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3 Problems That a Podiatrist Can Sort

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Feet can be a problem. Metaphorically, we can “put our foot in it” by doing or saying the wrong thing. Physically, we can find it difficult to walk when our feet need attention. Sometimes, we can take care of it ourselves with over-the-counter treatments from pharmacies. Other times, we need to enlist the help of a podiatrist. Certainly when it is a recurring foot problem that we are faced with. A toenail fungus laser is a revolutionary treatment to consider if your feet are suffering in that way.

So, we shall cover in this article, 3 problems that might result in someone needing to visit a podiatrist, or chiropodist, as they are known in the UK and Ireland. In either case, they are medically trained professionals who carry out treatments on a person’s feet. They matter even more to us when we have a beach holiday booked. Even at other times, nobody wants to be in continual discomfort because of a niggling foot complaint.

podiatrist does an examination and massage of the patient's foot

Nail Fungus

Increasingly, podiatrists are having nail fungus to treat. Treatments are available from pharmacies but are not always effective in eliminating the nail fungus quickly or completely, so people are now turning to laser treatments as the answer. This is where your podiatrist can help you in making this a possible option.

At the time of writing, two definite laser treatments for nail fungus were available in California. They are Cutera GenesisPlus or Laser and Lumula Laser. Both of these are trademarked treatments.

Bunions

A bunion can be defined as a swelling on the first joint of a big toe. They are considered extremely painful. Different techniques continue to be invented but podiatrists will generally recommend two treatments for bunions. The first is padding, which is used to minimize pain and allow a patient to continue to have a normal and active life while managing the bunion in this way. The second method is taping, which will help to keep the foot in a normal position, and so reduce the stress or pain on the area in question.

Feet that are squeezed into narrow footwear, more often than not with a pointed-toe, are susceptible to bunions. These types of shoes will cause the big toe, metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint, to jut out at an angle from the foot. So, bunions can be prevented, but when they occur podiatrists can help.

Ingrowing Toe Nails

Sometimes, toenails will grow inwards and so need to be cut out. To avoid this, you should cut your toenails straight across rather than try to round them off as you might do with your fingernails. Ingrowing toenails are painful and hard to deal with yourself. A podiatrist will have the means to give an injection that numbs the area so that they can carry out the treatment in a pain-free way.

It is certainly worth seeking prompt treatments from a podiatrist. In terms of nail fungus, it will only spread and be harder to eliminate if left. Particularly if using over-the-counter options. Laser treatment represents an easier, quicker, and more effective solution.

Painful bunions and ingrowing toenails hinder sufferers in their work and leisure pursuits. For an employer, having their employee suffering from foot pain is not productive, and with leisure activities, they can be better enjoyed when feet have been treated.

So, a few common foot complaints, and as nail fungus can now be treated using a laser, it is worth seeing what other treatment options might be out there for all conditions relating to the feet, depending on your podiatrist. It will ensure that they are comfortable for everyday life and ready for that sandy beach you hope to visit soon.

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