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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Treating Your Common Foot Troubles - Part 3

Plantar Warts - irritating warts on the bottom of the feet. It is caused by a virus that enters through the abrasions on the foot.
  • Prevention: Always wear flip-flops instead of walking barefoot.
  • Treatment: Some experts don't recommend over-the-counter wart treatments as it may damage surrounding areas of your foot. See your doctor to have those warts lasered off or frozen, or removed with mild acid. Otherwise, surgery for severe cases.
Pump Bump - also known as Haglund's deformity, - a bone deformity on the back of the heel which can lead to bursitis if not treated.
  • Prevention: Don't use shoes with stiff backs. Use heel lifts (like HTP Heel Seats) to decrease pressure on the heel.
  • Treatment: Reduce the inflammation through medication and icing. Use shoes that are backless so that it doesn't rub the area. Avoid activities that put strain on the area.
Achilles Tendinitis - the inflammation of the Achilles tendon, - a tendon at the back of your calf. It is caused by overuse or from other weight - bearing sports with repetitive motion or long - term wearing of high-heeled shoes.
  • Prevention: Wear appropriate shoes, and gradually stretch before and after working out.
  • Treatment: Stretching, massage, heel pads and shoe inserts can help. Take anti-inflammatory medications and icing the area. Surgery is the last option.

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