So go ahead and test drive a pair of pumps on a power lunch, some sneaks on a 10K or sassy sandals on a stroll on the boardwalk-all three and more are coming up. Not only will the shoes feel good, but you’ll feel good wearing them. No wonder tannery employees get sick. Studies show that they have an increased risk of health problems including cancer and lung and skin diseases, according to the International Labour Organization. So if you’ve been feeling a little uneasy in your shoes, turn the page. You and your feet are in for a guilt-free summer treat.
Plantar Fasciitis, heel pain and heel spurs are best treated with simple, non-surgical methods. However, the longer the heel pain has been present, the longer it takes to fix. Heel pain is best treated by doing some simple stretching exercises, combined with wearing foot orthotics. This way the tension on the Plantar Fascia is being released, treating the cause of the problem, not just the symptom. 2) Arch Pain Treatment of Achilles Tendontis includes rest (or reduced activity), calf stretching and ice packs. Orthotics are recommended to support the arches, thereby reducing the stress on the achilles tendon. 4) Ball of Foot Pain (Metatarsalgia)
Closed shoes can aggravate the lumps and bumps on your feet such as hammer toes and bunions. Hammer toes increase the chances of developing corns and calluses on the tops or bottoms of your feet. Hammer toes occur when your toe starts to buckle causing a prominence to develop. It is a bone problem causing a skin problem. Corns will form on prominent boney areas on the tops of the toes (the head of the proximal phalanx) when it repeatedly rubs against the inner lining of the shoes toe box. The skin becomes thickened, red and painful making walking difficult.
An orthotic is a custom insole or shoe insert that works to correct the mechanics that causes a bunion to form. By addressing the forces that cause a bunion deformity, an orthotic helps to neutralize them and redistribute them across the foot. The orthotic essentially fools your foot into functioning more efficiently and stops the bunion deformity from progressing. At this time of year many of my patients are attending holiday parties. This can mean being on your feet for long periods of time, standing, dancing, walking in new, stiff dress shoes and high heels, which can cause a real pain in the foot, namely that of blisters and bunions!
Do use moisturizers, preferably those with lactic acid or urea, to smooth the skin at least daily. Moisturizers can further soften the superficial and surrounding tissue of a corn or callus , especially during early growth. For calluses on the bottom of the feet this can prevent cracking and fissuring. For corns, this can help to reduce pain and discomfort. Do see your podiatrist if your toe or foot becomes warm, red, or draining around the corn or callus , especially if you are diabetic. This can possibly indicate an infected wound under the skin which can lead to a deeper infection if not treated appropriately.