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Only wearing sandals and flip flops this summer? While flip flops are suitable for the beach and sandals are great for walks around Greenlake, if you sail, run, hike, play golf or tennis you're still going to need to wear closed-toes shoes.

And unfortunately shoes are a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus. When you participate in your favorite activity, you up the ante. Sweat and heat can make your feet and socks smell foul.

If you want to keep your feet, smelling sweet for your main squeeze you're going to have to take some action.

Take Stock of Your Socks

Socks can make a huge difference. Runners and other sport enthusiasts need to avoid cotton-only socks. Get yourself down to REI or Big 5 if you're on a budget and ask for socks that wick away moisture. Check the label and look for materials such as merlino wool and nylon or polypropylene that can get the job done.

Kill The Odor with Kindness

When you work out, not only do you push yourself but you also push your sweat glands to pump out more sweat! Fortunately there are foot sprays and powders created to control perspiration and odor and keep your feet feeling good. At the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City, we use Gordon's No. Five foot spray. But you can also use foot powder to keep your feet dry and free from odor.

Keep Extra Shoes On Hand

Shoes and socks need time to dry out. While you can toss your smelly, stinky socks in the laundry, you'll need at least 2 pairs of shoes on hand so you can switch them out daily to keep odor under control.

Plug in Your Shoes Every Night

If you really want to knock out the bacteria and fungus that can cause athlete's foot, toenail fungus, and foot odor you can also purchase an Ultraviolet Light Shoe Sanitizer. You simply take off your shoes, put in the sanitizer, and plug it in so it can work its magic. Shoe sanitizers claim to remove 99.9% of all the bugs that make your feet smell bad.

It's no longer a mystery how to keep your feet smelling sweet. With a little forethought and some new daily habits, you can keep your main squeeze from running in the other direction.

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OK. Let’s face it. Guys just don’t care as much about hygiene as you do, particularly when it comes to their feet. They don’t care if their toenails are too long, if their feet stink, or if they have toenail fungus.

In fact many may celebrate their gross feet. The more cut up, blistered, and awful their feet are the better. After all we do live In Seattle where trucking up into the mountains for days on end can be a badge of honor.

But you’re totally frustrated.

The more you hammer home the need to get his nails treated, the more resistant he gets. So what will change his mind? Here are a few tips to get his kicks in gear and make an appointment.

Fungal Nails Can Be Painful
Everyone knows that men can be complete babies when it comes to pain. And let me tell you, nail fungus can be very painful. It might not hurt today or next week, but the thicker they get the likelihood of a man developing pain in their nails goes up tremendously. Let him know from me that if he doesn’t want his nails to hurt than he better come see me now.

Diabetes and Fungal Nails Can Lead to Amputation
That’s right. If you’re guy has diabetes and fungal nails he’s at three times the risk of getting a foot ulcer. Fungus that starts out on the toes can also affects the surrounding skin causing cracks and infection. Eventually these can cause an open wound or ulcer. When not treated properly these may lead to amputation.

If he’s got diabetes he should be seeing me anyway – I’m one of the only Seattle podiatrists who’s been treating the diabetic foot for over 30 years.

Fungus Can Spread to You and Your Kids
Just as your husband likely caught fungus from going the gym or pool and walking barefoot in the shower room, he can also spread it to you and your children. It’s possible that your kids are even more at risk than you are…there is evidence for a genetic component to toenail fungus.

So I hope this gives you enough material to convince him. Once you do, call us at the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.

By Rion A. Berg, DPM
June 14, 2011
Category: foot care

 

With the 10-day forecast predicting close to summer-like in Lake City, and with the kids energetically into the full swing of summer vacation, many of you are probably looking outdoors or at least out of the house, for entertainment and exercise. Whether this includes a long walk on the Brook Gilman Trail, swimming at Meadowbrook Pool or burning off extra energy at the Greenlake playground, summer is the perfect time to get yourself and those Energizer-bunny kids off the couch and out of the house.


Along with summer, however, comes increased heat and humidity, which turns out to be a potential breeding ground for an invisible enemy—fungus. Of particular concern is a fungus called Tinea, which is the cause of fungal foot infections known as Tinea Pedis or Athletes’ Foot.

This fungus can be found in warm, moist environments such as wet shoes and socks, public showers at the pool or health club, or alongside the swimming pool. If you notice any cracked, flaking, peeling skin on the feet or in between the toes that becomes red and itchy or if you notice your toenails become thick, brittle, or turned a yellowish color, you may have picked up this very common and very treatable fungus. 


Here are some treatment and prevention ideas to keep this intense itching away this summer:
Treatment:
Apply an over-the-counter powder or cream to the affected areas as directed on the label for up to 1-2 weeks. Effective creams include Lotrimin AF, Lamisil, and Tinactin.

Contact Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City immediately at 206-368-7000 to schedule an appointment with us if:
o        your symptoms do not subside after 2 weeks of self-treatment
o        the red, itchy area gets bigger or spreads to other areas.
o        the area becomes warm or swollen
o        you are a diabetic and develop a fungal foot infection
o        you have any questions or concerns regarding this or any other foot or ankle issues

Prevention:

  • Wear shoes or shower sandals in all public showers, locker rooms and swimming pool areasShower Sandals
  • When hiking or exercising, bring extra changes of shoes and socks to keep your feet and toes dry at  all times
  • Wash your feet and in between your toes with soap and water twice a day (especially any cuts or abrasions anywhere on your feet, as these areas are more prone to infection)
  • Make sure you keep the area in between your toes dry at all times
  • Use anti-fungal sprays at the health club or swimming pool if available
  • Use anti-fungal powders in your shoes if you are prone to these fungal infections
  • Wear shoes that are well-ventilated (avoid plastic-lined shoes), and make sure your shoes have dried entirely before you wear them again
  • If infected, DO NOT use the same towel to dry infected areas and other non-infected areas of your body, as Athletes’ Foot can be spread by contact.

The best prevention to any foot problem is to inspect your feet regularly and to call me at 206-368-7000 for any questions or concerns!

Rion A. Berg, DPM
Podiatrist and Board Certified Foot Surgeon