If you happen to find a pair of shoes that you can't live without, but does not offer the right support for your flat feet, then you can buy insoles designed specifically for people with flat feet. These types of insoles will offer you the right type of support in the right areas so that your shoes will give you the stability that you need. It's always beneficial to have at least one pair of these insoles lying around because I can guarantee you that you will need them at one time or another. The initial goal of treatment options is to relieve pressure on the bunion and any symptoms that may be present and to halt or slow the progression of the joint deformity. There is no effective may be "get rid off" a bunion without surgery There are a number of things that individuals (see below) and Podiatrists can do to help the symptoms and slow (if not halt) progression. which means I'm applying marigold tincture and oil to my bunions and the rest of my feet once or twice a day. That way, I'm hoping to maintain the improvement my feet have achieved thanks to the treatment. Cotton or foam cushions offer temporary pressure relief. Extreme caution should be used when using over-the-counter corn and callus removal pads, as they contain acid that burns through the thickened skin to remove it. Diabetics should NEVER use an over-the-counter corn or callus pad (See Diabetics). Surgical removal of the deviated bone is the preferred treatment. The most common remedy is simply trimming down or buffing the thickened area and utilizing foam and padding cushion inserts. Buy shoes that are made of natural materials like leather or canvas, so your feet can breathe and look for shock-absorbing innersoles. When you put your shoes away, keep them on shoe stretchers. Don't use a razor blade, knife, or scissors to cut the hard skin, especially if you are a diabetic or have poor circulation. It is too easy to cut into the thinner skin underneath, and too hard to judge the proper thickness while working on oneself. Deep cuts can lead to a wound or infection that may lead to amputation in those who have poor wound healing. Don't try to poke or drain at home a corn or callus that becomes warm or red. This can simply seed bacteria further into the foot, possibly to bone, especially if one does not use sterile instruments to drain the fluid. If calluses obscure developing ulcers, it is even more critical that calluses be managed. One common way for calluses to be managed is shaving the calluses. The American Diabetes Association strongly recommends a professional caregiver such as a podiatrist perform any shaving or "debridement" procedure. Moreover, the procedure must be repeated regularly. The only way to permanently remove a callous is to remove the cause. Hence, unless you are totally sedentary and bedridden, you are likely to have one or more callous on your feet. Calluses do return and return no matter how often you scrape them off. In fact they provide a profitable line of repeat business for pedicurists! A bunion deformity is a structural deformity caused by abnormal biomechanics in which the first metatarsal drifts away from the second metatarsal. This causes the big toe (hallux) to drift towards the second toe. The result is a bump or prominence of the inside aspect of the foot and the big toe hitting up against the second toe. The most common form of investigation is a radiological imaging study. These include weight bearing, oblique, and lateral as well as anteroposterior radiographs. The radiographs are taken and the measurement of Hallux abductus angle, intermetatarsal angle, medial prominence of the first metatarsal head and congruency of the metatarsophalageal (MTP joint) are taken. Most calluses heal on their own, but you might be able to hasten the healing process. Soak the callus in warm and soapy water for at least 10 minutes, then use a pumice stone to rub off the dead skin. You can buy a specialized foot pad at your local drugstore or supermarket to keep the pressure off your callus while it heals. Getting Help Some people have the habit of wearing shoes for most of the time. This increases the likeliness of developing foot corns. So, for foot corn prevention, avoid wearing covered shoes indoors. The point is to promote aeration to the toes, whenever possible. A baby bunion, bunionette or tailors bunion are all terms used to describe a bunion deformity along the outside of the foot. When we think of a traditional bunion, we think about the big toe being involved and typically an associated bump on the inside of the foot that becomes painful with shoe wear and activity. A bunionette is essentially the same problem, but instead of involving the inside of the foot and the big toe, it involves the outside of the foot and the little toe. Before wearing shoes take a look inside of it for torn lining or foreign body which can rub against skin and cause injury.