A bunion is seen as an enlargement or “bump” on the inside of the foot near the big toe.
In more severe cases when the big toe joint is unable to move at all, the condition is called hallux rigidus (rigid big toe joint).
A tailor’s bunion (bunionette)is seen as an enlargement or “bump” on the outside of the foot near the little toe.
A callus is an area of thickened skin located on the bottom of the foot, in most cases on the ball of the foot and/or heel.
Hammer Toes occur when the tendons and ligaments around the toes become contracted and the toes take on a “claw-like” appearance.
A soft corn forms between the toes when the bony prominence known to doctors as the “condyle” of a toe rubs against the condyle of the adjacent toe while walking.
The most common cause of thick toenails is a fungus infection similar or identical to the fungus that causes “athlete’s foot.”
An Ingrown Toenail occurs when the side of a toenail begins to cut through the surrounding skin which is referred to by doctors as the ungualabia or “nail lip.”
Morton’s Neuroma occurs when one of the nerves on the bottom of the foot becomes “pinched” between two adjacent metatarsal bones or the base of the bones of two adjacent toes.
EPAT is an acronym for Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment. “Extracorporeal” means “outside the body.”
Heel pain is usually caused by acute or chronic inflammation of the plantar fascia, a ligament-like structure located on the bottom of the foot.
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The topic of foot order is obviously a personal and sensitive subject. Rarely is it the primary discussion at an evening party and when brought up between close friends, only occasionally does it receive more than a bashful grin. But in all seriousness, offensive foot odors can be a real problem. For many so afflicted, it is common to ignore the condition or accept is as one would hair loss or freckles. However, it should be emphasized that this condition is very treatable. Professional care is available to treat the cause and effects of foot odor. In the majority of cases, a successful resolution of the problem is readily attainable.
Foot odor in general, is usually a manifestation of excessive perspiration. For many, the hands and feet are frequent sites of pooling with resultant wet areas and occasional skin discoloration. Thus, our first line of attack in treating this problem is to effectively reduce or minimize excessive perspiration. An attempt is made to limit the use of nylon stockings and socks which traditionally promote perspiration. Shoes should be changed rather frequently and the use of breathable leathers as opposed to the more occlusive synthetic shoe materials is encouraged. Topical applications, soaks, and occasional oral medications are given for the purpose of reducing the output of perspiration.
Perhaps the most important factor involved in this condition is the chemical make-up of perspiration itself, for it is this factor indeed, which causes odor. The old saying, "You are what you eat," certainly applies in this case. Dietary intake modifications are essential in order to affect the end result. Obviously, garlic, onions and other higher spiced foods must be greatly reduced until the condition is well under control. It is important to keep in mind that an offensive foot odor is a treatable condition, and once the causative factor is identified, one that can usually be remedied.