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Foot Health - Podiatric Medicine - Chiropody - Foot Care

The human foot is a biological masterpiece. Its strong, flexible, versatile and functional design enables it to do its job well and without complaint - Well... only if you take care of it and don't take it for granted.

Keeping your feet healthy is only part of preventing foot problems, it is also necessary that you wear well-fitting shoes. Foot health is so important that at, we want to give you informative knowledge about foot care so that the health of your feet will not be neglected.

Basic foot hygiene should always be the top priority, and cultivated from a young age. However it is never too late to start looking after your feet now.

In podiatry/chiropody, foot pain or irritations are the 1st sign of possible foot conditions. The foot consist of numerous components that may be affected by a condition - skin, nails, bones, cartilage, joints and blood vessels. Some conditions that may affect the foot include arthritis, diabetes, circulatory disorders, dermatitis, fungal nail infections or fractures. Hence it is always best to pay a visit to your podiatrist/chiropodist, the moment you feel that your feet are feeling uncomfortable.

On this website, we will discuss about some foot care tips, foot products, different types of footwear and going into details the various types of foot conditions.

 Common Foot Problems/Conditions

A bunion (hallux valgus) is a sometimes painful structural deformity of the bones and the joint between the foot and big toe. A bunion is an enlargement of bone or tissue around the joint at the base of the big toe, ( also known as the metatarsophalangeal joint).

Drop Foot
Drop foot is not a disease but a symptom of an underlying problem. Depending on the underlying cause, drop foot may be temporary or permanent. Often drop foot is caused by injury to the peroneal nerve deep within the lumbar and sacral spine.

Plantar Fasciitis
The classic sign of plantar fasciitis (which is often called a "heel spur" because it's easier to pronounce) is heel pain with the first few steps in the morning. If this symptom is not present then the diagnosis of plantar fasciitis has to be checked more carefully.

Diabetic Foot Problems
If you have diabetes you are more prone to diabetic foot problems, because the disease can damage your blood vessels and nerves. This, in turn, may make you less able to sense injury or pressure on your foot. You may not notice foot injury until severe infection develops.

Heel Spurs
Heel spurs are commonly seen in patients who have a history of foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis. Heel spurs are most often seen in middle-aged men and women. The heel spur itself is not thought to be the primary cause of pain, but rather it is the inflammation and irritation of the plantar fascia.

Foot Fungus
Foot fungus also called athlete's foot (also known as tinea pedis), causes foot itching, burning, pain, and scaling. It is caused by fungus and is treated with antifungal medications. Keeping the feet dry by using cotton socks and breathable shoes helps prevent athletes foot.

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