A corn is formed by the skin when it is under pressure. The skin firstly thickens up to try to protect itself against the increased pressure on it. Once the skin thickens this actually creates more pressure on the area and the skin thickens up some more. This process carries on until the thickened skin gets compressed down into a corn. So a corn is really compressed hard skin. They can be very painful as they press on the deep layers of the skin and nerves.
Gait assessment is just that, an assessment of your gait. So why is this helpful? A Podiatrist who specialises in gait assessment and biomechanics will spot any issues with your gait and use his experience to help you avoid getting foot or leg problems or to treat any conditions you already have.
WINTER IS COMING – WRAP UP THOSE FEET
Yes that’s right, if you haven’t realised yet winter is on its way, if not already here! The days are getting shorter and the temperature is getting colder. No doubt we are all thinking about putting our heating on if we haven’t already!
The winter can also be a bad time for our feet. Many people suffer during the cold months with very cold feet and chilblains. These are extremely painful lesions which occur anywhere on our feet and some people get them on their hands. They are often red and itchy and painful at night especially. Strangely they often feel hot and people think they need to cool them down.
Flat shoes are not always good for us, especially if worn for long periods.
There has been a recent fashion trend for flat shoes especially the very flat ‘Dolly’ type shoes or flip flops. This has been especially for girls and ladies, but also men in flat moulded sole trainers. The very flat nature of these shoes gives our feet a problem when we wear them for long periods. It is not uncommon for people to complain of arch strain or calf strain amongst other problems after wearing this type of shoe for a length of time.