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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   i think i have a bone spur on my left foot, its half an inch, protruding out, turning red, painful to the touch. and for the last 3 months, i have developed foot problems. when i get done working an 8 hour shift, it feels like im walking on nails.
i have never had foot problems before. should i goto the emergency room or wait til monday. this protrusion wasnt there yesterday.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
User :   hey
Doctor :   please let me read your post
User :   no problem
Doctor :   is it hard?
Doctor :   is it infected?
User :   yes
User :   no
Doctor :   do you have it below your foot?
Doctor :   is it raw?
User :   its right above the heel
User :   no, its hard
Doctor :   so probably you have corn or callosity
Doctor :   due to friction
User :   oh
User :   what should i do
Doctor :   did you try corn cap?
User :   i havent tried anything, its very painful to walk right now
Doctor :   is it swollen in the adjacent areas
Doctor :   are you diabetic
Doctor :   what job you do?
Doctor :   Callus: . A localized firm thickening of the upper layer of skin as a result of repetitive friction. A callus on the skin of the foot has become thick and hard from rubbing (as a result of repetitive friction). Calluses of the feet may lead to other problems such as serious infections. Shoes that fit well can keep calluses from forming on the feet.
User :   im a cashier at a gas station, not a diabetic, no swollen areas
User :   when i get done from work, my feel are so sore, they are painful
User :   on the bottom
User :   it feels like im walking on bone
Doctor :   do you wear shoes regularly
User :   yes
Doctor :   was there any recent change in your footwear
User :   i switched when i started having this problem
User :   but nothing i have done has allevated this condition
Doctor :   Keratolytics: Products that can be applied to affected areas include 40% salicylic acid pads and plaster, 40% urea cream, and 12% lactic acid cream
User :   ok, but what is causing my condition?
Doctor :   Corns and calluses can be treated with many types of medicated products to chemically pare down the thickened, dead skin.
Doctor :   Corns and calluses are annoying and sometimes painful thickenings that form in the skin in areas of pressure.
Doctor :   The medical term for the thickened skin that forms corns and calluses is hyperkeratosis. A callus refers to a more diffuse, flattened area of thick skin, while a corn is a thick, localized area that usually has a conical or circular shape
Doctor :   Corns and calluses occur on parts of the feet and sometimes the fingers. Corns can be painful to walk on, even when they are small.
Doctor :   Common locations for corns are
* on the sole,
User :   i didnt know that
Doctor :   Hyperkeratosis simply means thickening of the skin; this thickening occurs as a natural defense mechanism that strengthens the skin in areas of friction or pressure.
User :   how do i get rid of it?
Doctor :   Potential preventive measures therefore include
Doctor :   wearing well-fitting, comfortable shoes is useful. The idea is to avoid having footgear press on the outside of the fifth toe or pressing the fourth and fifth toes together to prevent corns in these areas
Doctor :   another approach is to pad the potentially affected area. Many sorts of padding are available at the drugstore: Doctor :   cushions to put between the toes;
Doctor :   foam or moleskin pads to put over the places where corns form;
Doctor :   Corns and calluses can be treated with many types of medicated products to chemically pare down the thickened, dead skin.
User :   ok
Doctor :   These products are share the same active ingredient -- salicylic acid, the ingredient used in over-the-counter wart-removal products.
Doctor :   Salicylic acid is a keratolytic, which means it dissolves the protein (keratin) that makes up most of both your corn and the thick layer of dead skin which often tops it.
Doctor :   Salicylic-acid treatments are available in different forms including
* applicators,
* drops,
* pads, and
* plasters.
User :   excellant
Doctor :   You should not attempt to cut or shave away corns and calluses at home. This can lead to potentially dangerous infection of the surrounding tissues. This should be performed by a podiatrist or other health-care practitioner.
User :   right
Doctor :   Is there anything else i can help you with now?
User :   no, thank you very much
Doctor :   BYE FOR NOW....................
User :   bye
Doctor :   TAKE CARE................
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