These are an area of thickened skin usually found under the soles of the feet and on the tops of the toes. Please contact us for an appointment Dr. Kelly can evaluate Contracted Toe your feet by obtaining in-office x-ray and gait analysis. A variety of bumps and lumps can occur on the feet, but what are they and what can be done about them? A bunion is a crooked big-toe joint that sticks out at the base of the toe, forcing the big toe to turn in. Bunions have various causes, including congenital deformities, arthritis, trauma, and heredity. A bunion can be painful when confined in a shoe, and for many people, shoes that are too narrow in the toe may be to blame for the formation of bunions. Corns and calluses form after repeated rubbing against a bony area of the foot or against a shoe. Corns appear on the tops and sides of your toes as well as between your toes. These compressed patches of dead skin cells can be hard and painful. Women have corns more often than men, probably because women wear high-heeled shoes and other shoes that do not fit properly. Sharp pain occurswhenever downward pressure is applied, and a dull ache may be felt at other times. Hard corns usually form on the tops of the toes, on the outside of the little toe, or on the sole of thefoot. A soft corn is a small, inflamed patch of skin with a smooth center. Occurring only on the heel or ball of the foot, a seed corn consists of a circle of stiff skin surrounding aplug of cholesterol. Calluses occur most often on the heels and balls of the feet, the knees, andthe palms of the hands. Calluses are usually more than an inch wide-larger than corns. After using it once or twice a day for two weeks, your callus (or corn) will disappear. The fluid-filled blister actually protects the underlying skin and keeps it clean, preventing infection. Bunions actually indicate a change in the bone structure of your foot, meaning your big toe is leaning toward your second toe. Bunions are typically inherited through genetics, but they are made worse by wearing tight shoes. In terms of diagnosis, bunions are hard to miss. The pain can be eased in several ways, including changing your footwear, using a padded cushion to protect the bunion, taking medications, icing your feet, undergoing injection therapy or using Orthotics. A tiny nail on the right foot is our body's bank account in life from mom, dad and the Universe. On the left side of the body, a tiny small toe nail is what you added into your life's bank account from hydration, rest and life-style choices. If the small toe has moved, i.e. a tailor's bunion, the client can feel insecure in life, fearful about life, and looks to others to define their place” in the world. Initially, wider shoes may be recommended to alleviate any pressure on the bunion joint.