Home Remedies To Avoid On Your Feet

Home remedies newsletter sent 9_5_15_1Home Remedies To Avoid On Your Feet

Have you heard the trend of healing warts on your feet by cutting a potato in half, rubbing it on the affected area, and hiding the potato where no one can find it? What about flipping over your shoes at night to help cure foot cramps? Probably not, due to the fact that these were Old Wives Tales from long ago. These silly home remedies, as well as many others seen in popular magazines and websites even today, often have little to no effect on the actual issue at hand.

For instance, natural home remedies for toenail fungus, such as mixing tea tree oil and coconut oil and applying it to the toenail or concocting a Listerine and white vinegar foot bath may help temporarily relieve some of the swelling, thickening, and yellowing of the nail, but will often not cure the toenail fungus itself. Toenail fungus can also be difficult to diagnose, so using other home remedies such as rubbing Vicks VaporRub on the infected toenail twice a day or dipping your toes into a bathtub full of bleach could be treating something that only looks like toenail fungus and is really a different ailment entirely.

Home remedies newsletter sent 9_5_15_2To treat toenail fungus, the best route to be sure that you are getting the treatment you need would be to see a podiatrist and get diagnosed. After your doctor confirms that it’s toenail fungus, they could prescribe either laser nail therapy, oral anti-fungal medication, or even a medicated nail polish to treat the infection. For more serious infections, your doctor may suggest removing the infected nail – but don’t worry; it will grow back!

Other natural home remedies for issues such as painful corns and calluses include soaking your feet in Epsom salts, applying Vitamin E to the corn, and even taping a piece of stale bread dipped in apple cider vinegar to your foot at night.

Other remedies, such as squeezing a lemon on the area, or soaking the foot in chamomile tea, promise to relieve the pain or even shrink the affected area. A lot of scraping is required in order to get rid of the pesky corns and calluses, and if one isn’t careful, they can be susceptible to infections by using dirty tools to scrape with.

Home remedies newsletter sent 9_5_15_3Common over the counter treatments for corns and calluses include the use of a medicated patch on the affected area. These can be dangerous because as the patch melts away the corn it can then cause an open sore. Instead let your podiatrist use a sanitized tools to help trim away the excess skin. Your doctor might also prescribe an antibiotic ointment to help protect against infections. Since corns and calluses are caused by friction, your podiatrist might also recommend some shoe inserts, or in serious cases, surgery to correct a friction-causing bone in your foot.

Though home remedies might seem like an inexpensive way to cure ailments, they can sometimes cause more harm than good, or have no effect at all on the issue. When in doubt, it is always best to see your podiatrist at the Gentle Foot Care Center who will provide their expertise to help you on the road to good foot health.


pic5The Gentle Foot Care Center is located on US 27. We invite you to call our office or for more information visit http://www.Gentlefootcarecenter.com. Call today to schedule an  appointment 863-381-4869.

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