Foot & Ankle Specialist

I saw her later that day, barefoot in a closing elevator. Clutching her shoes and looking down at her sore right foot. It was red an purple at the front, the bunion huge and sore. She wore slippers for the rest of the week, taking care not to stand as much as possible. I heard her recount the story and groan about her bruised foot for the next few weeks, though she never talked about her bunion. Often caused by poorly fitting shoes that force the toes into unnatural positions, hammer toe can be very painful and make it difficult for you to go about your day-to-day activities.

It is important for diabetics to have good fitting shoes to avoid getting corns and calluses. Diabetics often have problems with wound healing; therefore, it is vital for diabetics to inspect their feet regularly for the presence of corns and calluses. Sometimes, diabetic individuals have decreased sensation in their feet due to diabetic neuropathy; they could easily have an issue with their skin integrity and not even know it. When you are not wearing your shoes, it is important to wear slippers to protect your feet from shearing friction from walking barefoot. Shearing could cause blistering or even a skin tear on the sole of your foot.

Blisters are caused by friction from ill-fitting shoes. Blisters do not require a doctor’s care, but you can shield them from further irritation with blister cushions You shouldn’t puncture a blister unless it is large, painful or likely to be irritated again. The fluid-filled blister actually protects the underlying skin and keeps it clean, preventing infection. To prevent blisters, you should wear shoes that fit well, and break in new shoes gradually. Place adhesive bandages over areas of your feet that are rubbed by new shoes. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE 6TH HOUR TO TAKE YOUR PAIN MEDS during the first 2-3 days!!! Lesson learned. You want to be comfortable.bunion hard skin

My best friend Gina came to visit me for and brought some lovely flowers!! What a lucky gal I am to have such a great friend. It was nice to spend some time together for a couple hours and catch up on our lives since we last saw each other, although if we had more time, Gina is one of those friends where we could talk for probably 24 hours straight! Thanks for coming by Gin-bean! Please feel free to post ANY questions and I will put up a Q&A!! I am happy to answer any question you might have and it might be something someone else is wondering too!

ICE is your best friend. Make sure you ice bag won’t leak because you can’t get the bandage wet! A fellow “bunion bandit” (as I like to call the people I meet going through this surgery) suggested putting the ice under your knee sometimes to help numb the foot/leg. It does help! It was faster when I tried it during a jolt of pain because the ice didn’t have to get through layers of bandaging on my foot! To moisturise your toenails, try using a cuticle cream, petroleum jelly or vitamin E oil. Put it over the entire nail, including the cuticle, and gently rub it in.

Corns develop out of the need to protect the tissue of the toes of the feet, they develop on the top or side of the toe and are hard to the touch, and what’s more, they are referred to as corns, due to their shape and color. In the medical world, we call these thickening as hyperkeratosis, and it includes the definition for calluses too. You don’t need outlandish tests to detect that you have corns, just call in a health inspector to determine whether you have corns, calluses or other forms of discomfort, and the inspection is minimalistic and brief.bunion hard skin

Diabetic pressure wounds are prevalent on the feet of many neuropathic patients. Usually, if the arterial circulation is adequate, and the nutrition status is evaluated for protein intake, the final step is to offload the area. This is, certainly the most difficult part of wound care in our population. Everyone wants to remain active, and walking is a major component of this mentality. read more Powerstep ensures proper foot care and these orthotics are the best remedies for all ailments associated with foot. This orthotics were designed and developed by a professional podiatrist and they are not meant for mere comfort. read more