Its summer time and that can mean one thing – flip flops and strappy sandals! It doesn’t matter how beautiful your new shoes are, with uncared for feet, they are never going to look good, and this is especially the case with things such as spider veins and bunions – two very common problems with women.
Starting with the varicose and spider veins these are usually red our purple lines, that are dark in color and have a nasty habit of showing up on pale skin tones, usually because of things such as pregnancy, hormones, lots of standing around, and also they can be a hereditary problem. If your mother of grandmother had these, there is a good chance that you are going to get them too.
Varicose and spider veins can naturally occur on many different places on the body, but thankfully, they are fairly easily treated once you have the know-how. For example, laser treatment is a common solution to this ugly problem. Usually, you will undergo between one and three of these sessions, which although not entirely painful, can be uncomfortable, and you will have flip flop beautiful feet in no time. It is always wise to do your research on this topic beforehand, and always go with a qualified professional to have the job done properly and safely.
Another option that you have when it comes to tackling spider veins is something called injection sclerotherapy, which is another method for removing the veins all over the body, and not just the feet. Again, you are likely to find that this procedure is relatively uncomfortable and rather expensive, and you will often need more than one session for the best results.
Moving nicely along to bunions, these are something that not only look pretty bad, but are also quite painful at the same time, which means treatment will bring welcome relief. If you have bunions, you will know about it – they are usually knob-like structures on the feet, usually on the big toe and are caused by years of ill-fitting shoes, but can also be a hereditary problem. Technically, the bunion is classed as an arthritic degeneration of the joint within this poor toe, and often causes it to become twisted, wreaking havoc with the toes around it at the same time. This means that not only will walking be painful, but wearing certain shoes will be out of the question, not only for the pain factor, but also because they will leave your toes looking rather unpleasant.
The bad news is ladies, that the treatments that you can often get over the counter are only short term solutions to a long term problem, and you will have to see a podiatrist to get the problem completely resolved. Either that or a surgical method will need to be called upon, should the problem get too bad to maintain.
Your podiatrist will more than likely prescribe something call custom orthotics, which in the short term, can help with things such as slowing down the growth of the bunion, as well as providing welcome relief and stabilizing the foot. On top of this, there are some things that you can do yourself, if only to provide some short term management. These things include making sure that you have your feet professionally measured, and only wearing “proper” shoes that actually fit. If the problem is rather painful, it might even be worth considering buying a pair of shoes that is one size, (or half size) larger than what you would normally wear; this can help to give your poor toes a little extra room, and prevent so much pain.
Sandals, for example flip flops, can help with the pain relief also. If you are just running to the local store, or taking the kids to school, wearing flip flops can provide your feet with a break. You may not like to expose your funny toes in public, but your feet will be grateful for the break.
Warm water can help in some cases. You can use a couple of options to help with your bunions – either using Epsom salts to soak the feet for around 15 minutes, soaking in vinegar water, or even using things such as ice packs to relieve the pain.
In reality, the more you care for your feet while you are younger, the more your feet will care for you as you age. Those high stilettos may look beautiful now, but imagine the excruciating pain that problems, such as ingrown toe nails, and even corns and calluses will cause you later on!
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