Foot

According to a survey by the American Podiatric Medical Association, 47% of Americans have experienced some form of foot pain in their life. Foot pain can affect every part of the foot, including the sole, arch, heel, and toes. Most causes of foot pain can be treated very easily, but there are different circumstances where surgery is necessary.

Some of the most common causes of foot pain include:

1). Bunions

This is a very common condition that affects the base of the big toe. It occurs when the big toe gets pushed toward the second toe.

Treatment: As soon as you notice a bunion forming, switch to wider, more comfortable shoes. If the bunion is severe and results in deformity or relentless foot pain, surgery may be needed. If surgery is suggested, get a 2nd opinion.

2). Plantar Fasciitis

If you experience foot pain in your heal when you wake up in the morning, chances are you have plantar fasciitis. This irritating foot pain means the band of tissue connecting your heel to your toes is inflamed.

Treatment: Stretching and rest will help you deal with the foot pain associated with plantar fasciitis. In some cases, anti-inflammatory medication is prescribed.

3). Corns

Corns are thickened skin on toes or side of the foot. They are typically caused by poor-fitting shoes.

Treatment: The foot pain experienced by corns can be easily eased by wearing properly-fitted shoes. If the foot pain is severe because of an infection around the corn, antibiotics may be prescribed. For immediate relief of foot pain, soak your foot in warm water, and then rub down the corn with a pumice stone, found in most drug stores.

4). Heel Spurs

A heel spur is a small hook of bone that forms on the heel bone. Heel spurs occur in almost 70% of patients with planter fasciitis. See a podiatrist is you think you have either condition. The podiatrist can determine the condition by taking and reviewing an X-Ray.

Treatment: Do not use heel inserts because they can increase your foot pain caused by heel spurs. Treatment may range from cortisone shots, to physical therapy, to a pair of customer made orthonics.

5). Tendonitis

Over time, wear and tear affects the tendons in the foot, specifically the Achilles tendon. Those who suffer from Achilles tendonitis liken the foot pain to a sharp smack to the back of the heel.

Treatment: Initially, doctors will prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, to alleviate foot pain. Physical therapy may also be recommended in order to strengthen the muscles.

If after two weeks of self treatment, your foot pain still persists, see your doctor or a podiatrist. Also, if you cannot bear weight on the foot, or if there is bruising, deformity, or blood present, a trip to the doctor is mandatory.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    foot?????????????????????????
    i am planning on getting guitar hero world tour for wii cause im getting kind of tired of rock band on wii, one of the reasons being is that the foot pedal always cracks or breaks even with the metal plate screwed to it. i know the downside of guitar hero world tour on wii is that each instrument will be piggybacking off of a wii remote so 4 players = 4 wiimotes.

    my main question, how good is the foot pedal going to be for guitar hero world drums. by the looks of it it seems pretty sturdy, but i wanna know if it will hold up. activision has had a history of bad customer service and the only thing worse about having the foot pedal break on you is the company not doing jack sh*t about it.

    • ANSWER:
      I read that the pedals are now metal.

  2. QUESTION:
    What foot cream is good for really tough feet?
    I have tried several OTC foot lotions/creams. I have gotten professional pedicures too. I have even used the "ped egg" and various foot files. My feet get very tender after using these files, but the rough skin is still there. What is an effective foot cream/product to soften my feet?

    • ANSWER:
      Zim's Crack Cream. Ridiculous name, fantastic product. My ex had extremely dry, cracked and tough skin on his feet and the tips of his fingers. When it became particularly bad (i.e. during the winter), he would slather a bit of this stuff on and wrap with a rubber glove (on the hand) or a sock (foot, obviously), and sleep overnight with it on. That is only necessary in extreme cases, because I have used it before on less severely tough skin of my own without having to cover it with anything and it worked great.

  3. QUESTION:
    Whats the difference between the words foot and feet?
    Read these sentences, Do they mean the same thing?

    He jumped over a six foot wall.
    He jumped six feet over the wall.

    He was an eight foot giant.
    The giant was eight feet tall.

    He surfed a twenty foot wave.
    The wave was twenty feet high.

    • ANSWER:
      Im not sure about the first 2 but i think the last are diffrent ones because the first line talks about him surfing a 20ft wave + the second one explains the wave is twenty feet high, i think maybe the first lines in each verse is about man and the second line in each verse is about the wave, you may describe a wave as 6 feet over the wall, and class it as a giant and say it was twenty feet high, and describe man as jumping over a 6ft wall, an 8 foot giant and surfing a twenty foot wave, hope i helped!

  4. QUESTION:
    What types of feet do men with a foot fetish typically enjoy?
    I always wondered if there is a "standard of beauty" for feet when men have a foot fetish. Like do they enjoy small feet or average sized? Or painted toes or natural? Etc, etc?

    • ANSWER:
      For me, it's a deal breaker if my girl doesn't have attractive, well maintained feet. I'm not at all shallow, but that part of her is something I'm not willing to sacrifice. I'd sacrifice a "drop dead gorgeous" woman first. Women's feet can be very sexy.

      Beautiful, shapely, sexy feet. Nice high arches. All 5 toes the perfect length from shortest to longest.

      Also, the curve of the female foot is shapely similar to a woman's body which triggers a state of arousal in some men. I love when my wife takes her nylon pedicured feet out of her leather heels after a long day and lets me rub, kiss, and smell them, especially when she is wearing a toe ring or two. The pheremones from the natural scent given off by (some) female feet are very amazing and arousing.

      That about says it all.

  5. QUESTION:
    What to do when one foot is a shoe size smaller?
    My right foot is one shoe size smaller than left foot. I always buy the bigger size, but that means that my right foot slips in my shoe a little. Does anyone know if there are inserts or special socks you can wear to stop the shoe from slipping? This particular shoe on my right foot fits perfect in the toe area, but it is my heal that is slipping giving me a blister on the back of the heal.
    Thanks.
    PS, I buy these particular shoes online and I am unable to buy different sizes of each shoe for each foot.

    • ANSWER:
      I feel your pain. One of my feet is larger, but not a full size. I have on occasion taken the tighter shoe to a shoe repair shop and getting it stretched. Something else not relevant but useful. I try to always buy the same socks (color and brand), as a result the difference between the new and the old, is thickness. I put the thinner sock on the larger foot. It works for me. I hope this helps.
      I'll confess at one time in a self help shoe store, do my own mix and match. I hope the next guy to come along, had our problem and received a good fit.

  6. QUESTION:
    How much does one cubic foot of water weigh?
    I am planning to build a fish pond with timber sides, about 6foot by 4 foot, or possibly 8 foot by 6 foot. this pond will be about 2 foot deep. As it will have timber sides to it, I am wondering how much weight the water will be, and therefore how strong I have to build the sides.

    • ANSWER:
      This answer will depend on the density of the water that is used. According to Wikipedia the density of Water is
      1000 kg/m^3. The equation for density is as follows:

      Density=Mass/Volume

      Multiply both sides by volume gives us the following equation
      Mass=Density*Volume.

      Given:
      Volume=1 cubic foot

      Density of Water=1000 kg/m^3
      You most likely want how many lbs of water you need; thus we need to convert the Density of water from kg/m^3 to
      lbs/ft^3

      Thus using an online conversion:
      1 kilogram/cubic meter = 0.062 427 962 pound/cubic foot
      1000kg/m^3= 62.43 lb/ft^3

      Thus finally
      Mass=Density*Volume
      Mass=62.43 * 1
      Mass=62.43 lbs approximate!

      Now since your designing it you want to design over 25%
      so therefore design for 78.04 lbs. Worry about the pressure on the sides more when designing this system.

  7. QUESTION:
    What part of foot hurt the most from wearing high heels?
    I need to know because my GF is going to wear her new high heels (her highest pair, 4inches!!) on newyears evening and I promised to give her a foot massage afterwards. She's breaking them in at home right now but she already said that they are going to be painful nevertheless. I want to know what part of the foot need the most attention. I guess around the 'ball of the feet' area but I want to be sure. So girls where is this torture going on when wearing those killer heels?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, I am going to be the same, brand new 4 inch heels for new year eve! I adore them but i know my feet will hurt like they are on fire. With heels that high your gf will be right up on her toes, so the 'torture' will be in the balls of her feet and her toes. Even more so if shes standing or dancing all night. So u will definitely owe her a good long foot massage afterwards. When u are massaging her feet u need to pay special attention to her toes, the balls of her feet and perhaps her arches.Good luck!

  8. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between hand lotion and foot lotion?
    OK, I know hand lotion is used on the hands and foot lotion is used on the feet. That I know. But as for the actual lotion itself, what is the difference in the types of lotion? Why different lotions for the feet and the hands? The foot lotion I have does not have anything in it which would take off dead skin or anything which can sometimes build up on the feet. It is lotion. Nothing 'rough' in it. So how in the world can I find out why there is a so called difference between hand lotion and foot lotion. I know one answer would be "the ingredients" but if ingredients is the answer, what is it about the ingredients that makes the lotions different? Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      I only know about Mary Kay. The hand cream is designed to keep working even after washing hands often. Feet aren't exposed to water as often. That leads to another difference. The foot products usually have fragrance to help with foot odor or have a deodorant. Mary Kay's has a great mint scent.

  9. QUESTION:
    how much would a foot tattoo covering most of your foot cost?
    I'm planning on getting a tattoo of an anchor with flowers and a lady bug on my foot. I want it to pretty much cover my foot, and was wondering if anyone could give me an estimate on how much it should cost. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Tattoo prices vary from shop to shop. I have one in full color covering the entire top of my foot and it cost me 0 plus tip - that was 5 years ago though. You're looking at the very minimum about 0, probably more. Go into several different shops and take a look around, look at the portfolios. Choose your artist by comparing their artistic ability, not their price.

  10. QUESTION:
    How long can i leave my feet in a foot massarger and bubbler ?
    I would like to know how long i can leave my feet in a foot spa with bubbles, massarger, and heat ???
    I only bought it today and i have no problems with my feet, and also it costs £40. Any help will do !

    • ANSWER:
      As long as you want babe! It won't do you any harm!
      It should help with lots of things not just bad feet, things like circulation etc! The massaging part of it will help with other aspects of your health through reflexology!
      Oh and it feels nice as well if you have tired feet and legs!Try it after an exhausting day at work or after retail therapy!! x x

  11. QUESTION:
    How best to add 6-foot swing under 12-foot deck?
    I have a second-story deck that's 12 feet above ground. I want to attach swings underneath for my kids, ages 15 months and 4 1/2. The swings from the store hang only 6 feet, both for safety (those kids can get crazy with too much freedom!) and practicality (ever seen a 12-foot-tall swingset for this age group?) Also worth nothing is that the deck extends only 6 feet from the house, so extending the chains on the swings is not an option as I fear the kids could literally smack against the side of the house in that case.

    My question is what the best way is to attach a beam or bar to the deck so that it's only 8 feet max above the ground, then attach the swings to that beam. I don't want to impact the integrity of the deck. I also want to do it in a way that allows us to easily raise the height in the future without a lot of work or impact on the quality of the supporting beams for the deck.

    The deck is 12 feet wide, with beams every 6 feet across.

    Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      If I were you the first thing I would do would be to disregard the other two answers as someone will get seriously injured... Get yourself a 12' 2X8 or 2X10 pressure treated, and lag bolt it to the "legs" of the deck. this will not interfere with the integrity of the deck supports set them at the 8' level you are looking to get, and do two (2) staggered bolts per support leg staying away from the edges of the 4X4 or 6X6 legs. Get some eye bolts, long enough to go through the 2X8 or 2X10 (from bottom to top, not through the front or back) as far as adjustment after wards, the chain to the swing will allow you to adjust as they grow just jump a few links on the chain with the hook that hangs them!

  12. QUESTION:
    What is the best foot powder to put in in your shoes to avoid smelly shoes/feet?
    I have used Dr. Scholl's & it is just average. Is there a better foot powder out there to put in your shoes to avoid smelly feet & shoes? Thx.

    • ANSWER:
      tough acting tinactin (not sure of spelling) just sound it out.

  13. QUESTION:
    How can I make my foot stronger for kicking a soccer ball?
    I am a soccer player and I am dominantly right-footed. I want to be able to play and kick the ball with my left, but it really hurts when I try to and all I can do with my left is pass, barely. I'm not sure if I just have a really weak foot or what the problem is. The pain is usually on the top or outside of my foot. Does anyone know any excercises to fix this? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      You need to develop strength on the left side. Practice short passes with high accuracy with the inside of your left foot. Use the left foot a lot over a period of 20-30 minutes. Just get used to using that foot and you'll develop strength over time, as well as good technique.

      After you are accurate, practice crosses and restarts, like a free kick or a corner kick. Don't try too hard to hit the ball long, just try to add some distance and power.

      Build up from there.

  14. QUESTION:
    How do those foot detox pads work? And do they actually detoxify your body of harmful stuff?
    What is that black junk that appears on the foot pads after wearing them overnight? Is that just dirt from the bottom of your feet or is it some chemical reaction that appears on the surface of the pad so it appears as if it came from your body?

    • ANSWER:
      Its junk. The reason they turn black is becuase a mixture of vingar and salts are inside of them and it reacts to the oils in your body.

      They are a waste of money, look them up on MSN webpage, they did a study of them.

  15. QUESTION:
    What causes a foot to feel like you are walking on pebbles in your shoe?
    This feeling is in the area from the ball of the foot to the toes, and across the entire foot side to side. Is there any way to cure this? Suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be Mortons Neuroma or Metatarsalgia. There are nerves running through your foot that can get inflammation from a variety of things. The main one being shoes with little or no arch support.
      You could try a shoe with a better arch support and see if that helps. Or try a drugstore for finding some metatarsal pads to insert in your shoe. In the meantime, don't wear high heels if you are a women or shoes with a narrow toe.
      Try icing the area 15 minutes a day, several times a day. If you can, take Advil or Motrin to help with the pain as well as decrease inflammation in the area. If all else fails, schedule an appointment with your doctor. If this has been going on for a long time or you don't feel relief in the next few days, make an appointment. Since nerves are involved, it would be best to seek medical advice if it continues past a few days or is so painful you can't walk.

  16. QUESTION:
    How to properly disinfect a foot after stepping in poop?
    My cats laid a present on the dark spots of my carpet so I wouldn't see it. I stepped in it with my bare feet. How do I properly disinfect my foot after this? I already cleaned the carpet and the poop off of my foot but I want to get the germs, too.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Washing the foot with plain soap and water is sufficient to get rid of the bacteria in poop. Germs ? - unless the cat is deathly ill you will find very few germs in cat's poop.

  17. QUESTION:
    How do I adjust a ruffler foot so the needle does not hit the foot?
    I have a brother 270D. I think I am putting the ruffler foot on correctly, but the needle is not lining up in the hole and is hitting the plate. Can the ruffler foot be adjusted?

    • ANSWER:
      You must not have the foot on correctly or the needle would not be hitting the foot, unless there is more than one setting for the needle position on this machine. If there is, make sure it is in the center position.

      Make sure the needle is not bent.

      Remove the ruffler and read the instructions again and re-attach it to the machine.

      The only adjustment is for the amount of fullness in the ruffler. There is a little lever on the top front of the ruffler that can be moved to another notch, depending on what you want the outcome to be.

      Here is a video tutorial -

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tV76ihB1B8Q&feature=related

  18. QUESTION:
    How to adhere the Foot pockets to the actual fin part of the monofin?
    Ok so I found a place to order just the Foot pocket part of a monofin and I am planning on making my own. I was wondering what would be my best bet to use as an adherent that wouldnt fall apart in the water to fuse the foot pockets to the actual fin part of the monofin? Any help would be much appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      These folks make a hot melt glue for every material http://www.glu-stix.com/
      and this site http://www.thistothat.com/ lets you put in both materials and gives you several viable suggestions on possible adhesives.

      Because you did not indicate what either the monofin or the pocket are made of it is a little difficult to give you truly accurate advice.

  19. QUESTION:
    What are some good ways reduce foot and back pain?
    I work as a waitress and I'm on my feet all day. Lately, I've been experiencing lower back and foot pain and I feel that it has something to do with my shoes and pressure on my feet. Help?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Jackie J,

      Here is some help for your back pain http://www.squidoo.com/Back_Strengthening_Exercises . It could be that your back is out of alignment and you are over compensating and resulting in foot pain. The exercises in the link should kill two birds with one stone.

      Good luck

  20. QUESTION:
    What part of the foot do you make contact with in a front kick and a roundhouse kick?
    I have been shown two ways, one with a flat foot and one with the balls of the feet up. Are they both correct and just have differant effects and meanings or is something not quite right? We are taught that all our kicks come from the same position chambered and can go to any kick from there. Is this also true?

    • ANSWER:
      Both are correct.

      For a front kick low below the waist and with a snap you keep the toes down. Then lift them up to grab as you pull back.

      With the toes up it is usually a strike to the midsection so you dont break your toes.

      on a roundhouse kick both work as well. Flat foot is more of a snap again or a slap some might say. with the balls of the feet its more like a hammer hitting you.

      With shoes or sneakers on it is hard to move the shoes in either direction but try to do so anyways and adjust wether your toes are up or down depending on where you intend to strike. You do not want to bruise your toes or your toe knuckles.

      yes all kicks in Japansese Shotokan at least can all come from the same position I can not speak for all the other styles though. If it is karate then more than likely yes.

  21. QUESTION:
    What do i do about my foot slipping around in my basketball shoe?
    I just got a new pair of basketball shoes and i think ive realized in the past couple years that my right foot is slightly smaller than my left foot, and its become apparent in this new shoe. My foot seems to slip, slide, and turn in the shoe. I was wondering what i should do? My friend told me to wear an extra sock but i don't usually do that because it gets uncomfortable. Any solutions?

    • ANSWER:
      Stuff something in the from of it, so it's tighter to your foot.
      Or, like Kirby said, get a thicker insole.

  22. QUESTION:
    Why do cats like to sleep at the foot of the bed?
    I have two cats. Minnie and Linus. Minnie stays at the foot of the bed. Ocassionally she'll come near my arm and rub her head against it and then go back to the foot of the bed. Linus lays at the foot of the bed but when he see's me open up the comforter to get in he hurries to the spot next to the bed and starts lifting my hand with his head for me to pet him. After a while he moves to the foot of the bed. Why do they prefer that spot?

    • ANSWER:
      The movement of our upper body with head, arms, chest and shoulder are more extended than the feet in general. So there are more stable and comfortable spots at the foot of bed.
      So your cats selected the most comfortable place as their cuddle, and when they need petting they will come to you to take their portion of tenderness and go back to their favorite spot.

  23. QUESTION:
    58 foot of copper AC pipe were taken from the house we about to purchase. How much will it cost to replace?
    we are buying a HUD home. had the house inspected today and one of the issue we found was the copper pipe for the Air Condition inside the house were stolen. 58 foot of it were gone. we only have a week before closing. my question is how much would it cost to have it replace by professional Air Condition installer? i was told by the home inspector that the copper pipe/copper line were missing. Thank you in advance for your time.
    I am from Dallas Texas area :)

    • ANSWER:
      I can tell you it ant gonna be cheap with as high as copper prices are

  24. QUESTION:
    What causes the top of your foot to cramp?
    I have had foot cramps before but it has always been on the bottom. But here lately I have had the top of my foot to cramp or have some type of spasm. It hurts really bad. What causes the top of your foot to do this?

    • ANSWER:
      When you begin to morph into an aquatic-bird hybrid being.

  25. QUESTION:
    What is the purpose of having my toes flexed during a foot massage>?
    I get my feet massaged on a regular basis, and I always enjoy my feet being massaged, (foot massages are wonderful) and it feels great on my feet. One massage therapist, who massages my feet, also flexed my toes back and forth. What she does is presses them back hard, but firm, (It doesn't hurt) and as she holds them back this stretches my leg muscles, and she asks me to press on her hand, and both leg muscles stretch out which feels very good on my leg muscles, then she would curl them and ask me to do the same, and this stretches my muscles out again. What is the purpose of this? I enjoy doing this, and it does feel good on my lower leg muscles, it is like almost like stretching out before you go for a run, but what is the main purpose, would this make my toes stronger?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds to me like she is stretching muscles called the extrinsic foot muscles. These are muscles that control the movement of the toes but the muscle belly (the main part) actually attaches to one of two bones in your leg. Because they end on the toes, you're getting more of a stretch when she focuses on the toes specifically. These motions can be used to strengthen the muscle if she is asking you to apply resistance to the motions.

  26. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between a board foot and a square foot?
    What is the difference between a board foot and a square foot when it comes to hardwood flooring?

    • ANSWER:
      Findanyfloor.com offers a great explanation in the glossary section:

      “Think of the volume of a piece of wood that is 12"" x 12"" x 1"" or 144 square inches. A board-foot equals that same volume regardless of its surface area (the area you see and walk on). So, a board-foot of a piece of wood that is over 1"" thick will have a smaller surface area and you will need more board-feet than you would square feet to cover the same area. If the wood is less than 1" thick it is counted as 1" regardless. It is a little confusing which is why most flooring is sold by the square feet of the surface area and not by volume or board-feet.”

  27. QUESTION:
    How do I clean my foot jacuzzi if my sink water is hard water?
    I just bought a foot jacuzzi (like to put feet in before a pedicure). The directions clearly say that cleaning with hard water will clog up the jets with the deposits that hard water has. If I boil up the hard water will that eliminate the deposits or am I going to have to buy bottled water just to wash this thing? What are my choices?

    Thanks for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      No, just use white vinegar. It will dissolve any mineral desposits in the jets and sanitize it. If you decide to buy water, bottled won't do it either, you have to buy distilled. But, I have found running vinegar through it does the trick and you can dilute it 50-50 with water, a gallon bottle of vinegar is only 99 cents and you can even reuse the vinegar to clear your drains.

  28. QUESTION:
    What foot for the sustain pedal on a piano?
    I've been playing for a while now, but I've never stopped and asked myself about the foot used for the sustain pedal. I use the same foot I press the gas pedal with, but I just saw a Tom and Jerry Cartoon about Johann Strauss, and he's playing the piano using the left foot for the sustain... What's the standard, or is it whatever you feel like using?

    • ANSWER:
      Right foot! :)

      Left foot is for the left/soft pedal.

  29. QUESTION:
    How can I keep my foot from slipping in the stirrup when I ride?
    I do hunt seat riding and some jumping. A lot of times (especially when I'm posting or jumping) my feet slip down in the stirrups so that the stirrups are sort of on the heel of my riding boot. How can I keep them on the ball of my foot where they're supposed to be?

    • ANSWER:
      You can keep your heels down better by warming up and doing two point at a walk around the arena, BEFORE you start working, remember at two point you want your heels down as well and if you can't do this and still get clearance in your seat, then your stirrups need to come UP.

      Two Point is a GREAT excercise for heels, lower thighs and general balance.

  30. QUESTION:
    What causes foot pain in the heal when bending down or pulling the toes back?
    I have a pain in the back of my heal when I stetch out my Achilles tendon, however the pain is not the achilles. It generates from the right side of my left foot approximately halfwayy between the ankle bone and the bottom of the foot slighty off centered from the achilles. It usually hurts when I bend my foot. The pain is a sharp sting that feels like something is tearing. The pain doesn't last long when it occurs. It feels like whatever is generating the pain is not deep inside the foot.

    • ANSWER:
      It does sound like it could be the achilles tendon to me. It can be shortened up, something that they do when pain is present, and they don't always release all the way. That means you should have use of the foot but when you do something that requires some of the length of the tendon to help out with, it's not there so it end up pulling on the end of least resistance, your heel. That is the most common problem to cause heel pain anyway. Here is how to release the achilles tendon so it goes back to it's full length:
      Achilles tendon:
      While sitting and your leg on your lap, take both thumbs and place them side by side at about ankle height on the tendon on the back of your leg and apply pressure hard and hold. After 30 seconds slowly raise your toes up as far as you can, release the pressure but hold your foot there for another 30 seconds.
      Before doing this take a deep breath and exhale, then try to keep your body this relaxed for best results.

  31. QUESTION:
    What is the different between a pressure foot and a quilting foot?
    Are they the same thing? Do I need a quilting foot to sew my different fabric squares together? Can I just use my pressure foot? Please help me! :)

    • ANSWER:
      There isn't a pressure foot.

      The feet for a sewing machine are presser feet, including the quilting foot.

      The quilting foot is narrow so you can get a 1/4" seam by aligning the edge of the foot with the edge of the fabric. Some quilting feet have a guide on the outside edge to further help you keep the seam allowance at 1/4"

      Calling it a quilting foot is misleading to the user as you are actually piecing the fabric with this foot.

      You would quilt with a walking foot or a darning/free motion foot.

      If you can adjust the needle position, you can use the standard presser foot and move the needle to the right until you have the 1/4" seam and the fabric aligned with the edge of the foot.

      Layers of sticky notes or painter's blue tape will also help you keep the fabric feeding in line with the outer edge of any foot you choose to use.

  32. QUESTION:
    Why does only one foot swell? Is it normal to be swelling at 25 weeks pregnant?
    Only my left foot swells. My right foot might get a tad swollen but if so, it's certainly nothing compared to the balloon on my left foot/ ankle. I am only 25 weeks now. Is it a bad sign that its already swelling? I don't have any leg pain or red spots. Only swelling. I am trying to stay away from high sodium foods and drinking lots of water. Also am elevating my foot above my waist when sitting. It goes down eventually but comes back in the same foot.

    • ANSWER:
      it could be ur pertaining water or ur blood pressure is high(toxcima).i got swollen feet just like u when i was pergo but and it was the last 3 weeks of my pregnancy. you should go see your dr and get ur blood pressure checked.do stay away from foods n sodas with alot of salt in it..

  33. QUESTION:
    What is foot pounds on a lawn mower equal to in horsepower?
    I was looking at a mower and it said 5 foot pounds. How much power is that in horsepower?

    • ANSWER:
      I think foot-pounds is torque. That does not equate to a certain amount of horsepower.

  34. QUESTION:
    how much should a left foot accelerator cost to install in a car?
    i had a sroke and can't drive with my right foot. i now have to drive with my left foot.

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on your car, some are simply & fairly inexpensive, and and some are quite fancy. One middle of the road style is at www.planetmobility.com under driving aids..0 Around here our hospital/rehab supply and The Goodwill maintain a list of equiptment companies.
      Best of Luck

  35. QUESTION:
    What to do after exposing yourself to an athletes foot environment?
    I walked through a locker room last night during a graduation party. I just want to know what should i do now to kill any risk of contracting athletes foot? No one i know of had it in the locker room but I do not want to risk it. So far all i did was shower, wash and scrub my feet in the sink, and apply an organic tea tree foot powder to my feet. What else can i do to be safe because I am quite vulnerable to skin and fungal diseases?

    • ANSWER:
      Soak your feet in some hydrogen peroxide otherwise there are creams like lamisil that got rid of my af. I would imagine it would be able to prevent aswell as cure it

  36. QUESTION:
    How do exercise my right foot, just recovered from a bruise need to start playing soccer again?
    I hurt my right foot last weekend and my coach said i had a bruise. I had pain for at least 3 days, i went to kick the soccer ball i felt pain in my foot. Now i can walk and run without pain, i am little bit scared to kick the ball, so i need to do some exercises. I have started doing ankle rolls. Need advice, need to start playing again next week have a major tournament coming up..

    • ANSWER:
      Do you have a trainer on the team too?

      Try doing the ankle rolls in a little bit of water -such as in the bathtub... this will provide a little resistance for you and not only will it be warm, but feel comfortable too.

      Here are some ideas that I used but these have illustrations and a more professional description I rather help then hurt you so here ya go
      http://www.foottrainer.com/ankle/exercises1.html

      http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/419_therapy-foot-ankle-pain.htm

      http://www.apta.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home&TEMPLATE=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&CONTENTID=24759

      Be careful and dont overdo it

  37. QUESTION:
    What is causing these horrible foot cramps?
    I'm 18 years old and in good overall health, but every few weeks I get awful cramps between the second and third toes of my left foot. Sometimes they're so bad that I can barely walk, and my third toe starts to go a little bit numb. I've tried wearing flats more often instead of heels, but it seems to have no bearing on when I'll get these cramps. The only thing that helps even a little is to soak my foot in hot water and try to massage the muscle. Does anyone have any ideas on what could be causing this?

    • ANSWER:
      Try and wear/or buy supportive/or custom shoes w/ support uncomfortable shoes with no support could be the answer

  38. QUESTION:
    Where can you buy a foot operated can crusher in the United States?
    I've been through over 10 pages of "foot operated can crusher" Yahoo shopping search results, and don't see anyway to buy a foot operated can crusher that sits on the floor in the USA. I've only found 2 of these, but they are only available in the UK. My brother has arthritis in his hands and needs the extra leverage to get the cans really flat.

    • ANSWER:
      How very odd, they can only be sourced in the UK?

  39. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to clean the foot pad of sandles?
    I bought a pair of used Birkenstock sandles (online auction)and the foot area is black. Before I throw them away, I thought I would ask if anyone knows a good cleaning agent to use on these sandles.. The straps are leather, don't know what the foot pad is, but below it is cork and then rubber. These are expensive shoes, but I won't put my foot on them in this condition.

    • ANSWER:
      You could try saddle soap and then dry them in the sun. That should kill germs too.

  40. QUESTION:
    What is the approximate cost per foot of building an inside wall?
    I have an office space that I want to divide (with real walls with drywall - not cubicles) using two walls. I would like to know if I can even consider this cost. A per linear foot cost for a 8-foot ceiling height would be helpful.

    • ANSWER:
      Patty,

      This something you are going to have to put out for a bid or estimate. Electrical work for outlets Telephone jacks, cable jacks metal or wood studs. About 0 per linear foot

  41. QUESTION:
    Where are the foot brakes on a Boeing 737?
    Are there any foot brakes on a Boeing 737? If so, are they between the rudder pedals, or beside the rudder pedals, or somewhere else? I mean the type of 737 that AirTran operates (I think its the 737-700 or the 737-800).
    Steve, do you mean beside the rudder pedals on the left?

    • ANSWER:
      Toe brakes - you move your feet up on the rudder pedals and press them forward - you get differential Breaking, Left rudder pedal forward controls left brake, right pedal controls right break.

      To the previous poster - if you relied on Spoilers and Reverse thrust you would run off just about any runway, they account for 15% of the stopping Power at Best, Breaks do the majority of the work, Spoilers guaruntee the Weels are pressed and have good Traction, and Reverse thrust eases the load from the brakes - Fuel's cheap brakes Pads for a 737 are extremely expensive

      The technique to prevent accidental breaking is feet flat and Toes on the bottom of the pedals, when breaking is required you lift your feet and press them *Lightly* and apply more pressure for more stopping power ;].

      something else interesting, on the ground the rudder pedals only control *Around, Im sure this verrys model to model* 7 degrees of Movement on the front wheel, there's a Device to the pilots Left side called a "Steering Tiller" to and from the gate you rotate it to turn, during takeoff/landing the rudder pedals provide enough Nose wheel steering to Control the airplane.

  42. QUESTION:
    How important are foot peddles on a piano?
    I want my 13 year old daughter to start piano lessons, the problem is that we have a small apartment so I want to get her a nice keyboard for at home. How important is it to have the foot peddles at home?

    Thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      Hmmm.....
      Foot peddles.....
      Foot peddles is very important for a person who can play a piano.
      This is because the pedal makes the music to sound smoother. Piano musics are very often made to play smoothly.
      95% of pop music that uses piano as one of the instrument uses the pedal because it makes it sound much more.... ummmm.... how do I explain?..... ummm.... makes it sound more filled. I hope you know what i mean.

      To a beginner like your daughter, it is not important to have the pedal because:
      1.) Beginner songs are not made to be played with the pedal
      2.) Even if your daughter plays beginner songs with pedals, it won't sound very good.
      3.) It is hard because you need to know when to press and let go of the pedal.

      If i were you, i would just get a pedal because in the future she will need it. So, you won't have to buy a pedal the next time : )
      Besides, she can start practicing on using the pedal at an early stage. Practicing more doesn't harm anyone. :D

  43. QUESTION:
    How do I install a claw-foot tub if there are no pipe hookups in the floor?
    I bought an old claw-foot tub, the kind that needs a diverter faucet. My problem is that most claw-foot tubs connect with water pipes through the floor. My tub will be sitting on a concrete floor. Can I run the pipes through the wall using the exsisting pipes that were used for my shower?

    • ANSWER:
      Best bet would be to build a 2x6 platform to set it on. Ours looks really good and works for pipes and drain. Lots of cute ways to fix them up.

  44. QUESTION:
    How to keep my back foot on my skateboard when I ollie?
    I ollie perfectly and all, but I just can't keep my back foot on the board. When I do it stationary, I can ollie about half a foot evenly. But when I am going even 5 mph, I ollie but my back foot can't stay on the boaard. I know I can ollie, but I'm just scared that I am going to fall when I land on it so I just take my back foot and put it on the ground, not on my board. Does anybody have any ideas to keep my back foot on the board when I ollie?

    • ANSWER:
      Glue, Tape.

  45. QUESTION:
    What are some foot deformities in birds?
    I saw a Cockatoo at the pet store who had some kind of foot deformity. It looked like the toenails were growing sideways instead of down. Does anyone know what this is?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a few :

      Deformities of the feet are caused mainly by disease and injury and are most noticeable among ground feeding species, especially in urban environments.

      Cuts to the feet can allow infection to occur which may result in swelling and lameness. Bumblefoot, which affects large birds such as crows and birds of prey, is caused by the entry of bacteria through a break in the skin, producing inflammation which results in difficulties with perching and walking. Avian pox can cause wart-like growths on the feet of house sparrows, starlings and pigeons, while another viral disease causes tumours of the feet, particularly in chaffinches.

      A common disability among urban birds is the loss of all or part of a foot due to a discarded thread or wire, while discarded fishing line can have a similar effect in the countryside. Many birds can survive an amputation but any resulting infection will usually prove fatal. Congenital deformities involving extra or missing toes are rare and gross abnormalities, such as an extra leg, do not survive.

      The link that i got the information from :

      http://www.rspb.org.uk/advice/helpingbirds/health/birddeformities.asp

      A FEW MORE :

      Foot deformities, bone weakness and fractures
      Physical consequences of confinement include foot deformities - caused mainly by the absence of suitable perches - and severe bone weakness - prompted by restrictions on movement and, thus, normal development.

      As a consequence, battery hens are prone to multiple fractures during capture and transportation to the killing plant. In a study performed by the Institute of Food Research at Langford near Bristol, researchers found that 29% of battery hens had broken bones by the time they reached the slaughterhouse. By the end of the slaughtering process 98% had broken bones.

      Bone weakness is exacerbated by calcium deficiencies caused by heavy egg-laying programmes. Bone fractures are increased by the emphasis on speed rather than care amongst the catching gangs who clear end-of-lay birds from their cages for the journey to the slaughterhouse.

      The link :

      http://www.animalaid.org.uk/h/n/CAMPAIGNS/vegetarianism/ALL/513/

      Hope this helps you alot =D

  46. QUESTION:
    How to reduce foot pain, leg pain and back pain while standing at work for a long time?
    Hi everyone.
    I was just wondering if anyone could give me advice on how to reduce foot pain, leg pain, and back pain while on the job at work.

    Thanks! :(
    I want to know if there is any foods, minerals, and what not that might be able to help me reduce the pain.

    • ANSWER:
      When standing still, have one foot higher than the other, it really works, like even a level of a 3" to 5" can make a difference when standing idle. If working on concrete, get soft soled shoes, like cushions. Trying exercises like walking on toes for a minute. Sitting down on a chair, bring your legs up and stretch your foot all the way forward and then all the way back (may have to have someone help you with this one), it stretches the tendons and muscles you have used one way all day.

      Taking baths with epson salts helps (clear with GP). Make sure (via blood work) you have the right balance with potassium, magnesium, and calcium, to keep the leg pain away. Also stand two feet from wall, hold the wall and lean into the wall by relaxing arms, helps with legs. Also massage legs from foot to knee. Keep hydrated.

      When you can get a break, put feet up, if you can, higher than heart, helps with the blood circulation. If your feet swell, make sure you have good shoes, see GP to make sure you don't have an underlying medical condition. Compression stockings for men and women are available to help keep the fluids from staying in legs and feet (see GP for guidance).

      Back pain requires actually exercise and make sure there is nothing wrong first medically. Lot of stress from standing all day. Swimming is good as a relief, so is yoga and massage. Generally, people that eat right don't need supplements, but who eats right? Balance your meals with lots of greens, fresh veggies, light on meats and beer. Too much calcium like dairy can cause a buildup in blood, so balance is important. Try to stay away from corn products, seems there are people that are on their feet all the time, getting off of corn does help, but they don't know why yet.

      Sometimes my son, after being on his feet all day says he feels like he was hit by a truck, God forbid, but he goes on his bike and weird, using different muscles helps the ones he overworked, so try it. If you have no medical problem, sometimes a hobby like bowling can make the difference because of the way we move or not move all day needs all the muscles working.

      When tired, do put feet up, massage legs and feet, use pillows for back support and chill out.

  47. QUESTION:
    How much foot decorations can I wear without it being too much?
    I love my foot decorations. Anklets, toe rings, and polish...I also have a heart tattoo on one foot. How much is too much? Like, how many toe rings can I wear on a single foot? If it matters, I'm wearing open toed slingback heels tonight. Help, fashion police!

    • ANSWER:
      Too much is never too much if its what you like... I'm a personal fan of foot jewelry/decorations also.. but I think I would limit it to 2 or 3 toe rings per foot and 1 ankle bracelet on each ankle. I love open toed slingback heels, they are so hot and sexy! Your feet will look stunning and gorgeous with the tat and polish on. I like pretty feet.

  48. QUESTION:
    Why do the toenails on one foot grow faster than the other?
    The toenails on my right foot grow about twice as fast as the ones on my left foot. Does anyone know why this happens?

    I think that my fingernails grow at about the same speed on both hands, but the nails on my right hand always break and split more, possibly because I'm right handed, so more wear and tear.

    Just curious.

    • ANSWER:
      The fingernails grow faster on the hand you favor. If you are right-handed; your right fingernails will grow faster; likewise the fingernails on the left hand of a left-handed person. The middle fingernail grows faster than all other nails.
      Don't be surprise if you check the exact size of your right foot and it will be bigger that left.

  49. QUESTION:
    How many square foot in a 3-bed house?
    I am planning to build a new property with 3/4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a large kitchen and sitting room. The company who I might use to design and build it have quoted £130 per square foot... How would I even start to calculate how much my new house would cost? And does the quote of £130 per sq.ft seem expensive?!!

    • ANSWER:
      1,200 for a very small house with 10 X 12 foot bedrooms, a livingroom and kitchen. 2,200 for a comfortable size house with larger rooms and a dining room.

  50. QUESTION:
    How to soothe foot pain for bunions and bunionett and Hallux Rigidus?
    A painful bony bump in the middle of the foot (Hallux Rigidus) and has bunions and bunionetts on both feet, and feet are always hurting. She has custom made orthotics but complain that those make feet hurt worst. Is there anything that would sooth the pain, and make walking less painful

    • ANSWER:
      I found that the muscle under my foot was tight and caused me a lot of pain that went away after releasing that muscle. Here's how to free it up to get rid of pains:
      Foot Muscle:
      With your foot in your lap place your fingers side by side at the back of the arch right in front of the heel and press in hard and hold. After 30 seconds slowly raise your toes up as far as you can, release the pressure but hold your toes there for another 30 seconds.
      For best results relax your body first by taking a deep breath and exhaling then remain this relaxed.