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Happy Thanksgiving! On this festive day of overindulgence we give thanks for everything we have in our lives… And then 12 hours later we go out and fight to acquire more things. If you’re already thinking of your holiday shopping list, make sure you put some gifts for your feet on there. For example…

SOCKS

Most people assume that when they get socks as a present the gifter didn’t really know what to get them, but socks can truly be a fabulous idea as a gift! Maybe you’re surprising your kids with rock climbing lessons - buy them some footie socks to wear in their rock climbing shoes. Maybe you’re whisking off you spouse to an elaborate vacation - get them some compression hose to wear on the plane so when you land they’ll be ready to see the sights with no leg pain. Maybe your family and friends just like sitting around playing video games - get them some fuzzy socks to keep their feet toasty on the couch this winter. Whatever you might want to give someone, there’s probably a corresponding sock to go with it. If you really want to have some fun, have them open the socks first (they will probably feign happiness for a few minutes), then give them the rest of the present and watch them realize that the socks were actually the perfect gift to go with it.

 

 

FOOT PAMPERING

 

People tend to neglect their feet which is sad since they tend to do all the work of carrying us around all day. Treat your feet to something special with a little foot papering at the FAAWC. Gift certificates to our PediCare salon are readily available and can be purchased over the phone or in person at our office. If your gift recipient is out of town, send them a home care package with some Baby Feet foot peel and some colorful anti-fungal nail polish. Taking care of your foot health never felt so decadent!

 

WALKING ACCESSORIES

You can still promote good foot health without a directly foot-related gift. Getting your family and friends out into the world to be active can be a wonderful gift that promotes overall health, but can also benefit your feet. Step counters are getting more and more sophisticated and fashionable. Help someone walk their way to better health by encouraging them to get outside or to the gym and get moving. This can help maintain a healthy body weight which in turn helps your feet. You can also go for other sporting goods that encourage activity - hiking pants, basketballs or footballs, even a swimsuit for summer fun. All of these things lead to a healthier and active lifestyle. Just make sure that they also have the correct shoes for whatever activity you are leading them into, otherwise you may have to offer a belated gift of a trip to the podiatrist.

 

Get creative with your gift giving and don’t settle for just handing out cash. We promise, with a gift from the FAAWC, you’ll never be disappointed with a gift of socks again.

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.

January is, on average, the coldest month in the United States, and cold temperatures can mean bad things for your feet. Let’s be honest: We probably think about our feet the least of all our body parts, but in the winter they become the forefront of our concerns when we step outside. Let’s look at a few ways to keep our tootsies toasty warm when the temperatures drop outside.

SOCKS

Socks are an important part of our foot health. Choosing the right sock for the right activity is equally important.

No matter what you are doing, keep your feet dry. Sweat-wicking socks pull moisture away from your skin, keeping you dry and warm. If your feet have been sweating or your socks are wet, make sure you change them as soon as possible. Merino wool is one of the best materials for winter socks because the fibers are thermostatic (temperature regulating) and can hold up to 30% of their weight in water.

Synthetic fibers are also a good option. In some ways, synthetic materials are superior to wool since they can be carefully crafted to meet specific needs with fibers such as Coolmax, Wickspun and Isolfil.

Make sure you always try on your socks with the shoes you intend to wear to ensure comfort.

EXTRA INSULATION

Although most people living in Ohio have the proper clothing for warm weather, sometimes we find ourselves lacking when we are most in need. Believe it or not, paper is a wonderful insulator in a pinch. Tour de France athletes will grab newspapers from fans and tuck them down their shirts as they reach the summit of the alps to help protect them on the windy descent down the other side. You can do the same by grabbing a smooth piece of newspaper, a couple of napkins, or a paper towel and folding them over and under your toes and sliding your feet into your shoes. (Make sure that whatever you add doesn’t cause more discomfort.) This trick works wonderfully on those dry, cold days, but be careful if it’s wet outside. Water seeping into your shoes can make the paper wet and a wet piece of paper around your toes will make you colder and put your feet at risk for other ailments (such as frostbite!).

Another popular insulator are chemical foot warmers. These are individual, thin warmers that provide up to six hours of heat. Placed above or below your toes, they can add a great amount of heat and protection to cold feet. Just make sure that you don’t place the warmers against bare skin. This is particularly important for children, the elderly and diabetics who may have decreased sensitivity in their feet.

WARMING BACK UP

No matter how hard we try to keep our feet warm, inevitably they will get cold at one point or another in our lives. Make sure you re-warm your feet properly. Gradual heating is the key. Don’t immediately run to put your cold feet on the nearest radiator or close to the fire. Our extremities get cold because the capillaries close to the surface of the skin constrict and divert blood flow to the important organs in our core. This means decreased sensitivity.

Start with some movement. Swing your legs back and forth and wiggle your toes to get the blood flowing. If your feet have gone numb, you may experience some pain or discomfort as they return to normal temperature. Get somewhere warm and check your toes. Try rubbing them between your hands. If some feeling doesn’t return after this, it could be indicative of a more serious problem.

FROSTBITE

Frostbite is a serious issue and can result in permanent damage if not treated quickly and properly. There are two types of frostbite: superficial and deep. Superficial frostbite occurs when the outer skin is frozen (not just cold, but actually frozen). Deep frostbite reaches all of the way down to the underlying tissue. Both can result in permanent nerve damage or worse.

If you suspect that you may have frostbite, seek immediate medical treatment. Do not try to thaw the affected area if there is any chance that it may refreeze. If you can, avoid walking on frostbitten feet or toes. Again, gradual is the key. Don’t stick your feet in a pot of boiling water. Start with warm water and soak the area until skin appears red and warm. Never use dry heat (fire, radiator, heating pads, etc.). Slow and steady heating ensures even thawing.

You may take pain medication if you need it, as the re-warming process is often painful. Once you have thawed the area, wrap it lightly in clean bandages. Separate toes with cotton balls or other soft spacers and wrap each one individually. Don’t forget that frostbite in any form can be very serious and you should have the area checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Winter is cold, which means we need to look out for our foot health even more than usual. Protect your feet properly with insulating socks, toe warmers, and proper footwear. Learn to recognize when your feet feel cold and how serious it is. When in doubt, maybe just stay inside by the fire and curl up with a nice cup of hot chocolate. Besides, the best way to keep your feet warm is to avoid the cold altogether.