Cold Thistle

It felt great to finally feel water on my foot. I was very careful and gentle with it, but it was great to scrub off all the dirt – especially under my heel, and remove what was left of the iodine. The little pieces of white tape, surprisingly, stayed on and of course I washed VERY gently over the incision site. My foot was VERY purple, not just because it was still swollen, but probably because it was not being elevated. It’s amazing how quickly my foot balloons up if I don’t keep it elevated as much as possible. Symptoms of bunions include the common signs of inflammation such as redness,swelling, and pain. The discomfort is primarily located along the inside ofthe foot just behind the big toe. Because of friction, a callus may develop over the bunion. If an overlapping of the toes is allowed, additional rubbingand pain occurs. Inflammation of this area causes a decrease in motion with associated discomfort in the joint between the big toe and the first metatarsal. If allowed to worsen, the skin over the bunion may break down causing an ulcer, which also presents a problem of potential infection. But for all their complexity, our feet really weren’t designed for the modern world. They spend their days and night tightly encased in tennis shoes, sandals, or shiny black pumps. The constant friction causes skin on the feet to get thick and rough. In areas where they’re constantly being rubbed the wrong way, the skin can form tough bumps called corns and calluses. They’re really the same thing, although calluses are spread over a large area, while corns are quite a bit smaller. I know there are several different bunion products available, but these are the ones that have worked best for me.bunion hard skin Are caused by poor blood circulation (peripheral vascular disease or atherosclerosis.) The arteries, which carry blood from the heart to the rest of the body, become clogged. When this happens, not enough blood reaches the feet and tissue in the feet die and ulcerate due to lack of oxygen. These ulcers are often associated with diabetes since diabetics have an increased prevalence of vascular disease. They may also be seen in patients who are not diabetic but who have peripheral vascular disease. These ulcers most commonly involve the toes rather than the bottom of the foot. These ulcers often lead to gangrene. These toe problems develop over years and are common in adults. Women have more of these problems than men because of the types of shoes they may wear, such as high heels. Pain and a toe that looks odd are symptoms of hammer, claw, and mallet toes. The toe may rub against your footwear, and you may have trouble finding shoes that fit. A hammer toe is a toe that bends down toward the floor at the middle toe joint. It usually happens in the second toe. This causes the middle toe joint to rise up. Hammer toes often occur with bunions Arthritis is the leading cause of physical disability in the United States. This disabling and sometimes crippling disease affects nearly 43 million people. Although it can affect any joint, arthritis frequently shows up first in the feet, which causes swelling, pain, tenderness, heat, redness and early morning stiffness in joints. A bunion is a swelling or enlargement of the large toe joint on the inner side of the foot. The deformity usually develops gradually and will cause pain from shoes rubbing against the enlarged bone. There may be swelling, redness and deep aching associated with the bunion joint causing a bursitis. The tendency to develop bunions is probably genetic, but the deformity is worsened by wearing high heels, especially those with pointed toes, placing increased pressure on the ball of the big toe. Bunions may also develop through the habit of walking with the hips rotated outward. This “turn out” causes the foot to plant along a diagonal from heel to big toe rather than rotating symmetrically around the midline of the foot. Symptoms include redness, swelling, loss of mobility and pain, although many people who have bunions are symptom free. Oct 26, 2011 By Jason Aberdeene Photo Caption Reflexology may help reduce hard skin and calluses. Photo Credit Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images