Foot Problems
Monday, March 2, 2009

Itís often said that when your feet hurt, your whole body hurts. In todayís 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill tells us about two common foot ailments.

During a typical day, your feet endure a cumulative force of several hundred tons. Considering what they go through in a lifetime, itís no wonder that many people develop foot problems.

One of the most common problems is bunion, where the big toe turns outward because of chronic irritation. Bunions are often described as a bump on the side of the big toe, but a bunion is more than that. The visible bump actually reflects changes in the bony framework of the front part of the foot. Warm compresses and soaking the foot in Epsom salts or other solution can help, as can taking an anti-inflammatory medication like aspirin or Tylenol. Sometimes surgically removing the bunion is the only way to end the pain.

Another common problem is heel spur. This bony overgrowth on the bottom of the heel bone can be extremely painful. It helps to rest the foot and to relieve pressure by using a flexible plastic heel cup that fits inside shoes. Anti-inflammatory medication may also help.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.