Footcare Myths And Facts

Myth

: Development of foot pain is normal as we age.

Fact

: Foot pain is a cause of concern no matter what age it develops. It may be an indicative of painful foot problems like corns, hammertoes, arthritis or even a signal for health problems like diabetes and heart problems.

Myth:

When children complain of foot pains, they are “˜growing pains.’

Fact:

On the contrary, there is nothing in the medical dictionary called “˜growing pains’. Children may suffer foot pains due to an injury or they might have flat feet. It is better to consult a podiatrist.

Myth:

Ankle or foot is not broken if you are able to walk on it.

Fact:

Being able to walk or not on a broken ankle is a matter of severity of the fracture. It is possible to walk on the broken bone but this can aggravate your problem and result in further damage. It is better to consult an Orthopedic surgeon as soon as possible.

Myth:

Wearing shoes causes Bunions

Fact:

If shoes caused bunions, then bunions would’ve been as commonly grown as nails. Bunions are a hereditary problem caused by the faulty mechanical foot structure which people inherit. Wearing shoes doesn’t cause Bunions. Instead, if you wear poor fitted toes that cram the toes together can lead to bunions over a period of time.

Myth:

Corns have roots where they grow from.

Fact:

Corns are not veggies that grow off roots. Corns in feet develop due to the localized thickening of the skin due to pressure. Corns have a hard core that people refer to as root. Corns get painful when they get entwined with the nerves of the skin. This gives an impression to people that corns grow from roots.

Myth

: If a toe breaks up, it is impossible to treat it.

Fact:

This is wrong. In fact toes are most susceptible to breaking and they can be treated too. It is not a big deal for the doctor to join your bone back. The surgeons have techniques to align the broken toe like inserting plates, screws or pins. If the broken bone is not treated correctly, it may result in great difficulty in wearing shoes and walking.

Myth:

Cancer cannot affect feet.

Fact:

Cancer can affect any part of your body. Feet are susceptible to cancer if they are too exposed to the sun. It is important to keep examining your feet in order to spot any signs of melanoma, moles or freckles.

Myth:

I needn’t see the doctor to remove my wart. I can do it myself.

Fact:

On the contrary, removing a wart yourself may do you more harm than good. Trying folk remedies like using duct tape to remove warts are not scientifically proven. It is not good to take risks in this matter.