First, use a non-soap anti-bacterial cleanser as your ONLY foot cleanser to cleanse away skin bacteria. When your feet are clean you will do much to keep harmful germs that cause infections and odors away! And don't forget to dry feet carefully. Then apply a therapeutic cream that is also anti-bacterial, thoroughly rubbing into the soles and heels, particularly areas of thick or rough skin to restore and protect them. Do this EVERYDAY! Your feet deserve it and need it to stay healthy and to keep your skin moist and problem free! Hyperidrosis, caused by the over-activity of sweat glands, bring about swelling of the soles and toes, redness and flaking between toes. Athlete's Foot is a fungal infection that always start in the web between toes. Flaking, cracking and blistering of the skin are more severe symptoms which can be avoided. Corns or small patches of hard skin are provoked by pressure from an ill-fitting shoe and can be removed by corn caps and corn drops. Bunions - misaligned toe joints- which are swollen and painful are caused by ill-fitting shoes. A verruca is a viral infection commonly transmitted by walking barefoot on unhygienic floors. Pain is a major symptom of bunions and is most apparent when walking or wearing shoes. Chronic pain at the base of the big toe is regularly reported. Swelling of the soft tissues, redness, and tenderness of the region at the base of the big toe can also be very problematic. Soft corns between toes, and hard corns where pressure from footwear cause irritation can develop as a result of bunions Treatment for corns caused by bunions are available, but will continue to return until the root problem of the bunions is taken care of. Such problems can be exacerbated by tight footwear. “Slip-on shoes can make matters worse,” says Trevor. “Because they have to be tighter to stay on your feet, you automatically have less room for your toes. And with nothing to hold your foot in place, your toes often slide to the end where they’re exposed to lots of pressure. Likewise, high heels throw more weight onto the ball of the foot, putting your toes under further pressure.” The aim of surgery is to correct the cause of the bunion and prevent it growing back. Which type of surgery your podiatric surgeon recommends will depend on the severity of your bunion. You can tell you have a corn or callus by its appearance. A callus is hard, dry, and thick, and it may appear grayish or yellowish. It may be less sensitive to the touch than surrounding skin, and it may feel bumpy. A hard corn is also firm and thick. It may have a soft yellow ring with a gray center. A soft corn looks like an open sore. If you have diabetes , peripheral arterial disease , peripheral neuropathy , or other conditions that cause circulatory problems or numbness, talk to your doctor before trying any treatment for calluses or corns. Podiatrists also advise the wearing of high heels occasionally does not pose a problem but damage can be caused if they are worn too often and can also have an impact later in life. Most falls that occur late in life are due to poor balance as a result of poor feet possibly caused by inappropriate footwear in earlier years. The effect of footwear can also cause problems like corns, calluses, ingrown toenails or bunions Frequently money is spent on appearance such as facials/makeup/hair styles but, despite our feet walking many miles over the years and being vital to wellbeing, they are often neglected. The first approaches a podiatrist will recommend for the treatment of your bunions will be conservative, non-surgical techniques like exercises, orthopedic footwear or footwear inserts, or ‘bunion splits’ which are designed to try and realign the affected toe. If these measures are not effective, foot surgery may be necessary to cure the bunion. When having a bunion, the base of your big toe gets larger and sticks out. The skin can be red and tender and the joints usually flexes with every step. The big toe might angle toward the second toe or under it and the bottom skin may become thicker and painful.