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Foot Care At Home Treatments: Good or Bad Idea?

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Millions of Americans ignore foot pain each year. Even if you suddenly experience a searing pain in your foot or find a growth on your toe that seemingly appeared overnight, it’s natural to want to take matters into your own hands when it comes to foot care at home treatment. Instead of picking up the phone and calling a podiatrist, you resolve to remedy your ailment yourself with the help of Google and your local drugstore.

Google, Pinterest and Internet forums are filled with “at-home treatments” to help combat an array of ailments instead of seeing a doctor. But you could be doing more harm than good by taking the “DIY” approach, and here’s why:




  • The Internet (and even a loved one) can easily give incorrect information, even with good intentions.
  • The Internet or drug stores don’t know your medical history. Be cautious when “prescribing” yourself any type of treatment.
  • Some at home treatments on the Web are either old wives tales, do little to nothing to help your condition, or may even make it worse.
  • You may have an underlying condition that you may not realize you have, which means you may be trying to address the wrong issue.
  • You may end up spending more money trying at home treatments instead of simply visiting a podiatrist, who may have a simple solution.
  • You could prolong your recovery by not seeing a podiatrist first.


Overall, it is never advised to treat a condition yourself, as you could be failing to treat the actual problem or causing even more damage.

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