The insoles are usually removable in an orthopedic shoe so that you can insert your own orthotic arch supports or superfeet premium insoles. The beauty of this is that you can then customize the orthotic and make more changes that will benefit your feet. Orthopedic shoes absorb the shocks felt by the feet during walking and also are made of breathable materials. But orthopedic shoes can be pretty pricey these days. And did you know that superfeet premium insoles can also act as shock absorbers, weight redistributors, too – but are a fraction of the cost of orthopedic shoes?
The best way to alleviate bunion pain is to wear shoes that fit properly. Soaking feet in warm water can temporarily relieve pain associated with bunions. Orthotics can provide extra support and protection and help place the foot in the correct position within the shoe. Your podiatrist can also recommend exercises to maintain join mobility and prevent stiffness. Repeated pressure and friction against a bony prominence over long periods of time cause a callus. Calluses usually develop under the ball of the foot, which typically carries the majority of the body weight. Calluses can be treated with over-the-counter callus removers, or can be trimmed by a podiatrist.
Many people who are suffering from diabetes and our seniors are more prone to calluses and corns. However, they can show up on anyone’s feet as well. When a non-professional such as a nail salon cuts or shaves your foot in an attempt to remove the callus or corn they are doing so illegally. Cutting or shaving should not be done in an environment where infection is possible. A callus or corn untreated or worse, treated poorly can be not only dangerous but life or limb threatening. Bunions – Hammertoes – Corns – Calluses – Ingrown Nails – Orthotics – Warts – Heel Pain – Fungus Toenails – Athlete’s Foot
Calluses and corn removal may result in surgery if all non-surgical treatments don’t work and/or if the pain on your foot, from the callus or corn, becomes too much. A doctor will cut away the callus or corn, or will need to change the underlying bone structure. Recovery time for this type of foot surgery could be pain lasting for 2 to 3 days and can be controlled by ibuprofen or Tylenol. Diabetics need to be mindful to wash their feet daily in warm, not hot water. It is not necessary to soak for an extended amount of time, and one’s feet need to be dried completely even between toes.
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist in private practice in Houston, TX. He is dedicated to maintaining the health and safety of the feet of his patients and educating the public on foot health. For more information about foot health and solving foot pain, including informative videos, and to order Dr. Schneider’s FREE book, visit his website and his blog “Keep Your Feet Feeling Young.” Diabetics need to keep their skin clean, soft and dry. It is easy for skin to become dry and cracked because of high glucose levels. It is important to clean feet, lotion them and use a pumice stone to gently scrub away dry, dead skin.