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By Brian Cragg
October 22, 2012
Category: Skin Issues

Are you tired of trying to cover up smelly foot odor? Although foot odor isn’t a serious medical concern, it is extremely common and can be rather embarrassing. Fortunately, there are ways you can help prevent foot odor from occurring. Chiropodist Brian Cragg provides the following information about why foot odor develops and what you can do to banish the smell once and for all.

How do feet emit such an obnoxious odor?

Your feet are one of the top three areas on your body that have the most sweat glands. When perspiration is produced by the sweat glands on your feet, bacteria that are present on your foot’s surface can mix in together with the sweat. When this occurs, the bacteria starts to digest oils and dead skin cells on the feet producing acids and voilà – the cause of that foul odor exuding from your feet.

How can you prevent this sweaty mixture from creating odor?

Removing the bacteria that is on your feet can be of great help. The best way you can accomplish this is to wash your feet on a daily basis and after rigorous exercise with antibacterial soap. Other helpful forms of home remedy treatment include:

  • Choosing proper footwear and socks. Shoes and socks that are made of synthetic materials don’t allow your feet to breathe and evaporate sweat.  This creates the environment for smelly feet to develop. Instead, choose sandals or shoes made of leather to circulate air properly. Natural fiber socks such as cotton or wool are also designed to help feet breathe.
  • Antiperspirants. Spray antiperspirants can be used on the bottoms of your feet and in between the toes to prevent odor just like armpit antiperspirants.
  • Changing your shoes and socks regularly. If you’re feet sweat profusely, make sure you change your socks throughout the day and wait until your shoes are completely dry before wearing them again.

If these home remedy solutions aren’t effective in diminishing your foot odor, please contact our office. Brian can assess your condition and prescribe alternative treatment methods. He’ll have feet smelling like roses...well, at least not like a locker room!

By Brian Cragg
September 19, 2012
Category: Skin Issues

Have you noticed an abnormal lump on your foot? A lump causing you irritation or worry? When it comes to any kind of skin lump or abnormality, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.  Seeing a professional can help determine what’s causing the deformity.

Depending on the cause, foot lumps can be single or multiple, soft or firm, painful or painless, and can grow rapidly or remain the same in size. When it comes to skin lumps, especially abnormal ones on the foot, diagnosing the condition is crucial to detect a possible cancerous tumor or to calm your fears by ruling out that possibility. Either way, diagnosis and evaluation is necessary and can be successfully done by Chiropodist Brian Cragg

Brian provides information about the following common skin conditions that may be causing your lump or cyst.

  • Ganglion cyst: A knot-like mass filled with fluid originates on the top of the foot.   Ganglion cysts are soft-tissue masses that are most commonly benign, or cancer-free. The cause of the cyst isn’t fully known, however trauma or repetitive micro-trauma can cause a ganglion cyst to likely occur.
  • Synovial cyst: This cyst creates a lump over a joint on the foot and although often benign, it can cause pain that may require treatment to relieve the pain.
  • Cutaneous mucoid cyst: This fluid-filled cyst usually develops on the toes of the foot and often can be monitored without any necessary treatment.

For either cyst condition, treatment usually involves:

  • Monitoring the cyst
  • Draining the cyst
  • Steroid injection
  • Surgery excision (if the condition is severe)

Don’t worry and wonder about your foot lump any longer! Contact our office to set up an appointment with Brian for a diagnosis of your condition. He will provide the best treatment and care for your feet. For more information, visit our website or give our office a call!