Here’s what you need to know about smelly feet, avoiding foot pain, preventing infections and ingrown toenails, and keeping your feet healthy and pain-free in general.
From ingrown toenails and bunions to sprains, strains, and broken bones in the foot and ankle, you might need to visit a podiatrist. The information your foot doctor provides will no doubt help you manage your condition, but they can only cover so much ground in a single office visit. You’d be surprised at how much more you need to know about avoiding foot pain, preventing infections, and keeping your feet and toenails healthy.
You should have your feet measured when you visit a shoe store
Every time you shop for shoes have your feet measured by a professional. Foot size can change as a result of natural ageing and health changes. Measure both feet – late in the day – and shop for the larger foot, advises podiatrist, Dr Lori Weisenfeld.
Your change of habits during the pandemic is causing foot problems
Namely, walking barefoot around the house all day. It’s leading to things like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and other types of tendinitis warn podiatrist, Dr Jane Andersen.
Foot therapy at home
Try this DIY foot soak to help clear up foot and toenail fungus, brighten nails and soften skin: combine 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, 2 cups warm water, and 2 tablespoons baking soda. Soak for 20 minutes a few times a week.
Foot odour is not necessary
Try a deodorant spray and alternate your shoes so they have a chance to dry completely. Wear socks, as well, otherwise, the sweat will promote the growth of bacteria that stays in your shoes.
Get running shoes at a running store, even if you only walk for exercise
A well-trained staff at an athletic shoe store can help you find the right shoes for your exercise. Typically, they will analyze your foot and gait and recommend the best shoes for you.
Coconut oil has many healing properties
Coconut oil is known to have anti-fungal properties. Use it to moisturise cuticles, as well as skin – especially cracked and calloused areas.
The size of your athletic shoes shouldn’t be the same as your regular shoes
Dr Weisenfeld recommends that there should be one thumb’s width between the tip of the shoe and the end of your longest toe.
Barefoot running on concrete can mean you’ll end up with stress fractures and some very bad inflammation. Grass and sand are good running surfaces for barefoot running.
Here’s a home remedy to cure your stinky feet
Make some really strong black tea, then soak your stinky feet in it two or three times a week for 20 minutes. The tannic acid has been shown to temporarily shrink sweat ducts so they don’t work as hard.
Socks that are too small can cause blisters
Yes, just like a shoe can. Just go with what feels comfortable for your feet.