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Los Angeles, CA 90057
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Second Floor - Suite #203
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Tel. (310) 477-9210
 

As you might have heard:

Although they are all kind of a proverb, but they have an important message, for living a happy and healthy life, you need your feet, and you need a healthy one.

It?s important to put ?your best foot forward?. Be kind and caring about your feet. Many years of:

Can cause serious problems both to your feet and other parts of your body. Foot problems are sometimes the first sign of more serious medical conditions such as:

Each of your feet has 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 tendons, muscles and ligaments. No wonder a lot of things can go wrong. The toes, particularly your big toe, help you move and keep your balance. Playing sports, running, and receiving a blow to the foot can damage your toes. Wearing shoes that are too loose or too tight can also cause toe problems.

Certain diseases, such as severe arthritis, can cause foot problems and pain.

Although it is important to consult your Podiatrist about any foot problems (such as Toenail Fungus , since it can advance to more serious problems) you are experiencing, but paying attention to following suggestions can also help to have a much healthier feet.

Practice Good Foot Care

Make Sure the Shoes fit

Protect your feet by wearing shoes whenever you go outdoors. Wearing comfortable shoes that fit well can prevent many foot problems. Here are some tips for making sure your shoes fit:

Know Common Foot Problems

Fungus Infections, such as Toenail Fungus infection and athlete's foot, happen because our feet are in shoes most of the time. Shoes are warm, dark, and moist?the perfect place for fungus to grow. A fungus can cause dry skin, redness, blisters, itching, and peeling. It can be hard to cure. Over-the-counter anti-fungal powders or creams can help. If your foot does not get better within 2-4 weeks, talk to your doctor.

To prevent infections specially Toenail Fungus Infections:

Dry skin can cause itching and burning feet. Use mild soap in small amounts and a cream or lotion on your legs and feet every day. Be careful about adding oils to bath water since they can make your feet and bathtub very slippery.

Corns and calluses are caused by pressure when the bony parts of your feet rub against your shoes. Wearing shoes that fit better or using special pads may help. You may feel better if you use some over-the-counter medicines, but they do not treat the cause of the problem. See your doctor, especially if you have diabetes or circulation problems.

Warts are skin growths caused by viruses. They are sometimes painful and may spread if not treated. Over-the-counter products rarely cure warts, so you may need to see your doctor.

Bunions develop when the joints in your big toe no longer fit together. They become swollen and tender. Bunions tend to run in families. If a bunion is not too painful, wearing shoes cut wide at the toes and instep (middle part of the foot), taping the foot, or wearing pads that cushion the bunion may help. Physical therapy and shoe inserts can bring relief. See your doctor. Medicines can help with pain. Sometimes surgery is needed to relieve the pressure and repair the toe joint.

Ingrown Toenails are caused by a piece of the nail breaking the skin. This can happen if you don't cut your toenails straight across so the corner of the nail can be seen above the skin. Use clippers made to cut toenails. Ingrown Toenails are very common in the large toes. A foot doctor ( Podiatrist) can remove the part of the nail that is cutting into the skin so the area can heal.

Hammertoe is caused by a shortening of the tendons that control toe movements. The toe knuckle grows and pulls the toe back. Over time, the joint gets bigger and stiffens as it rubs against shoes. This can affect your balance. More space in the shoe or stocking can help. In very serious cases, surgery may be needed.

Spurs are calcium bumps that grow on bones of your feet. They are caused by stress on the feet. Standing for long periods of time, wearing badly fitting shoes, or being overweight can make spurs worse. Sometimes spurs are painless. At other times, they can hurt. Treatments for spurs are foot supports, heel pads, and heel cups. Sometimes surgery is needed.

Swollen feet may be a sign of more serious health problems. If you continue to have swollen feet and ankles, see your doctor.

Prevent Infections

If you have diabetes or peripheral artery disease, good foot care is very important. Both diseases can cause poor blood flow to the feet. Scrapes or bruises can become infected. If you have foot problems, be sure to talk to your doctor. Make sure your doctor checks your feet often.