Common Foot Ailments

Due to various reasons, be it old age, a genetic problem, over exercise, under exercise or injury, from time to time we have come across ailments regarding the feet. While some may be very serious and have lasting effects on the mobility of the individual, there are others, if caught early, can be treated and eradicated fairly easily. Here are a list of the most common foot related issues of the world.

Ageing Feet

With age our feet lose its original vigor and begin to deteriorate. Joints become more brittle, the skin lloses its elasticity and becomes more prone to damage. While these minor tears may not have a lasting impact, it is best to take care and look after our feet from the beginning. We have only a single pair of feet to carry us through life and at an old age, they become an essential part of us which allows us to be mobile and independent. There are some ways in which you can prevent these ailments, for example, make sure to wear the correct footwear which is comfortable. It may be best to consult a Adelaide Hills podiatrist.

On this accord as well as engaging in a detailed physical exam. It is also important to remain active and keep your feet active, especially at your old age, so as to maintain toned muscles which in turn act against possible wear and tear of joints and muscles later on.

Fungal Attacks

Athlete’s foot is one such fungal infection which leads to cracking, itching and flaking of skin and can be easily caught on from public areas such as pools and changing rooms. Once infected, the damp insides of shoes becomes ideal breeding ground for these infections. The reason it has its name is as a result of the fact that it is commonly seen among athletes who spend long hours in trainers as well as walk around barefoot in changing rooms and along swimming pools. The easiest way in which to prevent this is to ensure that your feet are completely dry before putting on shoes and frequently changing and airing your shoes will also help reduce the risk of these fungi growing in your shoes.

The Blisters

This is a very common problem that many of us face at the end of weddings. The reason for blilsters to occur is the friction caused as a result of walking or running in ill-fitting shoes, socks rubbing against the skin, excessive moisture and in the extreme case, foot deformations. The easiest way to reduce this is to maintain good clean feet with trimmed toe nails and wearing the correct size of footwear.