After spending four weeks in the surgical shoe or the fracture brace I allow patients to start wearing loose-fitting shoes or open shoes in the warmer weather. At this time they may start to increase their walking a bit. I advise them that they will most likely not be doing exercise until six to eight weeks after surgery. Initial exercise includes walking and using a stationary bike. After eight to ten weeks they may start to do an elliptical machine or more weight bearing exercises. At eight weeks, I advise them that they may start using any shoe that they fit into. Bunion surgery is the most common foot surgery I do. Before I tell you about the actual surgery, I will describe what a bunion is and how a patient gets one. Below is a picture of a severe bunion deformity and a moderate to minor bunion. See further below for before and after bunion surgery pictures. (Click any picture to enlarge) People who get bunions have many different foot types. Some people have no arch when they’re standing or sitting. Other people have a normal arch that collapses to a flat arch. Even people with high arches that collapse to a more normal arch can get bunions. Many foot specialists recommend that women seek out flexible yet supportive custom orthotics. A properly fitted orthotic will help prevent or reduce foot problems. It may also provide back or joint pain relief and the reduction of joint friction and long-term damage. Ideally, the orthotics should support the longitudinal and anterior transverse arches of the foot, provide adequate padding and support, and reduce excessive heel movement. In addition to a custom insole, experts recommend ensuring that you are wearing properly fitted shoes. High heels increase the likelihood of improper weight distribution and excessive pressure in localized areas of the foot. If you don't like the smell of peppermint or the tingle, than try Totally Nutty Shea Butter Heel Cream. This little green tube packs a cream that boasts such skin conditioning ingredients as cocoa butter, coconut oil, and Brazil nut oil. The smell is reminiscent of a cake batter or other sweet desserts. It dispenses as a white cream, and although it comes in a few ounces less than the Bare Foot Lotion products, it is twice as potent to make up for it. And with so many natural oils in it, it sure does the job in giving you sweet smelling, supple feet. Do use moisturizers, preferably those with lactic acid or urea, to smooth the skin at least daily. Moisturizers can further soften the superficial and surrounding tissue of a corn or callus , especially during early growth. For calluses on the bottom of the feet this can prevent cracking and fissuring. For corns, this can help to reduce pain and discomfort. Do see your podiatrist if your toe or foot becomes warm, red, or draining around the corn or callus , especially if you are diabetic. This can possibly indicate an infected wound under the skin which can lead to a deeper infection if not treated appropriately. Basically this means I was screwed as a runner from the day I was born. Oh, well. Nothing to do but keep running and getting injured I suppose. Also, having a Morton’s Toe can cause excessive pressure on the second metatarsal of your foot. There is also something called Morton's neuroma can also develop, which is an inflammation of the nerve between the 2nd and 3rd toes. Very painful apparently and sometimes requires surgery. What to do to help prevent issues with this pain in the ass toe? iodex (I read that a deficiency of iodine can cause bunions, and that applying iodex can make them go away. Baloney.) The first step in treating your feet is to use Freeman Bare Foot Softening Foot Soak. It comes in a 5.3 ounces tube with Freeman's signature foot-shaped tube design. Just drop a little soak in a tub and suds on the warm water for a relaxing dip. It has a pleasant aroma in addition to softening the feet. Let your feet soak for 5-10 minutes and enjoy the quiet. Dry off your feet and dispose of the water and you are ready for the next ingenuous foot product-scrubs. If you don’t have any problems, then please use these weapons of fashion in moderation. For your feets future. For your posture. Dancing on pointe requires complete plantar flexion of the foot and ankle to a combined minimum of 90 2 Dancers will achieve full relevé (dancing on the tips of the toes in pointe shoes, or on the metatarsal heads in ballet slippers) by either stepping directly into relevé or by rolling through the feet and rising to relevé with or without a demi-plié (feet are turned out, knees maximally flexed without raising the heels) (Figure 3). The ankle is stable in the full pointe position because the posterior lip of the tibia locks onto the calcaneus and the subtalar joint is locked with the heel and forefoot in varus.