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Posts for: October, 2012

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!


 

Blisters, corns, and callouses are three of the most common foot problems Canadians experience. Each condition can easily pop up and ruin your day by leaving your feet aching and in pain. Why do these foot problems develop so easily? Chiropodist Brian Cragg provides information on blisters, corns, and callouses so you can be informed as to why they occur, and how to stop them from developing once and for all.

Blisters

Blisters occur whenever there is friction between your skin and your shoe. Whether it is an improper fit of shoe, a shoe that rubs in the same spot of your foot, or from not wearing socks with your shoes, blisters will develop. A blister is made up of a clear liquid and can usually be left alone to heal naturally as it helps protect your foot from infection. If the blister doesn’t go away, use a sterile needle to pop the blister so the skin can reattach. Wash the affected area and apply antibacterial cream with a bandage to prevent infection until the skin is fully healed.

Corns

A corn is a build-up of hard skin that usually develops on the tops of the toes or in between toes.  A corn occurs because of pressure from shoes that cause friction. Avoid cutting the corn or attempting to remove it with a sharp object. Instead, after you shower, use a pumice stone to gently remove the built-up tissue. Padding inserts can also be used to add cushioning when wearing shoes.

Callouses

Callouses usually develop on the underside of the foot where there is a build-up of hard skin. Unevenly distributed weight, or improper fitting shoes, can cause calluses to form. Removing the hardened skin with a pumice stone, or using extra padding on the affected areas, can help treat callouses. Medications can also be prescribed to help soften the callous.

To prevent these three conditions from being a hassle in your life, make sure you follow these tips:

  • Always wear a proper fit shoe that is supportive to your feet.
  • Wear socks with your shoes as much as possible.
  • Give your feet rest and proper treatment by washing them regularly with warm water.

If you are experiencing further complications with your blisters, corns, or callouses, please contact our office to set up an appointment with Brian. Let him help you maintain your foot health without worry of painful problems!