The DonJoy Arch Rival was designed specifically for patients suffering from mild to moderate Cavus Foot Deformities. Its patented , prefabricated orthotic design, ensures natural foot function, stability during gait and improved shock absorption. The unique feature of the Arch Rival is the recessed area under the head of the first metatarsal. If a hammertoe interferes with your daily routine activities or if you experience continuing pain because of your hammertoe, contact your podiatrist or physician. He/she will examine the affected toe and take some X-rays. Your physician may splint the toe and give you special exercises to perform. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary.
The big toe joint becomes dislocated, causing hammer toes and pain in toes and on the top and ball of the foot. A patient also may suffer knee, hip and back pain, because she shifts her weight to take pressure off the bunion. Sometimes a patient tries to cut a bunion, not realizing the bump on her toe is bone. This is very dangerous, especially for older patients with poor circulation, who can develop severe infection from the cut. A shoe pressing on the wound can cause inflammation and even open sores that are similar to “bedsores”.
Plantar Warts are caused by a virus infection and they can be very painful. Depending where on your foot they are located, you could experience discomfort when walking or even putting on a shoe. Another fungus infection is Athlete’s Foot which is usually found on the bottom of your feet or between your toes. The area can be red, itchy and have tiny blisters or peeling skin. Always wear dry shoes and check for stones or debris before putting them on. If you have diabetic neuropathy, you might not even feel things in your shoes. So be sure and check before you put them on.
Prevention is often the best treatment; the goal to prevent corns and calluses is to avoid pressure and friction. Your doctor may want to inspect your feet on periodic office visits. He/she may look for visible signs of pressure and friction. Before calluses and corns form, the feet may have telltale reddened areas that stay red after the shoes have been removed. Women love their high heels. Short women especially love them, cos they give us the appearance of having longer legs. We start wearing them in our late teens and continue to do so through our early 20’s, coasting through our social lives with little or no discomfort.
Arch cramps or muscle spasms are another common problem seen when wearing closed shoes such as high heels or flats. Women who have flat feet are more prone to sore and tired feet. As the arch collapses because of abnormal pronation during walking the muscles in the arch of the foot will fatigue over time and get tired. When standing and walking all day in pointy-toed pumps or boots, the muscles in the feet will eventually cramp causing pain and spasms. In addition, the pressure that newer, stiffer shoes place on the bones of our feet can aggravate the second most common foot ailment my patients complain of – bunions.
There are ways to prevent these problems from occurring and there are solutions to most of these foot infirmities, but some are going to be hard to adopt and adapt to your lifestyle. Try to stick with it though, because soft, smooth feet, without squished toes and lumps and bumps, are definitely the way to go! Calluses are larger, and almost always are a painless thickening of skin caused by repeated pressure or irritation on the heels or balls of the feet. Calluses can become painful when they become so dry and cracked that the area becomes sore and tender to the touch.
In addition, foot and toe massage can help to reduce the effects or occurrence of cramping. Staying hydrated and stretched in the rest of the body can also take some of the street off the feet. It is important for dancers who are just beginning to dance barefoot to take care of their feet and toes, and work to heal cracks or other problems as soon as possible. A strap over the instep will hold the foot back against the heel and prevent it from slipping forward, and will also prevent the heel from slipping out (note, flimsy straps on ill fitting sandals won’t do the job)