The 3 Most Common Foot Ailments in Podiatry
On a daily basis our feet take a lot of abuse, whether it be from running, jumping or even the daily grind of walking and standing up on our feet. The constant weight of our bodies on our feet, and the pressure from these normal, daily movements will lead to a stress injury. As these stresses begin to weigh down on our feet, the tissue, both soft and hard, begins to breakdown slowly and our feet become more susceptible to injury – whether it be stress injury or a result of an accident or sudden trauma. No matter of age or gender, these injuries and bouts of inflammation cause similar injuries. When it comes to the best podiatry 10036 podiatrist, Dr. Harvey Katz warns patients against certain additional triggers that are common to a variety of patients, no matter what their ailment might be. Some of these triggers include, wearing improper footwear, playing sports or unwanted stress on the foot, diabetes, and simply through the wear and tear of aging. At William Street Podiatry, they practice some of the best podiatry 10036 has to offer, treating a variety of conditions, they often run into these types of triggers. The foot has 26 bones in it, and while some are strong, and durable, the majority are fairly weak and as a result of normal wear and tear and these triggers patients continuously run into the same foot issues. Here are the 3 most common foot care issues among podiatry patients.Athlete’s Foot
By far the most common foot ailment amongst patients, regardless of their age. athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that attacks the skin on, and in between the toes. As a fungal infection, this condition is highly contagious – not only is it easily spread between individuals, but it will often spread to other parts of the skin and even the nails. Athlete’s foot is characterized by significant discomfort, itching, and moderate to severe pain.
- Causes Patients will contract the fungal infection via contact with others who have it, or by making contact with infected objects or areas. At William Street, where they practice the best podiatry 10036 has to offer, Dr. Katz often warns patients to avoid walking barefoot in places like a community pool, gyms, locker rooms, or communal showers – as these places are a breeding ground for such infections. In addition, the fungus thrives in a dark, damp, warm area such as this.
- Symptoms Athlete’s foot is characterizes by constant itching of the feet, as well as cracked, blistered and peeling skin along the feet. The condition will start at the toes, and radiate out from there.
Bunions are very common, especially amongst female New Yorkers, as they tend to walk upwards of 5 miles a day, in uncomfortable, often narrow, high-heeled shoes. This condition causes a large, painful bump to develop on your big toe joint, forcing the toe to even turn inwards slightly.
- Causes The most common cause of bunions is wearing tight, narrow, poor-fitting shoes that put pressure on the big toe joint. It is also much more likely for you to develop bunions if you have a family history of them, or if you’ve had arthritis or suffered from polio in your youth.
- Symptoms Bunions are characterized by a few common symptoms, including:
- Visible bump on the side of the foot (at the base of the big toe)
- Tender, “raw” skin along the big toe
- Calluses or corns, at the base of the big toe.
- Difficulty moving the big toe.
- Pain in the big toe.
Despite being exclusive to those with diabetes, this condition is still extremely prevalent. Those with blood sugar issues, experience this issue which causes pain., lack of feeling, and overall damage to the foot.
- Causes Those with diabetes, are highly likely to have Diabetic Neuropathy as well. With high blood sugar, over time, the nerves in the foot will become damaged – leading to a variety of issues that hamper your daily life and use of your feet. Other triggers include smoking, alcohol abuse, and a family history of the condition.
- Symptoms Some of the more common symptoms include numbness and loss of feeling in the foot. In addition, patients will feel tingling or burning sensations, coordination & movement issues, and overall pain throughout the foot.
While these issues affect millions across the world and truly hurt an individual’s quality of life – they are treatable. For more information on treatment options or to schedule a consultation, contact William Street Podiatry today.