Summertime is the time of year when your feet are frequently on display. Whether out at a picnic or spending time on the beach, you want your feet to look and feel their best. If you’ve been suffering from foot pain or skin problems over the winter, now is the time to visit a podiatrist for an evaluation.
Ingrown toenails cause redness, swelling, and pain. They can result from too little room for your toes in your shoes, improper toenail trimming, and repetitive trauma to the feet from walking or running. Ingrown toenails worsen with time and can invite further pain and even infections if not treated. Never try to deal with an ingrown toenail on your own—visit your podiatrist for professional care.
Bacterial or fungal infections can cause intense itching and changes in the skin of your feet, as well as unwanted foot odors. If you suspect you could have a foot infection, your podiatrist is the only one who can accurately diagnose it and recommend the best course of treatment.
Bunions are red, swollen bumps on the joints of the big toe. They tend to run in families, but can also be caused by high heels or tight toe boxes. Your podiatrist can provide treatment options such as padding, custom orthotics, and physical therapy to minimize pain. For particularly painful and persistent bunions, surgery may be the best option for healthier feet.
Hammertoes occur when your toes become bent at the first joint. They result from an imbalance of the muscles and ligaments of the toes, and can be caused by footwear, genetics, and arthritis. If your toes are still flexible, taping, medication, and custom footwear can address this condition. More severe cases of hammertoe may require surgical correction for aesthetics and pain relief.
Get your feet ready for summer with the help of the podiatrists at Kevin Spin Podiatry of San Diego. Call us today at (619) 283-2088 to put an end to your foot pain. Click through our blog for more foot care tips and information.
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