Learning More About Podiatrist Care

Two Common Foot Problems And Their Solutions

Podiatrists specialize in foot care. Everyone knows they should see a doctor if they experience tendinitis in their foot or ankle, but there are smaller foot problems that can be just as bothersome. Your podiatrist can help you manage more minor conditions as well. Here are two common foot problems and their solutions:

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails aren't uncommon. If your toenail grows into the skin of your toe, it can be painful. Fortunately, you may be able to treat an ingrown toenail at home. You can try to soften the skin surrounding the toenail by applying heat and liquid. Soak a washcloth in hot water and hold it to your ingrown toenail for ten to fifteen minutes. The heat can also soothe any pain you may be experiencing. After the warm compress has done its job, you can try to gently pull the ingrown toenail out of your skin with clean hands.

If your ingrown toenail becomes infected or you're unable to treat it at home, you should see a foot doctor. A podiatrist can help you by surgically removing the ingrown toenail from your toe. In most cases, they can effectively treat the condition with a partial removal. They will perform the procedure in their office using a local anesthetic. You shouldn't feel any pain, and in most cases, once an ingrown toenail is surgically removed, it doesn't come back. You'll want to wear open-toed, comfortable shoes to the podiatrist's office since closed shoes may be uncomfortable directly after your surgery.


Blisters occur when your skin is abraded for an extended period of time. Wearing shoes that don't fit well or walking too far when you aren't used to it can lead to blisters. Most blisters go away on their own. You should keep your blister clean and cover it with a bandage. Don't puncture or pop your blister, since this can lead to an infection. Your body will reabsorb the fluid inside your blister in a few days.

If you continue to get blisters, you may be wearing the wrong shoes. Try switching to a different type of footwear, if possible. If that doesn't help, you should visit your podiatrist. They may be able to diagnose the cause of your blisters and suggest some remedies for you to try. Sweat can contribute to blister formation, so try to wear socks that wick moisture away from your feet. If you play sports, you may want to bring a change of socks with you so you can put on a dry pair when yours become damp.