Your skin is a protective barrier, but in order to work effectively, it needs to remain healthy. The skin on your feet has to tolerate immense stresses and therefore needs to be more resilient than other areas of the body.
People are often surprised when we talk about arthritis in feet, as though they should be a part of the body that escapes it. Considering the load that feet carry for years, it would be odd if they didn’t suffer from the effects of ageing. Feet are old at the age of thirty! I was told this when I was training, but none of us want to think of ourselves wearing out at such a young age.
I get asked this question a lot, and people want to know the difference between corns and hard skin. Both are produced in response to pressure, whether it be pressure from the ground, footwear or another part of the foot.
Hard skin (callus) is formed to protect the foot and in small amounts and in certain areas is classed as normal. Excessive buildup, and callus in the wrong areas, can be uncomfortable and unsightly, which is why people want it removed. However, it is not nearly as painful as a corn.
There are several types of heel pain, but all of them are incapacitating and can not be tolerated long term. The pathology that most people are aware of is plantar fasciitis, but this is not the cause of all heel …Continue reading →
As podiatrists, a lot of our time is devoted to giving out footwear advice,as it has an impact on most foot conditions. Infact, many of the problems we are presented with can be solely attributed to poor footwear. So if we can get people into the correct footwear for their foot type, the problem can be resolved or greatly improved.
In growing toenails are often joked about, but they are extremely painful and can potentially lead to serious infection and sepsis. People try to manage the problem themselves but usually make the toe worse, and then it takes longer for us to sort it out. We suggest soaking it in salt water and calling us asap!
Do you suffer with cold feet? In this post we look at the causes of cold feet. Some people are plagued with having cold feet through the winter. It can be uncomfortable, but it can also be painful if you …Continue reading →
Should you worry about hard skin on your feet? For a podiatrist, hard skin, or callus, is an indicator of how the foot is working and where pressure is being loaded. We see two types of callus. That which is …Continue reading →