Flatfoot is very common in US and is usually due to some strain on the arches of the foot. Pain may be felt in the instep and around the ankle, and may even radiate up into the calf muscles and to the knee. In treating this condition, use alternating hot and cold foot baths, and rest the feet as much as possible.
High Arches. In this condition pain is felt under the ball of the foot and calluses may form in this area. Frequently there is shortening on the all Achilles or long tendon extending down the back of the leg from the calf to the heel, This shortening throws the body’ weight forward on the foot. High arches can often be helped by attaching a patch of sponge rubber across the inner sole of the shoe, just behind the part where the foot is most tender. Alternating hot and cold foot baths several times a day will also help. Properly fitted shoes are most important in this condition.
Bunion have been common in US and wherever people wear shoes that are too narrow or too short. Prolonged pressure against the side of the big toe many inflame that part of the foot and involve the near-by joint and the surface of he bone. Bunions can be prevented by wearing wider shoes. As in other foot conditions, hot and cold soaks to the feet several times a day will help, especially during the early stages of this condition. If the joint is much deformed, it is best to have the toe straightened out by surgery.
Painful heels usually arise from injuries to the feet or from wearing poorly fitted shoes. Arthritis may also occur in the ankle or foot, with bony spurs arising from the surfaces of the bones under and behind the heel. Painful hells can usually be prevented by wearing proper shoes of the right height. Bony spurs may be removed by surgery of others means of treatment outlined are not successful.
How to care for your feet
To properly care for your feet, follow these simple rules:
1. Bathe your feet daily and more often if needed. Dry thoroughly. Use foot powder for any skin irritation.
2. Never wear the name socks or stocking twice without washing them. Change them if they become wet rain or perspiration.
3. Cut toe-nails straight across so that the edges are not burried under the flesh.
4. Select the right type of shoes, preferably leather. Never wear high heals more than a few hours at a time. Do not do heavy work in light slippers. Wear a strongly made shoes that will support the foot.
5. Be sure you wear the right size of shoe, socks, or stocking. They should be at least half an inch longer than your longest toe.
6. Exercise your feet with your shoes off. Wriggling the toe and elevating the feet will aid circulation. Bend your toes over some objects, such as he edge of a book. Pick up a pencil with your toes. Repeat ten times to strengthen the muscles.
7. Walk with your feet pointed straight forward. this will aid your posture. It will give you better balance.
8. Do not be your own doctor. If you have real foot trouble, consult a foot specialist. This is the best way to avoid serious foot trouble.