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Strategies for Stinky Shoes

Are stinky shoes a problem in your household? It’s a lot harder for us to notice our bodily scents than it is for others to notice. While you may just be realizing it today, the person that sat next to you on the bus last week might have been well aware. What even causes our shoes to reek? Carrollton Foot Center has one word: moisture. This could be from sweat, walking in the rain, anything that might get your shoes wet. When they’re not properly aerated after exposure to moisture, this leaves the moisture (sweat, water, etc.) to sit and grow the bacteria necessary to cause odors. This bacteria can even contribute to infections when exposed to broken skin or lead to developing the fungi responsible for athlete’s foot. If you’re lucky enough to catch it early, there are quick and easy ways to reduce the stink your shoes might be causing.

Step One:

Unlace your shoes and take the insoles out. Put these into the wash with other clothing items on a gentle, low cycle – often labeled as a ‘delicate’ cycle. If possible, use regular, unscented detergent and air dry them after they’re done washing. While it’s no doubt that our insoles can hold a lot of stink, you would be surprised at the capability of shoelaces to hold odor!

Step Two:

Tap the soles of your shoes together outside to loosen up debris. Get a basin of lukewarm water and add some dye-free, unscented detergent to it. Mix it thoroughly. Get a soft-bristled scrubbing brush and dip its bristles into the water. Using the scrubbing brush, gently scrub away any remaining debris.

Step Three:

Using the same cleaning solution in step two, dampen a cloth into the mixture. After wringing out your cloth, use it to dab and rub away stains and smudges. This can take some elbow grease! Once all the spots are gone, wring out the cloth and soak up excess moisture. Leave them to dry in a ventilated area overnight.

And voila! Your shoes will be rid of a considerable amount of dirt, debris, and bacteria that can cause odors to form. Your feet will thank you immediately! For other tips and foot issues, reach out to Dr. Lilly Khavari and schedule your appointment at our location in Carrollton, Texas which serves Denton, Dallas and Collin Counties. Call us today at 469-998-3668.

Ready, Set, HIKE!

Are you hoping to get out and about on the trails for a hike this summer season? If you haven’t already, start planning! Texas is fast approaching the time of year when hiking is best done very early in the morning or not at all due to the heat. There are several benefits to hiking when it comes to our health and wellbeing, however just like anything else, there are risks, too.

Hiking Risks & Benefits

Hiking can be an easy way to get yourself hurt. As an activity, hiking relies primarily on your feet and ankles to get you around the trails you’re exploring. Most instances of hiking related injuries happen to involve the person’s feet or ankles due to walking on rough, slippery, soft, or uneven terrain. When you’re out hiking, you are much more exposed to potentially harmful parts of nature: jagged sticks and rocks that can lead to cuts and scrapes, as well as poison ivy or insects that can cause intense itching, scratching, and potentially lead to infection.

If you ask us, the benefits outweigh the risks – especially when you take the time to prepare for these situations before going on a hike! There are plenty of ways we can prepare ahead of time to help make our next hiking trip even more safe and exciting:

  • Research your trails ahead of time. What terrains will you be walking on?
  • What’s the weather going to be like? Is it better to go early before it gets hot?
  • Have you purchased a first aid kit yet?
  • Will you have enough water, or access to refill your water containers?
  • Do you have a plan in case of emergency, like falling and hurting your ankle?
  • Are your shoes appropriate for your hike?

Sandals can be more comfortable and allow better airflow, but this leaves them vulnerable to insect bites, cuts and scrapes, and sunburn. We hope these questions you can ask yourself before a hike will help you be better prepared for your next adventure! Remember, any foot or ankle aches or pains that last longer than a day or two after your hike shouldn’t go ignored. Call us today at (469) 998-FOOT (3668) to set up an appointment with Dr. Lily Khavari at Carrollton Foot Center in Carrollton, Texas.  We proudly serve Denton, Dallas and Collin Counties.

 

Foot Safety This Fall

Are you keeping your feet in mind this fall when it comes to foot safety? With the passing of the hot, humid season, it can be easy for us to linger on the comfort of incoming cooler, more comfortable weather. With that cooler, more comfortable weather comes gusts of wind that help trees relieve themselves of their leaves and rainfall that turns those leaves into a hazard. How?

After a few weeks of being left on the ground to pile up, their interactions with water and dirt trigger the process of decomposition. In summary, those leaves then start to break apart into a slimy, slippery substance meant to fertilize the land for seasons to come.

When they become slimy and slippery, this can pose a risk to anyone walking on them. The danger of wet leaves is even more important to note if you have any foot or ankle issues, like weakened ankles due to repeated sprains, or tender, painful conditions like plantar fasciitis and bunions.

Ways to avoid unnecessary injury and discomfort this fall season

Invest in GREAT shoes – there is a lot that goes into what makes shoes great rather than just good. Good shoes can be comfortable, but great shoes are comfortable, supportive, and offer textured soles to increase your grip in slippery climates.

Avoid trouble areas – when and where possible, try to avoid walking through pathways littered with wet leaves, mud, or puddles. If and when you have to walk through a risky area, grab something to help stabilize you.

Tools of the trade – be sure to utilize the best tool of them all when it comes to keeping your foot and ankle health a top priority: your podiatrist! Dr. Lilly Khavari offers several types of advanced treatment methods, like bone stimulation, shockwave therapy, and custom orthotics. These tools can treat a range of conditions, from osteoarthritis pain to plantar fasciitis and fallen arches.

Want to feel more prepared this fall? Give us a call today at (469) 998-3668 to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Khavari at Carrollton Foot Center in Carrollton, Texas.

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