A bone spur is a prominence of the bone that can often cause irritation to the overlying skin. This “spur” can be an irregularity of the shape of the bone or can be a small outgrowth of bone or cartilage. If this prominence or “spur” is in an area that is prone to pressure from shoes or from the ground during walking, it can become symptomatic and begin to cause discomfort. A bone “spur” can exist and cause no discomfort, if it is not in an area that is irritated by pressure from walking, shoes, etc.
Soft corns are areas of white moist skin between the toes. They most commonly occur between the fourth and fifth toes. They can be very painful and if not treated can form small ulcerations or sinus tracts that can become infected. Acute athlete’s foot can mimic the soft corn. The soft corn is due to an irregularity in the shape of the bone in the fourth or fifth toes. Corns and Calluses often get confused, a corn develops due to being irritated and is always found on your toes. When you suffer from thick skin anywhere else on your foot it is known as a callous.
Corns are small areas of hard, thickened skin, formed when the skin of the feet are under pressure. They are prone to developing on the tops and sides of the toes, because this is where shoes tend to squeeze the most. Corns are sometimes caused by hammertoes, which is a bent toe that rubs against the skin. They can be treated at home, with the use of over-the-counter medicine and regular exfoliating. However, some stubborn corns may require the care of a podiatrist for removal. Brain, spinal cord, or nerve injury (especially in the case of claw toe). Examples include stroke , cerebral palsy , and degenerative disc disease
Calluses and corns do not need treatment unless they cause pain. If they do cause pain, the treatment goal is to remove the pressure or friction that is causing the callus or corn, to give it time to heal. This is done by wearing footwear that fits properly and using doughnut-shaped pads (such as moleskin ) or other protective padding to cushion the callus or corn. Some other types of padding include toe separators , toe crest pads , and toe caps and toe sleeves Also, the callus or corn can be softened and the dead skin can be removed by using products such as salicylic acid.
You may have a callus (thickened skin) at the base of the big toe. The callus may have fluid under it. How is a bunion diagnosed? Your caregiver can identify your bunion by looking at your foot. He may ask you to move your toe to see how well you can move it. You may need an x-ray to measure the bunion and see how your other toes are affected. How is a bunion treated? Some calluses have a deep seated core known as a nucleation. This particular type of callus can be especially painful to pressure. This condition is often referred to as Intractable Plantar Keratosis.
If you are considering bunion surgery, before surgery ask your surgeon about orthotics after surgery. If they do not understand the benefits of orthotics post-surgery, then you may want to consider a different surgeon. If you have already had bunion surgery and have pain under the ball of the foot, then see a podiatrist who specializes in orthotic therapy. In the Seattle area you can make an appointment for an evaluation in our office If you don’t have access to an orthotic expert, try these home treatment hints. If you follow these simple at-home foot remedies, you will soon be able to take your feet in public once again.
The first step in treating your feet is to use Freeman Bare Foot Softening Foot Soak. It comes in a 5.3 ounces tube with Freeman’s signature foot-shaped tube design. Just drop a little soak in a tub and suds on the warm water for a relaxing dip. It has a pleasant aroma in addition to softening the feet. Let your feet soak for 5-10 minutes and enjoy the quiet. Dry off your feet and dispose of the water and you are ready for the next ingenuous foot product-scrubs. If you don’t have any problems, then please use these weapons of fashion in moderation. For your feets future. For your posture.
In arthritic conditions, especially rheumatoid arthritis, it is important to establish a correct diagnosis. Often the symptoms in the foot or ankle may be the first indications of this diagnosis. A diagnosis is obtained through review of your medical history, your current occupation, and recreations activities you participate in and any previous history of problems to your feet or legs. One possible indication of RA is appearance of symptoms in the same joint on both feet or several joints in the feet. X-rays may also be obtained to clarify what joint damage is occurring.