Auteur: Podiatre Montreal
“Nearly 8 out of 10 adults admit to having suffered from foot pain in their lifetime. In spite of this, nearly 3 out of 10 people do nothing, preferring to live with the pain,” explains our doctor, member of the Ordre des Podiatre du Québec. “In addition, more than half of the respondents confirmed that they have experienced foot pain in their lifetime without consulting a Podiatrist. »
Here are the five most common foot problems, their causes and effects, as well as some advice from podiatrists:
1. Ingrown Nails:
Nail problems are most common in both men and women and take the form of ingrown toenails or fungal infections. “Ingrown toenails, the most common problem, occur when the corners of the nails dig painfully into the soft tissue around the nail,” says our doctor, podiatrist. To avoid suffering from this, cut the nails straight, without trimming the corners.
Perspiration and odours often go hand in hand. While a strong foot odour is ultimately very annoying, excessive sweating can lead to other problems, such as athlete’s foot, which tends to develop in a humid environment. Wash your feet daily with soap and water, make sure your shoes and socks are dry, and wear socks that wick away moisture. Change your shoes and socks regularly and apply cornstarch or antiperspirant to the soles of your feet.
3. Pain in the forefoot:
Nearly one-third of adults reported feeling pain in their forefeet. This may be the result of overexertion, injury or poorly fitting shoes. To avoid this problem, always wear well-fitting shoes that provide effective support and are appropriate for your current activity.
4. Pain in the heel:
There are many reasons for this type of pain, including weight gain, crushing of the arch of the foot, muscle imbalance, injury, and even wearing inappropriate shoes. To limit heel pain, be sure to warm up and stretch your muscles properly before and after a workout.
This is the swelling of the joint at the base of the big toe. Home treatments vary from using pads around the swelling, applying ice to reduce swelling, and wearing proper footwear that avoids rubbing with the bunion so as not to make the problem worse.
“Although foot problems are common, people don’t have to accept and endure this pain for the rest of their lives. Seeing a Podiatrist can quickly relieve a person’s pain and allow them to live a healthier life,” concludes our podiatrist doctor.
Podiatric clinic in downtown Montréal, Québec.2021