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. Bunions, like blisters, are caused by stress and pressure, but this time against the bone/joint itself, rather than the overlying skin. The foot tries to compensate by building up fluid at the point of “rub”. This also creates inflammation in the deeper tissues. The bone also starts to over-grow at this point, almost as an attempt to push the foot away from the area of the rub. Roomy Shoes - shoes need enough space around the bunion to prevent further rubbing against the already toughened callous overlying the bunion. Look for a wider toe box. Stretch any new shoes with shoe stretchers to provide extra room over the bunion area. In addition to providing relief for painful foot problems or an injury, those who may benefit from orthotics include people who must walk or stand excessively on the job. For those who are active in sports, orthotics will commonly improve endurance, performance and strength. For overweight individuals, orthotics can help to counteract the extra stress on the feet, as minor problems are ordinarily magnified due to the increased weight. This race in high heels is brought to you thanks to the generous support of your local podiatrists and physical therapy association. Every participant gets a free consult and shot of painkiller following the race. Scratching and rubbing can lead to further complications. Certainly, never try to "file down" hardened skin or calluses on your dry feet with a pumice stone since pumice is porous and can harbor harmful bacteria. non-soap" anti-bacterial cleanser By reducing the bacteria count, you will minimize the risk of infection. Remember, bacteria can instigate a number of irritating and often debilitating problems so don't skimp on this one. First, use a non-soap anti-bacterial cleanser as your ONLY foot cleanser to cleanse away skin bacteria. When your feet are clean you will do much to keep harmful germs that cause infections and odors away! And don't forget to dry feet carefully. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic disease that affects about 2.1 million Americans, mostly women and has been show to attack multiple joints throughout the body. It is estimated that 1.5 million women and 600,000 men are victims of this debilitating disease. Of these affected, approximately 90% of the people with RA eventually develop foot or ankle symptoms and deformity. In fact, many of the early symptoms of RA often include foot problems. Foot problems are more common than symptoms to the hand and only second to knee problems. These symptoms can lead to serious disability. It is not appropriate nor appreciated to post the web address of other businesses on this website. If you feel there are other solutions or products that are beneficial that I havn't mentioned, please write an e-mail to my business e-mail for me to review before it is posted. Thank you. These callosities are nothing but keratinized dead tissue which has lost all its functions due to a continuous rub between the toes. Initially callosities cause pain but once keratinized, the pain sensation is lost. The outcome from hallus valgus is influenced by the modality of the treatment. 90% of adolescent may have a success rate in reconstructive operations.