Posts for: March, 2014

Since activity should be a part of everyone's routine, I thought I should talk about sweaty stinky feet.  Some among us suffer from stinky feet and as a podiatrist, I run into stinky feet all the time.  While some people can sweat gallons and still smell like roses, others just cannot seem to shake the stink.  Your feet are built to perspire when you are undergoing intense activity.  We don't know why exactly but it has to do with traction when you're running barefoot (perhaps the cavemen needed all the traction they could get when they were running barefoot away from mountain lions).  In any case, feet sweat.  So how do you keep the odor at bay?

While you may think that the odor is coming from the sweat, it's not.  The odor is mainly due to the bacteria that thrive in dark, wet, and dirty environments.  Unfortunately, most shoes are ideal for these little odor causing bugs.  Here are a few tips to help keep your shoes smelling fresh.

·         Wear moisture wicking socks.  Technology is great, and fortunately there are many socks on the market that not only allow your feet to breath (decreasing moisture), but wick away the sweat to keep your feet and shoes dry.   If you wear your shoes barefoot they will quickly become saturated with sweat which will actually decrease the breathability and cause you to sweat even more. 

·         Speaking of shoes, keep your shoes dry! If your shoes are soaking wet by the end of the day, make sure they get plenty of air so they can dry out overnight.  You should never put wet shoes back on.  The best antimicrobial solution is lack of water.  Bacteria, like humans, require moisture to thrive and will die if they are deprived of that moisture.  When I leave the gym I like to pop my shoes off and stick them on the floor by the passenger seat.  Then I power up the AC on the floor which dries out my shoes, socks, and feet.  Plus it feels great!

·          Wash your feet daily to eliminate any bacteria that may be growing on your skin.

·         If you really have a problem, then invest in an odor absorbing foot powder which will kill bacteria and keep your shoes fresh and dry.  In a pinch you can use some baking soda or salt!

·         Buy breathable shoes.  In the summer, sandals and thin lightweight shoes are a great way to keep your feet dry. 

·         Lastly, keep your feet healthy.  Talk to your podiatrist about maintaining healthy feet.

If you have any questions about your foot care, make an appointment with your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe NJ today.

By Nrupa Shah

By Varun Gujral
March 06, 2014
Category: Bunions

If you watched the Oscars this weekend you probably saw lots of high heels.  Whether it was Jennifer Lawrence falling yet again or Liza Minnelli smiling despite those painful bunions, it was quite an entertaining evening.  High heels are here to stay but you should know by now that they cause instability, hammer toes and bunions.  I’d like to give you a little advice when it comes to bunions.

A bunion is an abnormal bump that forms at your big toe joint.  Bunions are unfortunately a large problem that affects nearly 25% of people between the ages of 18-65.  Bunions are generally formed by tight shoes or biomechanical imbalances.  The big toe starts to deviate toward the other smaller toes which force the joint to protrude away from the foot.  Many women’s shoes actually put the foot right into this position because of the pointed tight toe box.  Some statistics show that 85% of women wear shoes that are too tight.  In fact, many of the fashionable shoes on the market will only fit if they are a size too small. 

That big bump is unfortunately a self-aggravating problem.  The more that bump protrudes the more muscular imbalance in the foot and the more it rubs on the shoe.  These things will just get worse and worse and more and more painful.  If you are in an early stage and your bunion is small then now is the time to act. 

First of all, stop feeding the bunion.  Wear shoes with larger toe boxes and plenty of room for your toes.  There are plenty of comfortable AND fashionable shoes out there.   Sometimes simple things like this can stop the bunion from progressing further and keep your feet in proper alignment.

If your shoes aren’t the problem and you have a biomechanical deformity that is causing your bunion, consider taking a trip to your local podiatrists.  As podiatrists we are taught to assess the biomechanics of the foot and correct problems with what we call functional orthotics.  Functional orthotics work by positioning your foot in the proper position at a precise moment in your gait cycle, allowing proper biomechanics as you walk.  By doing this we are able to treat the cause of the bunion to ensure that it doesn’t progress. 

There are also some splints on the market that pull your big toe into proper alignment and protect the bump from friction on the shoe.  This can help to rebalance the muscles in your foot and alleviate any pain you may have.  There are many splints on the market so do some research and find one that fits your needs.

The last resort is surgery.  Bunionectomies are common procedures that are usually reserved for those with severe pain or serious malformations that need correction.  One thing is for sure, if you start to see changes in your feet then come see your podiatrist as soon as possible.  Treatments are most often successful if they are treated early.  If you have foot care questions or needs then make an appointment with your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe NJ today.

By Varun Gujral