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Common foot issues and how to treat them

Common feet issues

When you’ve been podiatrists as long as we have, you get to see the same conditions and infections many times over.

Some of them may need stronger solutions or medical intervention than what’s suggested here, but a lot of foot issues can be soothed and their pain alleviated with just a little attention in the comfort of your own home.

Here are ten common foot ailments. Almost everyone will have suffered from at least one of them at some point in their lives.

Plantar Fasciitis:

This is a painful condition caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot. Rest, stretching, ice and over-the-counter pain medication can help reduce inflammation.

Ingrown Toenails:

When the corner or edge of a toenail grows into the surrounding skin, it can cause pain, redness and swelling. Soaking the foot in warm water and gently lifting the nail can help ease discomfort. In some cases, surgery may be required.

Athlete's Foot:

This is a fungal infection that causes itching, burning and cracking of the skin on the feet. Over-the-counter antifungal creams and powders can help clear up the infection. Keeping your feet clean and dry can also prevent the infection from spreading.


These are bony bumps that form on the joint at the base of the big toe, causing pain and discomfort. Wearing shoes with a roomy toe area can help reduce pressure on the bunion, as does avoiding shoes that force the feet into unnatural positions for periods of time (namely, stilettos). In severe cases, surgery may be necessary.

Corns and Calluses:

These are thickened areas of skin that develop on the feet due to repeated pressure or friction. Using a pumice stone or callus file to gently exfoliate the affected area(s) can help reduce the thickness of the skin.

Heel Spurs:

Heel spurs are bony growths that form on the heel bone that can cause pain when the individual carries out any weight-bearing activities. Stretching exercises, orthopaedic inserts and anti-inflammatory medication can help alleviate symptoms.

Flat Feet:

When the arches of the feet collapse, it can cause pain and discomfort. Wearing shoes with good arch support or using custom inserts can help provide additional support.


Henry the Eighth reportedly suffered from gout through heavy consumption of a diet rich in meat and fats. Gout is a form of arthritis caused by a build up of uric acid crystals in the joints. Treatment may include medication, dietary changes and rest.

Morton's Neuroma:

This is a thickening of the tissue around the nerve that leads to the toes, which can cause pain and discomfort. Wearing wide-fitting shoes and avoiding pointed/narrow toe styles can help alleviate pressure on the affected area.

Achilles Tendonitis:

This is inflammation of the Achilles tendon that can cause pain and stiffness in the heel and calf. Plenty of rest, ice to numb the area, stretching exercises and anti-inflammatory medication can help reduce pain and promote healing.

Of course, the severity of any of these symptoms and the health of the individual patient can affect the success of treatments or over-the-counter medications. It’s always worth coming to our clinics to ensure you’re dealing with your particular issue effectively, if only to prevent the ailment coming back time and again. Call 01226 492412 (Wombwell) or 0113 238 0330 (Morley).


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