Common Foot Problems
There are hundreds of common foot problems that affect millions of people every day… Many people think their foot health problems are something to be embarrassed about and hidden away, what most people don’t know is that these can usually be corrected through a few simple treatments offered by The Footcare Service. We offer services that can both help solve your current foot health problems and lessen the risk of problems coming back in the future.
To help our clients feel a little more informed when it comes to their feet we’ve put together a list of the top 5 most common foot problems (all of which our team can help with!) and given you some information on how they can be prevented.
Callus Skin is very common in people that wear shoes that may rub their feet. They are hardened areas of skin that can cause pain and discomfort when you are standing and walking.
A Callus is a large area of hardened skin, which can be usually found on the base of the foot around the heel or the ball of the foot. The hell and ball are two of the areas that have the most pressure applied to them.
A Callus will not just disappear and treatment is required, but also help from yourself can prevent it from returning. Example: If shoes are causing the problem, then we suggest hat you go to a shop that will fit your shoes correctly. Removal of the Callus is painless, the callus will be filled down, our qualified team can do this.
Fungal nail infections are caused by a build-up of natural fungas on and around the toenails. If the fungal infection is left untreated, the toenail will become discoloured, thick and brittle, which in turn can become painful as the toenail will split and may even break away.
Fungus grows in a warm and moist environment. When wearing socks and shoes this could be when the infection is spreading. Also fungal infections can develop from using non-sterile nail clippers. Bacteria can reside on the blades and can be transmitted each and every time that they are used, which then will become infected. All our clippers are sterilised in an autoclave after each and every use and they are sterilised to the temperature of
Claw and Mallet Toes
Toes that are bent into an odd position are referred to as claw or mallet toes, depending on the way in which the joints are bent.
Claw and mallet toes are extremely common in people who frequently wear shoes that are too small or have a narrow toe box. As there is little room for the toes in these types of shoes they must bend to fit, as the shoes are worn over time the muscles in the toes tighten and even once the shoe has been taken off the toes remain in a bent position.
Claw and mallet toes can affect both men and women, however, as women wear high heels with a narrow toe section they are often more susceptible to the condition. Those who have conditions or ailments such as bunions, flat feet, fractures, poor blood supply and rheumatoid arthritis are also likely to suffer from claw and mallet toes.
Callus Skin and Corns
Callus skin and corns are most common in people that wear shoes that rub on certain areas of the feet. They are hardened areas of skin that can cause pain and discomfort when walking or running.
A callus is a large area of hardened skin usually found on the base of the heel or ball of the foot – the two areas that have the most pressure applied to them. Corns are much smaller and develop on areas such as the joint of the toe.
Both require treatment as they will not disappear on their own, however, to prevent them from returning, the cause of them must be removed. For example, if it is ill-fitting shoes causing the problem, wearing shoes that fit correctly will stop corns and callus skin developing again.
Removal is simple and painless and involves filing down the hardened skin and cutting out the corns. Foot health clinics, such as ours, provide treatments for callus skin and corn removal using sterile equipment.
Fungal Nail Infections
The final one on our list of common foot problems is a fungal nail infection. Fungal nail infections are caused by a build-up of natural fungus within or underneath the toenail. If left untreated, the toenails can become thick, discoloured and brittle. This can be painful when areas of the toenail split or break off.
Fungus thrives in a warm and moist environment such as one caused by wearing socks and shoes. This is one of the leading causes of a fungal infection.
Along with several other causes, another reason fungal nail infections develop is due to using equipment, like nail clippers, that haven’t been sterilised. Bacteria can reside on the blades and can be transmitted through each use. This bacteria can then cause an infection. That is why it is important to make sure that any foot care equipment you use is sterile.
There are a variety of treatments available for fungal nail infections. Anti-fungal medication can be taken orally or foot baths containing medicinal solutions can be used.
We offer a variety of foot health treatments available for several different common foot problems. All our treatments are carried out by our professionally trained foot health assistants using sterile equipment and can be completed in our welcoming clinic or in the comfort of your own home – To find out more about how we can help you visit our Contact Us page.