According to Dr. William Knudson, there are several common causes of footdiscomfort or pain. Here he outlines each with a recommended over-the-counter therapy:
- Fallen arches: Dr. William Knudson says that fallen arches frequently benefit most from rest and ice, which helps reduce inflammation. Additionally, Dr. William Knudson suggests that his patients use over-the-counter arch supports, which can be inserted into existing shoes.
- Fungal infections: Patients suffering from fungal infections will usually experience itchiness and sometimes blistering. There are many suitable over-the-counter fungal medications, both in powder and cream form. Dr. William Knudson stresses the importance of following the instructions on the medication explicitly for optimum relief.
- Plantar warts: Before making an appointment to come into the office, Dr. William Knudson suggests patients try an over-the-counter medication to soften the wart. This often resolves the issue with minimal invasiveness. If that doesn’t work, Dr. William Knudson may need to treat the plantar wart in his office.
- Hammertoe: Wearing improperly fitting shoes often causes this painful toe deformity. The first line of defense for hammertoe, according to Dr. William Knudson, is a shoe or insert that provides comfort to the patient. If the patient still suffers discomfort, even with a special shoe, Dr. William Knudson may recommend surgery.
- Plantar fasciitis: This ache in the arch area of the foot can cause great discomfort to sufferers. Dr. William Knudson will usually recommend shoes that help support the arch to ease suffering, as well as resting the feet as much as possible and, for women, avoiding high heels.
- Achilles tendinitis: Tendonitis refers to an inflammation in a tendon and in the case of Achilles tendinitis, this happens in the heel area. As with plantar fasciitis, Dr. William Knudson recommends rest. Icing the inflamed area on a regular basis may also help promote healing. A patient will need to stop the activity causing the inflammation for a time to allow it properly heal, Dr. William Knudson cautions.
- Podagra: Podagra refers to gout of the foot. Gout impacts the big toe, and it will often occur at night. Treating podagra involves reducing the amount of uric acid in the body, which can sometimes be done using NSAIDs (ibuprofen and naproxen) if the condition is caught early enough. Still, Dr. William Knudson recommends consulting a physician if you suspect you are suffering from podagra.