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5 Ways to Control Foot Odour

Do your feet carry an unpleasant odour after being cooped up in shoes all long day at work? Or maybe after a good workout? Foot perspiration is a normal occurrence, but it can lead to odours that are downright embarrassing. Continue reading if you want to know 5 ways you can control your foot odour this spring season!

Practice proper foot hygiene

Wash your feet daily, not neglecting to wash and dry well in between the toes to help reduce bacterial and fungal load on the foot. Use an antibacterial soap in lukewarm water and once in a while, exfoliate your feet using a foot file.

Wear socks with your shoes

Wearing socks with your closed toe shoes is the simplest way you can control your foot odour. It not only reduces the friction between your skin and the interior of your footwear, but it also reduces the accumulation of dirt, oil, and dead skin cells. Make sure to wash your socks regularly and wear a new, clean, and dry pair every day

Moisture wicking socks (and shoes)

Cotton, wool, bamboo socks will help to wick the moisture away from the skin keep the feet dry. Socks with anti-bacterial components such as, copper, silver, and zinc are also a good option.  In the same way, stay away from shoes made of materials that provide poor ventilation like leather, rubber, and other synthetic materials.

Foot powder

Applying foot powder helps to absorb moisture on the foot and reduce sweating, which is usually the cause of foot odour. Using a foot powder with antifungal properties will also protect against fungal infections. Remember, fungus love moist and dark environments. Try Gehwol Med Foot Powder to fight against odour, excess moisture, and fungal infections.

Gehwol Med Foot Powder

Foot and shoe deodorant

Gehwol also carries a line of foot and shoe deodorants, both in cream and spray format. Gehwol Med Deodorant Foot Cream utilizes a combination of  manuka oil and active zinc oxides help to protect the skin from bacteria and fungi, eliminate foot odours, and leave the skin soft and protected.  Gehwol Foot and Shoe Deodorizing Spray can also be used to spray into your shoes and is great for the athlete on the go.

Gehwol Deodorant Foot Cream and Gewhol Foot & Shoe Deodorizing Spray

Regain your confidence by following these simple steps to odour-free feet. For more information and selection on Gehwol products, visit Feet First Clinic located in Downtown Toronto. One of our staff will be more than happy to assist you. If you are concerned you may have a bacterial or fungal infection, book an appointment with one of our chiropodists for a foot assessment.

4 Tips To Protect Your Feet As Temperatures Rise

Summer is a wonderful time of year for outdoor enthusiasts!

Any reason you can head outdoors when it’s warm is a good one. But with warmer temperatures and more sun exposure, it’s important to take certain precautions because it’s not only nice to have your feet looking their best, but it’s important to keep them in good health.

Use sunscreen

With rising temperatures and the change in seasons comes higher UV indexes. In all likelihood, you’ll be going barefoot, or wearing open-toed footwear, more often in the summer months. When being outside for prolonged periods of time, applying sunscreen is essential. Being exposed to UV ratings of 10-15 means you could sunburn in as few as 10 minutes.

When applying sunscreen, you often remember the usual spots: face, ears, arms, and legs. But don’t forget the tops of your feet. Note that your feet may not be exposed to the sun as often as the rest of your body so protection against UVA and UVB rays – the two most damaging to our skin – is particularly important. UVB rays can cause sunburns as they tend to damage the skin’s more superficial epidermal layers while UVA rays can penetrate to the deeper skin levels.

According to Health Canada, look for sunscreens with SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or more that have “broad-spectrum” on the label to screen out most of the UVA and UVB rays.

Wear proper socks

Your socks are the last line of defense when it comes to foot protection. In the summer, your feet can perspire. Keeping your feet dry can help prevent athlete’s foot, fungus, and blisters. So, moisture-wicking socks can come in handy. Further, use household items like baking soda to put into your shoes to absorb moisture and use cornstarch on your feet for the same effect.

Leading brands and industry favourites include Stance, Darn Tough, Balega, Drymax, and Smartwool.

Don’t skip on arch support

Convenience is the goal in the summer. Slipping in and out of flip-flops and sandals is easy when lounging around the pool, at the beach, or hanging out on your deck and patio. They’re great for short-term usage, but be careful when wearing them for hours on end. Their lack of support under your arch can make your feet ache and cause painful injuries including plantar fasciitis and to your metatarsal bones.

Though some sandals and flip-flops lack adequate arch support, some brands do. Birkenstocks, for example, mold over time to the shape of your foot, equalizing pressure and weight across the foot instead of putting pressure on the balls of your foot and heel. We offer an excellent selection of Birkenstock products in-store at Feet First Clinic. Check us out at 2481 Bloor Street West.

Even popular sports brands like Hoka One One now offer supportive flip flops called the Ora Recovery Slide. Of course, everyone reacts differently to footwear so experiment until you find products that work best for you.

Treat your feet

Protect your feet in the summer by adressing issues including discoloured or black toenails, callouses, dried skin, fungus, and blisters.

Tips To Protect Feet Summer

Simple tips including keeping your nails short, scrubbing away dead skin, and keeping your feet dry (or moisturizing, if necessary) can help keep your feet healthy throughout the summer. If any foot issues arise or persist, visit the clinic and talk to an expert to discuss the appropriate course of action.

Effective Ways That you Can Treat Your Bunion Pain

Bunions are enlargements and misalignments of the joints at the base of the big toes. The bad news is that bunions will not go away — they are permanent. The good news is that you can stop the discomfort and pain with certain forms of treatment.

One way to treat your bunions is to take anti-inflammatory medication and place ice packs on them to ease any swelling. This is only necessary when they are irritated, inflamed or painful to the touch. While icing your bunions, take a moment to put up your feet and rest.

Another good way to treat your bunions is to ditch the uncomfortable shoes. Many people believe that the foot condition is caused by high heels or pointed-toed shoes, but this hasn’t been proven. However, these types of shoes will exacerbate the problem and make your bunions more prominent and painful. The notoriously tight and narrow shoe styles can also disturb tailor’s bunions or “bunionettes” — these are the bunions sitting on the joints of your smallest toes.

Comfortable shoes with deep toe-beds are excellent treatment options and preventative measures. Visit the clinic to buy the best custom orthotics Toronto has to offer in a variety of styles and brands that will rival your most fashionable high heels. There are plenty of dress shoes available that will look chic and feel comfortable at the same time.

The shoe options will also be helpful for anyone whose bunion has affected their foot shape. If that’s the case, let one of the clinic representatives know and we’ll work hard to get you the right shoe fit.

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Another great way to reduce bunion progression is to use custom foot orthotics. Custom foot orthotics can be made to your specific arch profile to reduce excessively high pressures at the forefoot, which can, in turn, aggravate and accelerate bunion formation. Orthotics can also be made to control any biomechanical abnormalities that contribute to higher pressures through the 1st metatarsal head; most commonly overpronation and underpronation.

If you are looking to get a pair of custom orthotics, you should set up an appointment and meet our Toronto team of orthopedic doctors as soon as possible. Our chiropodists will work with you to get the perfect orthotics for your footwear.

The only way to get rid of bunions is to get them surgically removed. You shouldn’t consider bunion surgery unless the condition is impacting your everyday life:

1. Other treatments are not reducing swelling or pain

2. The pain affects your walking

3. You circumvent your usual routine to avoid walking, standing or exercise

You can visit our Toronto podiatry clinic any time you are suffering from foot pain or discomfort. We will work tirelessly to get to the root of your foot problems and find the treatment options that make your life easier.

Bunions shouldn’t dictate your daily life. They shouldn’t stop you from running errands or going for walks. They shouldn’t cause you discomfort the minute you slip on a shoe. Try simple solutions like anti-inflammatories, orthopaedic shoes or orthotics to deal with your bunions. If those don’t cut it, then you can start looking into surgery.

Why Are you in Pain after your Workout?

“No pain, no gain” is not the best message to follow when you’re hitting the gym. Pushing yourself too far, using the wrong equipment and ignoring your body’s need for recovery can lead to injuries. If you’re not careful, you could give yourself some long-term damage.

Here are three common exercise-related pains and the solutions that can fix them:

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome:

Patellofemoral pain syndrome is one of the most common running injuries out there — it’s often called “runner’s knee” because of this. Stress from repetitive running on hard terrain irritates the kneecap. It can be painful during the workout or long after you’ve finished.

The Solution:

You could be in pain because you’re pushing yourself too far with your runs. Try to cut back on the distance and stick to easier terrains. Flat and soft surfaces won’t impact your knees as much as pavement.

Another solution that you could try is gait training and rehabilitation. Your running form could be what’s causing your knees so much trouble. You should stop by our homepage to see how we conduct video gait analysis to help people improve their steps.

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DOMS

You want to feel the burn while you’re doing a bench press, but you don’t want to deal with that sensation days later. If this scenario is familiar, you are dealing with delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) — challenging weightlifting workouts create micro-tears in the muscles, which become inflamed within 24 to 48 hours.

The Solution:

When you’re dealing with DOMS, the main thing you should do is relax. Pushing through the soreness to tackle another heavy workout will make the pain worse and heighten your risk of injury. If you can’t skip a day of exercise, replace some of your high-intensity workout plans with low-intensity exercises like leisurely walks or swimming laps at the pool.

If you don’t want DOMS to come back, you should cut down the difficulty level of your workouts. You can reduce the weight you lift, the reps you make or the amount of time you spend in the gym.

Shin Splints

Another running injury that you might endure is medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS) — you will probably know it by its common name “shin splints.” You’ll realize you have the problem when you get a stabbing sensation in your shins as you run. 

The Solution:

When you feel like you have shin splints, don’t keep pursuing the workout. Stop the run, take a rest and put ice packs on your shins for 20 minutes to conquer any swelling.

MTSS is caused by overuse of leg muscles. Controlling footwear or insoles can help prevent overuse of your medial leg muscles. You are probably getting this shooting pain because you are wearing the wrong shoes. You should swap your regular sneakers for a pair of orthopedic running shoes. Additional shock absorption is one of the benefits that custom orthotics provide so that athletes don’t have to worry about injury and discomfort ruining their running progress.

If you’re not sure what orthotics to pick out, come meet the team here at Feet First Clinic to discuss your exercise problems and find options that work for your physical needs. We will do our best to find the best fit for you and your fitness routine.

It’s great that you’re motivated to improve your physical fitness, but it’s important to know when to pull back. When you’re frequently in pain and discomfort, you need to make some changes in your routine, whether it’s with the intensity, the form or the footwear.