Believe us when we say we have seen a lot of feet in our days. In this post, we want to share our findings from years of experience with you, so your feet can live their best life!
While you may just google your symptoms (which you probably have) and apply the first advice that pops up (haven’t we all), real reports from many years of experience in the field are way more reputable than a quick Google search. Any topic we share here is one we’ve seen and treated many, many times.
Here are a few of the most important lessons from our experience with feet treatment:
- There may be fungus lurking under your toenail polish. Leaving your polish on for several months at a time doesn’t allow you to see what your nails look like. Toenail fungus can occur at any time. The polish itself isn’t bad, but taking it off periodically allows you to detect a problem before it gets out of control.
- Foot pain that has lasted a year isn’t magically going to disappear. Maybe you’ve bought new shoes or several pairs, taken pain relievers and stopped working out, but the foot pain is still there. Come in and see us so we can get to the bottom of what’s going on.
- If the skin is red just behind the cuticle of the big toenail, this could be due to bacteria under the cuticle. This can originate from a pedicure, an injury, or pressure from hiking or exercising. Soaking and Neosporin are good home remedies. The nail may loosen, leading to pain. If the redness persists, an antibiotic is needed to eliminate the pain and prevent the infection from going deeper.
- Pain on the outside of the ankle can indicate a torn tendon. There are two tendons that wrap around the outside of the ankle. A tear can happen even without an injury. Chronic pain and swelling are a sign one of these tendons is affected.
- Warts can spread at any time. Sometimes a single wart never multiplies. Some warts spread and become many. There isn’t a way to predict your luck. Addressing this viral condition early improves the odds of a faster resolution and decreases the chances of the virus spreading.
We often don’t realize how much we depend on our feet to keep us healthy until something goes wrong. You don’t have to let foot pain or any of the conditions above keep you from being active. Let us know if we can help you keep your feet in top shape.
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