The DonJoy Arch Rival was designed specifically for patients suffering from mild to moderate Cavus Foot Deformities. Its patented , prefabricated orthotic design, ensures natural foot function, stability during gait and improved shock absorption. The unique feature of the Arch Rival is the recessed area under the head of the first metatarsal. If a hammertoe interferes with your daily routine activities or if you experience continuing pain because of your hammertoe, contact your podiatrist or physician. He/she will examine the affected toe and take some X-rays. Your physician may splint the toe and give you special exercises to perform. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary.
Another method is to purchase pedicure lotion from a spa, or extra-moisturizing lotion. You may have to try several lotions before finding an effective one. After you have selected a lotion, apply it liberally to your feet, if that is the affected area, leaving a generous coat. With the lotion on your feet, wear thick cotton socks. Then wear slippers over your socks; the goal is to keep your feet warm/hot, which will open the pores and aid the lotion in moisturizing your feet. Do this as often as necessary; results are usually seen after a time or two.
After you have removed the entire callus, the skin is still likely to feel rough, though not raised. There are several ways to soften the skin. One method is to regularly steam the area. Unless you have the proper equipment, this method will not be effective, and if you do have the right equipment, the process can still be a lengthy one. We at EAP have seen many times over, when we correct foot imbalances, the rest of the body follows suit. Here is the short list, we feel, give signs that your feet are ‘breaking down’.7
Symptoms to look for at the site of a bunion include pain or soreness, inflammation and redness, a burning sensation, or numbness. Other conditions that can occur in conjunction with bunions are calluses on the big toe, sores between the toes, ingrown toenails, and a restricted motion of the toe. It’s pretty obvious when you have a bunion, but to fully evaluate the situation, it is necessary for your podiatric foot and ankle surgeon to take x-rays and assess the structural changes that have taken place in your foot. Once the situation has been evaluated, your doctor can chart a treatment plan.
Heat-mouldable Orthotics are cheaper alternatives to expensive customised Orthotics that can cost $400 – $600 per pair. They are standard ‘off-the-shelf’ flexible devices made from medium density EVA material. The device can be heated to slightly alter its shape. Sometimes, wedges are added for a more customised result. Heat-mouldable Orthotics cost around $100 to $140 and are much easier to get used to than custom rigid Orthotics. Roomy Shoes – shoes need enough space around the bunion to prevent further rubbing against the already toughened callous overlying the bunion. Look for a wider toe box. Stretch any new shoes with shoe stretchers to provide extra room over the bunion area.
The warts have the appearance of thick, scaly skin. They can occur as small, single warts or can cluster into large areas. These clustered warts are called mosaic warts. They often resemble plantar calluses. A simple way to tell the difference between a wart and a callous is to squeeze the lesion between your fingers in a pinching fashion. If this is painful, it is likely that the lesion is a wart. A callous is generally not painful with this maneuver but is tender with direct pressure by pressing directly on the lesion.
Foot calluses are the ugly lumps on your feet. They are also called “corns”. They are made by the body as a result of rubbing and chafing of the skin for a long period of time. Our feet spend the whole day, for the most of us, inside our shoes. Half of us have fashionable shoes that are very uncomfortable. And the skin in our feet suffers from this. It is possible to slow down or maybe even stop the progression of bunions by controlling the deforming forces before the feet become deformed. This can be accomplished with the use of custom or sometimes premium over-the-counter inserts or orthotics.
The method for the removal of calluses on the heel of the foot is the same technique used to remove them from the ball of one’s foot, as well as the removal of corns from any toe. The Podiatrist will begin to shave the infected area using a scalpel, taking care to not involve the healthy tissue surrounding the callus or corn. There are several differences between a corn and bunion. The most prominent of these is that a corn is essentially a skin related condition that may affect the nerves in the feet. A bunion conversely is a bone related condition that may ultimately irritate the skin.
A bunion (hallux valgus) is a deformity characterized by lateral deviation of the great toe, often erroneously described as an enlargement of bone or tissue around the joint at the head of the big toe (metatarsophalangeal joint). The symptoms of bunions include irritated skin around the bunion, pain when walking, joint redness and pain, and possible shift of the big toe toward the other toes. Blisters may form more easily around the site of the bunion as well. When bunion deformity becomes severe enough, the foot can hurt in different places even without the constriction of shoes because it then becomes a mechanical function problem of the forefoot.