Sometimes, when you have a problem with your foot, you look up ways to treat the problem at home. Home treatments are great for some injuries. For example, a sprain can be treated at home with a compression bandage and some ice packs to reduce inflammation. However, sometimes, home treatments are ineffective; or worse, they are downright dangerous. For problems like warts, blisters and calluses, ingrown toenails, cracked heels, and toenail infections, don't be tempted to try self-surgery.
If you have itchy feet, it could just be dry feet or maybe a mosquito bite, or it could be athlete's foot. Athlete's foot is a fungus on the skin that causes itchiness and burning. If you don't take care of it, you could end up with peeling skin between the toes and all over your feet. Preventing athlete's foot is an important part of taking care of your feet. Read on for tips to prevent athlete's foot and how to treat it if you have this condition.
When you have diabetes, you have a number of issues to worry about with your health. One of those issues is the care and maintenance of your feet. Even with the most attentive care, you can develop an ulcer or wound on your foot. Whether this is from an injury, accident, or from shoes that do not fit properly, wounds on the feet are something that can always happen when you have diabetes.
When you have an ingrown toenail, it can be tempting to take care of the problem on your own. Armed with a set of tweezers and some nail clippers, you might be ready to get in there and take care of business. Unfortunately, a few missteps could lead to a serious infection. I have made this mistake myself, and it almost cost me my toe. I hope that as you evaluate your own foot problems that you will remember how valuable a podiatrist can be. Your foot doctor can inspect your problem and recommend the proper course of action. Read through my website to learn more.