyrica and then Tegretol tablets which gave me problems in the Prostate, but might help you out. Worth asking your Dr.

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    Simmo, I think she is referring to a Revitive Circulation Booster. It has been extensively advertised on TV by Dawn Frazer and Alan Border. It’s an electric machine you put your feet on (there are several models) that exercises your leg muscles.

    They have a website you can go to, to read about them. Available at some chemists and electrical stores. Big variation in prices, so shop around!

    The latest one is rechargeable according to Alan’s latest ad. If you have extras cover at a health fund it may be claimable, but you’d need to check with them first. They used to say you could have a free trial when chemists had them exclusively, but I don’t know if you still can.

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    Simmo, I agree with you, I also thought the article would cover Peripheral Neuropathy, but no such luck! It’s very debilitating.

    I find in addition to painkillers, rubbing Voltaren Emulgel or Painaway Cream also helps especially at bedtime. But then I have arthritic feet too. Might be worth a try though?

    I had Norspan patches, but I was allergic to the adhesive and have now changed to Palexia SR 200mg sustained release tablets which are working fairly well now my doc has upped the dose, for the neuropathy and other chronic conditions.

    Isn’t “old age” lots of fun? How could we work till 70 when doctors etc take up so much of our time? ???????????????? Good luck!

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    Correction: Dawn Fraser. Sorry I misspelt her surname! All those question marks were smiley and laughing faces this page didn’t recognise. Sighhh!

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      Thanks GrannyD, I must have been half asleep when I wrote that comment, as I have tried 2 of those machines without much JOY.
      The first one was a Vibratory machine, and the 2nd one was an Electric Stimulation type.
      I don’t mind getting old, as because of my engine rebuild, (Triple Bypass) I am 33 years past my Farther who only got to 43.

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    Simmo, sounds like your “engine rebuild” was a great success. Modern medicine is extending our lives way past our parents and grandparents life expectancy. My dad only made it to 49.

    I guess we just have to control pain levels with the whatever works for each person and hope the researchers come up with new and inventive ways to help us.

    Keep smiling and don’t let pain win!



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