Many people have had problems with their foot, including myself. At one time, I experienced having a fungal infection on one of my feet and it lingered for several days. Many of you may have also experienced other types of foot problems at one time. And you might admit that foot problems are among the most annoying problems you can have. Depending on the severity, foot problems can even affect your ability to walk and do your daily routine. And if you have a foot problem, I wouldn’t advise you to ride a horse because the feet are critical in horse riding.

Since I mentioned the importance of feet in horse riding, I would like to share some of the most common foot problems and their remedies:

1. Fungal and Bacterial infections

The most common of this type of problem is athlete’s foot. Because our feet are constantly in a dark, warm and humid place inside our shoes, it is a perfect place for fungus to multiply. Fungal and bacterial infections normally cause redness, itchiness, dry skin, blisters and peeling. They can be easily treated if given attention immediately. But once neglected, they can spread to your feet, making it more difficult to treat. To prevent this infection, be sure to keep your feet dry and clean. Wash them thoroughly with mild soap. Change your socks and stocking as often as possible. Also, if you are prone to sweating in the feet, try to dust them with foot powder.

2. Corns and Calluses

These foot problems are a result of the pressure and friction when your feet rub against your footwear. Wearing special pads or footwear that fits better can help you avoid these problems. But if you already have corns or calluses and you want them removed, don’t remove them on your own. Talk to your doctor especially if you have a condition like diabetes.

3. Warts

Warts are caused by viruses. They can be painful and can spread if untreated. Although there are many over-the-counter medications for warts, they rarely ever completely cure a wart. It is best to see your doctor and discuss if surgery, burning or freezing of warts may be necessary.

4. Pain on top of foot

This kind of foot problem can cause a person to have difficulty in walking or even standing up. There are several factors that may cause this foot problem including bone spurs, tendonitis, strain or sprain, improper footwear and others. Pain on top of your foot is not normal and it may also be indicative of a more serious condition. Your best recourse is to see your doctor for the right diagnosis and treatment.

5. Bunions

Bunions are bony growths that develop at the lower base joint of your big toe. This problem normally runs in the family. It may also be caused by wearing footwear that puts too much pressure on the toes such as footwear with pointed toes or high-heeled shoes. One way to avoid or alleviate symptoms of bunions is to wear comfortable footwear. Bunions can be painful and your doctor may recommend anti-inflammatory drugs or pain relievers. Surgery may also be needed to repair the joint.

Foot problems can affect your ability to ride a horse. They are not as serious as kidney problems, heart problems or liver pain which needs immediate medical attention. But if not properly treated as early as possible, foot problems can lead to complications that no one likes to have.