Common Foot Problems to Working Moms and How to Deal With Them
As a working mom, you have to juggle a lot of things at once. Your day includes taking care of the kids, going to work, running errands and cleaning the house – all of these activities might be rewarding but, at the same time, they also mean a lot of hours spent on your feet. Working moms deal with a number of foot problems, including blisters, calluses, fungal infections and plantar fasciitis. Keep on reading and discover how to deal with the most common foot problems and their subsequent manifestations.
Blisters are more common than you might think, especially when wearing new shoes. Unfortunately, blisters can cause a lot of discomfort and even become infected. The best thing to do is resist the temptation of picking at them; once they pop, all you have to do is wash the skin with soap and water. You can apply antibiotic ointment to avoid bacterial infections.
All that running around will leave its toll on your feet, causing the skin to become rough and calluses to form. A solution to this problem is to soak your feet in warm water and use a pumice stone to remove the callused/rough skin. In the situation that your calluses cause pain, it is time to pay a visit to your podiatrist.
#3 Plantar Fasciitis
The inflammation of the plantar fascia can cause a lot of pain and discomfort, preventing you from bearing weight on the affected foot. There are a lot of treatment solutions recommended for this problem, including foot insoles, night splints, and physical exercises. Discuss the symptomatology with your therapist and decide on the best measures for your own case. At home, you can try a foot massage, which will do wonders.
#4 Fungal infections
Fungal infections are often caused by the wearing of worn out shoes, as well as by excess sweating, synthetic sock fabrics, and walking barefoot in public places (such as the swimming pool). In order to escape a fungal infection, such as athlete’s foot or toenail fungus, it is recommended to maintain excellent hygiene measures. You can use topical or oral antifungal medication, depending on the severity of the infection. It is also recommended to avoid sharing objects of personal hygiene with other people, as fungal infections are highly contagious.
#5 Foot Odor
The more time you will spend with shoes on, the higher the risk of an unpleasant foot odor is going to be. A simple solution would be to alternate your shoes and change your socks as frequently as possible. You should also clean your feet using soap and warm water, drying them thoroughly when done (moisture favors fungal infections).
Most foot problems can be prevented by following simple hygiene measures and paying attention to the quality of worn footwear. You should replace worn out shoes, wear socks made from breathable fabrics and avoid going barefoot in public places. And, remember, as a working mom, you need to take proper care of yourself, so that you can be there for your loved ones.
Amanda Roberts is a professional blogger and a podiatry student. She is an enthusiast who loves to write on several niches, particularly in foot health, including plantar fasciitis, toenail fungus, foot massage and reflexology. Read more about her blog posts on foot health at Feet Remedies. You can follow her on Facebook.