Foot care problems can make even the simple act of walking difficult. The good news is that many common foot care problems can be successfully addressed simply with products that are available over the counter. CVS stocks a wide range of solutions for people with calluses, corns, blisters and bunions. Shop online now and enjoy the convenience of discreet delivery right to your door.
Calluses are patches of thick skin that often develop on the heels and backs of the feet due to the effects of friction. Although they do not usually cause discomfort, many people find calluses to be embarrassing. To remove calluses, you can exfoliate the affected skin using a specially designed tool. Callus-removing topical medications and patches that contain salicylic acid can also be effective for addressing the problem. Wearing insoles in your shoes can decrease the risk of calluses forming.
Like calluses, corns are areas of thickened skin; however, corns are usually small in size and often are tender to the touch. Most of the time, corns develop in non-weight-bearing areas of the feet like on the tops and sides of the toes. Most often, corns are treated with topical salicylic acid medications similarly to calluses. Insoles and protective pads can also decrease the risk of corns.
A bunion is a bump that develops on the bone right at the joint of the big toe or little toe. Genetic defects, stress on the feet, arthritis and ill-fitting footwear can all contribute to the formation of bunions. Normally to remove a bunion, you must undergo surgery, but over-the-counter products can help to ease discomfort. Options include foam pads and cushions, silicone bunion protectors and toe separators.
Blisters are bubbles of skin that develop when the skin is exposed to friction. The bubbles often break, leaving behind a wound. Once a blister has formed, your skin must heal on its own. You can protect the area with pads and cushions to assist with the process. Wearing moisture-wicking socks and using shoe inserts can reduce the risk of blisters forming.
Before using any new product for the first time, discuss your foot care concerns with your health care provider. A medical professional can determine if over-the-counter products will be enough to address your callus, corn, blister or bunions and can recommend the best solutions for your specific needs. To get the most out of the products that you purchase, only use them as directed by the manufacturer or your health care provider.