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Good looking shoes not only raise a person s self esteem but also define each wearer. Stilettos, high heels, peep toes, narrow and tight fitting shoes are every woman s must haves! Men also have a wide range of shoe styles with the front of shoes getting narrower as trends change. But, these highly popular shoes have a very grim downside giving the wearer a wide range of foot problems. Running and walking in these shoes puts an extra pressure on our feet, providing very little to no air contact and also tend to disfigure your feet, adding to your foot-woes. Here are a few common problems caused due to wearing the wrong kind of footwear.
Athlete s foot
Contrary to the name, athlete s foot does not only affect athletes. It is a common and contagious fungal infection of the skin that causes scaling, flaking, and itching of the affected areas. The areas usually affected are regions between toes. Sweaty socks and tight fitting shoes are one of reasons causing this infection.
They appear as lumps on the side of your feet or at the base of the big toe. When you wear shoes with narrow fronts, the bone at the base of the toe is pushed outwards resulting in a bunion. The big toe in this condition, is slanted and pressed against other toes, rather than pointing straight.
On continuous friction, the skin starts building hard layers of skin cells to protect the skin of the foot. The skin cells form round, kernel-like bumps, called corns. These skin cells appear yellow and flat. Corns can be easily managed by these 5 home remedies.
People with diabetes often suffer from nerve damage in the foot. Due to this, they often don't have sensation in these regions and don't tend to realise when they experience skin irritations, or even punctures. Such a condition is called diabetic foot. Wearing tight shoes with such a condition can results in blisters or sores which, if ignored can result in serious infection.
As a result of wearing tight and narrow shoes, the toes start to curl up and don t lie flat, making them appear like a claw. Usually the second toe is the most affected. The middle toe joint bends and starts rubbing up on the shoe causing pain. The toes become rigid and joints may be permanently dislocated.
When the underside of the heel bone starts to have a growth, which later gets calcified, it results in heel spurs. They are associated with muscles that run along the length of the foot and connect the heel to the ball of the foot. The heel spur can extend up to half an inch and can cause severe heel pain. Know more about the possible causes of heel pain.
In this condition the toe nails start digging into the toe and causes severe pain. The condition results mostly due the downward pressure exerted by shoes. The condition can be worsened when infected with fungus and improper nail trimming also adds to the woes of ingrown nails. Here are some natural remedies to treat the fungal infection in the nails.
Also called stone bruise, metatarsalgia is any painful condition which affects the front (metatarsal) region of the foot. Usually the ball of the foot is most affected wherein it becomes inflamed and painful. Wearing tight shoes along with excessive jumping and running can result in metatarsalgia too. You can also read about how high heels ruin your feet.
Some feet facts you didn t know about
All these conditions can become extremely painful if ignored. Shoes should be purchased keeping these conditions and facts in mind. These conditions can be easily managed by maintaining proper hygiene and wearing comfortable, good quality and broader shoes. You may also like to read about pedicure basics to keep your feet happy.
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Reference: The society of chiropodists & podiatrists, The college of podiatry
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