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Summer can be hard not just on the body but also on your feet. Feet are vulnerable to catch infections due to heat and humidity.
Today Dr. Joseph Stuto of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry is highlighting some of the most common foot health hazards that you should be aware of during warm summer months. The right information can help you make informed decisions, mitigate risks, and enjoy the wonderful weather without putting your feet in danger.
Here are some top foot health hazards to be aware of in summer:
- Walking Barefoot: Walking barefoot can put your feet at the front line in terms of risk of infection or injury. If you have arch problems, walking barefoot or wearing shoes that do not support the arch of the foot can leave your feet open to harm.
- Wearing the wrong shoes: Shoes that offer no protection and support to your feet are a foot hazard. Flip-flops may provide the bare minimum support you need when you are out on the beach, but wearing them for prolonged periods can increase the risk of sprains, stress fractures, and other injuries. Shoes also provide the necessary cover against germs and infections like athlete’s foot.
- Swollen feet: Do your feet tend to swell up in the summer? This frequently happens as the veins dilate because of rising temperatures or if you’re always on your feet. Avoid salty foods and increase your walking and exercise to keep the fluids moving. Remember to keep the body hydrated by drinking lots of water.
- Sweaty, Smelly Feet: Increased heat and humidity can lead to sweaty and smelly feet. Wear socks that wick away moisture and decrease bacteria on your feet. Change and wash your socks regularly.
- Sunburn: Staying out in the sun all day can do severe damage to your skin. Protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays by using sunscreen. Don’t forget to wear sunblock on the feet. Also, wear protective clothing to shield the body from harmful sun exposure.
Seeing your podiatrist at least once every summer is a good start to help ensure safe and healthy feet. We want you to have a carefree summer! Don’t hesitate – contact Dr. Joseph Stuto of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry to schedule your next appointment. Call us or visit any of our two offices today at Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York.
Who doesn’t like to be carefree and enjoy wearing comfy shoes without worrying about foot odor? Unfortunately, an unimaginably large majority of people suffer from this odorous condition.
Did you know that your feet have 250,000 sweat glands? That amounts to an entire cup full of sweat per day! Not surprisingly, it is the sweat and the bacteria that thrive on the sweat that leads to smelly feet. Fungal skin and nail infections can also cause the odor.
Here are a few measures that you can adopt to avoid foot odor:
- Make sure that your feet are clean and dry. Washing them daily with anti-bacterial soap and drying them thoroughly before putting on any socks or shoes is important in preventing foot odor.
- Wear socks that are made from breathable fabric. Your socks should be clean and dry too. If the sweat keeps accumulating inside them, not only will that cause your feet to smell, but it will also expose your feet to fungal and bacterial infections.
- Switch shoes frequently and allow for a gap before repeating the same shoes. Spraying your footwear with antiseptic will kill any bacteria or fungi that may be present inside.
- Add soap combined with any odor killing ingredients like apple cider vinegar or tea tree to water and soak your feet in it. Remove any dead skin and dry your feet for better results.
Feel free to consult our expert Dr. Joseph Stuto who has vast experience in treating foot and ankle conditions like sports injuries, diabetic foot complications, infections, bone and joint issues and more. Call us at (718) 624-753 or visit our offices in located in Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn, New York. Remember, healthy feet are happy feet!
Foot odor or smelly feet is a common problem faced by almost everyone around the world. The unpleasant odor can make you self-conscious and even disrupt your day-to-day interactions with others. Sweat alone doesn’t have a scent; it is the bacteria that eat the sweat which produces a strong and pungent-smelling odor.
Here are some of the key factors that may contribute to having smelly feet:
- Stress/Anxiety: During high anxiety and stressful situations, our body tends to produce sweat from the apocrine glands which are usually found in your armpit or genital region. These glands secrete a much thicker sweat that has a high concentration of lipids, proteins, and fat. This provides good feed for bacteria, yet terrible news for the person sitting alongside you.
- Infections: Fungal infections and their poor monitoring can contribute to bad foot odor.
- Shoes: The sweat from your foot usually gets trapped inside your shoes. The bacteria feast on the sweat accumulation on your feet, causing smelly feet. Shoes made with synthetic materials can easily trap the sweat, not allowing it to evaporate. Switch your shoes from time to time, especially athletic shoes, allowing them to air out properly before you slide them back on.
- Hyperhidrosis: This is a skin condition where you sweat profusely. The accumulation of sweat or moisture on your feet fuels fungal and bacterial infections. The bacteria upon consuming the sweat create bad odors.
- Poor hygiene: Poor podiatric hygiene is often the culprit for smelly feet. A good foot care routine helps you part ways with bacteria and sweat.
If you have a severe case of smelly feet, you might want to talk with your podiatrist about the next level of care.
If you are suffering from an unpleasant foot odor or think that one of the above factors is affecting your foot health, come to Joseph Stuto, DPM in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Joseph Stuto, our board-certified podiatrist, specializes in all sorts of foot-related problems such as arthritis, toe deformities, skin disorders, and crush injuries. For more information on foot odor and foot health, call (718) 567 1403 or browse through our extensive patient library online.