Feet & Foot Care

Feet & Foot Care Articles

Foot Pain

We're sorry to hear you have foot pain! Please keep in mind that this guide is not intended to replace a face-to-face evaluation with your doctor. The goal of this guide is to provide information while awaiting evaluation with your doctor or additional information after you have seen him or her. Foot pain may develop for a number of reasons -- fracture and infection are among the most serious while sprains and arthritis are among the most common. There are rare causes of symptoms that will not be included here and would require more detailed evaluation than this guide can provide. (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 »

The dubious practice of detox

Various types of body detoxification processes, such as fast diets and intestinal cleansing, have become popular. Generally there is no medical evidence to support their claims of effectiveness, and there are risks to some of the procedures. More »