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8 months, said...

is there any medical reason for someone's toes to be shaped like a bell, and their big toenails are black


over 1 year, said...

How to get my mothers feet to quit turning purple


over 1 year, said...

Cracked heels usually mean b vitamin deficiency. I'm surprised it wasn't mentioned because it's pretty common.


almost 2 years, said...

I love to hike and walk. About a month ago, I went hiking and the last mile and 1/2 was a very rocky surface. When I finished, the bottom of my feet hurt. When I got home, the bottom of my feet were quite red and swollen, a bit, and hurt quite a bit.. I thought it was because of the rocks. Ever since then, when I walk or hike, the same thing occurs Any ideas?


about 2 years, said...

My feet get red & hurt on the bottom of both feet. What does this mean?


almost 3 years, said...

I have burning and numbness in both feet It started about 2 years ago after surgery. I was on antibotics for a long time. I've had blood work done and am not diabetic. It would come and leave for awhile but now have all the time. Had feet x-ray last year and some warts removed but nothing else was done.


about 3 years, said...

#18 don't think insurance covers that cure.


about 3 years, said...

My 40 yr old daughter has very swollen feet and ankles. When you push a finger into any spot on her feet it stays indented. She has been checked for diabetes and told she does not have. Dr's say they don't know why it has happened. Any suggestions? She has to wear flip flops or extra large shoes.


over 3 years, said...

Feet turns red & nerve issues after an artery was harvested for a Heart bypass


over 3 years, said...

hair serving as connective threads to skin on the bottom of both feet Only visible after excess skin has been scraped off after show.Obvious once the removed skin begins to dry. Is this normal?


over 3 years, said...

The ball of my left foot feels lumpy when I walk it hurts. My left knee is also thribing.


over 3 years, said...

I lose complete feeling without any tingling or warning before a traumatic fall due to Peripheral neuropathy. No warning whatsoever. I Have 4 badly broken ribs; 3 completely in had. I've also had a traumatic hwas injury and a split lip requiring hospitalization. I am NOT a diabetic, and began 10 yrs ago when I nearly severed my spine. I should say this runs the n my paternal side of the family with my father, 3 of his siblings as well as all three children diagnosed


almost 4 years, said...

It's good to know that my fungus-y toenails can be treated. I would hate to get that in my hands. I'd better ask doc about them before it spreads further.


about 4 years, said...

Very informative post. I recently had surgery on my right foot from Dr.Brady.He fixed up the issue and also used to make the process pain free.


over 4 years, said...

Many points made...some convinced me nothing was wrong, others made me aware of improvements I could make in foot care.


over 4 years, said...

Both my children have Hammer toes some which also slant to the right. How do I 'fix' these ? I'm afraid they may pose a problem and cause pain down the road. I have taken them to a podiatrist but all they say is that if it doesn't hurt, corrective surgery is not required!


almost 5 years, said...

I have dry cracked feet


about 5 years, said...

Very informative and loaded with practical hints and suggestions.


about 5 years, said...

I weaned off of prednisone 7 weeks ago. I began taking prednisone for PMR, at 13 mg a day. The first time I weaned off was 3 years later. I was off for 1 month, but then, PMR was back. I began 13 mg again, and weaned off this past April. The pain is awful, along with sleepless nights, I can no longer enjoy any exercises. I am stiff and have tender hands and fingers, and hip joint paint and knee and foot pain. I was taking Celebrex for the past 5 days with no relief. What can I do? I need help dealing with the pain and sleeplessness.


about 5 years, said...

This article helped me to understand my toenails and why certain areas of my feet hurt at times. Thank you for the info.


about 5 years, said...

Hi, i'm concerned about what my feet are telling me, it started around the angles, now it's on top of my feet just right below the toes, it looks like a rash, it's brown in color not real dark but enough to know it's there. there's no pain, except when i do a lot of walking then i'll wake up with cramps in them, but they'll go away the cramps. i've always been very active and hard on my poor feet. now getting older of course i feel a lot of things. thanks


about 5 years, said...

I know what I'm doing when I have my physical in Sept. A complete blood count.


about 5 years, said...

Regarding foot and leg pain, I too, had excruciating, long-lasting pain in these areas. I eliminated wheat and wheat products from my diet, including alcohol (which is made from grain), and within five days (or so), the pain was gone. Every time I think, 'Well, I'm sure a couple or pieces of wheat toast or a nip of grain alcohol can't hurt', the pain returns. I truly believe there is a direct connection between what's in my diet and the pains I suffered. Try it, and good luck!


about 5 years, said...

How about skin infections such as "Athletes Feet"?


about 5 years, said...

A great many things I did not know. I don't have the problems now, but it is important to be prepared if they do develop.


about 5 years, said...

I have to agree with everyone who suggested photos that portray the condition mentioned in the article. Not pictures of professional foot models! I could not connect the symptom with anything that I am familiar with, but seem to be suffering from achy feet quite often.


about 5 years, said...

It was very informative as I am a woman with hairy legs;feet & arms


over 5 years, said...

I am 75 and have had gout for many years with several acute attacks. I was a public music teacher and was always standing on concrete throughout the day and evening. Dancing and marching was good exercise and a big help. However when menopause came my feet seemed to collapse and the gout really became a problem. Much of the above information had already been absorbed. But there were some revelations and it never hurts to be reminded about routine observations. Also it is good to know when to ask a podiatrist. I have been under the care a of a podiatrist for thirty three years and have had a good pedorthist for twenty years. With the grace of God these people have kept me on my feet. Lots of prayer and meditation helps, too.


over 5 years, said...

Who says feet need support? They need support after being warped into useless lumps by the poor footwear that is ubiquitous nowadays.


over 5 years, said...

I have red toes -- the center toe on each foot is very red. There is a spot on each nail that is like a tiny dark dot. What can this be? There is nothing like it on this website that I can find.


over 5 years, said...

why would toes slant on the bottom & form a line of callouses on bottom of each?


over 5 years, said...

Hi ! I feel heat under my feet. while sleeping I keep my feet out of the blanket for some time and after cooling off I put them back in blanket, I read all 18 steps , but didn't find anything related to my problem. Please help. Regards Jatinder


over 5 years, said...

RED FLAG #18 OLD SHOES, I DIDN,T KNOW THAT IT MADE A DIFFERENCE AS TO HOW OLD THEY ARE AND THAT THEY COULD BE THE PROBLEM FOR MY FOOT PAIN.


over 5 years, said...

See this this would work for me accept I am a dancer (and I do pointe) so I have almost every one of these symptoms...


over 5 years, said...

What do you do with nails that are to reach after 75? Cannot get a fingernail under two of them, do keep all filed and cut as well as I can Adam At


over 5 years, said...

Useful to know about taking pulse inside the ankle then I might know if I'm developing hardened arteries or just suffering from 'normal' cold feet!


over 5 years, said...

This was a thorough and comprehensive report; easy to read and very informative.


over 5 years, said...

Just one - Please illustrate with pictures that relate to the conditions being described, not stock photors of health manicured feet & toes.


over 5 years, said...

An anonymous writer said she had high white blood count. I had high white blood count too but went to a endocrinologist for something else and found out I had hyperparathyroidism. I had a small operation for it and it cured most everything for me. I had pains in my legs and arms (even my bones hurt) but because I was active I thought it was from that. Took care of a lot of problems I was having!


over 5 years, said...

I would have liked it better if your pictures of beautiful feet had been pictures of what you were talking about. The artical was very very informative and thank you.


over 5 years, said...

all articles were very helpful, husband is diabetic and I have recently had back surgery and am now having steroid injections because of never damage secondary to surgery. Thanks


over 5 years, said...

The pain in the botton of both of my heels can that also be called heel spurs?


over 5 years, said...

Your articles are very well written, easy to understand with very professional and practical information. Thank you very much.


over 5 years, said...

Attention Seniors! Contact your local Senior Center as many of these centers run a professional foot care clinic operated by RNs. Generally, it is under the auspices of Aging and Long Term Care. These clinics are professional, use sterilized equipment, and provide not only foot care but health suggestions of taking care of feet at home, referrals to specialists, shoe-insert places etc. The RNs know about feet and the telltale signs they see, such as some of the ones described in this article. The clinics will take care of your nails and feet for a nominal fee or for a suggested donation. SO-- give your town's Senior Center a call and I am sure you will be able to find help in a multitude of ways:)


over 5 years, said...

No hair on feet. What to do? Vascular ?


over 5 years, said...

Very informative, lucky that i have healthy good looking feet for a guy but this article alarmed me to take good care of my feet as they are important part of my body.


over 5 years, said...

What causes tumors to form on nerves in between the toes? I have had 5 removed and they are very painful.


almost 6 years, said...

so interesting that the feet can tell so much about your health physically and emotionally


almost 6 years, said...

Oh, also, the one about cramps and Charley horses could not be more true! But don't try to alleviate this serious problem by simply "eating better"! EVERYONE here should have 3 things at their disposal, and I believe the article mentions the first 2: #1 Potassium supplement. Small dose is fine, mine is 100mg (3% DV), just get a big bottle sometimes you will want more than 1 when you realize how good it feels NOT to be deficient in Potassium. #2 Calcium-Magnesium (Cal Mag) supplement. Medium dose magnesium (400mg, 100% DV), medium dose calcium (1000mg, 75% DV). This supplement can and likely will cure many other problems you might have (such as constipation, sleep problems, and more) in addition to helping with cramps. But don't bother with the expensive brand names that rip you off. Go get a cheap off-brand which is just as good on Amazon for about $10. #3 Zinc Copper supplement. High dose zinc (30mg, 200% DV), low dose copper (300mcg, 15%). This is what the article doesn't mention. Imho, you're best buy is a Cal Mag supplement that also has Zinc + Copper, e.g. Cal Mag Zinc Copper supplement. These 2 minerals are required to cure some of the same problems #2 cures, so this formula works very well when everything is combined. And you can safely take these in the amounts listed above in addition to almost any multi, which likely isn't giving you enough of these.


almost 6 years, said...

I have very low red blood count, at one time it got to the number 7 I had blood transfusions and it seemed to help but it is now doing it again. Also, my white cell count is very high, a few months ago it was 24. Dr's don't seem to know what is going on. Should I be concerned?


almost 6 years, said...

A good chiropractor can cure the cause in many instances of numb feet.


almost 6 years, said...

Some people have found relief from gout by eating cherries.


almost 6 years, said...

I read that the health starts from your feet .Today iknow this , when read this article .Thank youfor medical information


almost 6 years, said...

Good useful information. Nothing is more important than your feet. I recently had reconstructive surgery on my right foot, five pins and a plate are holding it together. I should have seen a Dr. sooner, kept thinking the pain would subside, it didn't. All of the information in this article is imperative to keeping your feet in good health.


almost 6 years, said...

My wife has many of these problems, will not admit it, but I will get her to read it. in particular the problem with old shoes. Eat your heart out Imelda Marcos! Is there a Museum for old shoes anywhere?


almost 6 years, said...

I have Neuropathy, and to me the things you told in there I did not know all of this. So now I am going to be talking with my Dr. about this. I also the things the things that was mentioned about your thyroid, was very interesting also.


almost 6 years, said...

Thanks


almost 6 years, said...

It is very informative and interesting, but would be MUCH MUCH more informative and easier to remember if you had pictures of each condition...


almost 6 years, said...

I am sick, but the oc says It's stress


almost 6 years, said...

Great article - learned something new today. Can include a few more problems like bunions, etc...


almost 6 years, said...

Hi, my problem is that my feet get very very hot to the point that they seem to be on fire & the heat creeps up to my legs. They are also swollen to the point that I can't walk. I didn't see this problem on your 18 clues. Thanks! Maria


almost 6 years, said...

Thank you, I learned a lot from this feature.


almost 6 years, said...

I have developed "hammer" toes in the last few years. Anyone know the cause of this?>


almost 6 years, said...

I READ YHE HOLE 18 SPTEPS AND IT SO HELP FULL THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME ON ALL OF IT.


almost 6 years, said...

I have got lot from this article , I thank you for sharing me .


almost 6 years, said...

i have all of the symptoms,thirsty,pee every 10 min.tired alot,i just got my readin glasses but without them everthin is blurry as hell,i eat all the time and i gain .weight by holdin water from one of my medicines . what kind of dr. would u go to for this?


about 6 years, said...

to the person tingling of her feet, hands etc... Please have your doctor check and do some test, it could be nothing or the beginning of something serious.


about 6 years, said...

explanation of gout and RA.


about 6 years, said...

I have had the tingling in my feet for quite some time and was told it was neuropathy but nothing to do for it so I tried to ignore it but it has gotten worse and is now also in my hands as well as my ankles swelling, I was have been told numerous times I don't have diabetes but now I am wondering. I will check it out with my doctor, thank you for article.


about 6 years, said...

my feet in between my toes and on top of my toes and eventually spreads on top of my foot get so itchy that I have to scratch the itch and it feels releiving to scratch it but I could dig right down through the skin till Im bleeding and the next day I wake up my feet have scabs from scratching that hard. But the need and ichy feeling is so strong it drives me crazy Ive had it on and off for about 15 years and its the same as the first day I got it . It feels so good to scratch it but it doesnt satisfy the itch so I keep scratching untill Im bleeding or the skin is just raw what is it


about 6 years, said...

i am above fifty years old. i recently started to take sxercises seriously. After reading the article, i can explain the pains i experience on my foot better. Thanks for the information.


about 6 years, said...

Really learned some new symptoms and causes I hadn't realized.


about 6 years, said...

I think this article is great. I don't like podiatrist also (bad experience) but I go frecuently to a pedicure (they do more than a podiatrist), I get massage and relax a little. If you are diabetic, you should do it.


about 6 years, said...

Showed the importance of health condition indicated by the condition of the feet.


about 6 years, said...

THANKS FOR A LOT OF GOOD INFORMATION. I HAVE FOUND IT VERY HARD TO GET GOOD INFORMATION ABOUT PROBLEMS WITH MY FEET. MAYBE I SHOULD TRY A GOOD FOOT CLINIC, BUT MY EXPERIENCE WITH PODIATRISTS HAVE NOT BEEN VERY GOOD.


about 6 years, said...

This is a good article. I also see a foot doctor at the V A here in Spokane, Wa.


about 6 years, said...

Now I know when to buy new shoes and how to take care of my feet. I have been using my training shoes for over 500 miles.


about 6 years, said...

Having diabetes, alot of this information was new to me.


about 6 years, said...

All the diagnoses are extremely helpful but I beg to say it has been made very lengthy for reasons that are beyond me,The swollen feet and numbness and un-feeling in the toes and some wound-like lower part of foot fingers has given me timely alert.It sure looks that I have diabetes and shall immediately see my doctor and shall get tests done.Thank Care


about 6 years, said...

yellow nails and toes.. probably from fungus can be fixed with listerine mouth wash or vicksvaporub (they are anti fungal... it will take a couple weeks to cure if you do it every night. put some over the toes and cover with a plastic wrap or stokings. let it all night.


about 6 years, said...

PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY (diabetes): cherries (dark), turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, all of this are anti inflammatory spices and foods that will help you a little bit. you should check your diabetes. peoplespharmacy.com can see/read other people with the same problems - read their comments- they may help.


about 6 years, said...

Regretfully this does not refer to peripheral neuropathy, or what action to take to overcome this health problem.


about 6 years, said...

SO MUCH I DIDN'T KNOW AND SO MUCH TO LOOK OUT FOR THANK YOU FOR ALL THE INFO


about 6 years, said...

Info. on stress fractures because the sides of my one foot hurts a lot and other pain in the foot. Have gone to a foot doctor but feel I might need to go to a new one for another opinion. Think this doctor is only interested in trimming my toe nails and going on to the next patient.


about 6 years, said...

It would be nice to see some photos of the conditions you mention. For Plantar fasciitis , massage therapy is a viable modality for treatment.


about 6 years, said...

This article was so helpful today. Thank you so much for all the helpful articles


about 6 years, said...

Thanks everyone for your comments. Just a reminder: The material on this site is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice or diagnosis or treatment. Please see your doctor(s) or a licensed medical professional offline to receive answers about specific symptoms you've shared in your comments. Thanks!


about 6 years, said...

I my case, an enlarged toe with numbness was an early sign of severe immune system disorder. I was misdiagnosed with gout for about ten years until finally, after all my joints including jaws, fingers and toes were inflamed and deformed, a rheumatologist made the link between the joint issues and my occasional scaly scalp. I was becoming bedridden! Now I'm on medications that suppress my immune system so it'll stop attacking my joints. There are risks including lymphoma, but I'm using my re-acquired mobility as a second chance to stay fit and I'm hoping that will decrease the odds of getting a bad disease.


about 6 years, said...

how about foot pain and very large protruding veins seen on top of feet and outer ankles. what does thinning of feet mean,esp. ball of foot area. feels like I am walking on my bones.


about 6 years, said...

I have numbness sometimes to my right foot, and my big toe nail is thick and ready to fall off if I pull it up. Sounds gross I know, but I don't know what it is and I don't like to go see doctors. Can someone tell me what this might be?


about 6 years, said...

The entire article is extremely informative and frightening really. Just to think that your feet could possibly hold a lot of answers, and/or warning signs to the state of your overall health is frightening because the average person walking around (no pun intended) is unaware. We see our feet everyday, we take them with us (or they take us-no pun intended) everywhere we go, and yet we don't communicate with them very well. Having broke my foot last Summer, and in a cast for 8 weeks, believe me we as humans really take our feet for granted, but let me tell each and everyone of your readers--your feet are so essential to every other movement of your entire body that w/o just one in top working order is a nightmare. I couldn't wash properly, do dishes, and let's not even mention going to the bathroom--ugh-it was not a good Summer. If you don't believe me, try getting through your day w/o using one of them. You will have new found respect, and the highest regard for your feet. Trust me. Lynda


about 6 years, said...

Hi umoh, Sorry to hear about the situation with your feet. Please discuss this issue with your doctor to learn more about what may be causing it and how it can be treated. Thanks!


about 6 years, said...

there is something i dont know what it is the size of a pawpaw seed beneat my skin just a little above my right heel and in between that muscle at the back of my heel and the feet ankle joint. occasional sharp and deep pain is usually triggered off especially when i'm afread of a thing or situation at times this 5-max8 minutes pain use to be too excruciating can u help out i dont know what this means, do i need a surgery?. umoh


about 6 years, said...

what about occasional swelling of the feet


over 6 years, said...

An overall and excellent article


over 6 years, said...

Very informative thank you..


over 6 years, said...

I have ostoprosis at 50 and with it came ostiprosis surthuritis snf rumstoid aurtheritis, and psorisis authoritis has been with me for a few years now, Im a breast cancer survivor but I have this nodgel (growth) on my 8th rib on right side and it hurts offten, I have been having severe pain lately in my right thigh radiating down my leg at times and my bavk is always in pain when I sit. I have developed severe jaw pain on left side. I have been to the dentist several times a specialist E.N.T. dr my primair dr many times and nothing is being done. Im told they can feel something down in my jaw but have no cavities Lately I have had this shooting pain in center of breast line and I just always think its my implants but Im not sure now. Can anyone offer some insight and my vision is extreamly blurry too much lately.?


over 6 years, said...

Disagree completely with the information on plantar fasciitis. Support is a crutch, useful for the short-term, but for me, true healing and being free from PF only came through naturally Strengthening my feet by going barefoot (or using only true barefoot-style minimalist shoes.) I got rid of ALL high heels and any shoes with "arch support" or that were narrow, switched to only SoftStar shoes (no I do not work for them, there are other barefoot shoe makers others may like, but theirs work best for me), and let me feet be free to function as the marvels of engineering that they are. NO problems with PF for three years now!! And with NO shots, surgery, shoe inserts, or "supportive" shoes!


over 6 years, said...

I always thought my cold feet meant I had poor circulation, however this article informed me that underactive thyroid can also cause cold feet. I had my thyroid killed by radioactive iodine treatment for Graves Disease several years ago and now have to take thyroid daily. My levels are below normal often and my dosage has to be increased about every 6 months. This is good to know, now I have one less worry.


over 6 years, said...

No mention of calluses? I started developing those on the bottom of my right foot only (unsightly, painful). My podiatrist says the only remedy is to shave them down at home, or have them professionally shaved off very few months by him...what a drag!


over 6 years, said...

Stinky feet are considered likely to be caused by a magnesium deficiency. I found that Epsom salts baths (magnesium sulfate) work. 4 cups in a bath for 20 minutes, I guess one could try just soaking the feet. Supplementation is also possible, but remember, just because you are deficient, doesn't mean you have to take it for the rest of your life. As a rule, for healthy people hormones and mineral supplementation shouldn't be for ever.


over 6 years, said...

great information,,, thanks so much,,, now I will be more aware of health issues and will happily pass this along


over 6 years, said...

I'm not an expert, but I think cotton doesn't really wick very well. Acrylic, "cool-max," other kinds of microfiber, and even wool are better choices for socks. (of course, wool can make your feet too hot if it's thick wool).


over 6 years, said...

very informative for me being a diabetic person


over 6 years, said...

I broke a foot in a car accident at age 30 and suffered from a poor setting for 30 years until finding out that most of the pain I was suffering from was gout. It would show up in the middle of the night. Changed diet and take cherry juice. But more valuable was a pair of Sketchers Shape-Ups. The rounded soul takes pressure off of the bones in the instep and offered instant relief from a life of limping. Couldn't belileve it when first tried. Great shoes, but maybe my feet were SO bad I got more benefit than most people.


over 6 years, said...

TO JAG.... wrong place to put a political opinion. I guess you will be better with the previous president "BUSH" ?????? you must be kidding me. or may be TRUMP or the other clowns running?


over 6 years, said...

very usefull information can help lots of people taking care in advance about our bodies


over 6 years, said...

I found this article very informative and helpful.


over 6 years, said...

good


over 6 years, said...

Soaking your feet in vinegar helps get rid of fungus and athletes foot. Put Vicks vapor rub on afterwards.


over 6 years, said...

NOT Making me sign in with an email address... would be much more helpful. As in - not stressing . Consider an opt in policy ,,, it's a wiser attitude for marketing. There are many ways to gain information. Your marketing people don't get it. They never will. Great articles by the way ,,, very informative and correctly stated. A +++


over 6 years, said...

very helpful


over 6 years, said...

I have burning feet and saw the cause and the prevention. I also saw several other things I need to do to improve my feet and care for them.


over 6 years, said...

Easy to follow and understand. Excellent information!


almost 7 years, said...

RAYNAUD's disease- try astragalus root, or cinnamon will also help or grape seed extract FOR RESTLESS LEGS: PICKLE JUICE, BANANAS...(LUCK OF minerals potassium,iron,magnesium etc...),or yellow mustard (turmeric)


almost 7 years, said...

TOE FUNGAL INFECTION... try vicks vaporub put it on your toe, cover with something, overnight, try this for a couple weeks. Also some people try tree tea oil that has anti fungal properties, or soak your feet or toe in listerine (amber color mouthwash) every day until the fungus is gone.


almost 7 years, said...

FOR THE PERSON WITH cramps (charli's horse?) did you try to put a bar of soap under your feet when you are in bed sleeping?. Also you should check if you are low in Iron, or magnesia or potassium or calcium... some times is a deficiency of one of these minerals. I was low in calcium but a friend of mine was on iron.


almost 7 years, said...

Arthritis and Rehumatoid ... I read in a book that you should change your diet. No night-shade foods : No tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, peppers. Also avoid red meats. you can try, if it works good and if it doesn't at least you try.


almost 7 years, said...

for the person with peripheral neuropathy please check this email address: they have natural home remedies you can try. www.peoplespharmacy.com you can ask (they give some remedies no too long ago.) Also if you are diabetic, cinnamon, turmeric, and ginger will help you since they are anti inflammatory. 1/4 tsp. cinnamon with tea/coffe or... 1/4 tsp turmeric (spice in curry) with food (meats,fish,soups etc) the same with ginger.


almost 7 years, said...

Thank you for the information. Is was new to me.


almost 7 years, said...

FOR THE OPEN SORE ON ONE FOOT put sugar (over night) and covered change it every day (if possible twice a day). Also you can use New Zeland honey called MANUCA active 10 or higher. You can find it in the Health food stores or whole food stores... it has antibacterial properties and anti fungal. Good luck.


almost 7 years, said...

realy helpful


almost 7 years, said...

I was taught to always take extremely good care of my feet, and to only wear shoes made from genuine leather. I religiously do pedicures and have never had corns, bunions, or ingrown toe nails despite the fact that I usually wear high heels. When I buy shoes, I make sure they are excellent quality, fit well, and do not hurt AT ALL. Dr. Scholl's makes a gel insert for high heels that adds extra cushion, and I use these whenever shoes do not have their own padded insoles. They also make a gel cushion for high heels just for the ball of your feet. As much as I love my heels, if they hurt the least bit when I try them on, I WILL NOT buy them. If shoes are not completely comfortable when you try them on, they will surely be damaging your feett when you wear them for a while and your feet are killing you. Never buy a pair of shoes thinking they will feel better after you "break them in", it doesn't happen. If you can't, or don't like to do your own pedicures, find a manicurist and have it done regularly; it's not a luxury. Just make sure the salon is clean, and take your own instruments. And, moisturizing regularly at night also is essential. I recomment pure Vitamin E oil, it absorbs quickly and also conditions the nails.


almost 7 years, said...

This was very helpful


almost 7 years, said...

Rheumatoid Arthritis Addendum: However, IF a person is being TREATED for RA, then they are immune-suppressed because the drugs used to treat SOME patients with RA intentionally suppress the immune system to stop a flare up. It is the treatment, however, not the disease that INTENTIONALLY causes lowered immunity. Just...thought I would clear that up since so many people confuse those of us with auto-immunity with those with diseases that cause immune system failure like AIDS. Some even erroneously think we have AIDS. ....erm I'll just crawl back under my rock now.


almost 7 years, said...

Erm... Rheumatoid Arthritis is NOT an immune DEFICIENCY disorder. It is an AUTO-immune disorder which means one's immune system is attacking one's own body as though it is a disease. Too many anti-bodies I should know. I live with this every day. It is currently costing me my eyes.


almost 7 years, said...

@seasider, Thank you very much for posting your question! You can search our extensive database for more information about your condition at www.caring.com/search. Otherwise, we are unable to diagnose medical problems for our site members, or provide medical guidance online. While members of our community may respond to your question, we recommend that you contact a doctor offline regarding this medical issue.


almost 7 years, said...

I have peripheral neuropathy and would have liked some guidance on that


almost 7 years, said...

Practical and useful information clearly presented.


almost 7 years, said...

Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition in which a person sweats excessively and unpredictably. While smelly feet COULD be caused by hyperhidrosis. those two terms cannot be used as synonyms.


almost 7 years, said...

Pictures and images. Also, it appears that conditions described related to light-skinned people. Darker-skinned people have different visual symptoms.


almost 7 years, said...

My feet hurt and I already had surgery on my feet because of 'hot feet' on the bottom. I know I need to care for them as they will 'carry' me around while I'm here on this earth. I appreciated all the tips concerning having healthy feet.


almost 7 years, said...

My feet are very difficult. I have a bunion on my left foot which stops me wearing shoes which cover it, because it feels like electricity is striking the bunion. I also get burning under the soles and sometimes the heels. I didn't know about shoes wearing out quickly - maybe that's part of my trouble. I have thick ugly big-toe nails and no hair on my feet or toes. I'm 74yrs old, but I don't know if that makes any difference. When I was young I always wore high heeled shoes.


almost 7 years, said...

I learned a few serious facts that will be helpful to not only myself but others close to me. God bess each who has a hand in this site, all the sharing of quality topics. Bonnie in Western Mountains of NC


almost 7 years, said...

What kind of doctor to see or what I can do to correct the problem.


almost 7 years, said...

Hello anonymous, Thank you very much for your question. Unfortunately, we are unable to diagnose medical problems for our site members, or provide medical guidance online. While members of our community may respond to your question, we recommend that you contact a doctor offline regarding this medical issue. Thank again for participating in our community! -- Emily | Community Manager


almost 7 years, said...

excellent information Thank u


almost 7 years, said...

The iinformation from articiles #3-#4 were very resourceful.My question is I sprain my foot,used ice packs,eleved foot, but I keep getting this tinkling feeling if I tap my foot it like a numbous, and it still has swelling


almost 7 years, said...

HI Thanks for this piece too. I just finished reading one about hands and now about legs. Very interesting and informative read. i like the redflag no. 18 Old shoes: its really worth noting, since most especially the older ones do not care about this fact. good to read this Best regards Keep inform pvariel.blogspot.com


almost 7 years, said...

This information was very helpful for me.I way suffer with the cramping from my foot to my thighs, those charley horse drive me crazy especially when I am sleeping and here comes the pain.Now I know what is happen


almost 7 years, said...

It's something new about the importance of feet...one of the old ways to check one's health.


almost 7 years, said...

#5 and #6 since I have both cold feet at night and ugly toe nails that need some help. I probably have this onychomycosis or whatever and have for awhile now but would like to get clean up my nails if possible.


almost 7 years, said...

Many times so ignored, our feet. But extremely important..


almost 7 years, said...

Hello Anonymous, Thank you very much for your question. Unfortunately, we are unable to diagnose medical problems for our site members, or provide medical guidance online. While members of our community may respond to your question, we recommend that you contact a doctor offline regarding this medical issue. Thank again for participating in our community! "¨Sincerely, EmilyThe Caring.com Ask & Answer Team


almost 7 years, said...

While standing on two beam in the attic for two days, i mess up the white blood cell in booth of my feet in Aug.29,2005; And now it's Sept. 2011 and my feet still bothers me. What can i do to end this matter.


almost 7 years, said...

I mess up the white blood cell count in booth of my feet back in 2005. Will i be able to regain it back.


almost 7 years, said...

The signs of different illness a person might have coming from the toes was very informative to me.


almost 7 years, said...

Good and useful


almost 7 years, said...

Good article Thank You!!


almost 7 years, said...

Might have been better if you had put in more pictures of each problem so we could see what you were describing


almost 7 years, said...

The data about fingernails and toenails is very helpful!


almost 7 years, said...

Answers all my curiosity. Thanks.


almost 7 years, said...

I have been having cramping in my feet for years and never found any info regarding this issue.


almost 7 years, said...

I understand the information in the article now and Thank You.


almost 7 years, said...

Very interesting and helpful.


almost 7 years, said...

very informing. thanks


almost 7 years, said...

thank you


almost 7 years, said...

I need better shoes if I am going to continue walking 6 to 8 miles a day (3 to 4 2 mile walks per day) You left out shoes but I had already figured that out. The peripheral neuropathy in my feet may have been caused by poor choices earlier but what about Parkinson's? Besides shoes I need to see a podiatrist because you didn't describe what is quite obviously wrong with toe nails that fall almost off then tear down into the flesh before I know it. I'm quite injured w/o realizing it because I don't even feel it. Peripheral neuropathy strikes again I suppose. Not having normal sensation in the feet makes falls more likely especially w/Parkinson's. The very best exercise all around for Parkinson's? That's right, walking! Which is difficult because of well, all of the above. I came by Parkinson's via Dow chemicals creators of Agent Orange (& White & Blue & others not being told to me & you) I didn't get killed then and not due to lack of effort on the part of others. God didn't let me die then and this isn't going to kill or stop me now. Thanks for the information though.The next action is up to me. An article about the less known & odd symptoms and affects of Parkinson's would be appreciated by many of us. Vietnam Veterans & especially ground pounders and flyers of everything need to demand regular checks for Parkinson's. The symptoms will almost always be dismissed as "essential tremor" "age" "you drank heavily at one time" or, anything but Parkinson's. Sadly because, the US Government doesn't compensate financially for those type things but must for Parkinson's. Slightly off topic but whatever.


almost 7 years, said...

i have started to have heel pain in june, went to the dr. in july to find out what was wrong.first thing he said was how long have i been wearing crocs? i told him always because they r so comfortable. he gave me a funny look. i received cortsone shots 3 times but the shots only help for a few days. now i am waiting for some "inserts" that they r making for me.hope they do the trick. oh, and the dr told me when i come back to get these inserts to come back with a good pr of shoes. i still love my crocs and will put them away for awhile if the "inserts" really work.


about 7 years, said...

I never had any hair on arms or legs .I had/have, hair only on my head, My feet do not change colour, standing upright, sitting down or elevated, sitting in a recliner. However, they swell up lately. Also, my left arm keeps going to sleep. I can't ffind anything about that.


about 7 years, said...

Basicly, all of the symptoms for each problems of the feet, what to look out for!!


about 7 years, said...

very good and help me alot , thanks


about 7 years, said...

Very helpful; much thanks.


about 7 years, said...

awesome information. thank you so much.


about 7 years, said...

knowing what to expect.


about 7 years, said...

My 86 year old male friend, is losing his toe nails. The MD pulled one off that was just hanging there by the root and put a big bandage on it. Now his big toe nail is loose and he cut it all of except a bit that is still attached. MD has not Idea what is cause this. No odur, no discoloration, but he feet do hurt when he walks in the pool. He is trying to find some slippers or something to wear in the pool. He also walks a lot for his health. With a cane as he has had two knww replacements. Several years ago I had pain in one heel and finally I gave in and had my PA give me a cortsone shot and by the next day I could have went dancing. I also realized that the pain had been making me walk on the side of my foot.


about 7 years, said...

Many useful tips here. Might go shoe shopping tomorrow! I have tended to keep many old shoes, but probably need a cleanout


about 7 years, said...

Every bit of information !


about 7 years, said...

love the article


about 7 years, said...

this is such a list of red flags that i will memorize.....and share


about 7 years, said...

Healthy feet are essentail to everything because when you feet hurt, nothing else works right. I knew some of the red flags, but some were new to me. I do have arthritis in my feet and they hurt but was happy to see that I didn't have any of the other red flags.


about 7 years, said...

Excellent info!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


about 7 years, said...

I love to read your comments about thyroids, every day i get more education on thyroids because i started out with little education on thyroid, i have a doctor that said you got it ,no pamplets or anything,as if i didnt feel bad enought.


over 7 years, said...

good article


over 7 years, said...

I am surprised to read that too narrow shoes may cause bunions. I have just recovered from bunion surgery and when I asked my doctor how a person gets a bunion his response was "it's hereditary". He dispelled all notions in my mind that this was because my shoes did not fit properly when in fact anyone with a bunion (or two) will tell you that they have trouble finding shoes to fit BECAUSE of the bunion. That and the fact that I have 4 sisters and each of them has a bunion on the same foot as mine was - it kind of reinforced that this is in fact something that is hereditary.


over 7 years, said...

I'm glad I just reread this article because I needed to reread Item 3--Charley Horses or Cramps. Sometimes we go on and on in each day, forgetting to drink enough water. Soon we get dehydrated and don't know why we feel miserable. I need to remember that dehydration may be one cause of foot cramps...this, in addition to my earlier comments.


over 7 years, said...

wow thank you this information is very helpfull. I just went to my medical doctor last week for some of these excat problems and wa la I ask questions but until further testing , then we talk . So Now I have some Ideal what they are doing....


over 7 years, said...

Awesome info, somthing I will share with my adult children, red flag signs. Anent 99


over 7 years, said...

This is the first Caring.com article I am having trouble with. Paula offers cautions; yet there are other explanations for some of the following numbered causes-- 5. COLD FEET Some of us have always had cold extremities. When we lived in Wisconsin, we'd say, cold hands, cold nose, warm heart...this includes the feet.I know my hot flashes periodically make my feet toasty warm. 6. THICK, YELLOW TOENAILS Indeed this is indicative of a fungal infection according to the two podiatrists I asked. However, the cause can also be due to common injury experienced by runners and hikers. I found the best cure was a natural one--diluted Tea Tree Oil. 8. NUMBNESS IN FEET I have occasisonaly experienced this and the neurologist says it's essentially swollen tissue in my spine that touches (impinges on) a nerve that causes this. It used to be so severe--especially, while driving or sleeping, I'd have to get out of the car/bed and pound my foot out of the severe tingly yet numbing sensations. As for diabetes and alcohol related problems--it's not the former and certainly 3-5 average sized glasses of wine or beer spread out across the week are not sufficient in my opinion. For perspective: I am an avid mountain trail hiker and have been training to run 26.2 miles in the 2011 Los Angeles Marathon on March 20th.


over 7 years, said...

thanks!


over 7 years, said...

Lots of info that you can use to ease or start to worry about a problem. Most of the info I knew but I was able to pick up on something I did not know. I now know to bring up a couple of things when I go to the doctor that I would not have before reading this article.


over 7 years, said...

Good article...


about 8 years, said...

I really found the article about foot ailments to be helpful. It certainly explained why my feet are so cold all of the time!


over 8 years, said...

hi my knowledge is updated thru this and i want more and more about arthritis its medication mainly painrelievers,antiinfimatry and,backache about exs.thanx


about 9 years, said...

On Mother's day, year before last, I had just been diagnosed with a small bone spur (had started to have pain in one foot). The doctor said best to let it go away on its own since surgery can cause problems and these will usually resolve with no problems. My children just happened to give me some Crocs (2 pair). I put them on and in only a few minutes had significant relief. The only time the pain returned was when I left them off for more than 30 minutes of walking.! I now wear them always and highly recommend them to everyone. My friends foot doctor and his whole family wear them. Jorie


about 9 years, said...

i agree with u...nice paper work!!!


about 9 years, said...

I would like to see photos accompanying the Red Flags to help clarify the Red Flag completely. We Seniors very much appreciate anything that clarifies anything in the medical world for us so we do not have to try and figure out what is being said...we like being shown.....thanks.....good article tho!


about 9 years, said...

very good info, I have been diag. plantar fisiitis from the cna work i do, constantly walking , almost running.Not enough workers, 2 on the floor for 43 residents. Also I have been soaking my feet in cold epsom salts water, releaves a lot and rolling my feet on a rolling pin when setting. Thanks