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You rely on your feet to get around, so it’s important to keep them in tip-top shape. . If your dogs are barking, there are ways to throw them a bone. The following tips can help you both relieve and prevent foot pain.
Proper Care for Bunions, Corns, and CallusesIf you have a bunion, you may see it as just a bump on the side of your big toe. This “bump” is caused by your foot’s bones being out of allignment. This is usually due to the big toe leaning toward its neighbor. To find relief:
If you find that your bunion interferes with your day-to-day life, talk to your doctor.
Corns usually form at the side of your little toe or on top of your toes.Try foot and toe pads, available in the foot care section of your drugstore, to find quick relief. The non-medicated, doughnut-shaped foam pads will work best to not further irritate the corn.
Calluses are caused by a buildup of skin that puts pressure on the foot. Many calluses don’t cause pain, although you may have pain when you walk.
To remove calluses, soak your feet and file them with a pumice stone. However, if you have diabetes, leave calluses alone and speak to your doctor if you are having discomfort. He or she can advise you on the best way to remove them.
Painful Shoes? The Perfect-Fitting Shoe Can HelpThere’s a lot to consider when searching for new shoes: your foot type, shoe fit, arch support, cushioning, stability and midsole durability. A professional fitting can help you find that perfect shoe. And remember to get measured – as you age, your feet can change size. Once you’ve been measured, look for shoes that:
If necessary, orthotics, or shoe inserts, can help you find relief for many types of foot pain. Orthotics can help with the following:
Finally, replace your shoes every 400 to 500 miles to reduce your risk for injury. Even if your shoes don’t look worn, the cushioning can wear out before the tread.
Sources: American Podiatric Medical Association, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Academy of Podiatric Sport Medicine
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