Calluses, corns, bunions, and warts are just a few of the painful ailments that can affect your foot. If we can avoid it, we prefer not to think about such things. Maintaining good foot support, such as through custom orthotics, can go a long way toward preventing or even addressing these types of problems. So, if you have a strange bump on your foot and aren’t sure what it is or how to get rid of it, we’ll go through all of the differences below.
A callus is a thickened region of skin that can form on any portion of your foot, but most typically on the heel or toe. Calluses are commonly defined by discomfort – either severe pain or aching – despite the thickness of the skin that develops.
Calluses are created when your shoes (or the ground if you’re going barefoot) scrape on a bone spur beneath the epidermis. In response to the pressure, your skin may thicken; if left untreated, a callus can cause severe blisters or sores. In most cases, calluses are formed by an uneven or inappropriate weight distribution, with bony regions of your foot bearing more weight than they should.
Callus removers or pumice stones can be used to reduce the size of the callus, which is one element of treating calluses. You’ll need orthotics for calluses to have better weight distribution so the callus doesn’t pain as much and new calluses are less likely to form. These callus orthotics will ensure that your weight is distributed properly and that your shoe does not push against your skin excessively.
Many individuals mistakenly believe that corns and calluses are the same thing, yet they are two distinct disorders with distinct symptoms. Corns are smaller versions of calluses, with a hard yellowish center surrounding by inflammatory and sensitive skin. Corns can be painful if squeezed, and they make it difficult to wear shoes.
Corns, unlike calluses, form on the portions of your foot that don’t bear weight, such as between your toes. Excessive friction causes corns, especially if your shoes are overly tight and pressing your toes together.
Corns and calluses share many of the same treatments. You can treat them with a topical medicine or file them away after a warm bath. Getting orthotics for corns can help you avoid getting them in the first place. Corns are caused by ill-fitting shoes that cause the toes of the foot to brush against each other too much. The simplest method to avoid them is to make sure you’re wearing the right size shoe. Corn orthotics, on the other hand, can assist prevent needless friction.
What Are Bunions and What Causes Them?
A bunion is a type of foot ailment that affects a specific portion of the foot. Bunions are a huge bony bump that occurs on your big toe and are easy to spot. Bunions occur when the bones in your big toe slip out of place as a result of ill-fitting shoes, creating stress and pain. Bunions can actually exacerbate corns by causing your toes to grind against one another.
Bunions are most commonly caused by ill-fitting shoes that force your toes into awkward positions. They can, however, be caused by injuries or simply by hereditary foot types.
Bunions can be prevented with the use of orthotics, especially if you have a hereditary tendency for bunions. Good custom orthotics for bunions will ensure that your foot is aligned properly, allowing your big toe to acclimate to its new natural position.
Plantar warts are a type of wart that develops on the bottom of the foot.
Foot warts, also known as “plantar warts,” are distinct from the other foot ailments we’ve addressed so far. Plantar warts are little granular lesions that develop on the bottom of your foot and are frequently accompanied by small blocked blood vessels. Standing on or touching these can be extremely unpleasant.
Plantar warts are the result of a virus infecting your foot. This virus, on the other hand, can enter your foot by the same mechanisms that produce these other conditions: excessive friction hurting your foot’s skin. Viruses can also enter your body through cuts on your feet.
Plantar warts orthotics operate similarly to the other orthotic options listed here. You don’t offer the plantar wart virus a way into your body by avoiding friction. Plantar warts orthotics can provide the necessary support so that no one part of your foot is subjected to greater friction than another. They’ll also give a soft cushioning layer to safeguard your foot from injury.
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As you can see, proper foot care is quite important. Too much friction on your feet might result in extremely uncomfortable and harmful conditions. You can provide your feet with the care and protection they require by receiving custom orthotics. To see all of our orthotic options, come into our store right now.