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The foot is the underappreciated infantry of the human body. While the back and the head get all the fancy doctors and the big ‘ol names for when things go wrong, if your feet go out from under you, your life can be ruined in a day. Here are the five most common foot problems and some advice on treatment and prevention. Besides all this, you should also take a look at Orthotics Billing which can be a little high at times. It is recommended that you get medical insurance for that. That way you would not be handling high medical bills on your own.

Athlete’s Foot. Athlete’s foot is the name given to a contagious fungus that grows in the shoe with such abandon because the fun guys crave both darkness and humidity. To prevent athlete’s foot you should always change out shoes so as to reduce the amount of moisture that your feet are heir to. Also, avoid public baths, showers, and restrooms while in your bare feet. (Not a bad idea to avoid these places when you’ve got shoes on as well.) You don’t even want to know what kind of fungus exists in these places. Treatment for an athlete’s foot involves washing your feet on a daily basis with plain soap and warm water. Dry the feet thoroughly and, if necessary, apply some anti-fungal creams, especially around the toenails.



Ingrown Toenail. Ingrown toenails are the result of biting your toenails…or, cutting them. You know, whatever works. Also caused by shoes that are too tight, ingrown toenails can actually become debilitating as the result of the horrendous pain that this affliction can cause. To prevent ingrown toenails, don’t pick or bite in the first place and when cutting the toenails make sure to cut straight across and make them no shorter than the very end of the toe. If your ingrown toenail gets infected, it is not a bad idea to see a doctor. If the ingrown toenail has not yet become infected and you want to avoid that co-pay plus the price of gas to get to Marcus Welby, then soak your affected foot in very warm, but not hot, water.

Blisters. Whether you are a violent femme who got a blister in the sun or not, the most common cause of blisters on the feet are actually shoes or socks that don’t fit quite perfectly. Moisture is a prime ingredient in the formation of blisters so you can bet that if you’ve got a leather running shoe that is half a size too small you will be getting a blister in the sun, snow, rain, or hail. Prevention of this common foot problem is easier than preventing false information by watching Fox News: just find footwear that fits. The important thing is not to jump to conclusions that the shoe is the culprit; remember that ill-fitting socks can also cause blisters. What is the perfect fit for a sock? Snug, but not so tight that the patterns of the thread are left in relief on your skin. Treatment of a foot blister involves, first and foremost, not breaking the blister. A bandage can be placed loosely over the blister.



Corns. Growing up in the 1960s I heard about corn all my life and I have yet to get over the image of little pieces of corn appearing on the feet. Let’s face it, corn is a very strange name to give to the calluses that are caused by just one thing: friction. Prevention of corns should be obvious: reduce the friction and you get rid of the corns. This means lubrication of the feet; special creams are fine, but butter is even better. I know it sounds odd, but if you just take a stick of butter that you have set aside and labeled as specifically for use on the feet, and you rub on the part of your feet where corns are grown most often, you not only reduce the frequency and save money, but you smell really enticing, too. As for treatment once the corn has grown, that odd little circular medicated pads really like the best thing that has yet been invented.