Diabetics must be extra careful with corns and calluses. Because of poor circulation and decreased nerve functioning in the feet, diabetics have an increased risk of infection from corns and calluses. The same applies to anyone who is not diabetic but has poor circulation or decreased nerve sensitivity in the feet. Self-care of corns, calluses and other foot problems could put you at risk for infections and trauma. Seek out the care of a certified foot care nurse who is trained in diabetic foot care such as at McDermott Footcare. Experiment with different shoes. Play with your style. At least find something that you can wear to less important days/nights. Footwear plays a large role in the development as well as the prevention of foot and toe problems such as bunions , calluses and corns , and hammer, claw, and mallet toes Shoes that don’t fit properly make these conditions worse and more painful. A bunion is an enlargement of bone or tissue around the joint at the base of the big toe that causes a bump on the joint. The big toe may turn toward the second toe (displacement), and the tissues surrounding the joint may be swollen and tender. In our hectic lives, we tend to tune in to the external and tune out the body and all it is warning us about. We need to pay attention for our own health as well as that of our children. A proper and early diagnosis can help prevent a lifetime of pain. The thickening, or enlargement, of the nerve that defines a neuroma is the result of compression and irritation of the nerve. This compression creates swelling of the nerve, eventually leading to permanent nerve damage. FootRestore can bring relief while you sleep by removing pressure from the metatarsals. Attractive to some and a nuisance to others, this bony bump at the base of the big toe joint can become extremely painful as it worsens. Soft, wide shoes or sandals are generally the most comfortable footwear options for bunions Ensure that the toe box is wide enough to allow your toes to wiggle and that there is no stitching on the side of the bunion bump. You may also require custom-made orthotics or foot slings, in case the bunion is associated with faulty foot biomechanics. Stop pretending that your feet are the size of little dogs when they are really the size of big dogs. Measure your feet always!!!! ARCH PAIN. As mentioned with heel pain, the lack of support to the shoe often will cause inflammation of the plantar fascia. However, instead of the heel , the scource of pain will be located at the arch. The plantar fascia begins at the heel but fans out to the forefoot. Lack of support will often cause excessive stretch to the fascia along the arch thus leading to pain. Women experience pain when they wear high heels because their feet slide forward into the shoes, inevitably forcing their bodies to redistribute their weight while creating unnatural pressure points and disrupting the natural alignment of our body. Many times a little tender loving care is all that is needed. Soak the affected area in warm water until the skin softens (usually about 10-15 minutes). Then remove the loosened skin with a pumice stone or other device specifically for corn or callus removal. The rough, thick skin will come off in small pieces due to the abrasion effect of the stone. Do not over do this on the first treatment. Soaking and pumice will take several or even many treatments to make a great difference in the size of the corn or callus. Rochester Wellness in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) & Muscat (Sultanate of Oman) is looking forward to introducing Medical Foot Care Clinics to deliver better patient-centered care. The best multi- disciplinary clinics world-wide are created one step a time. This new service for Rochester Wellness is a welcome addition to our Rehabilitation & Home Care programs. We believe this reinforces our commitment to providing accessible health care programs in Oman. If you have to remove your shoes (i.e. religious places) it is best to visit early morning or late in the evening. When the ground is hot it can blister your feet. Will my bunion come back after surgery?” is a popular question from patients. In most cases, the surgery outcome will be maintained in the long term. However, recurrence is possible. Certain foot types, such as those with (excessive motion of the foot joints), might be prone to recurrence. These patients should pay closer attention to shoe choices and consider using orthotics after surgery. Sometimes, the condition recurs because an incorrect procedure was performed. In those cases, a less than ideal procedure might have been chosen in exchange for a shorter recuperation. After spending four weeks in the surgical shoe or the fracture brace I allow patients to start wearing loose-fitting shoes or open shoes in the warmer weather. At this time they may start to increase their walking a bit. I advise them that they will most likely not be doing exercise until six to eight weeks after surgery. Initial exercise includes walking and using a stationary bike. After eight to ten weeks they may start to do an elliptical machine or more weight bearing exercises. At eight weeks, I advise them that they may start using any shoe that they fit into. Do file the corn or callus with an emery board or pumice stone every several days after bathing to reduce the amount of hard tissue. The act of bathing or showering moistens and loosens the superficial hard skin, and makes it easier to file this tissue off without having to sand away like the foot was a piece of wood. Don't use medicated corn pads or liquid corn remover. These chemicals, which are mainly skin acids, can eat away at the good surrounding skin and cause chemical burns if improperly applied. Diabetics, those with poor sensation, and those with poor circulation should especially avoid using these products.