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Hyperkeratotic lesions, a.k.a. callouses, can be treated conservatively and surgically dependent on the musculoskeletal deformity present. I would recommend urea cream and a ped egg until you can see a professional.
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So, what is the standard of care for diabetic foot care? This is actually a great question. So, diabetes is a microvascular disease that can affect the small vessels that supply blood to the retina, peripheral nerves and kidney. This can result in the classic triad of diabetic retinopathy, peripheral neuropathy, and nephropathy. So, when evaluating the diabetic foot, there are certain things to pay close attention to. During a diabetic foot exam, I examine the patient's skin, nerves, blood supply, and their overall foot structure. More common issues I experience in the diabetic foot are infection, wounds, thick fungal nail, callouses, and poor circulation. Uncontrolled diabetics are susceptible to lack of sensation in their feet, i.e., neuropathy. So, these patients do not feel their feet like someone who does not have neuropathy. This will lead to ulcers and infection. The best advice I can give to my diabetic patients is to check their feet daily, wear proper shoes that do not cause areas of irritation, use a moisturizer to combat dry skin, and get a referral from your PCP to see a podiatrist.
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Thanks for your question. Bunions can be treated conservatively with shoes with a wide toe box, bunion splints, gel pads/sleeves/spacers, OTC orthotics and custom orthotics to name a few options. Unfortunately hallux valgus (bunions) is a biomechanical and structural condition that can not be cured with conservative treatments due to its progressive nature. So with time the bunion can become more pronounced. I do not recommend bunion surgery on patients who do not have pain. I treat each patient on a case by case basis. If you have further questions please do not hesitate to contact the office. Thanks and God bless.
Patients that are your age and are already developing hammertoes should certainly only wear shoes with a deep and wide toe box and also shoes with stretchable material over the toes. There are a wide array of choices as far a brands are concerned. Orthofeet and Aetrex are some examples that have men's and women’s shoe gear. As far as athletic shoes are concerned, I would use a brand you are comfortable with that has options with a stretchable and accommodating toe box.
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