The ABC’s Of Foot Pain

Many people who are suffering from diabetes and our seniors are more prone to calluses and corns. However, they can show up on anyone’s feet as well. When a non-professional such as a nail salon cuts or shaves your foot in an attempt to remove the callus or corn they are doing so illegally. Cutting or shaving should not be done in an environment where infection is possible. A callus or corn untreated or worse, treated poorly can be not only dangerous but life or limb threatening. Bunions – Hammertoes – Corns – Calluses – Ingrown Nails – Orthotics – Warts – Heel Pain – Fungus Toenails – Athlete’s Foot

The diabetic population worldwide is increasing. Severe foot complications that arise as a result of diabetes may often be debilitating for the patient (i.e. in the event of amputation). However, it is important to note that these conditions are highly preventable through multi-disciplinary treatments in specialized foot clinics. In fact, studies have shown that these treatments have brought down the amputation rate from 85% to 49%. We only have 1 pair of feet to last a lifetime. In spite of this, care for our feet is often neglected and ignored. Protect the corn with a doughnut-shaped corn pad while it is healing. You can buy these at most drug stores.

You might have a callus on the bottom of your foot if you see any thick or rough areas of skin, if you have a hardened or raised bump or if you feel any tenderness or pain beneath your skin, according to the Mayo Clinic website. Callused skin also can be dry, flaky or waxy. Calluses on the bottom of the foot tend to occur mostly on the ball of your foot – the area right behind your big toe – but they can also show up at your heel or around your big toe or little toe. Home Care

A bunion bump that grows larger can lead to an inflammation of the fluid-filled sac around the bone. The body’s response is normally to cover the bump and the bone with a callus of hard protective tissue. Warm soaks, ice packs or pain relievers like aspirin and ibuprofen, are often recommended for painful bunions. If you use ice packs to reduce inflammation, perform a stroking massage of your bunion in the direction towards the body, to encourage blood flow to the heart. Vaseline and a small amount of lamb’s wool in your shoes can help with friction blisters.bunion callus

Eczema is a common skin disorder resulting in dry, cracked skin that can result in itchy and painful inflammation. In reflexology, eczema directly correlates to lung disorders, such as asthma and shortness of breath. While eczema is also caused by allergic reactions to foods and external products, a reflexologist may aver that it is a deeper problem, stemming from the bodies immune system and recommend zone therapy to treat the underlying cause. Wearing shoes with a thin sole, or those that are narrow, causing the toes to be pressed together, or shoes with high heels, causes excessive friction and pressure, thereby resulting in calluses on different parts of the feet.

Ingrown toenails are often caused by importer trimming. It can also be caused by repetitive trauma to the nail, tight shoes, and hereditary leading to the inflammation of the skin around the nail borders allowing the nail border penetrate the skin and infection can set. Most often, the attempt to remove the ingrown can lead to more infection. If your nail continues to grow inward despite proper trimming, please contact us for an appointment. Dr. Kelly might suggest Nail Restoration before any medical or surgical treatments. Examine your feet weekly for any dry spots, blisters, calluses or anything that looks unusual. Do this daily if you are diabetic

Bunions, Corns, and Calluses are common foot ailments associated with improperly-fitted footwear. Please contact your family doctor or Podiatrist to ask them how Birkenstock footwear or arch supports can help treat your symptoms. Also, feel free to contact your local Birkenstock retailer about their healthy footwear recommendations. Birkenstock has many products that can help with Bunions, Corns, and Calluses. Diagnosis is based on observation of the aforementioned symptoms. If the foot joint is painful or inflamed, then the foot should be evaluated by a physician. The evaluation may include a physical examination and x-rays.

Most home remedies for treating calluses utilize a warm water bath to do the softening. One of the simplest-and least expensive-home remedies is a warm water soak with mild soap. Additional water bath variations involve adding other liquid ingredients to the warm soak water, including Epsom salts or vinegar. According to Bill Gottlieb, a nationally acclaimed natural health expert and author of “Alternative Cures,” these remedies serve to soften and regenerate the irritated skin. Procedure Be aware of your body and know when something is too much. You don’t want to end up with any of the injuries above!