FAQ - Foot Deformities
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What can I do when my foot falls asleep?

I don't have to be sitting very long for my foot to fall asleep- usually even without my notice until I get up. It's incredibly painful for me and I have to run around for over 10 minutes sometimes to restore normal feeling in my feet. Sometimes when my feet fall alseep I cannot even feel the floor under them. What can I do to "wake my feet up" more quickly?
That's interesting Whitney, because my mom has Restless Legs Syndrome.

It's a bit hard to wake your foot up most of the time, but i noticed you said you dont have to sit very long for it to fall asleep, it doesn't really matter how long you stay sat down because your foot tends to fall asleep because you're putting pressure on a nerve in your foot. Also, you may have Restless-Leg Syndrome because from what i've read that is what it sounds like because it shouldnt take that long to get the circulation back in your feet i suggest you go to a doctor soon.

I see, you probably have Restless-Leg Syndrome then. But like i said you may want to still go to the doctor and make sure but i wish you luck and hopefully everything goes alright.  (+ info)

What is causing the severe pain in my foot?

I have been experiencing severe pain in my foot. Mainly in the arch and on the heel of the foot. Its like a burnig and stinging pain. The past few days when I wake up in the morning I can barely walk on the foot. The pain is getting so severe that I am actually starting to walk on the side of my foot just to keep the pressure off the foot. Any ideas what this could be?

could be a bone spur, plantar's wart, hair line fracture, pulled tendon or any number of things. you need to see the doctor and maybe have it x-rayed. have your blood glucose taken because that is also a symptom of peripheral neuropathy, one of the pre-stages of diabetes.  (+ info)

How do you treat a chronic foot ulcer that is Sickle Cell related?

The Ulcer is abt 2cms across and has been on the foot joint on the exterior side. Its been a year since it formed. No signs of healing despite use of Bactroban & daily cleaning using water only at home.

The patient needs to see a wound care specialist as soon as possible.

Wounds should not persist for a year, even on someone with sickle cell disease.

In fact, someone with sickle cell disease should be treated more aggressively that a non-sickle cell person.

Year long use of Bactroban will cause the Staph on the skin (MRSA or non-MRSA) to become resistant to the antibiotic. In addition, using just water to keep it wet can slow down the growth of new tissue, preventing healing.

The real danger here is not so much Staph bacteria, other organisms can take hold like Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

2 centimeters is a fairly large wound to be around for a year. You may need some debridement of the area, special wound care and some of the newer wound packing materials to stimulate new skin growth.

Good luck!  (+ info)

How do you give a good foot and leg massage?

I want to be a chiropractor as my career but there nothing wrong with a little practice in advance, right? Any tips on hot to give a foot/leg massage or anywhere I could read up on it?

Here are 10 easy steps for you to follow:

First, soak feet in warm water for about 10 minutes. You may wish to include drops of your favorite essential oil or bath salts. Peppermint or lavender oil is preferred by many. Make sure feet are completely dry before starting massage.

2nd: Apply a moderate amount of cream or oil to hands to add to comfort and ease. Make sure hands are warm to avoid discomfort. Mineral oil is not absorbed in the skin, and it wipes off cleanly.

3rd: Begin by stroking top of foot, between cords located on top of foot at instep. Move in the direction toe to ankle. Then, continue by stroking sole of foot, first more gently, then increase pressure.

4th: Make circular motions with your thumb and fingers over the sole of the foot, and use more pressure in areas such as the heel or ball of the foot. Start from the top and work your way down. Do not neglect the sides.

5th: Hold the foot with one hand, use the other hand to rotate the foot, first at the ankle, and then near the ball of the foot. Be gentle. Repeat about 5 times in each direction.

6th: Knead the sole by holding the foot with one hand and making a fist with the other, using moderate pressure into the sole. Give enough attention to the arch.

7th: Begin with the big toe and working towards the pinky toe, take each toe individually. Roll the toe between your thumb and forefinger as you slide your fingers down the toe to the end, applying gentle pressure. Gently squeeze the end of each toe.

8th: Take your index finger and slide it between each toe about 5 times. To complete the massage, use your thumb and fingers to make the circular motions once again over the sole. End by stroking the sole and instep.

9th: Wipe off any excess cream or oil with a soft towel. Slip into thick socks to retain moisturizing, or slippers will suffice as well.

And finally, try to give equal attention to both feet, as the body abhors asymmetry.  (+ info)

How should I feel the day after a foot massage?

I get pedicures from a Korean salon owner. He does a foot massage as part of the service that is FABULOUS. I think he uses some form of Asian reflexology or something- it's much more than just getting a "foot rub." I look forward to it and would go daily- skip the nail polish- just for the foot massage part.

The last one I had, that evening my feet were sore. The next day I felt very tired and lethargic. Is this normal? What happens when those foot nerves are worked on?

he might have worked on ur feet for too long. I know a woman who bought a foot maasager and used it for a couple of hours..and she couldnt walk for like a day. it's only because he overworked the nerves.. nothing to worry about.  (+ info)

What part of my foot should I get a tattoo on?

I'm thinking about getting a tattoo on my foot. It would be a tattoo of a record or a peace sign, either way it will be only like an inch and a half in diameter. I know that a foot tattoo will probably hurt really bad, but I think it's probably worth it. Is there any part of the foot that hurts less? Or a part where tattoos just look better? Any ideas would be helpful, thanks.

I have dice that start out very small just under the ankle bone on the side of my foot that wrap around to the top of my foot. In my opinion the tattoo did not hurt as bad as people think, the hardest thing for me was keeping my foot still while he tattooed it. When tattooing the foot you can feel the pressure on your bone and it make your foot and leg twitch.

I don't know of any artist that would tattoo any part of your foot but the top and the upper sides without making it very clear that it will fade VERY fast and may completely fall out in places. Foot tattoos are tricky because wearing socks and shoes constantly puts a rubbing motion on the tattoo. Which makes a foot tattoo fade somewhat fast anyway, remember any reputable tattoo artist will tell you to wear only sandals for at the VERY least 2 weeks. My artist told me to wear sandals for 4 weeks because it is so easy to pull the ink out of an tattoo that is not completely healed. In the picture you can see where the tongue of my shoes rub in certain places (which are now touched up and looking great!)

I think you should either get it up high on your foot, more towards the lower ankle area or directly on top of your foot.

Here is a picture of my tattoo so that you can get an idea...maybe put it right where my dice start out very small.


Good luck!  (+ info)

What is the most effective athletes foot medication?

I have a mild case of athletes foot and want to get rid of it ASAP what is the best medicine to use that is over the counter. Will this also work for jocks itch?

There are different indictions for different types of anti-fungal creams. For athletes foot, I would go with either Tinactin or Lotrimin. Both of which can also be used for your jock itch. Apply the cream after you shower for best absorption and adherence

More importantly, it is crucial to keep the area dry and clean. Try buying some gold bond powder and use it daily after your showers (assuming you shower daily).  (+ info)

How soon can I start putting weight on a foot after getting stitches?

About 36 hours ago I got 15 stitches for a 3-inch cut on the side of my foot (from above the ankle to about half an inch above the bottom of my foot.) At the ER they gave me crutches and told me not to put any weight on it at first but I am wondering for how long I have to do that. I don't want the stitches to open but I would like to get back to normal ASAP. Any advice?

I would try to stay off the foot for the next 10 days to prevent ripping or tearing of the wound.  (+ info)

How come I get these horrible foot cramps?

How come whenever I point my right big toe out and then curl it down I get an excruciating cramp in the bridge of my right foot directly under that big circular ankle bone? When I do the same thing with my left foot there is no pain. It almost feels as though my right foot is locking up and it takes a good 5 minutes for the pain to completely go away? Any remedies or should I just avoid pointing my foot?

First, to stop any cramp all you do is dig your fingers into it and hold. The pain and cramp should be stopped dead in their tracks.
To help keep it from coming back this is the only thing I can suggest. As it is a muscle doing this it needs some help somewhere. Do some deep massage to the bottom of your foot in the arch area. Then take your thumbs and press in right in front of the heel and hold that pressure on.
Now relax, take a deep breath and exhale and don't tense up any part of your body.
After 30 seconds release the pressure and move your foot around.  (+ info)

How do I get rid of foot odor?

Looking for home remedies or store bought ones, that you have used and actually killed off the foot odor.

rexona foot guard  (+ info)

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