Posts for tag: heel fissures
All the wonderful years of walking, running, working and dancing throughout your life really take a toll on your poor old feet. From toe deformities like bunions and hammertoes to arthritis and gout, your feet and ankles are more likely to experience problems as you get older. However, you can minimize or even prevent many of these effects with proper foot care and regular visits to your podiatrist.
Some common foot and ankle problems that are likely to occur with age include:
- Joint diseases—Arthritis tends to worsen as you get older and often affects the toe and ankle joints, causing stiffness, pain and discomfort.
- Your feet expand—Because of the effects of gravity and pressure throughout your life, the tendons and ligaments in your feet and ankles will gradually expand and weaken. The length and width of your feet will increase as much as a full size, so always have your feet properly measured each time you buy shoes. Talk with your foot doctor about custom orthotic inserts to treat a variety of foot and ankle problems.
- Brittle and thicker toenails—Toenail growth decreases with aging and blood circulation difficulties can cause the toenails to become thicker and more brittle. These changes can make them harder to trim properly. The chances of ingrown toenails developing are also higher.
- Fungal and bacterial infections—Since the immune system tends to get weaker with age, fungal toenail and bacterial infections become more common and harder to ward off.
- Excessive skin dryness—Your skin tends to be dryer as you age, so always stay properly hydrated by drinking healthy fluids throughout the day. Corns, calluses and heel fissures are more common as well.
For help with age-related foot and ankle problems, consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
Corns and calluses are a natural reaction that your body has to excess friction and pressure on the skin. These conditions are exacerbated by improperly fitted footwear, and increased pressure from sports and exercise can contribute to their formation.
Some differences between corns and calluses include:
- Corns—These often occur where your toes rub together, or on the tops of your toes in response to rubbing on your footwear. They tend to be small and rounded. They can also occur on other parts of your feet that are under constant pressure.
- Calluses—Calluses are generally larger than corns and don’t have the tender edges that corns frequently have. Calluses often appear on the heel or ball of the foot where the pressure from walking is most pronounced.
Corns and calluses can often be treated at home. However, for more complicated problems like corns growing on hammertoes, or for calluses that have developed into heel fissures, your foot doctor should be contacted. He or she will prescribe the correct treatment which may include the use of custom-made orthotic inserts.
Home treatments include the following:
- Insulating moleskin pads—These specially formed pads are placed over a corn to isolate it from other toes and to prevent rubbing against the inside of your footwear.
- Foot soaking and abrasion—Soaking your feet in warm, soapy water will soften the skin on calluses and make them easier to remove with an emery board or sanding stone.
If you are having problems with corns and calluses, consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Along with years of experience and access to advanced technologies, the center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
Cracked heels are very common this time of year and can become painful and cosmetically unpleasing. You may experience more than just dryness as time goes on. The heel can become red, itchy, inflamed and your skin can even peel. But if you take proper precautions as soon as the symptoms start it may be your answer to accomplishing soft, summer heels.
Some causes of cracked heels (also known as heel fissures) are dry air, lack of moisture, improper foot care, aging, prolonged standing and unhealthy diet. Now that we know how it happens and what it feels like, let’s examine some ways to avoid it.
- Rosewater and Glycerin ~ the glycerin will soften while the rosewater adds vitamins and antioxidants with its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Just mix equal amounts of each and rub it on your heels before bed.
- Paraffin Wax ~ this can provide quick relief and works as a natural emollient to soften your heels. You can go to a salon for the treatment or do it yourself at home. Simply melt a block of the paraffin wax in a double boiler with a tablespoon of coconut oil. Allow to cool for about 10 seconds and apply. Cover your heel with plastic wrap and leave on for 30 minutes.
- Honey ~ who knew it had antibacterial properties. You will be soaking the honey with warm water rather than applying so don’t worry about being stuck in the honey pot. Soak for about 20 minutes and then scrub your feet gently afterwards.
- Bananas ~ not just for monkeys. The riper the better as they become softer and cheaper. Mash one banana into a paste, clean your feet well and apply. Let it sit for about 15 minutes as you read a good book and relax. Then gently wash off with warm water and soak in cold water for 10 minutes.
- Petroleum Jelly ~ a multi- purpose product that has been around forever. Scrub your heels and remove as much of the dead skin as you can after a good soak. Rub a good amount all over the heels and put socks on to keep it contained.
Keeping your feet pretty and healthy takes effort and you may need a doctor to provide your solutions. Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee has locations in Fort Lee and Ringwood New Jersey plus Queens, Brooklyn and Forest Hills, New York. You can call 201-363-9844 for an appointment with our team of expert podiatrists. Let us help make your feet happy for Spring!