Years of trekking can give you pain, and leave your feet in no shape to be seen. There are options to alleviate the discomfort of bearing your not-quite-ready-for-the-beach feet. Common complaints are bunions, hammertoes, corns, and calluses, according to New York City podiatrist, Krista Archer, DPM. She restores the cushions to the bottom of feet to make wearing heels so much more comfortable. "Scultpra® Aesthetic is placed primarily in the balls of the feet where fat has been lost to restore padding and reduce pain. Sculptra induces collagen to grow, and results can last for more than one year. Sometimes, I also use Juvederm® for corns on the tops of the toes."
Hammertoes can cause your smaller toes to bend inward and downward, due to a muscle or tendon imbalance. This also increases your likelihood of developing corns because the toes don't sit flat, and may rub against the roof of your shoes. Shoes that tend to rub against or place pressure on skin can cause corns or calluses. Corns show up on your toes, while calluses form on your heels. Corticosteroid injections can be administered to ease inflammation and pain.
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.