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Athletes Foot

What is Athletes Foot?

  • This is a term given to a fungal infection of the skin on your foot. If left untreated it can spread to other parts of your foot including your nails. It can spread to your hands, and even to your face. It is easily passed from one person to another through contact with their infected skin.
  • Here at Simply Feet you will find a number of skincare products to effectively treat fungal infections such as Athlete’s foot. Anti-fungal treatments available to buy online include athlete’s foot cream and athlete’s foot powder.
  • Anti-fungal creams, powders and sprays are highly effective in not only treating infection but in helping to prevent such fungal and associated bacterial infections too.
  • Fungal infections are generally quite itchy, some may find a stinging sensation when they try to itch the area. At Simply Feet we also sell anti-fungal creams that come with soothing formulas to help calm the itch.
  • Fungal infections such as athlete’s foot is quite common amongst those with active lifestyles. Fungal infections thrive in dark, moist and airless environments, similar to the conditions in running shoes. In addition to regularly applying anti-fungal creams, powders and sprays, the best way of combating fungal infection is to maintain good foot health through washing the feet with anti-bacterial soap and changing shoes and socks regularly.
  • It is also advised that you wear socks and shoes that offer breathability to the foot area.
  • Remember to continue applying your athlete’s foot cream, spray or powder even when the symptoms of athlete’s foot disappear. Fungal infections may not always show visible symptoms.
  • Treat and care for fungal infections on the foot such as athlete’s foot by applying anti-fungal creams, powders and sprays. At Simply Feet we sell a number of effective anti-fungal treatments such as athlete’s foot cream and athlete’s foot powder. We also sell soothing aromatherapy treatments to help ease the associated itchiness of fungal infections.

Athletes Foot Treatment Indicator

Green: You can treat this condition yourself BUT you should seek professional help if you want reassurance that what you are doing is the best approach for you.

Athletes Foot Treatment Suggestions

  • Keep your feet dry - pad them with a towel - don't rub them. If the problem is occurring on your feet which are very dry already then rub in an antifungal cream using gloves to protect the spread of the infection to your hands.
  • Pay attention to you're the way you look after your feet. Good hygiene is very important.
  • Change your socks or hosiery regularly.
  • Wash your feet with anti-bacterial soap.
  • Apply anti-fungal cream, powder or spray to fight the fungal infection. Change the brand you are using if you don't get results after a few weeks. Keep up the treatment program, even if you think the infection is gone as the fungus causing the problem in the first place can still be there for a long time after the discomfort has disappeared.



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Ball of foot pain

What is Ball of Foot Pain?

  • Ball of Foot Pain (Metatarsalgia) is a term used to describe general pain in the ball of the foot - the area on the bottom of your foot, just behind the toes and in front of the arch.
  • Ease pain in the front of your foot with our range of ball of foot orthotics. The ball of the foot refers to the area on the bottom of your foot, just behind your toes and in front of your arch.
  • Ill-fitting shoes is one of the most common causes of ball of the foot pain, and orthotics offer an effective solution for easing this pain – allowing you to step with comfort.
  • It is important that you wear shoes that are the correct size and are not too tight. If ball of the foot pain persists, orthotics can be worn to provide extra support and comfort to the area.
  • Orthotics are corrective devices which help to realign the feet – this allows the pressure that you feel on the ball of the foot as you walk or run to be directed to the outside of the foot, where it should be felt.
  • Here at Simply Feet you will find a range of orthotics, including orthotic inserts by Orthaheel – a leading foot care specialist brand. These orthotic inserts can be discreetly worn inside your shoes for targeted support and comfort to the feet.
  • As well as orthotics, non-corrective inserts such as gel pads can be placed into shoes to help cushion the area – allowing you to step in comfort. Gel pads by Insolia can even be placed in high heels for support when you are wearing your favourite heeled shoes.
  • Ease pain in the ball of the foot with ball of the foot orthotics available from Simply Feet. As orthotics can help to realign the foot, the pressure that you feel in the ball of your foot should be lessened for instant pain relief.

Ball of foot pain Treatment Indicator

Green: You can treat this condition yourself BUT you should seek professional help if you want reassurance that what you are doing is the best approach for you.

Ball of foot pain Treatment Suggestions

  • Corrective Devices (Orthotics) - these will help realign your feet and allow the pressure you feel as you run or walk to be directed towards the outside of your feet where it should be felt.
  • Use non-corrective devices such as gel insoles and other cushioning devices to help ease the pressure.
  • Metatarsal pads are very useful. If the causes were to do with the actual bone structure, for example, if one of your metatarsals were abnormally long, then maybe surgery would help.



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Nail Infection

What is a Nail Infection

A Nail Infection/Fungus (Onychomycosis) is a condition when your toenails can become infected with a fungus that thrives on warm, dark and moist conditions.

Nail Infection Treatment Indicator

Green: You can treat this condition yourself BUT you should seek professional help if you want reassurance that what you are doing is the best approach for you.

Nail Infection Treatment Suggestions

  • If the fungus has penetrated your nail bed then it will be a long-term treatment program.
  • The fungus must be eliminated completely from the nail bed in order for any treatment to be deemed a success.
  • Use a liquid or cream application to the affected area.
  • Use this regularly and keep up the treatment even though the obvious signs have gone, you need to make 100% sure that all traces of the fungus has gone before you stop treatment.
  • You can go to your GP and ask for tablets to fight the infection but they can have side effects.
  • Good foot hygiene is very important in order to take away the environment in which the fungus thrives. So wash your feet daily in warm, soapy water and dry them thoroughly especially between your toes.
  • Change your socks or hosiery regularly.
  • Don’t use the same pair of shoes all the time - rotate their use.



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Blister

What is a Blister?

Blisters are very uncomfortable, raised, and fluid filled bumps that often appear on your feet. They are not harmful at all but can cause you quite a lot of pain.

Blister Treatment Indicator

Green: You can treat this condition yourself BUT you should seek professional help if you want reassurance that what you are doing is the best approach for you.

Nail Infection Treatment Suggestions

  • Keep the area clean and protected.
  • Remove the source of the problem - such as tight shoes.
  • Soak the foot in a mixture of water and Epsom salts.
  • Do not "pop" a blister. If it does "break" don’t take the top layer of skin off, but keep it on to protect the area.



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Bunion

What is a Bunion?

  • Bunions occur at the base of the big toe. The position of the toe changes, to press into, or even overlap, the second toe. The bone behind the big toe (the metatarsal) becomes prominent and the foot becomes wider. The technical term for a bunion is hallux abducto valgus.
  • Care for your feet and ease the discomfort of a bunion with our foot protection products for bunions. Bunion pads, cushions and sleeves can all be worn on the foot to help ease any discomfort caused by this condition.
  • Bunions occur at the base of the big toe when the position of the toe changes – the toe may press into or even overlap the second toe. This causes the metatarsal, the bone behind the big toe, to become prominent. Bunions make the foot appear wider, meaning that extra friction can be placed on the affected area – bunion protectors can help reduce the pressure placed on the foot, reducing any excess pain being placed on the bunion.
  • A bunion cushion is one example of a bunion protector. Cushions help to pad the area, protecting the area from pressure. A bunion sleeve is another type of protector, sleeves fit into most types of footwear and provide mild compression to help offer instant relief from pressure placed on the area.
  • Due to the unnatural position of the big toe, the widened foot can also put additional pressure on the little toe. 5th toe bunion guards can be worn on the little toe to protect this area from friction and pressure.
  • Ease the discomfort of bunions with bunion protectors available to buy online at Simply Feet. Bunion pads offer cushioning to the area to help ease foot pain. Other protectors include sleeves and cushions that can be easily worn inside most types of footwear.

Bunion Treatment Indicator

Green: You can treat this condition yourself BUT you should seek professional help if you want reassurance that what you are doing is the best approach for you.

Bunion Treatment Suggestions

  • Wear shoes that are roomy and have enough space in the front to accommodate the true width of your foot.
  • Avoid wearing high heeled and pointy shoes.
  • You can pad the area with felt or gel padding to help protect it from pressure. However, if your shoes are tight further padding won’t help – it will make it worse by increasing the pressure.
  • A corrective device such as an take the pressure off your big toe by not letting your foot roll inwards onto your big toe joint. This approach is trying to improve foot function.
  • In some cases surgery may be required. Whilst there are few people who like the thought of surgery – especially bunion surgery, which seems to have a bad reputation – it can be successful if performed for the right reasons and by an experienced surgeon. It is not a very good idea at all to have bunion surgery just to make yourfoot look better. For further information arrange to see your nearest HPC registered Podiatrist.



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