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Home Remedies For Common Foot Problems-Safe Or Harmful?
Every year a new home remedy for foot problems seems to “make the rounds”. The position of health care professionals is “does no harm”.
1-Soaking tired, aching feet in Epsom Salts-Safe
Epsom salts has been used for centuries and is still presently used to dry up infected areas. Caution should be used when soaking to make sure the water is not too hot. As a drying agent, daily use of Epsom salts will cause the skin to become cracked dry and flaky.
2-Using medicated corn and callus pads-Harmful
The medication used in these pads is usually Salicylic Acid. USE OF SALICYLIC ACID CAN BE DANGEROUS ESPECIALLY FOR DIABETICS AND PEOPLE WITH POOR CIRCULATION. Salicylic acid can cause second and even third degree burns. I have seen foot and leg amputations having to be preformed as a result of use of this product.
3-Vicks Vapor rub for treating toenail fungus-Safe
This has become a very popular home remedy and is safe to use. Vicks Vapor Rub contains an ingredient called Thymol which has been to known to “kill” bacterial infections. Thickened and yellow toenails are usually caused by a fungal organism-not bacterial. Use of this product will not be harmful but its effectiveness is questionable.
4-Soaking feet in Clorox®-Harmful
Clorox is an excellent bleaching agent and should be used when washing clothes and not on the feet! People have used Clorox to bleach out yellow toenails and discolorations on the skin. Bleach is a caustic substance and should definitely be avoided for treating foot problems.
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The Foot Pain Center was established in 1974 by Dr. Marc Spitz. An all-inclusive practice, we offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic medical care for patients with general foot and toenail disorders, diabetic problems and peripheral neuropathy.