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									The Hometown Newspaper                                       Apache Junction - Gold Canyon News
                                                  Click for more details26 - June 1, 2008
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dr. Mathew Benjamin, M.D.
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Corns, Calluses And A Healthy Pedicure                                                                                                                   212 W. Superstition Blvd. #101 (Across from the Post Office)

By The Faculty Of Harvard
Medical School
                                      luses, protect the affected area
                                      with moleskin, lamb's wool, felt                                                                                     Comple
  Q: I'm not sure if it's a corn or
                                      or foam. Many helpful over-the
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a callus, but I have a painful spot   pharmacies. You may also want                                                                                                                           Acne Laser Treatments
of hard, thick skin on my little      to try custom orthotics that will                                                                                                          We Now Carry                                                         Superstition Blvd.


toe. My manicurist said that she      redistribute your weight and take                                                                                                                                                                                    N

could remove it during a pedi-        pressure off the affected areas.                                                                                                                                  Products
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cure. Is that safe? I'm worried       Along with better-fitting shoes,
about getting an infection.
  A: Many people have calluses,
                                      these steps will reduce the irri-
                                      tation that caused the problem
                                                                                                                                                          Dr. G.C. Brual,
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corns or both. What's the differ-                                                                                                                                                   288 N. Ironwood Dr. #105
                                      in the first place and, over time,                                                                                                           Apache Junction (North of Apache Trail)
ence between the two? It's large-     the corns or calluses will shrink.
ly a matter of location. Calluses     But don't expect overnight im-
are broad areas of thickened skin     provement; the process will take                                                                                                                                                    Complete Eyecare Services
that usually form on the bottom       weeks or even months.
of the feet after prolonged pres-       In some cases, you may be able                                                                                                                                                     Including Eye Exams
sure or rubbing against a shoe.       to treat corns and calluses by
Corns usually develop around          yourself. But if you have diabe-
the toes because of irritation        tes, peripheral neuropathy or a                                                                                                                                                           Cleaningnts
caused by tight shoes. They may       circulatory problem, you'll need                                                                                                                                                         Adjustme
have a dense knot of skin in the      professional treatment to prevent
center, where most of the pres-       an infection.
sure is. "Hard" corns generally          To treat a corn or callus, soak
form on the top or sides of toes,     your feet in warm water to soften
while "soft" corns develop in the     the skin. Dry your feet, and then                                                                                                                                                                               Jason H. Moulton, O.D.
area between two toes. Given          rub a pumice stone gently over
your description, you probably        the corn or callus. Don't overdo                                                                                       Most Insurance Plans   11518 E. Apache Trail, Ste. 125, Apache Junction
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   Calluses and corns develop to
protect the foot from damage.
                                      your skin. Afterward, moistur-
                                      ize the area with skin lotion. For
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The usual culprit is a poorly fit-     larger corns and calluses, consult                                                                                 “Come Meet Our Personalized, Friendly & Professional Staff”
ting shoe, but some people have       a foot-care specialist, who will
bone-structure problems or an         shave away some of the thick-
abnormal gait that makes them         ened skin.
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damage the bone structure may         cal peels and acid disks, but you     tion Agency, and then stored in       clients, such as whirlpool foot                                                                                                              up to
also lead to corns and calluses.
   At first, you may not notice a
corn or callus. But if whatever is
causing the irritation continues,
                                      should use these products with
                                      caution. Unless you follow the
                                      instructions exactly, they can
                                      damage healthy tissue. Some
                                                                            a clean, dry container.
                                                                             The safest option is for the salon
                                                                            to use disposable instruments,
                                                                            which are discarded after each
                                                                                                                  baths, need to be disinfected
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the corn or callus may become         foot-care specialists suggest         client. Another option is for you     to want your feet and toes look-                   WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED!
larger and cause discomfort.          avoiding these products entirely.     to bring your own instruments         ing their best. Just remember to                           ARE YOU IN THE MEDICARE
Corns tend to grow with time un-       Although a pedicurist may offer      to the salon. Devices shared by       handle them with care.                   $ 00  2 OFF       DONUT HOLE? WE CAN HELP!
less the pressure (such as a tight    to remove corns and calluses, the                                                                                                                                      FAST, FRIENDLY SERVICE
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shoe) is removed. If the pressure
continues, a corn may become
painful and eventually interfere
                                      risk of infection makes it safer to
                                      seek help from a trained medical
                                      specialist. (In fact, some states
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with walking. Calluses are of-        do not allow pedicurists to use                                                                                           1059 N.                                                                                                          OPEN
ten painless, but those that form
because of a structural problem,
                                      sharp instruments or blades on
                                      the foot.) If you have an underly-
                                                                             ASK THE HARVARD EXPERTS
                                                                                                                                                                Mesa Dr.
                                                                                                                                                                 (SE corner of
                                                                                                                                                              Brown and Mesa Dr.)
such as bones that don't line up      ing bone problem, surgery may
correctly, can cause pain and         be necessary.                         (c) 2008 PRESIDENT AND FELLOWS OF HARVARD COLLEGE. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
make walking difficult.                  A pedicure is certainly a great
   To prevent calluses and corns,     way to pamper your feet, but be       WAYS TO STOP SMOKING,
wear shoes that fit comfortably,
provide cushioning and have
enough room at the toes. Avoid
                                      aware that state regulations and
                                      licensing requirements for salons
                                      and spas vary. And the laws aren't
                                                                            PART II
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pointy shoes that squeeze your
toes together and high heels
                                      always well enforced. Make sure
                                      your pedicurist sterilizes her in-
                                                                            By Harvey B. Simon, M.D.
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that shift your weight onto your      struments thoroughly to reduce          I know I should quit smoking.       or lozenges to suppress break-
toes. Also, wear socks or stock-      the chance of passing on a toe-       I’m 27 years old and just started     through craving. (They deliver a
ings to cushion your feet and         nail fungus. Reusable instru-         three years ago. I always believed    higher dose of nicotine faster, but
reduce friction. If your shoe is      ments should be disinfected for       I could quit any time I wanted.       protection also declines faster.)
large enough, you can add extra       at least 10 minutes in an FDA-        Now, almost four month’s have              Nicotine gum (Nicorette).
cushioning by inserting a padded      approved disinfectant solution        gone by since I made my New           People who smoke more than 25
insole.                               or in a disinfectant registered       Year’s resolution to give it up       cigarettes a day should use the 4
  If you are prone to corns or cal-   with the Environmental Protec-        for good. But I’m still smoking a     mg per piece dose; lighter smok-        Heidi G. Valmonte,                                                                                 Tiffany Johnson
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                                                                              Like other addicting substanc-      dose. Chew a piece of the gum
                                                                            es, nicotine acts on the brain’s      whenever the smoking urge hits.
                                                                            “reward center.” It creates a sen-    Don’t chew more than 30 pieces
                                                                            sation of pleasure and a craving      a day. Aim to wean off the gum                                                             Chris Allen,
                                                                            for more nicotine.                    in about 3 months if possible.                                                                M.D.
                                                                               Nicotine replacement therapy       Chewing replaces the oral stimu-
                                                                            can short-circuit the craving.        lation of smoking, which can be               Dan Finney,                                                                                 Nathan Bedosky,
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                                                                            substances in tobacco, such as
                                                                            tar and carbon monoxide.
                                                                                                                  such as coffee, tea, beer and soft
                                                                                                                  drinks for at least 15 minutes
                                                                                                                                                                Dr. Paul Sandstrom
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