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September is national self-improvement month and let’s face it, we all have things that we could be doing better. One of those things is taking care of our feet and a great way to do that is to spend a little time each day to concentrate only on them. Here are a few simply daily tricks that can keep your feet feeling refreshed:

Wash your feet! Most people do a poor job of washing their feet. Standing in the shower with the soapy water pooling around them seems like a good enough wash, right? Wrong. You really need to reach down and scrub your feet. Use a soft washcloth and a mild soap. Get in between and underneath your toes. Use a little bit of elbow grease to get any dead or calloused skin off. Once you get out of the shower, dry them off completely (including between the toes!) and apply a light moisturizer. Daily washing habits like this can help prevent the build up of rough skin, eliminate harmful bacteria and fungus from your skin, and leave your feet soft and pretty.

Change up your shoes. Do you tend to wear the same pair of shoes every day? Try mixing it up and alternating between two or even three pairs of shoes. First of all, this will help reduce the chance of harmful bacteria and fungus growing in your shoes. As your feet sweat during the day, your shoes absorb the moisture and that damp, warm environment can be a host to any number of ugly foot problems. Switching between shoes each day gives them time to dry out. This is especially important for any shoes that you might wear without socks. The second thing this does for you is it eliminates the constant pressures of your shoe. Perhaps one pair of shoes rubs on your big toe. Perhaps another pair of shoes doesn’t give you enough arch support. While it’s important to find shoes that don’t bother your feet, sometimes even the best fitting pair of shoes can lead to small changes in the health of your foot. By switching between pairs, you are eliminating constant pressures that can lead to permanent foot problems. If you wear high heels a lot, try switching to flats a couple of days each week. If your feet are constantly enclosed in tight athletic shoes, try wearing something less constricting like an open toed sandal once or twice. Not only is it good fro your feet, but hey, it’s a great excuse to go buy more shoes.

Take a walk. Your feet contain 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Since lifting weights with our feet to keep them healthy seems weird and ineffective, taking a walk is a perfect way to keep all the parts of our feet strong. Make sure that you are wearing the proper shoes for walking. A bad pair of shoes without the proper support will cause more problems than benefits. Wear comfortable and breathable socks with an arch-supporting shoe. It is also a good idea to pick a soft surface to walk on. Grass, dirt, or soft walking tracks are the best surfaces for low impact exercise. Keep your feet healthy with a little bit of exercise.

Self-improvement is an important thing to strive for, but don’t forget to improve your feet along with the rest of you. Taking simple steps every day is the key to better foot health.

We all love our fathers, husbands, and grandfathers and we at the FAAWC wish them a very Happy Father’s Day. However, while we love them unconditionally, we could live without their smelly feet. The medical term for smelly feet is bromodosis and the cause can be linked back to bacteria living on your feet.

When we wear socks and close toed shoes our feet can sweat. Going to the gym, playing sports, moving the lawn, and running around to finish the “honey-do” list can make a man’s feet sweat profusely. Remember, our feet have more sweat glands than any other part of our body. The damp and dark conditions within our shoes provide the perfect environment for bacteria to grow and thrive. Sweat itself is odorless, but the bacteria on our feet eat the sweat and produce an acid byproduct that smells.

You may be thinking that you aren’t susceptible to this because you wear your shoes without socks, but that may be even worse. When is the last time you washed the inside of your shoes? If you are like most people, probably never. Any sweat inside your shoes that is not absorbed by your socks can lead to mold and fungus growth, which can increase odor and even lead to other foot problems.

There are many ways to prevent and treat sweaty and smelly feet. First of all, think about the types of socks you wear. Polyester and nylon socks don’t allow our feet to breathe as well as cotton and can contribute to bacteria growth. You can also look for specific moisture wicking socks. You can find these at sporting and camping stores or at your local podiatrist. If you need something dressy, go for merino wool. It may sound hot, but the properties of wool actually keep your feet cool and dry.

If you wear closed toed shoes without socks (ladies, this is probably you with shoes like flats or heels) then slip your shoes off momentarily when you feel them getting sweaty. Let the sweat evaporate for a couple of minutes and then slip your shoes back on. This will keep the interior of your shoes dry and clean.

You can get several foot sweat remedies from your podiatrist. Medicated foot powders, gels, or even odor absorbing insoles are great solutions for smelly feet.

Of course, we can’t forget that simply taking good care of our feet in the first place can help us avoid smelly feet. Checking your feet for cracked or dry skin and removing it carefully with direction from your podiatrist can help lessen smelly feet. And don’t forget to wash your feet! Scrub them gently in the shower with an anti-bacterial soap and dry them completely when you get out before putting on socks and shoes. From everyone at the Foot and Ankle Wellness Center, have a Happy Father's Day.

We all love our dads, but we could do without their smelly feet. Instead of another tie this Father’s Day, consider some moisture wicking socks or a pair of supportive open toed sandals. Of course, no matter what you get him, he will always love you back.