Foot Care

I feel like women have many more foot problems than men, why is that?
The major problem is the shoe gear. It is rarely fashionable to wear a wide, low shoe every day, like most men do. As professional women, we want to be stylish. Fashion is not often comfortable. For example, when you try and squish your feet into a pointy-toe high heel that is two or three inches off the ground, you're trying to squish your foot into something that is not made to the shape of your foot. You've got your foot at an angle, placing all pressure at the toe. Although today’s shoes are becoming much more foot friendly, there remains that fashion element that is still hard on the foot. The hereditary factor also almost always comes into play. Bunions and hammer toes are of female hereditary, meaning they are usually passed from mother to daughter. So if your mother had either the odds are you’ve had to deal with the problem as well. Also, it is our belief that women are more apt to go to a physician over a foot problem than men.

What area of the foot causes the most problems?
The No. 1 problem is almost always heel and arch pain; for both men and women. As the arch flattens a little bit (from pregnancy, weight gain, changes in lifestyle) and as the arch muscle getting weaker as we get older, this becomes a bigger and bigger problem. This can cause a lot of unnecessary pain. It's also a cause of ankle problems pain. As the arch flattens slowly over time, you have extra pull on the outside ankle ligaments and muscles. To remedy this problem, a podiatrist may have to order a specially made orthotic to go inside a patient's shoes; but that is only in severe cases. Does the moisture and sweat a foot gives off cause problems? Closed shoes and pantyhose creates a lot of friction. If you add perspiration into the equation, a lot more is created. Friction and perspiration cause many problems like calluses and athlete's foot. So the best bet is to keep your feet dry and cool as much as possible. If you feel you are acquiring an odor or your feet are really perspiring, try using an antiperspirant roll-on (An old-type of roll-on is the best). Apply after your shower in the morning. Be sure to let it dry before you put on your pantyhose or shoes. Therefore you'll have less friction and less perspiration.

Feel better after a hard day…
If you want your feet to feel better after a long day of work, we recommend refrigerating a good moisturizing cream to be used at the end of the day when your feet are really tired and hot. Avoid lotions because the results are not as good. If you feel like your feet are perspiring a lot, soak them in cool water for 10 minutes, and then dry thoroughly before applying the cream. The cool water/cream combination should help ease the pain of your hard day.

What Medical Conditions Can Foot Pain
Such conditions like arthritic conditions, especially osteoarthritis and gout, cause foot pain. Even rheumatoid arthritis, which usually occurs in hands, can affect the ball of the foot. Osteoporosis can also cause some foot pain. Diabetes is a particularly serious cause of foot pain, infection, and ulcers, and, without proper foot care, can result in amputation. Diabetics with foot deformities, such as claw toes, or bunions are at particular risk. Anorexia, high blood pressure, and other diseases that affect the nervous and circulatory systems can cause pain, loss of sensation, and tingling in the feet, as well as increase the susceptibility for infection and foot ulcers. A number of conditions, including pregnancy, heart failure, kidney disease, and hypothyroidism, can cause fluid build-up and swollen feet. The increased weight and imbalance of pregnancy contributes to foot stress. Diseases that affect muscle and motor control, such as Parkinson's disease, also cause foot problems. Some medications, such as calcitonin and drugs used for high blood pressure, can cause foot swelling.

Foot Care
In order to ensure a healthy toenail, they should be trimmed regularly and always straight across. Filing should also be straight across the nail using a swift single movement. The file should be lifted up before you begin the next stroke. Most people make the common mistake of filing back and forth, but that only leads to chipped or broken nails. A cuticle stick is a good way of cleaning underneath the nail. A good skin cream will only help maintain a skin’s softness and vivacity. Indulging yourself with a warm foot bath two or three times a week for ten minutes or so, will keep your feet relaxed and could prevent mild foot pain and fatigue. Some Epson salt may help as well. When washing, try to use a loofah type sponge which can help rid your body of dead skin. Most strenuous activities can be hard on your feet and cause blisters and callouses. To help prevent them, try using antiperspirants on the balls of your feet. Also, a massage treatment on your feet can help relax them. Try using your thumb, index and middle finger to rotate each toe in a circular motion. Then, turn your hand into a fist and glide it slowly around the bottom of the foot. And lastly, gently twist each foot as if wringing wet clothes. All are soothing exercises and should help ease the pain of every day use.

People with Diabetes and Foot Care…
People with Diabetes should take particular care of their feet because they are of greater risk for nerve damage and poor blood flow. Mindful preventive foot care reduces the risk of amputation as much as 85%. Patients should make inspections daily and watch for any significant changes in color or texture, odor, and firmness, which may indicate infection. Washing the feet should be with warm (not hot) water, and the feet should be thoroughly dried afterward. Foot Creams should be applied, but never between the toes. Avoid lotions as they are not as productive. Corns and calluses should be gently pumiced away and toenails always trimmed short, with the edges filed, to avoid accidentally cutting adjacent toes. Try not to use medicated pads, or try to shave the corns or calluses directly. Also, try and avoid high heels, sandals, thongs, and going barefoot. Shoes should be changed often (three times a day if possible) to avoid unnecessary sweat buildup. Try not to wear tight stockings or any clothing that that is constricting.

Feel better after a hard day…
If you want your feet to feel better after a long day of work, we recommend refrigerating a good moisturizing cream to be used at the end of the day when your feet are really tired and hot. Avoid lotions because the results are not as good. If you feel like your feet are perspiring a lot, soak them in cool water for 10 minutes, and then dry thoroughly before applying the cream. The cool water/cream combination should help ease the pain of your hard day.

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