Around Halloween time, we start to become more aware of things that go bump in the night…ghosts, zombies, goblins…but what about your feet? If you’ve been noticing odd bumps on your feet or toes and have delayed getting them checked out, it’s probably time to schedule a visit with your Houston podiatrist.
There are a few different conditions that could cause you to develop raised areas of skin or bony bumps on your feet. Let’s review the main offenders.
A bunion is an abnormal, bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. Your big toe joint becomes enlarged, forcing the toe to crowd against your other toes. This puts pressure on your big toe joint, pushing it outward beyond the normal profile of your foot, and resulting in pain. Bunions can also occur on the joint of your little toe (tailor’s bunion). Not only do these bumps look awful, they make it hard to wear shoes without pain. Not only that, but they get worse over time if left untreated, so the sooner you get your checked out, the easier it will be to help you feel better.
Any time you have extra, abnormal growth of bone it is called a bone spur. Bone spurs commonly occur around the small joints of the toes, on the top of the foot, or on the bottom on the back of your heel. especially over the great toe joint. This results from repetitive stress to the joint caused by years of walking.
Repetitive joint or bone stress is the culprit behind the formation of bone spurs and, just as with bunions, the sooner you get these bad boys checked out, the less likely it will be that surgery will be your only treatment option.
Corns and Calluses
Corns and calluses are formed by too much pressure, either tight shoes or toe deformities or other issues like gait abnormalities. Corns appear as a thickening of the skin on the toes. Hard corns are usually located on the outer surface of the little toe or on the upper surface of the other toes. A soft corn occurs between the toes and is kept soft by the moisture in this area. A callus appears as a more diffuse area of thickening and does not have a focal point, unlike a corn. Calluses most commonly occur on the bottom of the foot. There are plenty of options to non-surgically reduce these bumps, but you have to maintain regular contact with your podiatrist.
Feet that look scary need a podiatrist’s help! If you’re concerned about bunions, bone spurs, corn or calluses, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider today!