Below is a list of common foot complaints:
A Blister is a small pocket of fluid within the upper layers of the skin. Blisters are painful, fluid filled lesions often caused by forceful friction or pressure.A short-term prevention is to place a pad over it to reduce friction against shoes.
Corns are classified as hard or soft. Like calluses, corns are also areas of hard, thick skin. They’re usually made up of a soft yellow ring of skin around a hard, grey centre. They often form on the tops of the toes or in between toes.
Like calluses, corns come from pressure or repeated rubbing of the toes.
Athlete’s foot is a very common skin condition.It is a fungal infection that can grow and multiply on human skin, especially the feet. It grows best in dark, moist and a warm environment.Athlete’s foot is contagious and may be caught by walking barefoot and even from the shower.
Q: What does Athletes foot look like?
A: In some people the skin between the toes peels, cracks and scales. There may be redness, scaling and even dryness on the soles and along the sides of the feet. Also a sensation of itching and burning of the feet can be present.
A Fungal Nail is a condition called “Onychomycosis” caused by tiny organisms, which find their way under the nail, the nail itself provides a protective environment for the fungus to thrive.It is an infection of the bed and plate underlying the surface of a nail.
It is contagious and can pass from nail to nail, or if you are walking barefoot.
Flat Feet is a structural deformity resulting in the lowering of the arch of the foot. This is sometimes referred to as fallen arches.
A person with flat foot/feet or highly arched foot that is fairly painful is in need of treatment.
People with flat feet may have ankle, knee or lower back pain
A verruca is simply a small skin lesion, which is commonly found on the bottom surface of the foot. They can just be one verruca or a few, which is known as a cluster.
A verruca is actually a virus. This virus is contagious, but can only be caught by direct contact. So if an infected bare foot walks across a floor surface, it may release virus-infected cells onto the floor. If you then walk on the same floor, you can pick up the virus.
They are harmless, however they can cause a sharp burning pain if you get one on a weight- baring area such as the ball or the heel of the foot.
Do not self- treat if you have diabetes or circulation problems.
Q: What is the difference between a verruca and a corn?
A: A verruca is a viral infection, whereas a corn or callous are simply layers of dead skin
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