Posts for: August, 2014
Foot odor is a problem that affects children of all ages, and some particular issues can be at the root of the problem. Bacteria are generally the culprit when it comes to smelly feet, so you want to make sure you are washing your children's feet with antibacterial soap. Fresh socks and alternating pairs of shoes further your efforts.
Sweat can also be a cause, so shoes should be washed and also not too tight. For those tough odors that just won't go away, consider using a topical antiperspirant medicine or speaking to your doctor to obtain a prescription remedy.
By keeping children’s feet healthy and clean, you can help them avoid developing unpleasant podiatric conditions as they age. If you have any questions about caring for your kids’ lower extremities, think about seeing podiatrist Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz can examine your child’s feet and provide treatment for any conditions that might be afflicting them.
Keeping Children's Feet Healthy
Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age.
Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.
- Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet
- Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable
As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. Be sure the child wears comfortable and protective shoes so that they can grow into their feet properly.
As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet
- Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
- Be watchful of any pain or injury
- Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible
- Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play
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University of Calgary scientists want the answer to building the perfect running shoe by studying the effects of comfort and its effects on the rates of running-based injuries. Even though the idea of the perfect running shoe has been around for years, modern schools of thought claim that shoe design has no effect on the rate in which running injuries occur.
Advocates of the ‘comfort theory’ suggest that people should just go with footwear that feels best for them. The scientific team still wants willing participants for their study, hoping to learn more through research.
For help with selecting an appropriate shoe size, consult with podiatrist Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz can measure your feet to determine what your needs are and help you find an appropriate pair of footwear.
Getting the Right Shoe Size
Sometimes it may be difficult finding the right shoe size especially because shoe sizes tend to vary depending on the brand and company you are looking for. A size 6 for one brand may be a size 7 in another. Although many people know their exact shoe size, it can range within 2 sizes depending on where they shop.
So it is important not to always go for a size 7 just because you think you might be a size 7 universally. It is best to try on the shoe and walk around for a bit to see how it fits and how it feels. Comfort is essential and the fitting has to be well otherwise it can lead to blisters, bruises at the back of the ankle and it can also hurt your toes if the shoe is too tight for example.
People walk a lot, so it is important for you to find what is comfortable when it is possible.
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Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care’s Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program (CRI LEP) has enlisted the aid of Savannah, Georgia native Sandy Haeger to show its members how to especially focus on exercising the feet.
Sandy suggests repeating, “Heel, ball, toe,” to help walkers concentrate on using the entire foot while walking. Using the foot in this manner engages muscles ranging from the foot to the hip. Another focus of Sandy’s is maintaining good position. To practice this, hold on to a stationary object such as a wall or tree for balance and then lift the knee with the foot flexed, touch down, and lift again.
There are various methods that can help you exercise your feet. Speak to Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson if you would like to learn about other activities that will exercise the feet. Dr. Slomowitz will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality care.
Exercise for Your Feet
If you spend most of your time on your feet, or don’t either way your feet should deserve attention. There are many people who exercise regularly and still don’t spend enough time to care for their feet. Your foot does get exposure that requires maintenance since your health has a lot to do with footing.
Toe rise – this exercise involves standing on the tip-toes for a count of 15 seconds, then resting your feet on ground. This exercise should be repeated three times a day to strengthen the feet.
Toe Pick-ups – the toes are exercises that are done by picking up small items using your toes. This helps strengthen the muscles on the upper part of the feet. Three sets along with 15 seconds being held should be completed. Small items like marbles or stationary will work.
Ankle Pump – can be performed upwards or downwards. The workout can be completed both ways at the same time. This involves flexing the foot either towards the shin or to the ground. This makes the foot work very well, working large parts of the muscles.
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As women get pregnant, they obviously get heavier. Their bodies also start to produce a lot of relaxin, a hormone that increases the plasticity of their ligaments. These two factors often cause expecting mothers’ feet to become inflamed and sore. Luckily, the podiatric swelling pregnant women sometimes experience can often be reduced by getting foot rubs.
Massages are known for their abilities to relieve stress and make sore muscles feel better. Their benefits for pregnant women have been documented in several studies, such as one published recently in the International Journal of Nursing Practice. In this experiment, one group of mothers-to-be received daily twenty minute foot massages for five consecutive days, while another control group did not. The women who were given foot rubs had much less swelling at the end of the five days than the women in the control group.
Foot massages and visits to a foot doctor are two great ways for pregnant women to curb the pain they sometimes develop in their lower limbs. If you are an expecting mother dealing with foot pain, see podiatrist Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz will identify the problem and get you back to full health in no time.
What foot problems can arise during pregnancy?
One problem that can occur is over-pronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward. This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.
Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy, but tends to occur in the later stages.
How can I keep my feet healthy during pregnancy?
- Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
- Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
- Wear shoes with good arch support
- Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
- Elevate feet if you experience swelling
- Massage your feet
- Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet
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