We rarely think of how important our feet are until we start having trouble with them. Pain and discomfort can come in the form of many different common foot problems that negatively impact our ability to perform routine tasks. When these issues arise, they become rather problematic for people who are on their feet all day. The good news is Specialty Care Pharmacy is uniquely equipped to provide simple and effective solutions! Here are 5 common foot problems and how we can help:
1. Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of pain in the heel, with roughly 2 million people seeking treatment each year, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the ligament, or fascia, that connects the ball of the foot to the heel becomes inflamed or sometimes torn. This condition has no visual signs or symptoms and pain typically worsens with activity.
2. Nail Fungus
Discoloration, thickening, crumbling, flaking and smelliness of the nail can be potential signs of nail fungus. The nails can become unattractive and deformed in appearance because of damage to the area where the nail meets the skin of the toe. This type of fungal infection can develop slowly over time and be difficult to get rid of without the help of prescription antifungal medications.
3. Warts, Corns & Calluses
Plantar warts are small, rough growths on the feet, typically forming on the heel or ball, that can be painful when walking. Corns and calluses are thickened patches of skin that form by repeated rubbing against a bony portion of the foot, oftentimes caused by footwear. Corns typically occur on the tops, sides and in between the toes while calluses are usually on the bottoms of feet.
4. Diabetic Neuropathy
About half of patients with diabetes experience some form of nerve damage. Diabetic neuropathy involves nerve damage that leads to pain and numbness in the feet, as well as other areas of the body like the legs and hands, due to elevated blood glucose levels. This pain can be quite debilitating in nature.
5. Rough & Cracked Feet
Rough and cracked feet is a common foot problem that develops over time, when the skin covering the feet becomes dried out and often thick. Additional pressure on the fat pad of the heels can lead to cracks, or heel fissures. Oftentimes rough and cracked feet don’t cause serious issues, other than be unsightly, but from time to time severely cracked heels can become infected, causing a skin infection known as cellulitis.
How We Can Help
Specialty Care Pharmacy is here to help if you’re suffering from any of these common foot problems. We start the process by tailoring a treatment plan that specifically targets any issues you may be experiencing. This personalized approach provides simple, effective solutions that can improve your quality of life. We create unique compounded formulations that are requested by podiatrists and other healthcare providers to best benefit you.
Are you ready to get back on your feet with solutions to these common foot problems? Contact us today to get started on the journey toward getting rid of any pain or discomfort you may be experiencing!