Hammertoe - It is a toe that is bent because of the weakened muscle that makes the tendons shorter, thus causing the toes to curl under the feet. Most amputations begin with foot ulcers. But the good news is that 85% of amputations caused by diabetic foot ulcers are preventable. Use a mirror to look at the bottom of your feet. Call your doctor if you notice anything. If your eyesight is poor, have someone else do it for you. Corns on your toes can make wearing shoes unbearable. Here are some tips for diagnosing, treating and surviving painful toes! Our feet take lots of punishment, and it shows. The rough, calloused skin on the heels needs regular moisturising or it may become dry and cracked. The moist skin between the toes is prone to athlete’s foot. Even the skin on the tops of the feet is vulnerable; it can get sunburned if not protected from ultraviolet radiation. Hard skin forms due to overloading and pressure areas. If you have hard skin on your feet, gently remove it with a pumice stone, foot file or Ped Egg on damp heels and calluses and it will ensure that your feet look utterly gorgeous in your new sling-backs. Wear well fitting shoes with a wide toe box. This is the most important change you can make for increasing your comfort. FootSmart has a shoe called the Aetrex Women's Molly Mary Jane which is especially designed for problem feet. The shoe stretches to accomodate the exact contours of your foot providing comfort for foot problems such as swollen feet, bunions, overlapping toes and hammertoes and is great to wear when travelling. If you develop hard skin on the bump, try a relaxing foot bath to soften skin and then rub down with a pumice block. Try these foot soak recipes , or homemade foot scrubs There are many people who are not able to take proper care of their feet, for example elderly and disabled persons. For these people, it is difficult to treat hardened skin on their feet by their own. In this regard, a foot care specialist or chiropodist can assist them. Although a foot care specialist uses the same methods to get rid of hard skin , they have the professional equipment and skill to do away with hardened skin much more rapidly. 2.Buy shoes in the evening when your feet are the largest and buy a size that fits the larger of your two feet. Plantar warts are another common painful condition. They grow on the plantar or bottom part of the foot. They are found in areas where the most pressure is applied such as the heel and ball of the foot. Although plantar warts will go away in their own time they should be treated with an over the counter remedy to lessen the painful symptoms they bring with them. Plantar warts cause pain with walking They will also spread to others area with the same type of skin They are common issues in those with feet pain. Bunions may form as a result of abnormal motion of the foot during walking orrunning. One common example of an abnormal movement is an excessive amount of stress placed upon the inside of the foot. This leads to friction and irritation of the involved structures. Age has also been noted as a factor in developing bunions, in part because the underlying bone displacement worsens overtime unless corrective measures are taken. A plantar callus, a callus that occurs on the sole of the foot, has a white center. Hereditary calluses develop where there is no apparent friction, run in families, and occur most often in children. De-Smudge Your Stainless. You don’t need to hunt down that “single use” stainless steel cleaner anymore. Multi-use lemon oil is great for cleaning stainless steel appliances. You’ll love the way stainless looks and smells! Clean Granite or Porous Stone. What is living in the pores of your natural stone counters or floors? Lemon oil cleans deeply, seeps into stone and leaves you with a “real fresh lemons” aroma, rather than that fake lemon chemical smell. Stop Cutting Board Bacteria Palooza. Cutting boards can harbor bacteria in your kitchen. Nobody wants to taste the chemicals you have in your cleaning closet, yet most people love the taste of lemon!