Podiatrist - Altamonte Springs, Kissimmee, Mt. Dora, Orlando, and Sandlake-area.
If you walk down the asile of any grocery store, drug store, or super center, you will find a wide array of "do-it-yourself" fixes for your feet. From nail clippers to corn pads to insoles, there are a variety of over-the-counter (OTC) products sold! So how do you know when to visit the foot doctor? Your podiatrist? Here are some helpful hints:
Blisters - blisters on your feet or toes can usually be handled at home. If the blister pops, cover with a Band-aid or sterile dressing.
Watch the blister carefully to be sure it heals properly.
Warts - a wide variety of wart removal medications are sold OTC. Most of these are relatively mild, but can cause ulcerations if left on too long. You could try these products for warts on your feet, but your foot doctor will have more effective medications and can do a simple in-office procedure to remove the wart. Wart removers should never be used if you have neuropathy (except under the supervision of your podiatrist).
Nail Fungus - Despite many do-it-yourself remedies for treating nail fungus with common household items, there is no evidenced-based siceintific research that such treatments work. Treatment of nail fungus is best done by your podiatrist.
Tomorrow's blog will discuss some additional foot issues and whether or not they should be treated with over-the-counter products.
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