Pain in the foot

11:09 AM, Apr 4, 2013   |    comments
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LAKE CHARLES, Pennsylvania (KPLC) -- Every day, our feet take a pounding.

Podiatrist Vernon Garber says your whole foot is suspectible to conditions that can stop you in your tracks.

First up: Bunions.

"A bunion is an enlargement of both the soft tissue and bone near the big toe joint. It can cause pain when the shoe rubs up against the area," said Podiatrist Vernon Garber.

Bunions go hand in hand with high heels and heredity.

Severe cases need surgery, but oftentimes the right shoe can fix it.

"From the vertical height of the shoe and the full foot as well as the width and that you don't have a lot of impingement, because that can cause a lot of problems," said Garber.

Ill-fitting shoes are also to blame for corns: Pressure points on the tops and sides of toes.

Corn pads can help them heal, but not if it's too advanced.

"If there is a worry about infection or if a corn is consistently painful, then I would seek medical advice," said Garber

Now calluses: Age and shoe wear are the triggers for these and medication helps avoid infection.

"With proper shoe wear, proper support, occasionally anti-inflammatory medicine and also steroid injections are used in moderation." said Garber.

"If you're wearing it all day long for months and years on end, the foot can adapt to that position and have less motion available in the muscles and joints of the foot," said Garber.

Physicists have even come up with a formal for shoe height: 12 plus three times your shoe size divided by eight.

But if you want to avoid the math and the foot pain, picking a solidly constructed, cushioned shoe that conforms to your feet should keep you painfree.

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