Until you get to the chiropodist, you can get some relief for a painful corn by using a cornpad or a cottonwool dressing to protect that area from pressure. It would also be a good idea to use a hand and body lotion on your feet regularly in order to prevent scaly skin or help heal small patches that have started forming. Soak feet for 10 minutes in warm water to which salt has been added. Remove and scrub dry, especially between the toes. This is the easiest way to relax tired feet. In the case of a sprain add Epsom salt to the water for best results. It will take about eight weeks before the bones and soft tissues are well healed. You may be placed in a wooden-soled shoe or a cast during this period to protect the bones while they heal. You will likely need crutches briefly after surgery, so a physiotherapist in the hospital will be consulted to show you how to use them and ensure that you can safely go up and down stairs with them. Some surgeons do not recommend crutches, but rather advise you to ‘heel walk’ in order to decrease the pressure on the surgical toe. Salon LA, on Broughton Street, offers some of the very best foot care in the Capital and its pedicure experts treat both men and women. All their deluxe pedicures are carried out on a throne chair - a New York-style massaging leather "throne" with a hot spa foot soak attached. The luxury pedicures treat the skin and nail area to ensure feet not only look but feel their best. A foot soak in eucalyptus spa crystals and exfoliation soften and reduce the build-up of hard skin, followed by the expert shaving offhard skin, leaving a baby smooth appearance. The most popular remedy for the hardening of skin is the time honored pumice stone. It remains a popular treatment because it is affordable, quick and easy to use, can be used anywhere, and can be cleaned right after it is used with little effort. If the bunion is detected early wearing of a special splint at night can often correct the problem. In more severe cases a minor operation to reduce the growth and realign the toe is called for. Wearing strong, supportive and comfortable shoes is the best defense against bunions Bunions are painful, swollen pads overlying the joint at the base of the big toe. They begin as an inflammation of the joint, which swells so that the overlying skin becomes red, hard , and sore. If left untreated, the ligaments in the toes shorten, pushing them together in what often becomes a permanent deformity. Bunions are caused by wearing ill-fitting shoes, but they can be hereditary. It is important to wear comfortable, professionally fitted shoes, and to ensure that your feet are rested every day. A circular corn pad can be worn to reduce pressure on the corn itself. Consult a podiatrist for severe or recalcitrant cases. Corns and calluses are your body's reaction to friction and pressure. Although they usually develop on lesser toes, the big toe may also be affected. Beyond the classic pumice stone that many use to slough off the hard , yellowish skin in calluses and corns, you should opt for wide shoes to limit pressure and friction on your forefoot. Box-toed shoes can help in that regard. Insoles and soft cushions under your heel or ball of your foot can further alleviate callus pain, while doughnut-shaped pads would add extra corn protection. 7.) 'Hammer Toe' is a term that used to describe the 'clawing up' of any of the five toes due to bone contractures. Calluses (or corns) are often present in the area, which can become infected underneath. Hammer toes are often connected with bunions. The use of Orthotics may alleviate the condition, though surgery usually ends up being the best option. 9.) Arthritis literally means 'joint inflammation'. Most diagnoses of this condition affect the foot. Orthotics can be used to help alleviate the symptoms of this common condition. Most people dislike their feet but with a bit of tender loving care, as described above, they will give us few problems.