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How To Keep Those Feet Smelling Sweet

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Have you ever had a pair of shoes on and then you take them off to realize that weird smell is actually coming from your feet? No worries, it happens to the best of us, and there are ways to avoid that stinky feet syndrome.

Your Marvelous Feet

Our feet do a lot for us and we tend to forget about them. We tend to forget about them until they are hurting and/or giving off a foul odor. The human foot is made up of 100+ tendons, 26 bones, and 250,000 sweat glands. With all of those sweat glands is it any wonder that they may give off an odor once in a while?

Our feet have the important job of keeping us upright and have to handle all of our body weight. These same feet can be injured easily, and it is important for us to take care of them. Are your feet sweaty and giving off a foul odor? It is not the actual sweat that causes your feet to give off that smell, it actually bacteria. This same bacteria loves dark and damp places and your feet in shoes are perfect.

Avoiding Smelly Feet

At some point in time all of our feet will get sweaty and give off oder. Let’s have a look at a few simple ways to reduce the foot order.

  • Odor neutralizing insoles that can be found in many shoe stores. These insoles fit right into the bottom of your shoe and can actually make them more comfortable. These insoles are not too expensive and will give you extra protection from the foot smell.
  • Wear socks with shoes. Seems simple right? Many people will just slip their shoes on with no socks and cannot understand why their feet are sweating. If your feet cannot “breathe”, they are going to sweat. If your feet sweat and there is nothing there to absorb the sweat, the bacteria growth begins.
  • Wash feet daily. If your feet tend to sweat more than usual then you may want to wash them twice a day.
  • Avoid plastic shoes at all costs if you have trouble with foot order.
  • Nylon socks should not be worn.
  • Change socks and shoes a couple times a day. The more you change your socks and shoes the less your feet will sweat.
  • Sprinkle nonmedicated baby powder on your feet.
  • Weat thick absorbent socks that wick away moisture from your feet. Cotton is a good choice for absorbent socks.
  • If you exercise and use athletic shoes then be sure to alternate shoes. The every other day rule will help to reduce sweating and bacteria growing inside the athletic shoe.

My Feet Still Smell

If you have tried all of the above and you are still having a problem with foot odor then it is time to contact Quality Foot Care. Dr. Ken Lefkowitz is the leading Doylestown, PA foot specialist .

Winter Weather; Season For Stress Fractures

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By Dr. Ken Lefkowitz
In the winter months, slippery walking conditions and seasonal sports like ice skating, snowboarding, and sledding are some of the leading causes of foot-related injuries. Even standing on a hard floor for too long can produce a stress fracture. We have already treated several patients with stress fractures in November after they volunteered at the polls and stood on a hard surface for hours,
It’s important to be aware of the signs of a stress fracture, especially following a potentially stressful activity or fall, and to seek appropriate care. Pain, swelling, redness, and possibly bruising can all be signs of a stress fracture. The pain typically occurs on the top of the foot. The symptoms usually pop up quickly and then subside if the person stops the activity. Beginning treatment as soon as possible is very important and may shorten your recovery time. Treatment can take four to six weeks if you catch the problem early. During this time, it’s important to rest the foot and possibly wear a surgical shoe or cast boot. In a small percentage of patients, surgery may be needed to stabilize the fracture.
If you believe you may have a stress fracture, give us a call at Quality Foot Care.  We can take digital x rays and provide answers and treatment for you in no time.

Foot Care 101: A Guide to Home Care

By Dr Ken Lefkowitz

Executing proper home care is the best thing you can do for your feet in the time between your visits to a #podiatrist. It is important that you take the time every day to pay special attention to your feet. Many people forget how necessary the feet are to everything we do, and they won’t become any healthier as we age. Home care can prevent the years of wear and tear on your feet from affecting the quality of life in your later years.

One beneficial routine that is easy to begin including every day is washing your feet with mild soap and warm water. Following this, you should always completely dry your feet with a soft towel. Make sure you dry in between the toes, because many people forget to do this, opening the door to a fungal infection. You should remember to moisturize the heel, top, sides, and bottoms of your feet, but never in between the toes. After washing and moisturizing your feet, you should put on clean socks that wick away moisture.

You should inspect your feet every single day to monitor for things such as swelling, redness, cracks, red streaks, pale or blue skin, open sores, or sensations that you don’t normally experience. These could be the tell-tale signs of infection, nerve damage, and/or poor circulation. If you notice any of these things, you must see a podiatrist at once (especially if you are diabetic). Also look out for ingrown toenails, corns, calluses, and fungus to have them treated by your podiatrist. Seeking treatment can avoid permanent damage to your feet.

If you have home care questions or would like to receive the area’s top treatment for some of the aforementioned concerns and conditions, visit us at our Doylestown office, Quality Foot Care. Call 215-230-9707 to make an appointment and learn the daily foot care routines that can ensure the lifelong health of your feet.