This kind of pain flares especially when you press under the three smallest toes. This pain usually only effects runners as it's caused by landing too hard on this area of the foot when running. As a result, your foot begins building a cushion called a bursa to protect the area. Bursitis pain is actually an indication that the bursa is getting irritated. As an initial measure try relieving the pressure with some foot pads. That’s a lot of new words so I’ll let you study this for a while then come back with the common terms used in the middle and back of the foot, the midfoot and rearfoot. I bought Erin a pair of hot pink Vibram Fivefingers and put her on an extremely gradual buildup on the treadmill during the winter of 2010-2011. All was going really well – she was running pain-free on the treadmill, and she didn’t seem to be having much trouble adapting to the minimal shoes. This was very encouraging to both of us. During this week, I also realized that my toes still didn't touch the floor. I made a concerted effort to start bending them using the exercises my doctor taught me. It was painful, yet the exercises worked to make my toes more flexible. See Week 4 floating toes below. If you think you need something stronger than your typical drug store concoction, the podiatrists at South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers can provide some relief. “We offer a few different products which have prescription strength ‘UREA’ in them,” says Dr. Brett Fried. “These products work much better than what is available in stores. UREA is a prescription that is FDA-approved and used to soften hard, callused feet and allow the cracked, hard skin to heal. Use of a pumice stone and a skin softener can also help.” HOME REMEDIES TO SOFTEN FEET No food or water allowed past midnight the night prior. Prescriptions for post surgery are already filled and waiting bedside. TV is facing my bed at home, prepared with Netflix and my laptop and phone charger are bedside as well. Gotta be prepared for a lot of time in bed. I ordered online from Crutcheze fashionable crutch pads for my crutches to add a much needed comfort considering I would be using them for quite a long time and for my next surgery as well. I also ordered the boot cover/protector for when I enter that phase. Bunions develop from a weakness in the bone structure of your foot. Because of the instability of the bones and ligaments that form to various joints and arches in your foot, the joints have a tendency to move out of proper alignment. Bunions are not caused by improper shoe gear, but are significantly aggravated by improper fitting shoes that place an unusual degree of pressure at the bunion joint. As bunions become more severe the joint moves out of proper alignment and eventually arthritis damages the joint space. The large toe moves sideways towards the 2nd toe and foot tends to widen across the metatarsal area. Minor injuries or small sores may progress into non-healing ulcers. Gangrene (blackening of that part) can occur if the wound gets infected and has poor blood supply. In this case, amputation of that part of the leg is necessary. (*** It is highly recommended to Immediately contact your doctor if a sore or other foot problem doesn’t heal in 1 day) Use appropriate moistures to keep your feet hydrated, and always wear right fitting footwear. Too tight or too loose a shoe can lead to foot problems like bunions, corns and fungal infections. As mentioned earlier, calluses on feet can be treated by oneself. However, in serious cases it is better to refer to a podiatrist rather than attempt to treat it oneself. Doing so can result in serious infections and further worsen the condition. Given here is an effective home remedy for removing calluses. Before bed is also a great time to apply moisturizer, especially if your skin is extra thirsty. Use a thick moisturizer such as Eucerin and then put on a pair of socks to keep your feat soaking in moisture all night long. Vaseline also works surprisingly well, give it a try. Massage then stimulates the foot and leg and the treatment is finished by intensive nail and cuticle work. The treatment lasts one hour and 15 minutes and costs £35. Also try Agnieszka (Anoushka) at Urban Angel on Lord Russell Place. Pure Nail and Beauty, at Ocean Terminal and on Lothian Road, is another place where your feet can be pampered but staff at the salon urge clients to visit a chiropodist first. The medical treatments will leave your feet in a condition that will benefit greatly from pedicures. By working side by side we can achieve optimum results." During the first two weeks you will need to stay off your foot as much as possible and elevate it a lot of the time. This means spending two weeks in bed and only getting out to shuffle to the toilet and back. So you may be eating food in bed, if you’re lucky enough to have someone to assist you with your care. Make sure you sit up to eat it and stay sitting up for about half an hour afterwards or you run the risk of gastric reflux, which is unpleasant. Prop yourself up with good pillows or buy a bed wedge or back rest. Most people know that bunions can lead to all sorts of irritating foot issues. From hammertoes to bone-crushing pain, these bony bumps can cause lots of friction and pressure with every step you take. Because of this constant contact, corns can also be an annoying side effect of this condition. Corns and calluses are caused by repeated friction and pressure from shoes. If the first signs of soreness are ignored, corns and calluses rise up as nature’s way of protecting sensitive areas. Even after taking into account pain in other areas of the body, people with bunions still reported poorer mental and physical functioning than those without bunions.