Dr. Berg's Foot Facts

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feet soaking in tub of waterPumice stones can be a wonderful adjunct to your foot care regimen. When used correctly these stones are an excellent tool for keeping your feet smooth and free of tough, dead skin. They also can keep your corns and calluses in check. However, improper use can cause pain, so be sure to follow these instructions.

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

  • Bucket or tub

  • Pumice stone

  • Moisturizer

  • Bristled brush for cleaning the stone

Step 2: Soak Your Feet in Warm Water

It's important to soak your feet in warm water for 5-10 minutes to soften up the skin before using the stone.

  • Fill up a bucket or tub with water and put in your feet.

  • Wait until your skin is soft. If after 10 minutes the skin still feels rough add a few more minutes to your soak.

  • Add a few drops of essential oil and Epsom salt for a spa-like experience. Epsom salts can help relax your muscles.

Step 3: Wet the Stone

Wetting the stone helps it glide more easily over your skin. Never use a dry pumice stone as it can cause abrasions on your skin.

  • Either run the stone under warm water or let it soak along with your feet in the bucket or tub.

Step 4: Pat Your Skin Dry With A Towel

Step 5: Rub Your Skin Over Tough Skin

  • Rub the abrasive side of the pumice stone over your skin in a circular motion using light pressure.

  • If the skin is soft it should come off easily.

  • Do this until you remove the dead skin; about 2-3 minutes.

  • Stop if your skin feels sensitive or sore.

Step 6: Rinse and Repeat

Rinse off the dead skin and examine your feet to see if it needs more sloughing. If you still see dead pieces of skin, go over the area again with the pumice stone.

  • Consider turning the pumice stone over to reveal a fresh surface to improve its exfoliation ability.

  • Rinse the stone frequently to keep its surface clean and effective.

Step 7: Dry and Moisturize Your Skin Afterwards

  • Pat your skin dry

  • Use Amerigel moisturizer to replenish your skin.

Step 8: Cleaning Your Pumice Stone

Clean your stone after each use.

  • Wash it using a scrub brush or nail brush while holding under warm water.

  • Add some soap to clean it thoroughly.

  • Allow the stone to completely dry out to prevent bacteria from growing in the pores. Stones with strings can be hung up.

  • Boil your stone in water for 5 minutes to deep clean it. Use tongs to remove it from the water. If you use it every week, consider boiling every other week or once a month.

Step 9: Replace Your Stone When It's Worn Down

When it gets too small to handle, replace your stone.

Cautions:

  • Like all personal hygiene implements, don't share your pumice stone with other people to reduce the chance of infection.

  • People with diabetes should ask their podiatrist before using a pumice stone as diabetic skin can develop wounds.

  • Consider talking with your podiatrist before using your stone to remove corns or calluses even if you don't have diabetes.

If you have pain or other concerns about your feet, call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

For more information about foot and ankle problems, download our eBook, "No More Foot Pain".

In addition, our newsletter "Foot Sense" comes out monthly.  You can also check out our past issues. Every issue contains a mouth-watering recipe and can be printed out for easier reading!

Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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Each year we eagerly wait for Spring to arrive. Now that it's here we're ready to get off the couch and get our bodies moving. Whether we're walking more, starting a new running program, digging in our garden, or kicking around a soccer ball with friends our feet may be giving us some problems we didn't know we had.  We may discover some skin or toenail issues or new foot pain.

Either way it's time to give your feet some love so they can easily take you on your Spring adventures. Learn how you can prevent the most common Spring foot problems with these 16 hacks!

Stinky feet
When we're more sedentary and it's cool outside we tend to have few problems with foot odor. But as the temperature rises and we're walking or running our feet can become pretty stinky. Fungus and bacteria love a humid environment.

Hacks:

1. Change out your shoes on a daily basis to let them dry out

2. Wear socks made from materials that wick away moisture from your feet; try socks with materials such as polypropylene or polyethylene instead of moisture attracting cotton

3. Use foot powder to keep your feet dry

4. Plug your shoes in with the SteriShoe+ Ultraviolet Shoe Sanitizer; it destroys 99% of all the fungus and bacteria that cause foot stink

Dry, Cracked Heels
Wearing sandals, walking in backless shoes, and going barefoot will all lead to dry, cracked heels.

Hacks:

5. Use flip flops for short trips outside so that your heels don't get so much battering from the pavement.

6. Soak your feet in the bath and use a pumice stone to get rid of the unsightly dryness

7. Use a creme just for dry and cracked heels such as this newly formulated product All Natural Foot Cream.

Blisters
With any prolonged physical activity you're likely to get a blister. Anything you can do to prevent friction between your skin and your socks and shoes will help.

Hacks:

8. Follow the first three moisture reducing hacks to prevent stinky feet. Dry feet and socks will reduce the friction that cause blisters to form.

9. Buy shoes that fit. Ill-fitting shoes are much more likely to cause blisters.

10. Use surgical tape on skin areas that are blister prone (see my latest blog on this newest hack for blisters).

Heel Pain
In spring I always see more heel pain. Weekend warriors or anyone who's been sedentary in the winter months are often the first to call my office.

Hacks:

11. Are your orthotics still working well or are you experiencing mild or even moderate pain when you wear them? Our feet grow and change over the years. It's important to get your orthotics checked on an annual basis to be sure they are still doing the job.

12. Use Dynamic Warm-ups for Runners to reduce the likelihood of heel pain or other foot problems.

13. Buy new shoes. If you haven't bought athletic shoes in a year, it's time for a new pair. If you're a runner or participate in other activities check out my blog How to Buy the Best Running Shoes.

Athlete's Foot and Fungal Toenails
Athletes foot and fungal toenails are caused by fungus. Although fungus is everywhere in our environment it particularly loves to grow where it's warm, wet, and dark; namely our shoes.

Hacks:

14. Reduce the moisture in your shoes by using any of the fixes for stinky feet.

15. Use flip flops in lockers rooms and at swimming pools to avoid fungus rampant in these areas.

16. Wear shoes that fit. If your toes are hitting the top of your shoes they're more likely to cause trauma to your toenails making it much easier for fungus to set up shop.

Having foot pain or fungal toenails call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment, often same day. You can also request an appointment online.

Get our free foot book "No More Foot Pain", mailed directly to your home.

Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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