Corns, calluses, bunions
A variety of bumps and lumps can occur on the feet, but what are they and what can be done about them? Of these, corns, calluses, and bunions are among the most common. Those with diabetes or circulation disorders should have their feet examined regularly by a podiatrist for these and other disorders.
What are corns, calluses, and bunions?
Corns and calluses
Thickened patches of skin, with a rough, dull appearance, are known as corns and calluses. Corns and calluses are the same thing but in different areas of the foot. Thickening on the bottom of the foot is a callus, while thickening on the top of the foot or toe is a corn. They become painful when too thick.
Five ways to keep your feet healthy
Most of us spend a significant part of our day on our feet whether as part of our jobs, doing chores at home, or going out with friends and family. As a result, our feet take a beating. Whether you have foot problems or not, taking care of your feet should play an important part in your daily routine.
Here are five tips to help keep your feet in tip-top shape:
- Keep your feet clean. It’s not enough just to stand in the shower, wash your body, and hope the water and soap will trickle down to your feet and toes. For healthy feet, be sure to take a minute or two to scrub your feet, heels, soles, toes, and in between. Basic soap and water are plenty to get the job done. While washing your feet, also feel for any abnormalities like bumps and lumps or sore spots. Bring these to the attention of your podiatrist.
Treating and avoiding athlete's foot
Imagine this: You’ve been working out regularly and making time for your health and fitness, but lately you've noticed a bit of foot discomfort. At first, you think nothing of it because it's just a little tickle, but, as time goes on, that sensation between your toes turns into full-blown itching and burning. Before you know it, it starts spreading to the rest of your foot with other symptoms such as dry and scaly skin, inflammation, and blisters.