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Being a dad is hard work as any father will tell you, but it can also be dangerous work! The average parent sustains 22 injuries per year. Let’s take a look at a couple of common parenting injuries and how we can avoid or treat them…

Toy-Covered Floor

When I think about the most painful injuries I could sustain in my living room, the thought of stepping on a Lego sticks out as the worst. Small toys underfoot can cause pain, cuts and bruises, and accidental falls. Luckily avoiding these is as easy as cleaning up (easier said than done usually). Consider an easy option such as a toy mat that keeps small pieces from going everywhere and can slide out of the way or fold up when not in use. For larger toys, a laundry basket works great for a quick pick-up and easy transportation. If you just can’t avoid the mess, make sure you don’t walk through the room in the dark to avoid any surprises underfoot.

Sports Injury

This category of injuries is a varied as the sports our dads teach us to play. Whether it’s tossing a ball in the backyard to help your little one start JR softball or running around the field with your teenager trying to keep up with her soccer drills, dads play lots of sports and that leaves them open to lots of injuries. Luckily, there are a few general rules of thumb that will help you avoid injury no matter what you happen to be doing. First, remember you aren’t that age anymore and sometimes you may not be able to keep up. No worries, your kids understand and are probably just glad you’re helping anyways. Second, be prepared. Stretching before exercising is crucial, as is wearing the right equipment for it. If your kid needs special basketball shoes to support his ankles as he jumps for a 3-pointer, maybe you should wear some too. Using common sense can be an easy way for dads to avoid a sports injury and make sure they can keep playing with their kids for years to come.

Aging

You may be thinking my kids are all grown up so I don’t have to worry about that stuff, right? Wrong. Aging can do any number of things to our health, especially after the active years of raising kids. Maybe those years left you with a constant pain in your heels or a stress fracture you used to write off as the pain of being a parent. Take care of these issues now. Taking care of existing problems now will help lessen the number of issues aging can bring on. As we say, healthy feet and ankles are the foundation of an active lifestyle. If you want to be sure you can keep up with your grown kids for years to come, it’s a good time to start taking care of your feet now.

Being a dad can certainly have its pains, but your kids appreciate every minute of it…or at least they probably will when they get older and look back on it. Give your father a big hug this Sunday and make sure you don’t step on his toes or knock his noggin while you’re doing it. Happy Father’s Day!

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.