How to Prevent Hammertoes, Calluses, and Other Foot Irritations
Causes of Foot Ailments
Foot ailments can range from arthritis to bunions, but almost all of them have a common cause, wearing poor-fitting shoes. Women in particular normally wear tight shoes that are narrow and constrictive, all in the name of fashion. The second and third most common cause is overuse from constant foot related exercises, such as walking, running, and traumatic injuries in the event of an accident. Here is a list of some of the most common ailments and their causes:
- Bunions: These are one of the most common foot problems. A bunion is a protruding bump at the first joint of the big toe. They commonly occur on pronated feet, and occur during adolescence and middle age.
- Corns: These are formations on the bottom of the foot caused by an accumulation of dead skin cells which make a hardened layer. Development occurs from wearing really tight shoes or foot imbalances.
- Hammertoes: This is a contraction of the toes were your tendons and ligaments are pressured into curling your toes downwards. Causes can be hereditary, but most women get hammertoes from abnormal foot mechanics caused by wearing tight heels that create a lot of pressure in the toe area.
- Heel Pain: Heel pains are one of the most common ailments that can affect both men and women. They are caused by repetitive stress on the heel from too much impact when walking. It can cause extreme discomfort, inflammation, and blistering.
The above ailments are some of the most common that normally affect the feet. All of them can be treated and prevented to a certain degree.
How to Prevent Common Foot Ailments
There are many different products that can be used to bring comfort to your feet even when wearing ill fitting shoes, but the most innovative foot cushioning technology has got to be Heaven4Toes. Heaven4Toes is a self adhesive arch cushion that fits nearly any shoe to give your feet the comfort and support they need. These cushions are known to prevent blisters, calluses, corns, skin irritations, bunions, and hammertoes. They are made from durable polyurethane materials that are practically invisible in any shoe.
These products are necessary for wearing the shoes you like with minimal damage to your feet. Arch cushions will make walking long distances much more comfortable while putting very little pressure on your feet. Wearing those narrow high heels or those fashionable flats doesn’t have to be a painful chore. With the right product, you can feel like you’re walking on clouds, comfortably and pain free.
Kaki Zell - Vice President of Sales, Marketing, eCommerce at Legs-4-Life LLC
Kaki holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She’s been working in the medical device industry over 11 years and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greensboro Science Center.