Many people think corns and calluses are the same thing, but there are differences. A corn is smaller than a callus, and has a hard center which is surrounded by inflamed tissue. Unlike calluses, corns can be painful and make it difficult to wear shoes. The good news is, your podiatrist can help get rid of corns and get you back on your feet.
Corns typically develop to protect your feet and toes from friction and pressure. They can be found in both weight bearing and non-weight bearing areas including between your toes, and on the tops and sides of your toes.
According to the Mayo Clinic, common signs and symptoms of a corn include:
- A thick, rough area of skin
- A hardened, raised bump
- Tenderness or pain under the skin
Since corns are caused by friction and pressure, you can do a lot to prevent corn development. Remember to:
- Wear shoes with plenty of room for your toes
- Use padding or bandages in your shoes
- Soak your feet in warm water to soften corns
- After soaking, rub the corn with a pumice stone to remove hardened skin
- Moisturize your feet every day to keep your skin soft
If you have diabetes and you develop a corn or other foot problem, you need the help of an expert, your podiatrist. Self-treating foot issues when you are diabetic can lead to injuries that don’t heal and could get worse, resulting in a serious infection.
Fortunately, your podiatrist can recommend several treatment options to get rid of corns, including:
- Trimming away excess skin to reduce friction
- Corn-removing medication containing salicylic acid
- Custom-fit inserts or orthotics
- Surgery if the corn is caused from friction due to poor bone alignment
You don’t have to deal with painful corns by yourself. Get some relief from the pain by visiting your podiatrist. Your feet are important, so seek out the best care possible to protect your feet.
Almost half of adults over the age of 65 will experience a painful bunion or two and many people much younger than that are also affected. Bunions are exacerbated by genetic influences and wearing tight-fitting shoes like high heels is also a risk factor.
As a bunion develops on the big toe joint, a large bump will appear on the top or side of the joint and the toe will push hard into your other toes causing blisters and overlapping toe problems. Corns can also form where the bunion bump rubs against the inside of your shoes.
Since bunions develop so gradually, many people wait to treat them until they start causing pain. At that point, they are much harder to treat and bursitis and arthritis may also be more likely to affect the joint. Severely bent toes may require surgery to straighten them out.
3 great methods for treating painful bunions include the following:
- Proper shoes with custom orthotic inserts—Properly fitted shoes that have the correct arch support and a wide toe box are essential. The additional space can provide room for custom fitted orthotic inserts.
- Braces and night splints—These can be worn while you are sleeping and will pull your big toe into a straighter position.
- Physical therapy exercises—Prevent stiffness and increase mobility by doing exercises with your toes. Scrunching and releasing your toes on a small towel and picking up marbles with your toes are two great exercises.
If you are experiencing pain and discomfort from bunions see your podiatrist for the proper evaluation and treatment. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
It’s easy to neglect your feet until you have a serious foot or ankle problem, and many people do just that, to the detriment of their overall foot and ankle health. With all the walking, running, dancing, and standing that the average pair of feet perform throughout life, taking the time to optimize your foot health will help prevent future chronic foot and ankle conditions.
These 4 excellent tips will help keep your feet happy and healthy throughout your life:
- Wash your feet every day—Clean your feet at least once daily with warm soap and water and dry them completely, especially between the toes where moisture collects.
- Perform regular foot exams— Look for cuts and cracks and treat them promptly with antibiotic ointment and sterile band-aids if needed. Check toenails for signs of yellowing and brittleness which could indicate a fungal toenail infection. Always have any foot deformities like bunions and hammertoes inspected by your foot doctor. Early treatment of foot deformities will lessen their eventual severity.
- Trim your toenails correctly—Always pay attention to cut your toenails as straight across as possible, with only a slight curve. This is the easiest and most effective way to prevent ingrown toenails.
- Wear properly fitted shoes—Wear shoes that are properly fitted and with the correct arch supports and other orthotic inserts. A computerized gait analysis can be performed by your foot doctor to check for under or overpronation issues.
Keep your feet happy and healthy with regular visits to your foot doctor. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly-qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
Heel pain is one of the most common complaints a podiatrist hears about from patients. If you are dealing with heel pain above the heel bone then you could be dealing with Achilles Tendonitis, a result of overuse. The Achilles tendon is the longest tendon in the body and it serves to connect the muscles of the calf with the lower leg and heel bone.
While Achilles Tendonitis tends to occur most often in runners, this condition can still occur in athletes that play certain sports such as soccer or tennis. Unfortunately, this tendon does weaken as we get older, which makes at an increased risk for developing this overuse injury as we age.
What are the symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis?
The most obvious symptom of Achilles Tendonitis is pain above the heel bone. When the pain first appears it’s usually pretty mild and you may only notice it after running; however, over time you may notice that the pain gets worse after certain exercises. Along with pain you may also experience stiffness or tenderness in the heel, especially in the morning or after long periods of sitting.
When should I see a podiatrist?
If this is the first time that you’ve ever experienced heel pain then it’s a good idea to turn to a foot doctor who can determine whether Achilles Tendonitis is causing your symptoms or whether it’s something else. If you’re experiencing chronic heel pain around the Achilles tendon it’s also a good time to see a doctor. If the pain is severe or you are unable to put weight on your foot it’s possible that you might be dealing with a ruptured tendon, which requires immediate attention.
How do you treat Achilles Tendonitis?
In most cases, Achilles Tendonitis can be treated with simple self-care options. Unless symptoms are severe you may be able to treat your heel pain by:
- Taking over-the-counter pain medications
- Avoiding high-impact activities or activities that exacerbate symptoms
- Elevating the foot to reduce swelling
- Performing stretching exercises or undergoing physical therapy
- Icing the heel
- Wearing custom orthotics
- Replacing worn-out shoes, especially running shoes
Surgery is only necessary if your symptoms aren’t responding to any other nonsurgical treatment options after several months or if the tendon is torn.
If you think your heel pain could be the result of Achilles Tendonitis then it’s time to turn to a podiatrist as soon as possible. A podiatrist can provide you with a variety of treatment options, from simple lifestyle modifications to custom orthotics.
The damaging stress of repetitive exercise encountered in sports such as tennis, football, and basketball often cause aggravation to the Achilles tendon. Achilles tendonitis can become extremely painful and in severe cases, surgery may be required by your foot doctor to repair the damage.
Depending upon which part of the tendon is affected, there are two types of Achilles tendonitis:
- Insertional Achilles tendonitis—This type involves the lower heel area right at the point where the tendon “inserts” to the heel bone, hence the name. While tendonitis that affects the insertion of the tendon can occur even in people who are not very active, it usually is associated with years of stress and overuse from running and sports participation.
- Non-insertional Achilles tendonitis—Non-insertional Achilles tendonitis is indicated by a severe degeneration and tearing of the fibers in the middle of the tendon that causes it to swell. This type of tendonitis usually affects younger people who are very active.
In each type of Achilles tendonitis, the damaged tendons may also develop calcite deposits. Growths called heel spurs are more likely to appear in patients with the insertional type of Achilles tendinitis.
A great way to prevent a major injury to your Achilles tendon is to notice any emerging pain developing in your heel while working or exercising and stop what you are doing to check on the extent of the injury. If you give yourself some time to heal when you first notice the symptoms of a tendon strain, you can avoid further, even more debilitating damage.
If you are experiencing the painful symptoms of Achilles tendonitis, see your podiatrist for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
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