WHAT TO DO?
You can control a small amount of hard skin by gently rubbing with a pumice
stone, or chiropody sponge occasionally when you are in the bath. Use a
moisturising cream daily. If this does not appear to be working, seek advice
from a registered chiropodist (also known as podiatrist) or pharmacist.
If the callus is painful and feels as if you are "walking on stones", consult a
registered chiropodist/podiatrist who will be able to advise you why this has
occurred and, where possible, how to prevent it happening again. Your
chiropodist/podiatrist can also remove hard skin, relieve pain, and redistribute
pressure with soft padding, strapping, or corrective appliances which fit easily
into your shoes. The skin should then return to its normal state.
The elderly can benefit from padding to the ball of the foot, to compensate for
any loss of natural padding. Emollient creams delay callus building up, and help
improve the skin's natural elasticity. Your chiropodist/ podiatrist will be able
to advise you on the most appropriate skin preparations for your needs.
What are bunions?
What most people call a bunion is actually known as "Hallux valgus". Hallux
valgus refers to the condition in which the big toe is angled excessively
towards the second toe – and a bunion is a symptom of the deformity.
“In a normal foot, the big toe and the long bone that leads up to it (the first
metatarsal) are in a straight line,” explains podiatric surgeon Trevor Prior.
“However, Hallux valgus occurs when the long foot bone veers towards your other
foot and your big toes drifts towards your second toe.”
A bunion actually refers to the bony prominence on the side of the big toe. This
can also form a large sac of fluid, known as a bursa, which can then become
inflamed and sore.
Is it serious?
“Some people have massive bunions that aren’t that
painful but cause difficulties with shoes, while others have relatively small
bunions that are very painful,” says Trevor. However, just because you have
Hallux valgus doesn’t mean you’ll get the bursa.
Pressure from the big toe joint can lead to a deformity in the joint of the
second toe, pushing it toward the third toe and so on. Likewise, if the second
toe and big toe cross over, it can be difficult to walk..
“Once the big toe leans toward the second toe, the tendons no longer pull the
toe in a straight line, so the problem tends to get progressively worse,”
Who gets them?
“Women tend to get bunions more than men,” says Trevor. “This could be due to
the more restrictive footwear they wear, (such as high heels or narrow toe boxes
which force the big toe towards the little toes) but women also tend to have
looser ligaments, making them slightly more prone.” You’re also more likely to
get bunions if your parents or grandparents have them.
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