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April 23, 2015
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The feet have more sweat glands than any other part of the body, which means they have the ability to sweat profusely. With your feet encased in your shoes all day and the sweat unable to evaporate, bacteria will begin to grow rapidly. The presence of certain bacteria begins to break down the sweat, generating an unpleasant odor from the direction of your feet. Other factors can contribute to increased perspiration including anxiety, hormonal changes, medications and various skin conditions.

 If you suffer from foot odor, rest assured that simple lifestyle changes and improved personal hygiene can help reduce and eliminate the smell.

Since most foot odor is caused from excess sweat and the growth of odor-causing bacteria, it's relatively easy to control and reduce foot odor on your own. Start by taking the following preventative steps:

  • Keep your feet clean by washing them with an antibacterial soap on a regular basis to minimize bacteria.
  • Keep feet dry as moisture enables the growth of bacteria.
  • Alternate shoes and avoid wearing the same pair for multiple days in a row.
  • Choose open shoes such as sandals when possible, allowing air onto the feet which evaporates sweat and slows the growth of bacteria.
  • Wear cotton socks which wick away moisture and absorb perspiration.
  • Apply foot sprays and powders to the feet. Ask our office for recommended products.
  • Disinfect, wash and discard foul smelling shoes as necessary.

The causes of foot odor are typically not harmful to your health, but do create an environment for the growth of fungus and bacteria. It's not unusual for infections such as toenail fungus and athlete's foot to develop as a result.

When improving your foot hygiene doesn't help reduce the smell, please contact one of our offices for an appointment.  We are here to help!


April 02, 2015
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It’s time to get out of the house and enjoy warm weather activities like walking and running. But be cautious! Sudden increased activity following a winter of inactivity can result in unwanted heel pain, also known as plantar fasciitis.

This painful condition results from inflammation of the band of tissue (the plantar fascia) that extends from the heel to the toes. Starting repetitive activities such as a new exercise routine, even continuous standing or walking on a daily basis, can put a lot of stress and strain on the ligaments in the foot, resulting in the inflammation and pain.

The good news is heel pain can be cured. The key to success in eliminating the pain is early treatment; heel pain can become chronic and debilitating if not cared for properly. Our offices can help you find relief with therapies including:

• anti-inflammatory medications

• stretching exercises

• Orthotics

• physical therapy

• footwear modifications

• activity limitations

Although most patients with plantar fasciitis respond to non-surgical treatment, a small percentage of patients may require surgery. If, after several months of non-surgical treatment, you continue to have heel pain, surgical options can be discussed.

Don’t let heel pain stop you from enjoying the beauty of spring. If you are suffering from heel pain, make an appointment with one of Our Offices so you can resume your healthy, active lifestyle.