Yes, there are indeed. Especially when you suffer from bunion pain, you might want to have a look into these natural pain killers and anti-inflammatory agents Posted in Bunion Treatments Leave a comment Numbness Disappearing October 26th, 2007 I've had four acupuncture sessions by now, and I noticed a slight improvement this week! No, not in my bunions yet – they still seem to be the same size more or less. And neither in the alignment of my big toes – they're still leaning towards my second toes. But I did get back some feeling into my big toes! Don’t even get me started on other foot issues like black toenails (a great reason to wear nail polish), non-existent toenails (you can’t even tell, but my Morton’s Toe actually does have a nail) and blisters I did hear on the Doctor’s show today that you can put antiperspirant on your feet to keep them dry and to help avoid forming blisters. When trimming your toenails always trim nails straight across. Never round the corners, as this can cause ingrown toenails. When using a nail file, never use a back and forth sawing motion— gently file in one direction only. Another effective method is using a strong chemical peel like the TCA peel (trichloroacetic acid) to remove the corn or callus. A TCA peel is very effective as it will only affect the corn or callus, unlike sanding with a pumice stone which will remove skin on areas around or near the affected area. A TCA chemical peel is a controlled chemical burn which will result in the corn or callus peeling away harmlessly in a few days. Depending on the thickness of the corn or callus more than one treatment may be necessary. Hammer toes and callouses go hand-in-hand, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons states. When you have hammer toes, the joints bend in unnatural ways, causing the toes to appear bent even when they are fully-extended. Because of the raised nature of the toes, shoes often don't fit properly and too much pressure and friction causes hardened areas of skin, or callouses. You'll need to treat your hammer toes in order to stop developing callouses. Nevertheless, in the short term, over-the-counter callous treatments can soften and remove the excess skin. Use a pumice stone to soften your feet in concrete or a specialty device such as the Ped Egg to buy. Those who shop for shoes at department stores and regular shoe stores do not understand how frustrating shoe shopping is for those with medical issues. If you suffer from foot pain, body imbalance or other health problems that affect your feet, you may dread shoe shopping. Luckily, there are a number of options for shoes for people with medical problems. Bunions, or abnormal boney protrusions at the base of the big toe, are often uncomfortable. For some, bunions are painful and inhibit the individual's ability to wear certain types of footwear, Mayoclinic.com explains. Although severe bunions may require corrective surgery, less obtrusive bunions can be treated with chiropractic care. My wife's dilemma - and by extension mine - isn't unique. As women age it's not uncommon to experience foot problems, even when you are doing the same things you've always done. What if a normal walk, or a jog, or even dancing turns into something you want to avoid because of the pain you experience in your feet. The higher you are the more chance you have of twisting or spraining an ankle, and these types of shoes offer the perfect conditions for these problems to occur. Other than avoiding wearing such shoes try a wider, flatter platform with a rubber sole for good traction, says the APMA. Cortical hypertrophy is observed in the first, second and third metatarsals in ballerinas. 17,18 The second metatarsal is affected with a circumferential thickening, while the first metatarsal is least involved and shows an asymmetrical thickening of the lateral cortex of the shaft. 18 Stress fractures also occur in the foot and ankle and occur more commonly in female dancers than in their male counterparts. 17 In the foot, stress fractures usually occur in the proximal shaft or metaphysis of the second or third metatarsals, which are the bones with the least mobility. 20. Whenever there is an injury to an area, other areas compensate for the lost movement. If you limp, the other leg attempts to take up the slack. In so doing, it is strained and more easily injured itself. In protecting the original site of pain, the body is brought out of balance and into a state of strain and dysfunction. Pain can be from inflammation where stresses on the framework cause dysfunction such as joint misalignment, muscle fatigue, spasms, restricted blood flow, and disturbed enervation to the muscles. Myofascial trigger points in leg muscles can disrupt the proper function of the foot. Over time, these issues wear down the joints.