The foot is one of the most complex structures of the body, comprising over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Many people spend a lot of time using their feet, particularly those who like to run and walk long distances. As such, foot injuries and disorders can affect almost anyone.
While foot problems can be a little disconcerting, they are nothing to be ashamed of and are usually relatively simple to treat with the help of a podiatrist. Here are some of the most common symptoms that foot specialists encounter and treat every day:
Blisters are caused by excessive friction and can affect any area of the foot. While they may look a little unattractive, blisters help to cushion the skin and protect it from infection. Most blisters can be treated through rest and home remedies such as foot plasters. However, if your blister starts to become inflamed or infected, it's a good idea to book an appointment with your friendly podiatrist.
2. Plantar fasciitis
The plantar fascia is the soft structure that connects the heel to the toes and forms the foot arch. Overstretching or straining this tissue can result in pain and inflammation known as plantar fasciitis. Unfortunately, plantar fasciitis can be acutely painful if left untreated, so it's a good idea to seek professional help as soon as problems arise.
3. Calluses and corns
Calluses are large, hardened areas of skin that tend to be painless. Corns, on the other hand, are hard lumps that affect a smaller area and cause more significant pain. Both issues are caused by excessive pressure and are very common.
4. Ingrown toenails
Toenails may start to grow into the skin when the edges curl in on themselves. This can cause serious pain and swelling and, if left untreated, can lead to infection, so it's important to seek early treatment.
Painful feet or toes? We’re here to help
Are you suffering from any of the problems listed above? Perhaps you’re experiencing other types of pain or discomfort? Whatever the issue, don’t hesitate to book an appointment with your local Perth Podiatrist today!