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It's important to look after your feet. With us often spending a large portion of the day on our feet and not always in the most appropriate shoes, sometimes they need a bit of pampering. People may experience a variety of foot problems such as heel pain, blisters, corns and calluses.
Fungal infections are a common foot problem. Symptoms of a fungal nail infection may include thick discoloured nails that are usually yellow and brittle nails that may break or come away completely. Fungal nail infections can be treated with a range of different options depending on the severity of the infection.
Another infection caused by fungi is Athlete's foot. Athlete's foot is caused by fungi that grow in or on the top layer of the skin. As fungi grows best in warm, moist places, areas such as between the toes these are areas most likely to be affected. The symptoms of athlete's foot can include cracked, swollen, blistered skin or an itchy, scaly, flaky, dry and red rash between the toes. Treatments available for athlete's foot are antifungal creams, powders and fast drying sprays. Speak to your pharmacist or healthcare advisor to help you choose the most suitable treatment for you.
There are several different types of warts which can vary in size and shape. Common warts are firm and raised, with a rough surface that can look a bit like a cauliflower. They can occur anywhere, but are most common on the hands, elbows and knees. Verrucas are warts that occur on the soles of your feet. They can also occur on the heels and toes. Treatment options for warts and verrucas are acid gels to burn them away or freezing products that kill the Verruca. Over the counter treatment can only be used on hands and feet.
A common problem our feet experience is blisters. Most blisters are due to irritation or other damage to the skin from an external source, such as a shoe. One treatment available for blisters is to use specially formulated blister plasters that allow the area time to heel.