Don't let any of these common foot problems hold you back this summer!
Warm weather is perfect for flip flops, sandals, and other open-toed shoes. But what if your feet aren't looking their best these days? Many people struggle with foot problems that cause them to stay covered up out of embarrassment. Let's explore some of these issues – and uncover some solutions!
If you have a bump protruding from below your big toe, you may have a bunion. Not only does this look a little off, it can also be very painful to walk on. The longer you put off treatment, the more uncomfortable it will get. In mild cases, you might correct the problem by placing a bunion pad on the affected area and wearing the right shoes. If the problem is more extreme, surgery may be required.
If your toe becomes stuck in a bent or curled position, the muscles and ligaments in your feet have likely become unbalanced, resulting in a hammer toe. This can make many shoes painful or difficult to wear. Your doctor may recommend splinting, specific shoes, or shoe inserts to correct the problem. If these solutions aren't producing results, surgery may be your next step.
The nails on your feet can also experience painful or unattractive issues, such as ingrown nails or toenail fungus. If you have an ingrown toenail, it is best to let your doctor handle its removal. Improperly cutting the nail yourself can actually make the problem worse. Toenail fungus should also be treated by a doctor. OTC treatments exist, but few patients have success with them. Your doctor can prescribe effective medications or even remove the toenail surgically.
Join us for our next Dine & Discuss event on Thursday, April 17th! We'll be discussing many common foot and ankle problems and their solutions. This is a free seminar, but registration is required. Give us a call at (479) 709-3627 or (877) 709-DOCS to claim your spot!