Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Health Tips for February 24

Health Tip: Causes of Corns

Corns are small bumps that develop on the top or sides of the toes, often because you've worn shoes that rub those toes the wrong way.

Corns are not a serious condition, but they can be painful.

Here are common causes of corns, courtesy of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:

  • Having a deformity of the toe, such as a hammer toe.
  • Wearing high heels that pinch the toes or put pressure on the ball of the foot.
  • A seam inside a shoe rubbing on the toes.
  • Poorly fitting socks that allow pressure or friction on the toes.
  • Shoes that are too tight or too loose.

Health Tip: If the Shoe Fits

Making sure that your shoes fit properly can significantly reduce your risk of foot problems.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these suggestions when trying on and buying shoes:

  • Before you try on a new pair, have both of your feet measured at the store. Your feet can vary in size, and change over time.
  • Stand up while your feet are measured, and do it at the end of the day, when feet are likely to be a bit larger.
  • Make sure that your shoes aren't so tight that they pinch your toes, but they shouldn't be so big that they slide around on your feet.
  • Before you buy, walk around in the shoes to be sure they are comfortable. You should not have to "break them in."
  • Sizes vary between shoes and brands, so go with what fits, not necessarily the size you are used to buying.

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