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Healthy feet

Prevention 9 December, 2016 Ana María López de Mesa


Calluses and bunions are not normal. They are the result of friction or pressure on the foot and should be corrected.
While they are quite common, calluses or pain in your heel and nail area are not normal occurrences that we have to get used to. In fact, they may lead to triggering other, more serious problems.

This thickened skin that tends to occur on the soles of feet, on heels or on your toes is the body’s own defense mechanism for protecting it against further damage from the shoe. If these calluses are not eliminated on time, they can become a host for infection.

The recommendation for treating them is to keep your feet hydrated, always have a pair of comfortable shoes on hand for long days, and avoid wearing shoes that can make the calluses you already have worse. If your calluses are very large, do not try and remove them yourself. See a podiatrist, a specialist that is trained in treating these types of conditions.

Problems with your nails can appear both by not taking the proper precautions when cutting them, and by using high heels or shoes that are too tight for the toes. These types of shoes, in most cases, also cause what are called bunions. While we may not realize it, certain types of feet require certain types of shoes. A wide shoe that does not squeeze the toes is the best way to prevent bunions from getting worse. There are also some types of shoes with internal padding that help to avoid friction on the skin.

The United States National Library of Medicine recommends treating your feet with great care to prevent future complications. Remember, if you are experiencing a lot of pain or bleeding, it is best to see a specialist. If you have diabetes, you should get your feet examined regularly as they are more susceptible to infection.