Prevent Having Different Kinds of Foot Diseases

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Nearly everyone has a foot problem of some type during their lifetime. If you have one, you may be so self-conscious that you will feel strange about removing your shoes in front of other people.

How can you prevent this from happening to you? Here are some ways to prevent having foot issues of all types. In order to prevent this, you must know what the common different types of foot diseases are and their causative factors.

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Different Types of Foot Problems

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    Bunions.
    Bunions are bumps or inflammation on the first joint of your big toe.
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    Hammertoe.
    A hammertoe is a permanent curved or twisted toe, which is caused by pressure or burden from footwear.
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    Dry skin.
    Dry skin could result in irritated, itchy and burning sensation in your feet.
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    Warts.
    Warts are little, solid, benevolent lump on the skin which is caused by a virus.
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    Ingrown toenail.
    An ingrown toenail happens when your nail breaks your skin due to improper trimming or cutting of the nails.
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    Spurs.
    Spurs are a result of muscle strain on the feet.
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    Calluses.
    Calluses are a bulky and hard portion of the skin, especially areas that are subjected to friction.
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    Athlete's foot.
    An athlete's foot is a fungal infection concerning the skin between the toes.
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Bunions

Bunions are experienced more by women than men. This is because of their footwear choices. High heels are the leading cause of bunions. Also bear in mind that not only high heels can cause bunions, but also flats. Any footwear without good and appropriate foundation for your feet may result to roll inward. Here are some ways to prevent them.

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    Wear lesser heels.
    Exchange or switch those high heels with lower ones. It would be better if you'd wear wedge ones rather than stilettos. This gives your feet more support and foundation. And pick round-toe shoes over pointy shoes, this will give your toes more wiggle room.
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    Travel in comfortable shoes.
    When you are planning to go out for a walk or something, it would be best to wear comfortable shoes, like a pair of sneakers. There are many fashionable shoes on the market today.
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    Diminish or minimize the agony that you're feeling.
    When you are wearing your shoes, and you are feeling pain, you may use bunion cushions to ease rubbing or friction and pressure.
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    Visit your doctor (podiatrist).
    Consulting and asking your doctor is the best way to prevent any disease. Take action before it consumes you.
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Hammertoes

Hammertoes usually happen when you don't choose the right footwear. Too much pressure on your toes can also affect your bone structure. Here are some ways to prevent hammertoes.

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    Proper circulation is important.
    Maintaining proper blood flow on your feet helps prevent foot diseases. Stretch your legs and feet to let the blood circulate.
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    Choose shoes that are not too tight.
    The pressure between your toes must be minimized.
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    Get a foot massage.
    Massaging your feet helps relieve the pain. You may also try a warm foot bath.
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    Examine your feet for any discomfort.
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Dry Skin

Dry skin usually happens because of lack of water, exposure to too much heat, excessive scrubbing with soap, etc. Being knowledgeable about preventing dry skin on your feet is a benefit, both for coziness and health. Here are some ways to prevent dry skin on your feet.

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    Apply lotion or creams.
    This is the best way to prevent dry skin. Regularly apply lotion to moisturize your skin.
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    Keep yourself hydrated.
    Drink lots of water to prevent dehydration as this may be a cause of dry skin.
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    Use gentle and mild soaps.
    Using certain kinds of soap may harm your skin. Be careful with what you choose and what you apply to your skin.
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    Always take a bath or shower.
    Cleaning yourself is important also to prevent dry skin, not only on your feet, but also on your whole body. It's best to use lukewarm water.
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Warts

Warts are a result of HPV, which affects the uppermost part of the skin. They can be itchy and they may bleed. When warts are knocked or bumped often, they may become irritated and the skin surrounding it may be hurting. Here are some ways to prevent warts.

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    Wash your hands several times a day or as often as possible.
    Cleaning your hands helps prevent germs and viruses to come.
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    Prevent from biting and chewing your nails.
    This might cause infection to your skin and is dangerous to your health.
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    Never give out your own cleaning materials to other people.
    You should be aware of the people around you. Even if they don't have warts, they might still carry a virus.
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    Wear shoes in public places.
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Ingrown Toenails

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    Make sure that your toenails are trimmed to average length.
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    Cut your toenails straight.
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    Wear shoes that are appropriate for your feet.
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Athlete's Foot

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    Wear your own shoes.
    Never wear someone else's.
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    Avoid wearing used socks.
    This might cause bad foot odor.
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    Rinse off your feet.
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    Apply anti-fungal creams or powders.
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