Our feet hold the weight of our daily activities. Our jobs, posture, and especially our footwear has a direct impact on what our feet can endure. Some of the issues that come up can be fixed from home, though others could require a doctor’s visit. Dr. Allan Rosenthal of Advanced Foot Care Center, in Ridgefield, CT, is here to help you understand what issues a podiatrist can treat.
Common Foot Issues
Given what all our feet can experience, it is easy for them to develop any number of issues over time.
Sore feet are most often caused by being on them for long periods of time. This can be made worse by carrying heavy loads and/or standing on concrete surfaces.
If you have to stand for extended periods of time for work, be sure to use the most comfortable shoes possible. Use inserts for additional comfort and support. Alternating your weight between left and right feet, rather than leaving all of the weight on both, helps to prevent overuse.
Ingrown toenails usually happen if toenails are neglected, toenails are cut incorrectly, and/or shoes are too tight in the toes.
If this happens, be sure to wear loose shoes that can allow the nail to grow. Severe cases might lead to an infection. If this occurs, or if the nail continues to grow inward, it is time to see the foot doctor.
Hammertoe usually forms when trauma to the foot, improperly-fitting shoes, or genetics cause the middle joint to bend. This can cause pain, redness, swelling, or even a corn to grow. These can be flexible or rigid, each requiring a different form of attention to treat.
If you would like to discuss the condition or health of your feet with a podiatrist, call Advanced Foot Care Center in Ridgefield, CT at (203) 431-0048 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rosenthal and begin your path to feeling better today.