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How can the toe foams help foot problems?

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Corns on the toes are certainly painful. They are as a result of too much pressure on that area of the toes and the epidermis just thickens up to safeguard itself, then becomes so thick that it can be then painful. The causes of that higher pressure are numerous and might be because of a bony deformity, a claw toe or a bunion. A good podiatrist could easily take away a corn, but if the pressure that created the corn is still there, then it's probably going to return. To find the best success long term, the reason behind the corn really needs to be recognized and that reason removed. At times that could require surgery to fix the underlying bone or toe disability. Other times that can necessitate the wearing of padding for pressure off loading over the area. Almost always, a vast improvement in the fit of shoes are the most effective ways to get pressure off an area.

One method to self manage these issues will be to remove the pressure. You can find protective pads which you can use such as the toe foams. These are a soft foam manufactured from polyurethane using a cloth lining. They are available in longer tubes so you or the podiatrist can cut these to the required length to put on the toe to cushion and shield it. Several of the toe foams come with a increased thicker area on one side to get more protection. They have a tendency for use more in the short to medium terms as they are soft, they aren't that tough. When they are helpful and need to be used more in the long term chances are they are going to need to get replaced frequently. Usually go over the options with the podiatrist to see the things they advise as the things they determine to be your best alternatives over the long term.

 

 

How to prevent and treat chilblains?

Chilblains are a common skin problem on the feet of people who have the risk factors for how the small blood vessels respond to cold. They are very common in the colder climates and almost unheard of in the warmer climates. Despite being so common there is a lot that is not known about chilblains. For example, they can affect some people for a number of years and then just stop for no known reason. The are more common in those who smoke and more common in those with less body fat. They are more common in females. Despite all of these known risk factors it is not clear what the mechanism is by which they increase the risk. Without knowing that it can be somewhat difficult to develop treatments for chilblains that are universally affective. Most treatments are just based on anecdotes when the natural history of them is to heal up anyway given time. This raises the question as to did the treatment work or did it get better on its own anyway.

All of these issues were widely discussed in the Podiatry livestream, PodChatLive in which the hosts talked with Joseph Frenkel, a podiatrist from Melbourne, Australia. This episode was streamed live on Facebook and was later added to YouTube and also an audio version as a podcast. The episode talked about how easy it is to diagnose a chilblain based on the typical history and appearance, but also just how difficult it is to know which is the best treatment. There is not much, if any good evidence as to what is more effective and which treatment work any better than doing nothing. There was a good consensus on how to prevent the chilblains by keeping the feet warm and how to protect the foot once a chilblain had developed. Preventative measures were also discussed as they do appear to be very effective.