On a daily basis, you may not always value the care of your feet. Yet, your feet are keeping pace with you and serving you in many ways. Did you know that they are subject to numerous “aggression” every day and face countless challenges?
That’s why you have to treat them with little onions. Your professional or sports activities, your choice of footwear and your hygiene are among the many factors that affect the health of your feet. To stay “healthy”, your feet need to be pampered a bit.
Here are some tips in this regard:
- Have an impeccable hygiene.
- Use a mild soap; rinse your feet well after cleaning and dry them before putting on socks.
- Before bedtime, apply a good quality moisturizer.
- Cut your nails regularly, but not too short, to avoid having an ingrown nail.
- Wear tight-fitting shoes.
- Do not wear high heels every day. They are harmful to your feet and many other parts of your body.
- Examine your feet regularly to quickly detect any abnormality or injury or change in appearance. Use a hand mirror as needed.
- Never leave a foot problem; consult quickly.
FEET AND THEIR HEALTH PROBLEMS
Each pair of feet is unique and can present a multitude of small or big problems. Some of the most common ones include:
It is a widespread infection of the skin of the feet (especially toes) caused by a fungus. It can be due to various factors, including heat and humidity. There is often cracking and, in some cases, whitening of the skin between the toes. Many people will suffer in the course of life, more often men than women.
It is a small greyish lesion, most often appearing on the soles of the feet. It can be painful. Although it is more common in children, everyone can have one at any given time. Tenacious, it can nevertheless disappear spontaneously, but it is often better to treat it to stop the pain and prevent its spread (caused by a virus, it is very contagious).
Attributable most often to injury or rubbing of the skin on a shoe, the bulb takes the form of a whitish bubble, which must not be killed because it serves to protect the skin. A punctured bulb becomes a lesion that must be treated as a minor wound to promote healing and prevent infection.
Horn and callosity
Horn and callus are areas of hardening and thickening of the skin of the foot, in places where there has been friction or pressure, most often because of a poorly fitting shoe. They result from a defense mechanism of the skin, which tries to protect itself from possible injuries. Generally, the horn is smaller and more painful than callus.
The onion is a deformity of the foot (bulge) at the joint located at the base of the big toe. Its development can be explained by various factors, including wearing high heels or tight shoes or narrow pointed toe. Heredity would also be taken into account. The size and severity of the onion vary. In the most severe cases, surgical correction may become necessary. However, many people are relieved by wearing soft shoes and using arch supports.
In the pharmacy, you can find a variety of products for the prevention and treatment of foot problems, as well as various items designed to improve the comfort of people with such problems. Talk to your pharmacist for information and tips.
The foot health specialist is the podiatrist. It may be advantageous to consult this specialist if you are having trouble with your feet. He can make a diagnosis and propose fixes. Many effective treatments can be provided or advised by a podiatrist.
Since you still have many ways to go, make sure you can count on healthy feet. Do not hesitate to consult a health professional, like your pharmacist!