Toes and the COVID-19 pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused far-reaching changes, including the temporary closure of some schools, as well as gyms, salons, restaurants and other businesses. In addition, many people have moved to work from home. These changes affect many elements of your health, including the way you use your feet. And this can lead to some medical problems.

The transition from work or home school has resulted in more people not wearing shoes every day as they previously did when leaving the home. Now they spend most of their time barefoot or in stockings.

If you find yourself without shoes for a short period of time, a lack of the arch and support can increase your risk of foot discomfort, including:

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis, one of the most common causes of heel pain, is the inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. Plantar fasciitis often causes sharp pain that usually occurs when you take your first steps in the morning.

Metatarsalgia

Metatarsalgia occurs when the ball of the foot becomes painful and inflamed. Symptoms include sharp, sore, or burning pain in the ball of the foot, and pain that gets worse when you stand, run, walk, or flex your feet.

Achilles tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis is an overload injury to the ligament that connects your calf muscles on the back of your lower leg to your calcaneus. The pain associated with Achilles tendonitis typically starts as mild pain in the back of the leg or over the heel after running or other exercise.

Tendinitis

Tendonitis or inflammation or irritation of a tendon can occur in your foot. This can be caused by overcompensation or correction of other conditions. It is described as a dull ache with tenderness and slight swelling.

The best way to prevent these conditions and avoid pain or injury is to use a pair of supportive athletic shoes or slippers for your home.

Shoes don’t just support the arch and foot. They also protect your foot from injuries like stepping on a sharp object or poking your toe. If a sharp object penetrates your skin, it can cause infection or become deeper in the tissue. A toe stick is painful and the main cause of toe fractures. To avoid painful stubs, remove any clutter on the floor that could catch a toe.

Exercise at home

The pandemic has resulted in a temporary closure or a reduction in capacity limits in gyms. That means more people are exercising at home.

The importance of wearing supportive athletic shoes while exercising at home should not be minimized. A shoe should provide cushion and support the arch of your foot. Several studies have shown that there is no best shoe or one type of foot. Comfort and proper fit should be the main criteria that you use when choosing new sports shoes.

Also, take part in a variety of exercise programs, gradually increasing the time and intensity. Proper stretching before a workout and during your work day or school day is also highly recommended to avoid injury and stiffness.

Ingrown toenails

When many salons are closed, a painful ingrown toenail may develop for people who have relied on these services to help fight off this condition.

  • How to prevent an ingrown toenail:
  • Cut your toenails straight across.
  • Keep the toenails moderately long.
  • Wear shoes that fit properly and that won’t put pressure on or pinch your toes.
  • Wear protective shoes to avoid injury.

You can treat most ingrown toenails at home by soaking your feet in warm water, placing cotton under your toenail, and applying antibiotic cream. If home remedies haven’t helped your ingrown toenail, a permanent process can be completed to remove the ingrown toenail so it doesn’t reappear. This procedure is performed in the clinic under local anesthesia, but is relatively painless.

If you have diabetes, seek medical advice and treatment if you’ve sustained an injury or have symptoms of pain, redness, swelling, or an open wound with drainage. Delay can lead to much more serious conditions from hospitalization to amputation. The sooner problems are fixed, the more likely it is that you will get a positive outcome.

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