Skin Problems on Toes

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Toe problems such as dry skin, athlete’s foot, fungal infections or bunions occur often. Very few people know any treatments they can perform by themselves at home, to potentially aid or prevent these conditions, as well as help the overall health of their toes and feet.

Fungal and Bacterial

Fungal and bacterial infections, including athlete’s foot, cause because toes spend a long time in dark and moist places. Shoes can be the perfect breeding place for these kinds of infections because the foot sweats, this sweat coats the inside of the shoe, and when a shoe is laced up and fitting on the foot properly, no air or light can penetrate through the shoe. Fungal and bacterial infections cause dry skin, redness, blisters, itching, and peeling.

If not treated immediately, these conditions can be hard to fight off. ( To prevent them, wash (preferably with antibacterial soap) on, and between, your toes regularly. Also change your socks and shoes regularly to further prevent these infections from occurring. Try using foot powder on your toes daily.

Dry Skin

Dry skin on the toes and in the areas between them can also occur. Dry skin occurs when the natural moisture in the skin is drawn out. Dry skin occurs when the oil glands do not supply enough lubrication to the skin. To treat this problem, try to use mild soap in minimal amounts.

Use soothing moisturizers and lotions on the infected area daily. Try adding oils to baths when you take a bath to soothe and soften the toes and areas between them. Soaking, exfoliating and moisturizing will also help the dry skin heal.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is a common fungal problem affecting the feet and toes. It thrives in dark and damp environments with poor ventilation. It can also be contacted through an abrasion or cut being exposed to the fungus common in public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools.

The most common symptom of athlete’s foot is itching skin on the foot and toes. The skin then becomes inflamed, cracked, sensitive to the touch, and sometimes even peels away and blisters. Care routines that can help are changing damp socks, keeping the feet dry, avoiding tight shoes, airing out shoes regularly, wearing cotton, wool or silk socks and wearing open-toed sockets.

Bunions

Bunions are a foot deformity caused by wearing narrow, high-heeled, platform heeled, or ill-fitting shoes over a long period of time, causing the big toe to point towards the second toe. A bunionectomy is a procedure where a surgeon removes the bunion. The patient will be required to walk on crutches to avoid pressure on the big toe.

Wearing properly fitting slippers ad shoes greatly reduces the risk of getting a bunion. People are encouraged to regularly measure their feet (which grow slightly with age) and pick shoes based on the largest measurement of their feet. People are advised also to pick shoes not by buying a specific size per se, but by paying attention to which shoes fit the most properly.

Conclusion

Heeding regular precautions when wearing, trying on or purchasing shoes can also help prevent the above ailments. Sometimes surgery is necessary to cure the problem. This option generally occurs with bunions that have become unmanageable.

Dry skin is a normal occurrence, though, which can be cured with lotion and lubricants. Proper hygiene techniques will save people the pain of toe infections or ailments. It is also advised that people wear open-toed, well ventilated shoes in public showers and around public swimming pools to ward off foot and toe problems.

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