General Foot Health

San Francisco Podiatrist – General Foot Health

The foot is a complex system that involves hundreds of working parts. Twenty-six bones, 33 joints, more than 100 ligaments, tendons and muscles and a network of blood vessels and nerves come together for the vital tasks of standing, walking and running. Feet will carry and absorb tremendous weight in the course of lifetime and are thus susceptible to all manner of ills. Feet can also be the first indicator of a systemic disease such as anemia, diabetes, circulatory problems or kidney dysfunction. The most common foot ailments are athlete’s foot, blisters, bunions, corns, calluses, foot odor, hammertoe, heel pain, heel spurs, ingrown nails, neuromas and warts. These are all treatable conditions that should be brought to a doctor’s attention.

There are many effective ways to foster good foot health and prevent serious problems. Seeking medical attention for foot discomfort of any kind is important. Frequent examination of the feet can alert a person to any changes or abnormalities. Thorough washing and drying helps prevent fungal or bacterial infections from developing. Toenails should be cut straight across and not too close to the skin. Proper footwear that is appropriate for both foot size and the type of activity helps prevent injury and foot stress. Wearing the same shoes every day or going barefoot should be avoided when possible. Home remedies should be used cautiously.