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By contactus@simcoefootclinic.ca
August 05, 2016
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When we consider that one foot is capable of producing over half a cup of sweat per day, it’s no wonder that feet can get pretty stinky. When that sweat is released from the pores, it is broken down by bacteria on the skin, producing an odour as it’s decomposed.

Bacteria thrive in dark, damp environments, making the feet - the most concentrated area of sweat glands in the human body – a kind of bacteria paradise.

Following these 8 simple steps to keep bacteria at bay and reduce moisture will help keep your feet fresh and odour free.

1.  Wash your feet daily with antibacterial soap. The feet tend to be overlooked in the shower, but they need as much attention as the rest of your body.

2.  Dry feet really well, paying particular attention to the space in between your toes.Wiping the skin with rubbing alcohol will also help to dry out the skin.

3. Always wear socks when wearing closed toed shoes. Small no-show socks are great for ballet flats or dress shoes. Wear socks made from breathable fabrics to wick moisture away from the skin and always put on a fresh pair every day.

4. Use an antiperspirant on the soles of the feet and in between the toes.  Spreading it on at night allows enough time for the product to soak into the skin.

5. Don’t wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row.  Alternate shoes to allow at least 24hrs for shoes to completely dry out.

6. Sprinkle baking soda into your shoes before you wear them to absorb moisture and reduce bacteria by neutralizing the PH balance in sweat.

7. Disinfect your shoes with an antifungaal/antibacterial spray.  

8. Wear proper footwear in snow and rain to avoid having wet shoes. If shoes do get wet, dry them as soon as possible with a hair dryer or leave them in the sun to dry.

If your feet are sweating excessively or you aren’t getting any relief from your symptoms, make an appointment with your Chiropodist. There may be an underlying issue (such as athlete’s foot) that may require a prescription.

By contactus@simcoefootclinic.ca
June 27, 2016
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8 Interesting facts you may not know about your toenails

  • Men’s toenails grow faster than women’s.  An exception to this is during pregnancy when women’s toenails grow at a faster rate.
     
  • Nails grow faster in summer and warm climates.
     
  • Toenails are made up of keratin – the same protein as hair.
     
  • Fingernails grow 4 times faster than toenails. On average, fingernails grow 3.5 mm per month, while toenails grow about 1.6 mm per month.
     
  • When the sole of a baby's foot is firmly stroked, the big toe bends back toward the top of the foot and the other toes fan out. This is a normal reflex up to about 2 years of age.
     
  • It is a common myth that white spots on the nail are caused by a calcium deficiency but they are generally just minor nail damage and are nothing to be concerned about.
     
  • It takes 5-6 months to re-grow a toenail, even longer for a big toe which can take up to 12 months.
     
  • Primates, including humans, are the only animals with nails rather than harder claws.
     
  • Why do we have toenails? Toenails are mostly considered to be vestigial which means that they once had a function which has been eliminated – like wisdom teeth or your appendix. They do however provide some protection to the tops of your toes from rubbing on your shoes. 
By contactus@simcoefootclinic.ca
June 13, 2016
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NeuRemedy - A natural health product for peripheral neuropathy and thiamine deficiency

The active ingredient in NeuRemedy, benfotiamine, has been used since the early 1960’s in Asia and Europe to successfully treat tens of thousands of people suffering from peripheral neuropathy. 

What is peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy is a medical condition in which the nerves that travel from the brain and spinal cord to other parts of the body function improperly. People who suffer from peripheral neuropathy commonly experience burning, tingling, numbness and/or shooting pains to their feet, legs or hands. Their symptoms are usually worse at night. There are over 100 known causes of peripheral neuropathy. A partial list of these causes includes diabetes, thiamine deficiency, alcoholism, trauma, exposure to toxins, autoimmune diseases, and infections. Sometimes no cause can be determined.

Can peripheral neuropathy be successfully treated?

Yes, some forms of peripheral neuropathy may be successfully treated. For example, people suffering from a peripheral neuropathy caused by thiamine deficiency may experience significant relief by increasing their thiamine intake.

What is NeuRemedy™and how does it work?

Adequate blood levels of the micro-nutrient thiamine are essential for the proper functioning of the nervous system. Recent studies have shown that many people suffering from peripheral neuropathy have low plasma levels of this essential micronutrient. They need a more bioactive form of thiamine for their nerves to function properly. This population includes, but is not limited to, people with diabetes. For these people, the specialized formulation in Neuremedy may alleviate their symptoms by delivering a highly bioactive form of the micro-nutrient thiamine to where it is needed, the nerve cells. Neuremedy works by nourishing the nerves.

How long after I begin taking NeuRemedy should I experience relief?
Some people experience dramatic relief within a few days of taking NeuRemedy. Some need to take NeuRemedy for as long as two months in order to start to experience relief. Patients who stop taking NeuRemedy often have a return of their original symptoms. Unfortunately, NeuRemedy does not reduce the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy for everyone. Ask your doctor if NeuRemedy is right for you.

By contactus@simcoefootclinic.ca
May 30, 2016
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When it comes to sun protection, the feet often go overlooked, but the skin on our feet is actually highly susceptible to melanoma and other skin cancers. It can occur anywhere on the feet - on the top, on the soles, between your toes and even under your nails. 
 
It often goes unnoticed until it's in the late stages making prevention and early detection key to effectively identifying and treating the condition.
 
3 tips to remember when enjoying the sun this summer:
  • Always apply sunscreen to the tops and bottoms of bare feet
  • Check feet, including under the nails, regularly for any abnormal moles or freckles 
  • If you find anything suspicious, have your feet examined by your chiropodist.
By contactus@simcoefootclinic.ca
May 26, 2016
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For almost 20 years, soccer has ranked as the most popular sport in Canada for children between the ages of 5 and 14 with 42% of boys and girls that participate in sports, playing soccer.

Over the course of a year, one in every five kids involved with a sport or activity will suffer an injury. Of the most common sports that cause injuries, soccer is in the top 3 for both boys and girls, accounting for 20% of all sports related emergency room visits in Canada.

The most common lower leg and foot injuries associated with playing soccer are:

 

  • Abrasions (scrapes) and contusions (bruises)
  • Blisters and calluses due to improper footwear
  • Traumatic injury to toenails (eg. being stepped on)
  • Plantar Fasciitis: damage to the band of connective tissue through the arch of the feet often due to poor foot mechanics or improper footwear
  • Overuse injuries such as achilles tendonitis or shin splints due to repetitive stress without allowing time for the body to heal
  • Ankle sprains often from abrupt starting and stopping and moving side to side.
  • Athletes foot and plantar warts

Prevention

Don’t allow kids to “play through” foot and ankle pain. Encourage them to listen to their body and decrease playing time and intensity if pain or discomfort develops.

Warm up, stretch and cool down. Always take time to warm up and stretch, especially your hips, knees, thighs and calves. Start with dynamic exercises like jumping jacks, jump rope or running/walking in place for 3 to 5 minutes to get your muscles loose and warmed up. Then slowly and gently stretch, holding each stretch for 30 seconds. Post game stretching is also just as important to prevent muscles from cramping up and to reduce risk of injury.

Tape Ankles, Knees and other Joints. To avoid ankles turning the wrong way and other joints from being open to injuries, many athletes will tape their ankles or knees before games. This ensures better stability and control without worrying about suffering a painful and possibly game-ending sprain or fracture.

Wear proper footwear and equipment. Use well-fitting cleats designed for the surface you will be playing on. Molded cleats are believed to be safer than screw-in cleats unless playing on poor, wet field conditions. Shin guards should be lightweight and cover the area from your ankle to your knee, preferably with padded ankle protection.

Prevent warts, athletes foot and other fungus by always wearing waterproof shoes in public showers and change rooms - common breading grounds for bacteria.