Your feet are a pretty essential part of your body, but most of the time they get the least amount of attention. Most of us walk around on our feet all day, putting all kinds of pressures and stresses on them. We don’t even give them a second thought.
But just like any other part of your body, your feet need some TLC. Some may say even more so than other areas. This is because there can be some pretty serious consequences to not taking care of your feet, especially if you have any other serious medical conditions, such as diabetes.
Here are five of those consequences of not taking care of your feet, and how you can make sure to avoid most of them.
Athlete’s foot is a common ailment to affect feet. It is a type of foot fungus that can grow between the toes. Athletes foot can cause an itchy rash in between them. It also causes your feet to smell.
This can happen due to the area in between toes being damp consistently, allowing the fungus to grow.
As gross as it sounds, it is pretty common. An easy solution to avoid it is to keep your feet dry and clean and to change to a clean pair of socks every day.
Ingrown toenails are a painful but common consequence of not properly taking care of your feet. They can be caused by not wearing the right shoes, cutting your nails too short, or inuring your toenail and not doing anything about it.
As was mentioned before when left untreated it can be extremely painful, and it can even lead to an infection.
You can prevent it by making sure to cut your toenail straight across. Have shoes that don’t put unnecessary pressure on your toes.
Hammertoes occur when there is an abnormal buckling of the toe joints. Although for some it may be harmless, for others it can cause some serious pain.
The imbalance of the muscles in the toes and the toes’ alignment causes the deformity to begin, when hammertoes takes place. This condition will get worse over time, and that is why it becomes a problem.
The toes also begin to rub up against one another and can cause blisters and corns to develop.
Hammertoe treatment, if in the early stages, can be as simple as getting better fitting shoes or a toe splint, but if not treated soon enough surgery may be the only way to help.
Dry, cracked feet
Many people are probably wondering why dry feet are considered a consequence and why that matters. But for some who have health issues such as diabetes, dry and cracked feet can be a very big problem.
Dry feet are not only uncomfortable but can cause small little cracks and cuts in the foot. For most that won’t cause any serious harm. For those with diabetes or bad circulation in the feet, it can lead to infections and even more serious consequences.
It’s best to keep your feet exfoliated and moisturized and to be aware of small cuts or openings and to take care of them.
A bunion is a bony bump that can form over time. It usually forms on the joint where your big toe meets your foot. If it gets big enough it can get red and swollen. It can make it hard to move your big toe, making it very painful.
Things that can lead to bunions are ill-fitting shoes, arthritis, or the way your feet are shaped.
If you have a painful bunion ask your doctor about what kind of treatments would be best, and most of the time they will recommend better fitting shoes, painkillers, and icing the area. Sometimes, however, it may need to be treated with surgery to straighten out the big toe and get rid of the bunion.