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Calluses – No Friends of Yours!

So what’s a callus, exactly? A callus, essentially, is a build-up of skin which the body makes in response to pressure.  Calluses are generally hard, can be thick, split, peeling or laminating, and often painful.  Calluses, their size, shape, and location are often excellent indicators of pressure spots on the foot, whether from the bones […]

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Corns: Kernels of Pain

Corns – painful little buggers! Corns are essentially nature’s response to pressure and friction between toes, under and around feet, and inside footwear.  Even the tiniest seeded corn can produce such pain as to make walking very difficult.  Corns are grouped into four types – hard, soft or interdigital, seeded, and Lister’s.  Each presents differently, […]

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Toenails: Engineering Marvels

Toenails, nature’s great protectors, are designed to protect the skin of our toes from injury, provide stability for the toes, and increase the sensitivity of the toe by producing counter-pressure against the pad of toes when encountering objects such as flooring, pebbles, etc.. Toenails, really, are quite amazing.  Beyond being a nice place to put polish, […]

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Diabetes and Feet – The 411

Whenever someone with diabetes comes for foot care for the first time, they’re nervous and unsure.  Often they’re thinking about pictures they’ve seen and stories they’ve heard of people with diabetes having foot and leg amputations. Of course, this can be very frightening. Fortunately, amputations aren’t a foregone conclusion when a person has diabetes – […]

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Athlete’s Foot – What is it and why should you care?

Athlete’s foot, aka tinea pedis (tin-ee-ah pee-dis), is a type of fungal infection between and under toes, and on the soles of feet. It most often begins between the 4th & 5th toes, and appears as itchy or tender cracks.  If left untended, athlete’s foot can spread to all toes and onto the sole of feet.  If […]

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Your Feet Tell A Story

  Feet. Often overlooked and under-appreciated, feet are vital to our mobility, our quality of life, and even our survival.  Comprised of 26 bones, 2 sesamoid bones, 33 joints, 19 muscles and 107 ligaments, each, feet have been referred to as a perfect marriage of form and function, exquisite engineering designed to propel, pivot and take […]

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