Do you have Sweaty Smelly Feet?

Are you all too familiar with that exquisite smell that comes up when you take your shoes off? Are your feet always sweaty? Do you get embarrassed to take your shoes off when you go to the podiatrist? Why is it that your feet are always extra sweaty and smelly? Surely there must be some way to fix this? Luckily for us all, the solution to this problem is actually quite simple and it all starts with you and in the comfort of your own home too.

Firstly, let’s look at a few causes of smelly, sweaty feet:

– Excessive perspiration (sweating)

– Bacterial growth on the surface of the feet Read more

Itchy or Burning in-between your Toes? It Might be Athlete’s Foot.

Athlete’s foot, often referred to as tinea pedis, is a fungal infection of the skin that appears fairly commonly (but not exclusive to) in the feet of active people. The infection causes irritation and itching or the skin, often resulting in people scratching the area which can cause pain or the fungus to spread. The fungus species commonly implicated in the infection is the Trichophyton family. The fungus itself thrives in warm, humid environments such as in shoes and sweaty socks/feet. The fungus is pesky and able to survive on a number of different surfaces, which is the reason why some people get their infection from walking around barefoot on floors such as communal showers, changing rooms and pools. Read more

Cracked Heels; More than just a Cosmetic Problem?

Cracked heels, often the bane of people’s existence and can cause people to hide their feet away from embarrassment. Whether from a personal perspective or comments made from others, cracked heels can impact on a person’s confidence and self-esteem, often opting to put into storage ones favourite pair of sandals. We all see commercials of model-esque feet and advertisements for various products that promise smooth, silky heels, however the truth of the matter is a little more complex than they would have you believe. Cracked heels can be caused by a myriad of different problems, some more serious than others. Some heel cracks (or fissures technically), do not cause any discomfort whilst others can become painful and infected if neglected long enough. So in short, yes, cracked heels are indeed more than just a cosmetic problem but to understand why, we need to delve a little bit deeper into the issue. Read more

Blisters and How to Treat Them

A common occurrence in people and often is a cause for much discomfort is the blister. Blisters are small fluid filled sacs that form in the epidermal (upper levels) of the skin as a response to pressure, sheer forces or trauma. Blisters can be painful, uncomfortable and in some cases can become the portals of infection or further tissue injury. Most people regularly pop and drain blisters which usually alleviates some discomfort however using unsterile techniques or instruments to lance the existent blisters can predispose the person to developing a skin infection. If the blister is left unpopped, the body naturally reabsorbs the fluid and the skin dries and flakes off. Read more