ARCH PAIN. As mentioned with heel pain, the lack of support to the shoe often will cause inflammation of the plantar fascia. However, instead of the heel , the scource of pain will be located at the arch. The plantar fascia begins at the heel but fans out to the forefoot. Lack of support will often cause excessive stretch to the fascia along the arch thus leading to pain. Women experience pain when they wear high heels because their feet slide forward into the shoes, inevitably forcing their bodies to redistribute their weight while creating unnatural pressure points and disrupting the natural alignment of our body. When the procedure is performed on the metatarsal head or shaft, immediate weight bearing in a post-op shoe is allowed. However, procedures performed on the metatarsal base are more disabling and need to be non-weight bearing with crutches. After surgery when returning to the doctors office for post operative care, follow-up X-rays to evaluate bone healing will determine when walking may begin. Additionally, as with all surgeries there will be swelling, pain and tenderness after the procedure. Medicines to control the post-operative pain and swelling will be available to the patient. Pre-fabricated Orthotics are soft-medium density shoe inserts available from pharmacies, on-line specialist websites, and some physiotherapists or chiropractors. People will get used to such Orthotics almost immediately and the cost ranges from to per pair. Research has shown that for 80% of people suffering from over-pronation, a pre-fabricated Orthotic will provide sufficient correction. Also after a few weeks of wear, these types of Orthotics will customise to the wearer's foot shape as a result of body weight and body heat. Most pre-fabricated Orthotic are made from EVA, a flexible material that supports the foot without hurting the arches. Treatment options are based on the severity of the deformity and symptoms. Nonsurgical treatments usually are enough to relieve the pain and pressure on the big toe. Your doctor may tell you to start wearing roomy, comfortable shoes and use toe padding or a special corrective device that slips into your shoes to push the big toe back into its proper position. To help relieve pain, you can take over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin and others). Whirlpool baths also may help to ease discomfort. Persons who suffer from other deformities like large bunions, foot ulcers or completely flat feet also need to consult a Podiatrist. Bunions are the most commonly occurring foot problem among the old people. It develops as an abnormal growth at the base of the toe. They grow at abnormal angles and hence can cause pain and inflammation on the feet. They can also create more pressure on the feet by restricting the blood vessels and causing tenderness around the toes. This condition can be avoided by wearing the right shoes that can make your feet comfortable. Sometimes, bunions can lead to hammertoe which is a deformity of the joint positioning in the toes. Boots' range means you can have beautiful soft feet all year. At 4.99 each, their Prepare to Bare Foot Polish, 150ml; Instant Hydration Foot Butter, 150ml and Instant Revival Foot Fizz, 250g (1) are great value. Finally, inspired by traditional Aboriginal remedies, Australian Bodycare's Intensive Skin Cream, GBP6.99, 100ml (7) uses tea tree oil and aloe vera to soothe and restore moisture to dry and itchy skin. Calluses cover a larger area than corns and tend to form on the heels or balls of the feet. However, they can also appear on toes or even the top of the foot. Calluses are relatively painless unless cracking and/or drying occurs. Calluses and corns on the feet may also be caused by repeated pressure due to sports (such as a callus on the bottom of a runner’s foot), an odd way of walking (abnormal gait), or an underlying bone structure, such as flat feet or bone spurs (small, bony growths that form along joints). Calluses and corns generally are diagnosed during a physical exam. Your doctor may also ask you questions about your work, your hobbies, or the types of shoes you wear. An X-ray of the foot may be done if your doctor suspects a problem with the underlying bones. With the potential to become more serious than calluses or corns, bunions present themselves as an abnormal bony prominence over the big toe joint. Caused by a misalignment of the big toe joint, the big toe generally bends toward the others, growing larger in size. These can become painful and stiff, prohibiting normal mobility and function. Bunions can form for various reasons, including abnormalities in foot function or arthritis, but are more commonly caused by wearing tight and constrictive footwear. So why don't you join me, and give this most uncommon bunion treatment a fair try! Posted in Bunion Treatments Leave a comment My First Acupuncture Treatment October 5th, 2007 When choosing a pointe shoe, it is important to understand the basic construction and structure to assure the best fit possible (Figure 2). The top of the toe box, called the vamp, varies in length and width depending on the dancer’s forefoot length and width. The vamp should cover the entire length of the third phalanx and slightly beyond. 4 The platform is the exterior, flat-end of the toe box which allows the dancer to stand on pointe. When fitting a pointe shoe, a dancer should perform a demi-plié in parallel position because this is the longest the feet will be in the shoes.