Medical Foot Care focuses on the general health of your feet and is either basic or specialized depending on your individual requirements. It’s often offered in a clinical, professional setting. All medical equipment is custom-designed and sterile for each patient.
Basic foot care usually involves checking blisters and applying a topical antibiotic ointment. Moist socks and a band-aid are frequently applied until the blisters subside and the skin heals. Sometimes medicated powder is used to help prevent blisters from spreading and encourages healing.
A podiatrist or other foot care specialist can also examine your feet. They will check for bone fractures, deformities, damage to nerves or muscle tissue and correct them if needed. He will also try to prevent further injury or trauma to your feet by changing the structure of your foot. He may require surgery to fix deformities if necessary. If your feet are broken, they will make sure your bones and skin are properly aligned and give you advice on how to care for your feet so that they heal properly. In some severe cases, a foot surgeon can completely replace bones that have been fractured to provide the most stable and supportive foot.
Many common foot care problems can also be caused by other issues. These complications include fungal infections and bacterial infections. Both can cause skin irritations that itch or burn. You can easily treat fungal infections at home with over-the-counter medicines or prescription foot creams and powders. Some common bacterial complications include ingrown toenails, bacterial infection around the toes, cracked skin on the feet, painful calluses and abscesses, and skin thickening due to bacterial infections.
For athlete’s foot and fungal infections, it is best to get expert help. A podiatrist can prescribe the right treatment and recommend the right footwear and inserts for your foot. You may need to buy special foot care products such as anti-fungal socks to stop fungal growth. If your skin is fragile, then you will need to keep your feet in a protective sock at all times. You can also use heating pads, or electric foot massagers to ease pain. You will also need to take care of dry or waxy feet.
In addition to keeping your feet clean, they will also need regular check-ups to ensure they are healthy and free from complications. A podiatrist can perform a full exam and determine the best treatment options for your foot problems. They can order lab tests and x-rays to find out what is causing your foot problems. With the help of a podiatrist and your doctor, you can get rid of foot problems quickly. The best foot care practices are preventive measures you can take from the time you first hurt your feet.