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What Shoes Do We Wear On Our Feet During Summer?

Without a doubt come summer time I always get asked “what shoes do you wear during summer?” Often the answer is… you guessed it, THONGS!

As we all want to avoid wearing closed in shoes that make our feet sweaty, hot and uncomfortable it’s an easy choice to want to throw on a pair of our trusty thongs.

So why don’t we like you wearing thongs?

Typically, when wearing thongs, you may notice that as your feet are exposed they will often dry out causing calluses and cracks to develop especially on the heels as a result of the harsh temperatures and dry heat. Over time if left untreated, this could lead to deep fissures causing pain and potential infection to occur.

With all open toed shoes, you are more at risk of stubbing your toes or tripping over as your feet will try to grip onto the shoes to enable you to balance. In doing this it can also lead to the toes clawing with over time causes the muscles within your feet to become restricted.

The majority of thongs are made out of flexible materials that often provide no support, with a thin strap that attempts to hold your feet in.

So what is the solution if thongs are so bad for your feet!

Shoes such as Birkinstocks or Archies could be the perfect option for you! They are a more sensible, comfortable and podiatrist approved shoe that provides you with comfort and support for your arches!

It should be advised that it is recommended that you speak to your podiatrist prior to buying any of these shoes to ensure that they are suitable to your foot type and needs.

This article was written by Lauren, one of our skilled Podiatrists. To book in with Lauren either give us a call or book online and select ‘Lauren’ as your practitioner.

Call us on 8645 9888 or,

Why Is It Important To Wear Thongs Around The Pool And In The Showers?

With pool and holiday season finally upon us it’s important to make sure that we are pulling out the thongs from the back of the cupboard to avoid picking up any nasties.

‘So what exactly are these nasties?’  you might ask.

Well, I am referring to those dreaded fungal infections of the skin and nails known as tinea pedis and onychomycosis.

Fungal infections will typically occur as a result of showering and walking on warm damp surfaces that fungus loves to breed on. By wearing thongs we reduce the chances of this occurring.

Typically it has been found that those who swim and walk around barefoot are more prone to developing fungal infection. If you think that you may have picked up a fungal infection recently you may notice the following symptoms occurring:

  • Itchy skin
  • Flaky skin especially between the toes and the balls of the feet
  • Small red dots which sometimes may appear as if filled with pus
  • Disclouration of your nails to a yellowish/ brown colour
  • Increased thickness to the nails

So if you or someone you know is about to travel and they enjoy the pools, this summer make sure you remind them to wear thongs or shoes to avoid developing a fungal infection.

Or if you have developed  fungal infection but are unsure about the best way to fight it off, book in today for an assessment.

 

This article was written by Lauren, one of our skilled Podiatrists. To book in with Lauren either give us a call or book online and select ‘Lauren’ as your practitioner.

You can call us on 8645 9888 or,

What Do We Think About Wearing Thongs in Summer?

Being in Australia, thongs, also known as flip flops, are a type of shoe that nearly everyone owns and uses at some point during the year. Whether it be wearing thongs to the beach, around the pool or on a daily basis in summer or winter.

We want to look at what these thongs are doing to our feet.

Wearing thongs gives the feet no arch or heel support and causes the toes to claw or grip onto the thong and hold it on as we walk.  Therefore, we are changing our gait style and causing the thong to slip off our feet.

Sometimes you can see people not exactly with their foot sitting over the thong but on the inside or outside of the thong. Overall wearing thongs for long periods and even some short periods can cause a myriad of issues including;

 

  •         Heel pain
  •         Blisters
  •         Shin pain
  •         Retracted digits
  •         Change in gait style
  •         Hard skin formation
  •         Muscle pain and aches
  •         Shooting pain in the legs
  •         Pain in the ball of the foot
  •         Pain in-between the toes

 

In some cases, podiatrists will suggest you wear thongs but when is this the case?

  •         Around public pools to protect the bottom of the feet from bacterial and fungal infections
  •         In public showers to protect the bottom of the feet from bacterial and fungal infections

 

Finally, we do not suggest wearing thongs as a day to day shoe or a sometimes shoe, it is important to wear a good, comfortable and supportive shoe and only allow yourself to wear thongs when you are around pools to prevent any nasty tinea infections.

 

If you are suffering from any foot issues or are wishing to get some advice on suitable footwear. Don’t hesitate to come visit our friendly podiatrists who will assess and address any issues for you and your needs. 

 

This article was written by Alex, one of our skilled Podiatrists. To book in with Alex either give us a call or book online and select ‘Alexandra’ as your practitioner.

You can call us on 8645 9888 or,

 

Get You Feet Summer Ready: How To Eliminate Dry – Cracked Heels?

With the warmer weather finally here, it’s time to make sure that you are looking after your feet, to avoid them being dry and cracked. Especially your heels! While you often put your dry feet down to exposure to warm weather, there may be other contributing factors that are associated with your dry cracked heels.

The most common cause of cracked and dry feet typically occurs due to a lack of moisturise. Your heels have a decreased amount of sweat glands compared to the rest of your feet. This tends to lead to the skin becoming rough and dry. The fatty pads that present around your heels help to support the skin from becoming soft. So when there is a decrease in fatty padding, you may notice that your skin becomes drier. When your skin becomes extremely dry, this can result in cracks occurring, also known as fissures, as a result of reduced elasticity of the skin.

Typically, these symptoms can be exacerbated by:

1. Deficiencies in vitamins, minerals and zinc

2. Pressure going through your foot due to standing for extended periods of time while working, exercising or simply being at home

3. Aging skin reduces elasticity; resulting in a higher incidence of cracking occurring

4. Obesity leads to increased pressure on the fat pads, which results to in skin losing its flexibility

5. Exposing footwear such as open back sandals and shoes that will cause the fatty padding to expand sideways under the heel; increasing the chances of fissures occurring

6. Hygiene

7. When standing in water for prolonged periods of time this can lead to natural oils being removed from the skin; leading the skin to become drier

8. Poorly fitting footwear that can impact on your gait leading to a change in your walking posture

9. Genetics; in which other family members may also suffer from naturally dry skin and calluses around the heels

Once you have established the cause of your cracked heels, an appropriate treatment plan can be put into place. It is important to make sure that you are applying moisturiser to your feet daily. Typically, it has been found that apply emollient at night always better absorption into the skin. While applying emollient to your feet is often a crucial component of preventing dry and cracked heels, it is important to make sure on warm and windy days to avoid wearing shoes that expose the back of your heels. This will prevent them from drying out too quickly.

Regular podiatry visits to reduce calluses occurring and provide hydrating skin treatments, are beneficial to ensure that your feet are summer ready for the rest of the season.

If you have been experiencing dry, cracked heel come and visits us at Medical Pedicure for an assessment with our friendly Podiatrist’s who can provide an appropriate treatment plan for your heels needs. You can make an appointment by calling 8645 9888 or book online here.

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Dry Cracked Heels: How to Get Your Feet Ready For Summer

 

Are you afraid to tuck into your summer shoes? Or does the thought of anybody noticing those dry, cracked heels terrify you? Keep reading to find out how to get your feet ready for its big debut!

 

Dry skin can result from internal and external factors. External factors like the weather and certain types of footwear that exposes large amounts of skin e.g. sandals and thongs can definitely increase the likelihood of dry skin. Another way to hydrate the skin is from within the body. Did you know the skin is an organ? Well, think of water as it’s fuel to keep it viable and living. Without adequate consumption of water, your skin will definitely show signs of dryness. So keep that water bottle close and drink like your life depends on it!

 

Healthy nails
Do you have a nail that just doesn’t look right? It could be a fungal infection. If you haven’t got around to getting your nails checked by a Podiatrist this is probably the time! Fungal infections are notorious for spreading to other nail/skin so better to get in fast!

 

Foot bath
Take this time to relax and soak your feet in your favourite bath salts! This is the perfect time to get out your pumice stone and get scrubbing! Get rid of all that dead skin around the heels until your left with soft, supple skin.

 

Moisturising
The last step of the process hoorah! Any sort of cream will do but bonus points for those that have intense moisture heel balms. Lather your foot in this goodness and apply a sock. Let your feet soak in the cream for a couple hours or leave it on overnight. You’ll be thanking me how soft your feet are!

 

Give these a crack and put forward some pretty feet!

 

As always, your friendly podiatrists from Medical Pedicure can help you with the aforementioned if you’d prefer to leave it to the professionals! Call our friendly staff today on 8645 9888 or you can book an appointment online here and treat yourself to one of our luxurious Medical Pedicure treatments for this coming summer.