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Signs You Have A Foot Problem: How To Tell If Something Is Wrong

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Your feet are among the most important parts of your body, and it's important to take care of them. Unfortunately, many people don't realize they have a foot problem until it's too late.

This article highlights three signs that you might have a foot problem. You'll also learn about how a foot specialist treats these common foot problems.

Redness and Swelling

There are many different reasons why someone may experience redness and swelling on their feet. It could be a simple issue like wearing shoes that are too tight or a more serious problem like an infection.

Tight Shoes

This is one of the most common causes of redness and swelling on the feet. Wearing shoes that are too tight can constrict blood flow and cause fluid to build up in the feet. The foot is constantly trying to fight the constriction by sending more blood to the area, which can cause the foot to swell.


This could be a fungal infection like athlete's foot or a more serious bacterial infection. If you have an infection, you may also experience itching, pain, and blisters.

Allergic reaction

Sometimes, people can have an allergic reaction to something they've come into contact with, such as a new pair of shoes or detergent. This can cause redness, swelling, and itchiness on the feet.

If you notice that your foot is redder or more swollen than usual, see a foot specialist who can rule out any serious underlying causes.

Corns and Calluses

Corns and calluses are areas of thickened skin that form in response to friction or pressure. They usually develop on the toes and can sometimes be very painful. They appear as small, round bumps of hard skin so it's quite easy to spot them.

Wearing shoes that fit properly and don't rub against your skin can help prevent corn and callus formation. But if you already have corns or calluses, try using a foot file to gently remove the thickened skin. Don't use a razor or other sharp object, as this can damage the skin and lead to infection.

Corns and calluses are usually not a serious problem, but if they become too painful, see a foot specialist as soon as possible. They can prescribe medication or recommend other treatments to help relieve the pain.

Painful Toe

An ingrown toenail can cause great pain and occurs when the edge of the nail grows into the flesh of the toe. This can happen if you trim your nails too short or wear shoes that are too tight. Ingrown toenails can be painful and cause redness, swelling, and inflammation.

If you have an ingrown toenail, soak your foot in warm water for a few minutes and then gently massage the area around the nail. You can also use a cotton ball soaked in warm water to help reduce swelling.

If the pain is severe or doesn't go away, see a foot specialist right away. They can prescribe medication or remove the nail if it causes too much pain or discomfort.  

Contact a local foot specialist for more info.