Some commercial body care products tend not to, even, use cheap refined vegetable oils. Instead, they use something worse such as mineral oil and byproducts of refined oil. Also, foaming agents and surfactants are often added to commercial soap to generate lather. These chemicals are known to cause allergy and skin sensitization. Many commercial soaps are now including chemically produced, unnatural, anti-bacterial agents, like Triclosan, in order to claim the soap has anti-bacterial properties. Triclosan is an environmental toxin in its own right and is still completely legal to add to commercial soap! Now that is a skin care concern! The two feet conditions that people often suffer from are heel spur and bunions. Both are continually painful and hard to get rid off. Calcaneal spur, commonly known as heel spur, is the in-growth of the calcaneal (heel bone) mostly due to deposit of calcium. Bunion is a foot condition where the big toe bends towards the second toe forming a sharp bony prominence. Pains, from mild to severe, are caused by the inflammation and the bone pressing against the shoe. Cut toenails with a nail trimmer. Trim them straight across the toe and not too short. Don't cut out or dig at corners. Your feet are often the most neglected and ignored part of your body, until they hurt. Then each step or minute of standing reminds you how much you depend on your feet. Foot pain is not normal, and often signifies an underlying problem. You can take some simple steps on your own initially for your pain, but if these fail to help you should seek professional care. You can bring your shoes into our office so we can look at them for you. It is too difficult to list the “good shoes” for you because the best brand or type for you varies based on your feet and your lifestyle. Buy Shoes that Fit Your Needs - Most people do not know their true foot size (length and width) and too often purchase shoes that are too small. Today, many full service stores are equipped with foot scanning technology that is able to capture your foot size, arch type and pressure points and recommend the ideal footwear and orthotics for your needs. Give Your Feet a Break - While we love our heels, women have four times as many foot problems as men and high heels are partly to blame. Whenever possible, wear comfortable shoes that fit your feet properly. There are some illnesses which affect people in their lower extremities, with the toes being of particular importance. People who have diabetes will surely have to look after their feet well since they are prone to infections in that region. If these infections are not taken care of immediately, they can turn into something very serious which may need amputation in the end. Although KT® has been shown to be effective in aiding short-term pain, there is no firm evidence-based conclusion of the effectiveness of this application on the majority of movement disorders within a wide range of pathologic disabilities. More research is clearly needed.