Ingrown toenails commonly affect the big toe and can produce severe pain and swelling, As the nail increasingly curls into the skin, it may even cause an infection. Because friction and pressure can exacerbate the pain, open-toed shoes Adidas F50 adiZero FG or sandals are usually best to spare the affected toes. Beyond that, you may opt for a partial or total removal of the offending toenail. A happy and healthy 2008 to all of you! This year, I hope to continue my bunion experiment and write about anything I come across that looks interesting or promising for the treatment of bunions and hallux valgus.
Summer is in full bloom now as June has started and feet that have been bundled up all winter want to get out and enjoy the beautiful warmth of sunshine. With the vast array of sandals and other summer shoes available, it is easier than ever to find just the right pair of shoes to dress up your toes and help put your best foot forward. Pretty feet are in, and you must take the time to care for yours. Professional pedicures cost from $30 and up to $150, depending on where you live and the type of salon you choose, and last from three to four weeks.
Corns are smaller than calluses and have a hard center surrounded by inflamed skin. Corns usually develop on parts of your feet that don’t bear weight, such as the tops and sides of your toes. Corns can be painful when pushed or may cause a dull ache. Calluses usually develop on the soles of the feet, especially under the heels or balls, on the palms, or on the knees. Calluses are rarely painful and vary in size and shape. They can be more than an inch in diameter, making them larger than corns.
This condition is typically traced to an inflammation on the bottom of the foot. The bottom of the foot is covered with fibrous tissue called plantar fascia, and excessive stretching from over-pronation can cause extreme pain in the heel and arch of the foot. Typically, pain associated with plantar fasciitis is most extreme first thing in the morning or following long periods of rest. Achilles bone spur which requires surgery is a little more complicated and painful. Some say the pain can actually go away on its own, but sometimes it can bother you for years and you will require medical attention to correct it.
Dr. Richard Sikora is a podiatrist at Triad Foot Center and a member of the Cone Health Medical Staff. Dr. Sikora received his medical degree from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, and completed his residency training at the Central Carolina Residency Program. He has been in private practice since 1990 and is certified in Foot Surgery by the American board of Podiatric Surgery. There is a wide range of bunion treatment options available today. In slower progressing cases, the patient will likely undergo regular observation, ice the affected area, wear specialized shoes and receive cortisone injections.