According to STARTHealthCare, three out of four Americans experience foot problems in a lifetime despite the fact that only a small group of individuals are born with foot problems. Calluses are
caused by friction, and because feet tend to slide in sandals, calluses build up more quickly in summer.
Unlike edible fungi or mushrooms that live on dead vegetable matter, the fungi and yeast that infect the feet are specialized dermatophytes, meaning that they only feed on keratinized tissue such as
hair, skin and nails. Fungal infection in the foot can be confined to the nails and may then spread to the skin, or the other way round, starting on the skin and then infecting the nails. Other names
are tinea unguium, dermatophytic onychia, dermatophytosis of the nail, or ringworm of the nail. In the case of dermatophyte fungi and yeast, small invasions are usually dealt with by your body's own
natural resistance or defence mechanisms, provided you have a healthy immune system at the time. The first sign of fungal infection in the nails is a slight discolouration of the nail plate. Remember
that pressure or friction is the cause of callous.
If you want you could add a few drops of olive oil to the water in which you have dunked your feet. The olive oil acts as a soothing agent and smoothens the skin. Using a clean towel, dry your feet
well; paying close attention to drying the skin between the toes.
This condition is usually caused by abnormal stress along the plantar fascia from excessive pronation of the foot. Feet that roll in at the ankle will cause a pull along the plantar fascia, usually
at the heel. Repeated pulling will damage the fibres of the fascia and lead to the pain of ‘plantar fasciitis'. Symptoms: Plantar fasciitis often leads to point tenderness on the inside portion of
the heel where the heel and arch meet. This pain is usually worse in the morning when you first place your foot on the ground.
Well, corns (Heloma) are small and round: they also have a hard thickening bit of skin in the middle and are very painful. They usually affect your smaller toes; and wearing poorly fitted shoes can
cause excessive friction and rubbing of the skin to form a corn. When people opt to use products containing Aloe Vera, such as gels and creams, they can prevent and remove corns. Common foot problems
and nail deformities in our aging population.