The problem with foot problems is that they bother us every time we get up to walk! This column looks at some of the most common foot problems and their cause and treatment.
Often caused by ill-fitting shoes, hammertoes are typically the second, third or fourth toes which are crossed, bent in the middle of the toe joint, or pointing at an odd angle. Because of the bent position, often hammertoes develop calluses and corns. Well-fitted shoes will help relieve the pain of this condition.
A bunion is caused when the base of the big toe joint sticks out to the side, forcing the big toe to turn in. Bunions can be caused by heredity, arthritis or trauma to the foot. Bunions can be painful, especially if the shoes are too narrow in the toe area. Recommended treatment is surgery, after pain relievers and bunion pads no longer help.
CORNS AND CALLUSES
Corns and calluses appear because of the toe or foot rubbing repeatedly against a shoe as you walk. Corns generally appear on the tops and sides of the foot and toes, while calluses appear on the bottom of the foot or the sides. These patches of dead skin can be painful. Treatment includes use of moleskin pads to relieve the irritation or trimming of the callus by a physician.
Claw toe causes all toes (except the big toe) to curl up at the joint where the foot and toes meet and curl downward at the middle joints. Wearing too-small shoes or nerve damage (from diabetes or injury) can cause claw toes. Calluses and corns often form because of the deformity of the foot.
Numbness, tingling or pain in the feet all may be symptoms of neuropathy. Neuropathy can be caused by diabetes or injury to the feet: for example, by wearing poor-quality shoes while working on cement floors.
Topeka Pharmacy offers extra-depth shoes by Dr. Comfort that support and comfort your feet to help avoid problems which can occur from ill-fitting shoes or those which do not provide a good layer of cushioning. Trained employees will measure your feet to ensure well-fitting shoes to help prevent as well as treat many of the problematic and serious foot conditions listed above.
Medicare will help pay for shoes for a person with diabetes, if they meet the qualifying conditions. Our shoes come with a 3 month guarantee! Call or stop by to find out how you can have healthier, happier feet.