When you start playing around with shoes that take away from the natural functions of your feet, you start to have problems, In addition, fashionable shoes that try to convert the foot into an ideal form, with the toes narrowed or tapered to a point, often require cramming the foot into less space than it would normally occupy. The disease occurs during growth spurts during childhood and adolescence. Although Osgood-Schlatter disease can be painful , it doesn't usually require special treatment and resolves on its own when your child stops growing. In order to maintain healthy feet you must make an effort and care for your feet. This can prevent many foot conditions that affect the feet. The sooner you start caring for your feet the sooner they will care for you. It is essential your foot health becomes a daily routine. Just as healthy teeth, hair and skin are important, so are healthy feet. Below is Dr Foot's 20 foot care tips. If you suffer from diabetes, please consult a State Registered Chiropodist before you follow any instructions. Toe Spacers - usually made out of gel, these are used to gently move the big toe back to its original position. The term hallux valgus actually describes what happens to the big toe. Hallux is the medical term for big toe, and valgus is an anatomic term that means the deformity goes in a direction away from the midline of the body. So in hallux valgus the big toe begins to point towards the outside of the foot. As this condition worsens, other changes occur in the foot that increases the problem. Although the physiotherapy treatment we offer at Active Physiotherapy Clinic often provides significant relief from a painful bunion, if you continue to experience significant pain or the problem seems to be getting worse, a surgical consult may be required. 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. Surgery may be considered if a person’s symptoms are severe and do not respond to non-surgical treatment. The type of surgery used will depend on the level of deformity, the severity of any other associated symptoms, the patient’s age and any other associated medical conditions. It is when you develop joint pain, or when the bunions limit your activities after trying all other conservative options that you may consider using surgery as your bunion treatment. Basically, the joint pain developed here indicates degeneration of joint cartilage. With surgery, it is possible to realign the joint so that there is no more loss of joint cartilage. 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. Fill a medium sized basin with enough warm water to cover at least to the ankles. The basin should be large enough so that the entire foot can rest comfortably on the bottom. Be aware that persons with certain medical conditions such as diabetes cannot feel temperature as well on their skin, so don't make the water too hot. Let the water run across your inner wrist to help gauge the temperature if you are not sure. Pat the feet dry, making sure you dry between the toes thoroughly. According to National Institute on Aging , moisture left between the toes can lead to fungus growth. A common deformity of the big toe joint, a bunion occurs mostly among people who wear shoes. Women are more frequently affected with bunions because of tight, pointed, confining or high-heeled shoes. Wearing high heels is especially stressful on the joints of the foot because all of the body’s weight rests there. The foot is then forced into a narrow, pointed “toe box”, compounding the problem. Older people are also vulnerable to bunions because of the higher incidence of arthritis affecting the big toe joint. Post-Surgery /one_half_last If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, simply send us a note by clicking here ! Best Regards, Wear them away with aspirin. Another way to remove hard calluses is to crush several aspirin, then add a little lemon juice and water to make a paste. Apply the paste to the rough spots, then cover your foot with a warm towel and wrap the whole thing in a plastic bag. After about ten minutes, remove the wrappings and gently rub the callus with the pumice stone. This treatment is very safe and effective. Don’t do it, however, if you’re allergic to aspirin. Make it a point to keep the region between your toes always dry. * Use anti-fungal solution like Suthol or a powder like Neosporin Powder.