It’s always preferable to see a podiatrist if you’re having foot problems. However, there are some common foot issues that can be cared for at home. Our foot doctors in Milwaukee address common foot problems that you can take care of with simple, at-home solutions below.
#1: Foot Cramps
Foot cramps may be caused by many factors including overwork, muscle fatigue, dehydration, or vitamin deficiency. First, try soaking your feet in a warm Epsom salt foot bath to relax and relieve muscle fatigue.
Many cases of muscle cramps are caused by dehydration or electrolyte imbalance. You can try drinking a sports drink with electrolytes to rehydrate and balance your sodium and magnesium levels.
Another solution is to target a possible vitamin deficiency. Lack of potassium can cause muscle cramps, so try eating a potassium-rich banana and take a multivitamin to guarantee proper vitamin intake.
#2: Itchy or Peeling Feet
These issues could be a reaction to certain products or chemicals. First, discontinue the use of any new products, lotions or creams and see if the problem disappears. You can then slowly reintroduce the products to identify the cause.
If discontinuing your products doesn’t solve the problem, consider that itching and peeling are symptoms of Athlete’s foot and dermatitis. You can purchase over-the-counter creams, powders, and sprays to improve these conditions. Wearing moisture-wicking socks is recommended as moist environments can worsen the symptoms.
#3: Yellow Toenails
Discolored toenails can be caused by nail polish or fungal infection. Try going without nail polish for a while or use a clear base and see if your symptoms resolve. If not, consider that it may be a fungal problem.
Keep in mind that on top of discoloration, fungal infections generally cause the nails to become ragged and brittle. Over-the-counter creams can be effective at treating fungal infections.
Contact Our Foot Doctors in Milwaukee if These Issues Persist
To experience exceptional treatment from Milwaukee Foot & Ankle Specialists, call our office in Mequon at 414-246-9634, our office in New Berlin at 262-404-0586, our office in Oak Creek at 414-246-9636, or our office in Wauwatosa at 414-246-9639 to schedule an appointment. Our 5-star-rated team can help with your foot issues starting today!