We have explained over and over again that choosing the right shoes is one of the best decisions a person can make.

The wrong shoes don’t only make you lose confidence and comfort, they cause foot problems. And these foot diseases when not treated quickly and properly could lead to further problems and therefore, more discomfort.

So today we’re not going to be talking about the foot problems that are caused by water (Athlete’s Foot), or genetics (Diabetic Neuropathy), or muscle and stress related (Plantar Fasciitis).

We’re going to be discussing a few foot problems caused by tight shoes, damp or wet shoes, or worn out shoes. We’ll be stating their names, symptoms, causes and treatments.

The first in our list is Bunions. Bunions are abnormalities of the fret that cause a bump to develop on the large toe joint. This can cause the big toes to turn slightly inward. Doctors call it ‘hallux valgus’.

An individual with a bunion may have one or more of the following:

  • Visible bump at the side of the foot
  • Tenderness on or around the big toe
  • Difficulty moving the big toe
  • Pain in the big toe when walking

They are developed when one wears tight or narrow shoes; inherited structural defect, stress on the foot or arthritis.

There are various ways to treat them: wearing roomy and comfortable shoes, padding the foot, using prescribed medications, surgical procedures, or even applying ice.

If the toenail is infected or home-care doesn’t improve the condition, one should endeavor to visit a podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon. They may need to remove a portion of the toenail and prescribe antibiotics to test the infection.

The next foot problem is Ingrown Toenails; this is when the toenail begins to grow into the skin and this can cause a significant amount of pain and discomfort.

An individual can identify ingrown toenails by looking out for the following:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Pain, all around the affected toe.

Ingrown toenails are caused by wearing badly-fitted shoes. Pressure gotten from narrow shoes at the top or just plain tight shoes.

Treatment includes:

  • Washing the feet with antibacterial soap
  • Keeping them clean and dry
  • Cutting the toenails straight across after a bath when the nails are soft
  • Avoiding cutting the nails is a rounded pattern, this increases the rush of inward growth
  • Wear shoes with good fit, avoid pointy tip shoes.

The next foot problem on our list is Stone Bruise; it is a deep bruise that causes pain on the foot or the heel of one’s foot.

The area between the toes and the arch of the foot might feel numb with occasional sharp pains, like there’s a Stone in your shoe. Symptoms can worsen over time.

They are caused by extensive exercise or wearing poorly-fitted shoes.

They can be treated by resting the foot and applying ice to it occasionally, but most times they tend to disappear at their own time.

To read about more foot problems, click here; you’ll get more information on their symptoms, causes and treatments.

We hope you’re having a great week.