Posts for tag: Calluses
Your feet work hard for you day in and day out so it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that many people will deal with foot problems at some point. Perhaps you are prone to developing blisters or maybe you have noticed more and more calluses forming on your feet.
You may find that you develop calluses more easily if you wear tight-fitted shoes for long periods of time that rub against the skin. A callus is a thick patch of skin that has developed over time as a way to protect the skin from further irritation and damage.
While guitarists and gymnasts will often develop calluses on their hands and fingers, anyone can develop calluses on their feet. In fact, it is one of the most common places where calluses appear. While calluses are never serious for healthy individuals, they can certainly cause pain (especially when walking). While calluses can form anywhere on the feet they are often found on the balls of the feet. You may also notice calluses on the small toes, particularly if you have shoes that are too tight and rub against your foot.
So, can you speed up the healing process and remove the callus on your own? Well, in fact, you can! However, this is contingent on the fact that you are a healthy individual who doesn’t have diabetes or nerve damage in your feet. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes a podiatrist should address any changes in your foot health right away, no matter how small and insignificant it may seem. Otherwise, if you are healthy, you may be able to remove the callus safely from your own home.
One of the best ways to remove this thick layer of skin is to pumice it away. Soak your feet in warm water for around 10 minutes to soften the skin. Then use a pumice stone and gently rub it against the callus. Make sure to never rub too aggressively, as it could remove too much skin. If you want to have the calluses removed but are too nervous to handle this issue yourself, a foot care professional would be happy to help. Of course, you can also opt for non-medicated over-the-counter protective pads to place over the callus to protect it from rubbing and chafing against your shoes while you give it time to heal.
Of course, calluses will go away over time all on their own without treatment. It’s just important that you stop wearing shoes that could be causing calluses and that you only wear shoes that provide ample room for your feet so they aren’t rubbing against your skin. This alone will prevent calluses from forming and allow your current calluses to go away.
If in doubt about your foot health, it’s important to have a podiatrist on your side that you can trust. Call a foot specialist today if you have questions about how to care for callused feet or if you are experiencing other foot problems.
For some women, there’s nothing quite as exciting as getting a brand new pair of elegant high heels. High heels come in a number of attractive styles, including pumps, stilettos, wedges, Mary Janes, platforms and sling backs. But those pretty heels can hide some pretty ugly truths. Take a moment to learn more about the hidden dangers of high heels and how they can cause serious problems for your feet.
Heel spurs are bumps that form on the heel bone over time due to continuous friction or pressure. The design of many high heeled shoes puts a strain on the back of the foot, leading to complications with heel spurs and irritation of the skin.
Women who wear very high heels also put their ankles at risk of injury. If the wearer falls or has a sudden movement in the wrong direction, it could cause a sprained ankle. The higher the heel, the worse the potential effects of a fall.
One of the most commonly reported problems that podiatrists receive from women who wear high heels is the appearance of hammertoes. A hammertoe develops as the toes are pinched and squeezed forward in the front of the heel—the toes begin to bend at the joints into an unnatural shape. In some cases, the joints are aggravated to the point where the wearer can no longer bend the toes back up.
Corns and Calluses
Hammertoes are often seen in combination with unsightly corns that develop on the tops of the toes due to friction with the shoe. Calluses also often develop on the sides of the feet and on the bottom, where the ball of the feet meets the ground each time you take a step.
As gorgeous as those high heels on the rack may look, it’s also important to think about how your feet could look after a while if you wear them often. If you enjoy wearing high heels, protect your feet by maintaining regular appointments with your podiatrist. A number of modern solutions and foot therapies are available, so if you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, call your podiatrist today to schedule an urgent consultation.
Our feet and ankles are prone to a number of problems at different stages of life. Below is a list of common foot and ankle problems. With each issue, you can find quick advice for finding relief from your ailment. If you experience any of the following conditions, contact your Fairfax, VA podiatrist for further diagnosis and treatment options.
A bunion is a painful enlargement at the joint of the big toe. An important part of treatment is to wear shoes that conform to the shape of your foot and do not cause pressure areas. By doing this, you can often alleviate your pain. However, severe cases can be disabling. Visit your podiatrist in Fairfax, VA for further treatment options if the change in shoes does not provide relief.
Heel pain is extremely common and can often begin without injury. You will often feel pain under the heel while standing or walking, with worsening of symptoms when arising out of bed. Most cases will improve on their own. Heel stretching, medication to reduce swelling of the soft tissues of the foot, and orthotics are helpful in providing relief from your heel pain. For prolonged and troubling cases, visit your Fairfax, VA podiatrist for further treatment.
Corns and Calluses
Corns and calluses are caused by pressure on the skin of your foot. Treatment involves relieving the pressure on the skin, usually by modifying the shoe. Pads to relieve the bony pressure are helpful, but they must be positioned carefully. A visit to your podiatrist in Fairfax, VA will help in the treatment planning.
Plantar warts occur on the sole of the foot and look like calluses. They result from an infection by a specific virus, and are like other warts, but they grow inward. Plantar warts are extremely difficult to treat, but success has been achieved with repeated applications of salicylic acid to soften the overlying callus and expose the virus. Other treatments include injection of the warts with medication, freezing the warts with liquid nitrogen and, very rarely, surgery. Your Fairfax, VA podiatrist can create the best treatment plan for your plantar warts.