HEEL PAIN. The lack of support while wearing flip flops often lead to heel pain. This is most commonly caused by excessive pull of the plantar fascia on the bottom of the foot. The plantar fascia is a soft tissue structure which is partially responsible for helping to maintain the arch. If there is lack of support to the shoe, the fascia undergoes excessive pull which creates inflammation and pain where it inserts on the heel. There are numerous foot ailments related to wearing high heels. Some of the most common ones are metatarsalgia (ball of foot pain), bunions , callous and corns, Achilles Tendonitis, hammertoe, and many others. Calluses are common, can be painful, and unattractive. Calluses are formed because of pressure and friction caused from a repetitive action such as a bare foot scraping against the inside of a shoe. If you have cracked heels, or calluses, some suggestions would be to use a good callus reducer or callus cream every day, and in a few days your feet will look and feel better. You can soak your feet before you use a good callus reducer, then follow the directions on the bottle and file the heels as suggested. Items such as callus reducers and creams are not recommended for people who are diabetics. Dr. Lashley is a podiatrist practicing in midtown Manhattan for the past 27 years. He specializes in the conservative and surgical management of the foot. In October 2009, Dr Lashley moved his office to a new modern facility at 353 Lexington Avenue, in NYC. For more information on Dr. Lashley visit his web site. In some instances, a congenital outward bowing of the 5th metatarsal bone (the 5th long bone in the foot between the rearfoot and forefoot) is the root cause. In patients with this congenital bone abnormality, tailors bunions may present sooner in life, rather than in a patients 40’s or 50’s as the typical tailors bunion does. Treat yourself to a foot bath and a pumice stone. Soak your feet for 15 minutes a day in some warm water and gently work away some of the dead skin with a wash cloth or pumice stone. Essentially anything a braise will work including your thumb. Never over scrub your corn as it could lead to further discomfort or infection. It will take a few days to clear up your corns so be patient. Consult a podiatrist if the grains are too large and prone to self-treat or removed with a pedicure. The doctor may explore treatment options, including medication and surgery. 3 If surgery is necessary, an x-ray and exam can determine if you are a candidate for a state-of-the-art procedure. The procedure corrects the bunions with small, stab incisions. There is no unsightly, long bunion scar that may occur from traditional bunion surgery. We are among the few doctors that perform this innovative procedure which minimizes discomfort and recovery time. Many patients are back at work in only a few days and most insurance plans cover the procedure. This is very common condition and mainly occurs due to friction. Blisters are actually fluid filled sac that may turn serious infection as well as ulceration in the long run. Like anything, if you let a problem go long enough it gets worse. Removing corns from your toes is easy if you follow the tips discussed. Common sense is the key to prevention, so maybe second guess those skinny 8″ heels next time your at the store. Enjoy being corn free. Stop scrubbing when the health of the skin under the corn begins to feel encouraged by washing. This is a sign that the dead skin of the corn - to feel numb and scrub - is used to expose the living skin underneath. 4. Calluses and corns do not need treatment unless they cause pain. If they do cause pain, the treatment goal is to remove the pressure or friction that is causing the callus or corn, to give it time to heal. This is done by wearing footwear that fits properly and using doughnut-shaped pads (such as moleskin ) or other protective padding to cushion the callus or corn. Some other types of padding include toe separators , toe crest pads , and toe caps and toe sleeves Also, the callus or corn can be softened and the dead skin can be removed by using products such as salicylic acid.