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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
August 31, 2022

When the temperatures rise, our body starts to perspire. With added humidity, the sweat on our bodies cannot evaporate to cool us down as it normally should. Instead, sweat sticks to our bodies. Moisture is a breeding ground for different types of fungus. Think about it- fungus thrives in warm, damp areas. A common question we hear in our office is, “how can I prevent smelly feet?” We’ve curated professional tips and tricks to prevent and treat foot odor

What Causes Odor?

Microbes on the skin metabolize with compounds in your sweat, producing a foul odor. When sweat is left behind, specifically in your shoes, it can lead to even more unpleasant effects, such as a continuous unpleasant odor and even infections

How To Treat Odor

  • Wash Your Shoes and Insoles. Washing and drying your shoes can help eliminate odor and keep them fresh. High temperatures tend to degrade plastic and other shoe materials, which may shorten the life of the shoes. If you do need to wash shoes, hand wash them cold and air-dry them. If using a washing machine, remove shoelaces, use the cold water setting and then let them air-dry.
  • Store Shoes in A Cool, Dry Place. Cold temperatures inhibit the growth of bacteria and other fungi. Ideally, you should try storing your shoes in a cool, dry room with good airflow.

How To Prevent Odor

  • Thoroughly Clean Your Feet. If you prefer to do this in the shower, it is important to wash your feet thoroughly rather than simply rinsing. Using a washcloth is a helpful way to clean and exfoliate. Use Epsom salt if you prefer to soak your feet in the bathtub. Epsom salt detoxifies and draws moisture out of the feet, removing the fungus breeding ground.
  • Keep Your Feet Dry. It is important to keep your feet dry if you have just finished bathing, soaking, or swimming. The unpleasant odor usually comes from moisture. If you tend to have sweaty feet as the day goes on, keep an extra pair of clean, dry socks in your car to change into mid-day. Choosing socks made of cotton or other moisture-wicking materials will allow excess moisture to evaporate.
  • Use Powder. If your feet are extra sweaty, try using an over-the-counter foot antiperspirant. Alternatively, you could sprinkle a little cornstarch inside your shoes. 

When To See a Podiatrist

If you can’t seem to solve unpleasant foot odor, it’s time to bring in extra help and see your podiatrist. To schedule an appointment with our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas at our Cromwell, Connecticut office, call (860-)632-5499 or visit our website for more information.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
August 23, 2022

We brush our teeth and hair and wash our face, but our feet are most often neglected for the foundation of our body. Even though our feet are usually hidden and enclosed in shoes, they play a vital role in our well-being. Maintaining a healthy diet and simple foot care routine can improve a person’s life by enabling them to continue functioning in a lively matter. Below you will find podiatrist-recommended foot care routines for each day and each week (when you have a little extra time). 

Daily Foot Care Routine

  • Wash Feet Thoroughly. Use warm water and soap. Enjoy this time and give yourself an added mini foot massage!
  • Exfoliate. It is an important step that is often left out. Exfoliating feet daily has the added benefits of softer, healthier feet. While also cleaning out clogged pores and reducing the risk of calluses and/or fungal infection. Try using a pumice stone or exfoliating cloth.
  • Dry Feet Thoroughly. It will ensure that all the moisture is removed from your feet. It is crucial for the next step.
  • Use Lotion. There are so many lotions on the market. Whatever you fancy, you can probably find it. Bonus: Give yourself an extra minute foot rub to make sure the lotion is well absorbed.

Weekly Foot Care Routine

Once a week, treat yourself to an at-home foot soak! Epsom salt is known to detoxify and soften the skin. The acid from the lemon juice helps to remove dead skin. Plus, it smells amazing!

Foot Soak Ingredients

1 Lemon (Juice and Peel)

2 tablespoons (White or Apple Cider) Vinegar

3 cups Epsom Salt

Foot Soak Instructions

  1. Add lemon juice, vinegar, and Epsom salt to a tub of warm water.
  2. Use the insides of the lemon to clean the feet.
  3. Soak feet for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Finish out with your daily foot care routine!

When To See a Podiatrist

If you or a loved one are experiencing discomfort or notice any physical changes in your lower extremities, it is best to contact a podiatrist for further support. Contact our Middlesex County office at (860)-632-5499  to schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas.



 








 

 

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