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Your feet are at the extreme of your body. They’re just about as far as you can get from your seat of consciousness (your brain). And so most of the time, they feel as if they are a long way away. That is, of course, until something goes wrong with them. When that happens, you can often find yourself, curled up in a ball, taking pain medication.
In this post, we’re going to take a look at some of your most pressing foot health questions to help you start out on the right foot. (Heh heh pun intended! Fair warning there will be more of this silliness.)
What Are Blisters?
Blisters are little pockets of fluid that form between layers of skin. Usually, they come about because of excessive rubbing.
While they might seem annoying, the body creates blisters to protect itself. When you rub skin enough, you eventually get down to the formative layers. The body wants to protect these from damage, so it creates a little water-filled sack to provide a barrier. It’s only so effective, but it is better than nothing. Be sure to not wear shoes that are too tight for this and many other reasons. If you have a blister, check out this article from WebMD about best practices for caring for a blister.
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What Are Bunions?
Ah – bunions – what a wonderful-sounding word! Many a comedy movie has had ridiculous scenes that included bunions.
These bumps usually appear on your big toe. They are typically the result of wearing shoes that fit poorly, but they can also be genetic. They are mainly thick, hard skin – another bodily defense – but this time against long-term exposure to rubbing. Again, people, wear shoes that fit correctly!
What Is A Corn?
Corns are different from bunions.
What is a corn on toe? Glad you asked! It is usually a hard round patch designed to protect your feet from blisters in the future. Living with corns, however, isn’t ideal. Not only do they feel unpleasant, but they can also become inflamed. The causes of corns are similar to bunions. Top on the list is ill-fitting shoes.
If you have a corn, you can get over-the-counter medication to treat it. You may also want to use corn plasters. These take the weight off your corns, allowing time to heal. If you are concerned about any of these problems please check with a podiatrist.
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What Is Claw Toe?
Claw toe – sometimes called claw foot – is when your big toe joint points up, but the next toe points down. The condition begins at birth for some, but it can appear at any point in life. If it starts in adulthood, it is usually a sign that you have another underlying condition, like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, or cerebral palsy. Be sure to seek medical advice if this is happening to you or someone in your care.
What Is Gout?
Gout was once the disease of kings. But in the modern world, even regular folk can get it – and with surprising frequency.
Gout is inflammation of part of the foot, usually the big toe. The cause is an excess of uric acid. The body regulates uric acid levels naturally. However, if you overeat meat and sugar, levels go up higher than you can process. Little uric acid crystals then begin to form, most commonly in the big toe, and it’s mighty painful. The solution? Stop with the meat and candy for a while, and go back to plain old cabbage soup!!!