How to Minimise Foot Blisters and Redness in the Pressure Areas
If a part of your foot keeps rubbing against your footwear making your skin red and tender in that area, you can use moleskin and/or better-fitting footwear. You can get moleskin of different thickness over-the-counter in any pharmacy, cut it down with scissors to the same size as the red pressure area, detach from the paper, and stick it on your sore spot. The moleskin will usually hold till your first shower or bath. A long-term solution would be to get softer more pliable shoes with flexible sole and plenty of space for your toes to prevent rubbing. Make sure you shop around and walk around in the shoes before buying them.
FREE Footcare Webinar on February 28, 2018 at 7 pm.
We’re sooo excited. This will be our first Webinar. Hope to see all of you there since Foot Care is an exciting field, plus … you’ll get to learn what a Foot Care Nurse does and how you can take care of your feet better! To watch the webinar all you have to do is go to the home page.
What is a Bone Spur?
A Bone Spur (osteophyte) is an overgrowth of bone caused by inflammation related to tendinitis or degenerative arthritis (osteoarthritis). Bone spurs can be found in the area of chronic inflammation or injury to the local cartilage or tendons. Chronic inflammation in one area begins the cascade of bone formation by cells, whose job it is to form and deposit bone. Bone accumulates and a bony spur appears. Chronic Achilles tendinitis (inflammation of Achilles tendon) can lead to a spur in the heel bone (Calcaneus). Chronic Plantar Fascitis (inflammation of the tissue on the bottom of the foot) can lead to a bone spur forming on the bottom of the heel bone.
Bone spurs may be painless or tender and painful. They are diagnosed using radiologic tests and treated only if symptoms persist. Anti-inflammatory medications may be given for inflammation as well as pain medication. The key is to avoid further injury and use padding (such as moleskin) to cushion the bony prominence.
Have you ever wondered what moisturiser is best to use now that it’s winter?
Anything with Urea 10% or 20% is your best bet. However, I like to use moisturisers with Shea Butter as the main ingredient. I also have this little tub of pure African Shea butter. It’s quite solid, so you have to roll it between your hands to melt it down and you can smooth it out on your feet. It feels AMAZING!
New Research on Treatment of Plantar Warts
Over the counter preparations that include Salycylic acid, dichloroacetic or trichloroacetic acids are most affective. But never put this preparation on intact skin. Use a piece of adhesive tape (ex. Leukoplast) and cut a hole in the middle for the wart to isolate it. Apply the preparation to the wart and cover with another piece of tape. Keep it there dry for one week. The wart can then be shaved down. The whole process can be done again on a weekly basis until the wart is gone. Cryotherapy, which is freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen, is also effective but must be done by the physician. If you have diabetes or peripheral vascular disease Do Not shave down (pare) the wart.