Think You Have Ugly Toenails? Weird Feet?

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If you’re like many people, your feet aren’t perfect. But these 11 top ugly foot conditions may be among the most important reasons you hate your feet.

No matter what type of foot condition you have (and many of us have more than one), it’s important to understand what it is, why you have it, and what, if anything, you can do about it. Learning to love our feet is about doing the best we can to improve their appearance or how they work, but also accepting the things that make you uniquely you.

11 Top Ugly Foot Conditions

  1. Corns – Unsightly and uncomfortable, these are in the top 10 offenders for ugly feet! Corns are like sections of hard skin…an armour for your feet designed to protect you, covering areas where there is friction or rubbing from shoes or other objects.
  2. Calluses – Not only are these unattractive, but can also become cracked and painful. Calluses are much like corns, only more spread out. Vamoose!
  3. Bunions – If you hate your feet because of severe bunions, you’re in good company! Hard, bony protrusions at the joint where your big toe connects to your foot is exacerbated by tight shoes. To cut, or not to cut? That IS the question.
  4. Flatfoot – This is a genetic condition referring to people who don’t really have an arch in their foot.  More painful than ugly.
  5. Plantar fasciitis – This occurs when points down the ligament in your foot experiences strain. This is due to wearing shoes with poor arch support, standing a lot, gaining weight, or running. Not visible, but painful.
  6. Claw toes – This happens when the first joint of your toe points up and the second joint points down. This can be hereditary, but can also indicate illness or conditions like cerebral palsy or diabetes.and should be checked out.
  7. Hammer toes – With hammer toe,  the toe is bent at the middle joint, so that it resembles a hammer. Can be a result of muscle and ligament imbalance due to many factors, including wearing short, narrow shoes that are too tight.
  8. Wide feet –Wide feet are common. They can be inherited or may be a result of being flat-footed, or even a result of certain conditions.
  9. Toenail fungus -When your feet are in contact with a warm, damp environment it allows fungus to get under your skin through cracks in the toenail or cuts in the skin.  A history of Athletes Foot can be an indicator.
  10. Ingrown toenail – These can be painful but also pretty ugly. This occurs when the toenail grows into the soft skin surrounding the nail. These are caused by shoes that cramp your toes, cutting nails too short or injury.
  11. Athletes Foot (tinea pedis) – Athletes Foot is a contagious fungal infection of the feet. You can catch Athletes Foot by direct contact with an infected person, or by touching surfaces contaminated with the fungus that thrives in warm, moist environments like showers,  locker room floors, and swimming pools.

Each of these 11 top foot conditions has a particular cause, appearance, and level of difficulty in treating. It becomes clear after reviewing the choices that you eventually have to decide just how important it is – or indeed if it’s even possible – to have “perfect” feet. Over-the-counter-treatments for corns, calluses and bunions are minimal compared to the investment necessary to surgically rid yourself of any of these.

Overall, in the quest for beautiful feet, corns, calluses and bunions are but – pardon the expression – bumps in the road. Can you eliminate them entirely? No, probably not. Can you minimize them so you can forget about how they are ruining your social life and move on to more important things? Definitely!

Dealing with these 11 top ugly foot conditions in the manner most appropriate for you is key. You may find that simply switching to shoes that fit your wide feet, getting regular pedicures, or minimizing the time you spend in spike heels can minimize or take care of the matter entirely. You may want to evaluate whether or not a bunionectomy may the best way for you to cope with foot pain. Learn more about foot surgeries from the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). Whatever you choose, the most important thing is that you feel good about your feet! After all, they are yours till the end!

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