Calluses & Corns
• Calluses and corns are painful because they cause irritations in the soft tissues around the base of the foot and the toes. They often cause swelling and inflammation until they are removed.
• Bunions are bony lumps usually found structurally on the joint of the big toe. Bunion surgeries, or bunionectomies, remove part of the bone to straighten the big toe and to correct the alignment of the big toe’s joint.
• Hammertoes are crooked, deviated or contracted toes. Although this condition sometimes stems from muscle imbalances, it can often be made worse by ill-fitting shoes or socks that cramp the toes. Remedies may include home remedies, anti-inflammatory medications, orthotics or surgeries for more severe cases.
• Neuromas are painful swellings of foot nerves, usually found in the ball or heel. Symptoms may include sporadic pain, burning, tingling or numbness of one or more toes, and/or a popping sensation when walking.
• Although a common condition, ingrown toenails can prove to be extremely painful, causing swelling and even infections in more severe cases. Some may be treated at home by soaking the toe in warm water and applying antibiotic creams. More extreme or chronic cases may require surgical removal of the ingrown toenail.
Heel & Arch Pains
• Plantar Fasciitis – inflammation of the long band of connective tissue running from heel to the ball of the foot
• Heel Spurs – growths of bone on underside of heel bone
• Pump Bumps – bone enlargement at the back of the heel bone in area where Achilles tendon attaches to the bone
• Irritation and inflammation of the tendon that attaches to back of heel bones; usually caused by improper warm-ups or over-training among athletes
Diabetic Foot Care
• A person with diabetes may not be able to feel their feet properly. Sweat secretion and oil production are impaired, as well as damage to blood vessels and the immune system. Learn how to recognize symptoms early and prevent future diabetic foot care concerns.
Athlete’s Foot & Fungal Toenail Infections
• An infection on the foot caused by a fungus, Athlete’s Foot may last for short or long periods of time and may continue to come back without proper treatments. Other common fungal nail infections may include jock itch and ringworm. Toenails are usually plagued with these conditions more commonly than fingernails because the fungi tend to thrive in warm, moist areas.