Feet & Foot Care

Feet & Foot Care Articles

Don't look to insoles to solve your knee pain

Wedge insoles are placed in the shoe to prop up the outside of your foot. They are meant to reduce the load on the inner knee joint. However, there is evidence the insoles do little to relieve knee arthritis pain. (Locked) More »

Maintaining independence: Don't overlook foot and ankle health

Foot and ankle health are crucial to maintaining mobility and independence. Weight-bearing exercise such as walking can make bones stronger and improve stability. Stretching the hamstrings, Achilles’ tendons, and calf muscles will keep muscles and tendons flexible and better able to do their job. Weight loss, if necessary, can reduce the strain and stress on the joint. Quitting smoking will increase oxygen delivery to the tissues of the feet and toes. Finally, shoes should be wide enough to accommodate the toes, with good arch support for people with flat feet. (Locked) More »

The right shoes: The key to better health

Women’s shoes are not always kind to the feet and can inflict a range of damage, from bunions and corns to hammertoes. Ideally shoes should have a wide toe box and low heel to support and protect their feet and reduce the chance of falling. (Locked) More »

What can you do about corns and calluses?

Corns and calluses on the feet are usually the body’s response to protect against repeated pressure or friction. No treatment is necessary unless the hardened patches of skin are painful. Causes include poorly fitting shoes and pressure on the skin from an underlying problem such as a bunion or malformed bone. Treatment of any underlying condition will help keep the callus or corn from returning. So will removing the offending cause. The best protection is a pair of shoes that aren’t too tight, especially in the toes. More »

High tech ways to better shoe fit

High-tech machines in specialty shoe stores can provide information that leads to buying a better-fitting shoe. Foot scanners are usually computerized mats that map the pressure points on the soles of the feet and determine a person’s arch type. Gait analyzers record the characteristics and support needs of feet in motion. A trained salesperson with an understanding of shoe construction and the mechanics of mobility must interpret the data from the tests to help get the fit just right. (Locked) More »

What is a tailor's bunion?

A bunion on the little toe is commonly called a tailor's bunion.  The main cause of tailor's bunions are narrow shoes — especially those with high heels — that don't have enough room for the toes, so the big and little ones get scrunched and pushed toward the middle three. Tailor's bunions can be treated in a commonsensical fashion. People can wear shoes wide enough to comfortably accommodate their toes, or use shoe stretchers that create a little more space for the widest part of the foot. Moleskin or little silicone shields can be used to pad the protuberances. (Locked) More »

Feet and falling

There's been a surge of research connecting falls to foot pain and perhaps also to common foot problems like bunions and clawed toes. But until recently only a handful of studies have investigated a more direct connection between foot pain and falls. The studies that have been done have focused on high-risk groups, not the general "community-dwelling" population of older people. A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society identified those with foot pain and those without, and followed them for a year. By a sizable margin, the people who fell were more likely to have been bothered by foot pain than the people who didn't fall. More »

Novel foot-health program reduces falls in older people

About a third of people over age 65 fall each year, and foot problems are one of the major causes. A program aimed at improving the foot health of older people through examinations, exercises, advice, and orthotic shoe inserts may help prevent falls. (Locked) More »

What to do about bunions

A bunion is a deformity of the foot that causes the big toe to turn inward toward the other toes. This can result in damage to the other toes, calluses. Painful bunions interfere with walking and exercising. You can prevent them from getting worse. More »