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Corns and callous
Foot corns and callous are cause from regions of high pressure. This is why you would get corns or callous in the arch of your feet.
Foot Corns are focal areas of these areas of pressure. The corns can form a cone shape that goes into the skin of the foot. The corn can feel like a needle sticking into the foot causing pain. Corns can be dangerous long term as they can cut off the blood supply to the area, cause ulceration, and result in nerve attachments.
Callous is caused from a general area of pressure. Callous is a hard layer of skin that forms over the foot. Callous can become extremely uncomfortable and can again long term cut off blood flow causing ulceration and breakdown of skin. When the callous gets too thick in some areas the skin can split causing & Cracked Heels and fissures. These & Cracked Heels can easily get infected and cause more problems. & Cracked Heels can be extremely painful and interfere with your everyday life.
There are a few main ways to help prevent and reduce this risk of corns and callous –
1. Make sure your shoe fits well – If your shoe is too tight and putting pressure. On toes then this can cause callous and corns.
2. Wear good enclosed shoes – supportive shoes can help redistribute pressure and provide padding so that the hard skin does not form. Enclosed shoes also prevent your feet from drying out as much to help stop the callous from cracking.
3. Use foot specific moisturiser – foot moisturisers help prevent callous build-up, where are normal moisturizers ‘rejuvenate skin’ which promotes skin growth. The higher concentration urea the stronger the moisturiser. We recommended 30% for the Australian climate.
5. Circulation – Keep active and keep your circulation to its maximum. The better your circulation the quicker you recover. That’s why you only start to get them as you get older.
A neuroma is the enlargement of a nerve. It most commonly happens between the 3/4th toes. It can feel like you are walking on a stone, burning, numbness and pain down through the area.
It occurs due to poor shoes and overload / pressure though the area.
This can be resolved via the use of good shoes, orthotics/insoles,
injections and surgery.
Bursitis / Synovitis
Bursitis / synovitis is the inflammation of the joint. It occurs at the base of the 2nd/3rd metatarsal head most commonly. The pain will get worse towards the end of the day. It is aggravated by poor shoes and your foot collapsing in.
It can be treated with anti-inflamatories, good shoes, orthotics / insoles, good shoes, and injections.
Heel pain / spur / Plantar fasciitis
This is caused by a sudden change in lifestyle where the fascia is not strong enough and so it over loaded and torn.
Arch strain / Over use
A bunion is a overgrowth of bone sometimes mixed with a deviation due to muscles of the big toe joint. It often forms due to footwear, pressure and genetics. It can become very painful, be difficult to fit into shoes and attract corns and callous.
Orthotics are used to help offload this area and try to prevent it from getting worse. Our gel insoles are perfect for ladies fashion shoes to help with this.
Sesamoisitis is the inflammation of the bones under the big toe. This can also lead to a fracture. Under the big toe you have 2 little bones. If over loaded due to pressure of hard surfaces these can become injured.
This is usually treated by orthotics, good shoes, injections, and anti-inflamatories.
Heel cracks / fissures
Womens shoes tend to be open. This cause's the skin to become very dry. When the skin drys out too much is can become cracked. This can lead to open wounds and infection. By Applying a good foot cream 1x per day this can be prevented. We recommend something with at least 30% urea to use in the Australian climate. Try our Luxe30 for best results.
Tailors bunion is a bunion that forms on the 5th metatarsal. it often forms due to footwear, pressure and genetics. It can become very painful and attract corns and callous.
Orthotics are used to help offload this area. Our gel insoles are perfect for ladies fashion shoes to help with this.
When toe push together it can increase the pressure. This can lead to corns forming between the toes. these corns can become extremely painful. If you experience this it important to visit the podiatrist. Try not to use corn pads of gels between the toes, as it can sit there and cause holes to form. This can lead to ulceration and infection.
The peroneal's are a group of muscle that run down the outside of the foot. They are responsible for everting and plantar flexing the foot.
These muscles can be overused, torn, or the tendons could be injured. Wearing shoes with a small heel can help with these injuries as well as out gel insoles to help stabilise the foot and stop the muscles from being over used.