The warm weather is here, and Spring has Sprung!  It’s time to get those tootsies ready to be bared.  If this thought brings you anxiety, read on… 

So, why do some peoples’ feet smell worse than others?!   Well, let’s delve into that…  First of all, a big culprit of stinky feet is wearing shoes without socks!  Without the cotton barrier that most socks provide, the feet can sweat more, without anything to absorb the sweat except the shoe itself.  So essentially mixing the material in shoes with sweat in your feet may sometimes not give us such a pleasant smell.  

Next, a big culprit of stinky feet is plain and simple hygiene.  If you’re not lathering those tootsies up on a daily basis, you are more likely to develop a nasty odor emitting from them than someone who does.  As the feet tend to be confined in shoes a lot of the time, it gives them more of an opportunity to sweat.  As we know, sweat doesn’t always have the best smell associated with it.  Since our feet tend to sweat a lot in the shoes we wear-especially if we live in a warm climate or are athletes.

But don’t fret, you can do some things on a regular basis to try to get rid of those stinky feet.  Here are some helpful tricks…

  • Wash your feet daily, or twice daily with antibacterial soap
  • Use powder in your shoes, a regular baby powder or a medicated powder
  • Wear cotton socks all the time
  • Go barefoot at home
  • Spray your shoes with Lysol… Do this on a regular basis to kill any fungus that may be lingering there
  • Have your feel checked out by your podiatrist, to rule out problems like Athlete’s Foot, or foot and toenail fungus
  • If you have particularly stinky sneakers, wash them in the washing machine weekly
  • If there are shoes that cannot be washed that are omitting a stench, you can put them in a plastic bag and put them in the freezer overnight!  This kills bacteria and can get rid of the smell…

Hope these little tidbits helped… No one should have to be embarrassed by taking their shoes off.  If you need help with any foot issue, or feel like you’ve tried all these things and your feet are still smelly, give Dr. Ricketti a call.  He, and Dr. Skokan are available to help you at their convenient Hamilton Square location in NJ.

Our feet carry us everywhere!  Over a lifetime, our feet cover thousands of miles.  Although, they are often overlooked.  Typically, the only time we really pay attention to them is when they force us to pay attention, right?  When they feel tired, sore, dry, itchy, or even ulcerated, or afflicted with bunions, warts, or athlete’s foot- this is when we MUST attend to their needs.  When our tootsies aren’t in tip top shape, they can cause the rest of the body stress from being constantly irritated.  Usually, these problems stem from many different sources, ranging from dehydration, mineral deficiencies, heredity, and diabetes.  So, isn’t it great that we can treat some of our foot ailments with essential oils?

Here are some essential oils that can be used to help our feet, and what we should use them for:

  • Tea tree essential oil:  Can be used to deodorize and has anti-fungal properties.
  • Peppermint essential oil:  helpful in purifying the skin, increasing circulation, and promoting new cell growth… it also has a nice cooling effect-good for sweaty feet, or just a nice treat on a hot day!
  • Olive oil:  is rich in vitamins and minerals… it has wound healing properties and is a great disinfectant.
  • Tea tree oil:  has powerful antiseptic properties…it can clean, disinfect, and reduce pain when placed directly on cuts and scrapes… it can also be used for Athlete’s foot, blisters, fungal infections, cold sores, burns, infected wounds, rashes, warts and insect bites! The only down-side to tea tree oil is that is can cause skin irritation and drying in some instances, depending on the person’s sensitivity level.  It is a good idea to dilute it if you are sensitive…
  • German chamomile:  Has strong anti-inflammatory properties, as well as being analgesic… it can help with burns, inflammation, rashes and wounds on the feet.
  • Eucalyptus:  has anti-viral properties and is a very powerful bactericidal…it is great for helping with tired feet, as it’s great when massaged into sore muscles.

So, give some of these a try for your foot ailments, but when things are more serious and can’t be tended to at home, give Drs. James Ricketti and Stephen Skokan a call.  They are ready to help you at their convenient Hamilton Square, NJ office.

 

 

Do you wear shoes that hurt your feet in the name of fashion? Many people are guilty of this.  But what are the worst shoes for your feet out there?  The first shoes that come to mind when I think of foot pain are stilettos!  And these days, stilettos are getting higher and higher.  Stilettos are one of the obvious culprits for foot issues- they can lead to everything from ankle sprains to chronic pain.  High heels in general are notorious for leading to a bony deformity known as a “pump bump”.  High heels, no matter their height, often cause a painful knot on the back of the heel that leads to swelling, bursitis, blisters, and stress pain in the Achilles tendon.

When shoes cause pain to their wearer, it is typically because the shoe forces the feet into a position that puts stress on various areas of the feet.  Too much pressure can inflame the foot bones and the nerves that surround them.  Chronic stress to the foot bones can lead to things like hairline fractures.  A good idea if you are suffering from any of the above issues and you suspect your shoes are the cause- go low!  Choose heels that are no more than 2 inches high, and only wear them in moderation.  If you must wear high heels more regularly, try chunky heels.  Chunky heels have more surface area that distributes weight more evenly, and helps stabilize the foot.  They are better than stilettos, as they are sturdier.  Thicker heels still put stress on the ball of the foot, but they can reduce the tripping factor, which may avoid a sprain.

If you feel that your ankle may be sprained, you should go see a podiatrist.  A sprained ankle should be immobilized and may need physical therapy to heal properly.  If unattended, you risk developing osteoarthritis with a severe sprain or fracture of the ankle.

Dr. Ricketti and Dr. Stephen Skokan are conveniently located in Hamilton Square, NJ.  Call them for any foot or ankle issue you may be having, they are ready to get you back on your feet as soon as possible!

Growing up, my dad never liked to take his shoes and socks off.  It was due to the fact that he had terrible looking feet… deformed with hammertoes and claw toes.  That and the bunions and calluses on his feet really didn’t make for a pretty sight.  Knowing what I know now, though, I wish I could’ve encouraged him to see a podiatrist for his many foot afflictions.  He was one of the many out there who just deal with foot issues, and never have them treated.  If he had seen a doctor a few times, perhaps he would’ve been comfortable walking around barefoot once in a while!

So, what is a hammertoe or a claw toe?  Well, it’s a condition in which a deformity that happens to one of the toe muscles that becomes weak and puts pressure on the toe’s tendons and joints.  This pressure forces the toe to stick up at the joint, and be misshapen.  There is usually a corn or callus on top of the deformed toe, as well.  The outgrowth can cause pain to the person when it rubs against the shoe.

Claw toes are hammertoes that are bent at the end joints, as well as the middle joints (hammertoes are bent only at the middle joints).  Your doctor will further categorize the form of hammertoe you have, based on whether the affected toe is flexible, semi-rigid or rigid.  If the toe is very rigid it is usually the most painful. 

Why do people get these things?!  Typically genes play a big part.  The foot type you’re born with predisposes you to developing this type of joint deformity over a lifetime.  An underlying medical condition or your shoes can also make you susceptible to developing one of these deformities of the toes.

 So, what can you do if you have them?  Surgery is the best way to permanently fix a hammertoe.  The simple procedure your podiatrist does straightens the toe, which makes shoes fit better.  Your foot will also be getting a “make-over”, so it will definitely look more attractive after the procedure!  Other things you can do besides surgery are: 

  • wear sensible shoes
  • use a pumice stone
  • foot exercises that your podiatrist can recommend

 If you are suffering from hammertoe or claw toe and the unfortunate by-products of these conditions, suffer no longer!  Call Drs. James Ricketti and Stephen Stokan.  Their convenient Hamilton Square location in New Jersey is easy to get to and their hours are very patient accommodating.  Don’t feel embarrassed by your feet any more ­- Drs. Ricketti and Stokan can help!

Many people enjoy many different sports.  Some are walkers, some run, some play basketball, football, soccer, lacrosse, hockey, ice skating, skiing, gymnastics, etc. etc. etc.  The list is long of the various sports people enjoy!  Sports are a great way to get our energy out and keep fit.  However, there are common foot injuries that occur from the strain on our feet and ankles due to many of these sports.  What to do?!  Take some easy precautions to begin with, as the fear of hurting one’s feet will not stop most people from engaging in the sports one loves- (nor should it!)

So, there are some smart moves that athletes can make to avoid common foot injuries from happening in the first place!  Many of them relate to choosing appropriate footwear for the specific sport they are engaging in.  Here are some recommendations for appropriate footwear related to the sport you are doing:

  • Basketball, Tennis, and Volleyball:  wear thick, stiff soled shoes that provide support for impact.  They should have high ankle construction that supports the ankle!  They should also be lighter, and have less midsole support (for volleyball).
  • Soccer: wear shoes with a good quality foot-bed, which provides proper support for the arch.  The stud type should be suited for the ground that will be played on most often on: soft, hard, firm, or turf.  The cleats should be molded rubber.
  • Football and Lacrosse:  Appropriate footwear should have a good amount of high ankle support!  They should allow for proper traction on a grassy field (which isn’t always dry!)  It’s a good idea to stay away from hand-me-downs in this case (with cleats) as ill-fitting cleats increase the risk of ankle injuries to the wearer.
  • Baseball and Softball:  Footwear should offer support to prevent arch pain, sometimes customized shoe inserts can help alleviate pain.  It’s a good idea to try “multi-cleats” for kids that are within the 11-15 yr. old range, to avoid heel pain.
  • Running:  Footwear should provide excellent shock absorption to help runners avoid injury.  Footwear should match your foot’s arch type- your podiatrist can measure your feet to let you know what type to look for.  Running shoes should be replaced every 6-8 months or so.

If you follow these guidelines for proper footwear according to sport-type, you will hopefully avoid foot injuries.  However, if you find yourself with a sports-related foot injury (or any foot injury or issue, for that matter), Drs. James Ricketti and Stephen Skokan are here to help.  Call us for an appointment at our conveniently located Hamilton Square, NJ location.

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