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By Grand Central Foot Care
May 18, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

Foot odor can be a sign of an infection or a hereditary problem with sweating more than you need to. Either way foot odor can be embarrassing and uncomfortable when it comes to the social scene.

How can I avoid foot odor?

Soaking your feet is a viable solution and there are a few ingredients right in your kitchen that will work well. Preventing foot order can also aid in avoiding Athlete’s foot or other fungal problems.

Strong black tea has a type of acid that kills bacteria and closes the pores that can help keep your feet dryer longer. Two tea bags per pint of boiling water should do it.

Simple vinegar and water goes a long way. Vinegar is a diluted form of acetic acid and is multipurposed. Our tired aching feet can stink worse than vinegar but the difference is it has an antifungal quality that is beneficial. If it’s safe enough to eat then it is safe enough for your feet.

Epsom salt can neutralize odor plus sooth aching feet. It is easy to find in your local market and very inexpensive. Mix it with some steaming hot water and you can relax your feet while killing odor.

Rosemary and Sage (you don’t really need the parsley but you could use the time) Again, you have another antibacterial ingredient right in your kitchen or in this case, your garden. They both have antifungal and antiviral properties and can be an astringent which minimizes the production of sweat. Steep for a bit in boiling water and soak your feet for 30 minutes.

What can I do if soaks don’t make the grade?

There are many other options to help your feet so don’t despair. Here are some tips from the experts.

  • Remove your shoes whenever you can and let your feet air out.
  • Wash your shoes regularly but throw them away if they don’t come clean.
  • Rotate your shoes and give them a chance to dry out on their own.
  • Use cedar insoles when your shoes are in the closet. The natural oils have antibacterial and antifungal properties.
  • A light coating of baking soda in your socks will make a big difference.
  • Change your socks everyday especially when they are wet.
  • Wearing sandals or open toes shoes will allow air to circulate in and around your toes. Let the sun and the breeze be your natural dryer. 

If you suffer from smelly feet give Les GLubo, DPM at Grand Central Foot Care a call at 212-697-3293 and make an appointment. Our office is conveniently located on 42nd street can offer solutions to solve your disorder permanently.

 

 

By Grand Central Foot Care
May 10, 2017
Category: Senior Foot Care

Aging is a part of everyone’s life and experts will tell us that foot problems can be one of the first signs that your feet need different care then we have been used to in the past.  It is important to pay attention to your feet and look to a podiatrist as soon as a problem arises. Grand Central Foot Care understands podiatry no matter what stage of life your feet are in.

Here are some tips for you or your loved ones:

  • Create a foot care kit to have handy when you need it.
  • Shoes are very important if you are still mobile ~ they should fit comfortably with a wide toe box and arch support along with adequate cushioning in the sole.
  • Wear clean and dry socks every day.
  • Clean your feet every day with warm water and soap and pat them dry over harsh towel rubbing.
  • Keep your nails clipped straight across the tip of the nail.
  • Inspect your feet often checking them for any color change or unusual cuts, bumps, nail distortion or bruises.
  • Moisturize your feet but make sure it doesn’t collect between your toes.
  • Avoid socks with elastic tops or rough ridges if your leg or foot turns black or blue.

There are noticeable changes that occur as we age that are pause for concern. Early warning signs in elderly foot care can be helpful as well as staying active.

Here are some signs that you may need different care:

  • Reduced sensation to pain or very hot/cold temperature.
  • Foot injuries that don’t seem to heal.
  • Unusual numbness or cramping in feet.
  • If feet are in pain while walking but are relieved when rested.

Feet that are healthy and pain free help you to keep your balance. Good balance prevents falls which is a major cause for injury and hospitalization in seniors. Wearing socks at night if your feet are cold and elevating your feet when sitting can help with swelling. 

If you have ankle pain do not ignore it and let Dr. Les Glubo have a look and evaluate your injury. We have a conveniently located office on 42nd street in New York City and can be reached for an appointment at 212-697-3293.  Let our team keep your feet young

By Grand Central Foot Care
May 10, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Pain   Heel Pain   Bunions  

Dr. Les Glubo and Dr. Dawn Figlo, see a variety of foot-related problems at their practice in New York, NY. Some of the most common foot issuesproblems their patient's experience are bunions, heel pain and general foot pain. Below, our podiatrists describe the symptoms associated with these conditions and how they typically treat them.

Bunions

Bunions look like a growth on the inside of the feet just below the big toe, but they're actually a joint deformity that happens gradually. Women more commonly get bunions than men, which is thought to be because of high heels and other narrowly-fitted shoes that distort the shape of the foot from years of wear. Wider shoes and padded inserts can help accommodate bunions, although your New York foot doctor may suggest surgery to restructure the feet of patients with painful and restrictive bunions.

Heel pain

The precise location of heel pain - either at the bottom of the foot or behind it - often helps your New York foot doctor make a diagnosis of either plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis, two very common causes of heel pain. Both are caused by inflammation of tissues that connect the bones and muscles of the feet, although plantar fascia pain is usually felt on the sole of the foot, while Achilles tendinitis strikes the back. These conditions typically hurt worst in the morning or after a long period of sitting and get better as the day goes on but can progress if treatment - usually rest and specialized shoe inserts - isn't sought out. Other treatment options include orthotics and stretching exercises. In cases that don't respond to previous treatment options, we may recommend ultrasound-guided cortisone injections.

Foot pain

The foot is a complex structure made up of 24 different bones and hundreds of muscles, tendons and ligaments. Therefore, foot pain can be caused by a number of different issues. To diagnose foot pain, your New York foot doctor tries to determine the location where the pain originated. For example, pain in the ball of the foot (the front, behind the toes) can be due to inflammation from ill-fitting shoes or impact injuries from sports. Heel pain, as discussed previously, is often associated with plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis. Pain in the middle of the foot, the arch, can be an anatomical issue with the way the arch is formed. Toe pain is often due to ingrown toenails, although arthritis or a deformity of the joints known as hammertoes or claw toes are also possible causes.

If you have one of these foot problems - or any other issue with your feet - please don't hesitate to contact your foot doctors in New York City: Dr. Glubo and Dr. Figlo. We'd be happy to schedule an appointment for you!

By Grand Central Foot Care
May 04, 2017
Tags: Ankle Pain  

Chronic pain tells us that it is recurring and can become a nuisance when it comes to participating in daily activities or exercise programs. It mainly effects the outside part of the ankle and can be a result of a bad ankle sprain or fracture. The ankle joint is where the leg meets the foot and is responsible for the up and down motion of your feet. While it may be challenging to diagnose this condition, it shows up in ways that you won’t be able to ignore.

What causes Lateral Ankle Pain?

  • Having suffered repeated ankle sprains and having an incomplete healing
  • Inflammation of the joint lining or a nerve injury
  • Torn or inflamed tendons
  • Fracture in the ankle bone
  • Scar tissue in the ankle that puts pressure on the ligaments

How will I know if I have this condition?

  • Numbness, tingling or stiffness
  • Inability to put weight on it or not being able to balance without pain
  • Bruises, redness and burning
  • Distinct pain that is not reacting well to treatment
  • Swelling and tenderness around the ankle

What can I do to avoid this injury?

  • Losing unnecessary weight to reduce stress on your ankles
  • Avoid wearing high heels for long periods of time
  • Stretch your ankles before exercising
  • Wear shoes that provide support and fit right for the activity you are involved in

How can it be treated?

  • Physical therapy may be recommended
  • Over the counter anti-inflammatory medication
  • A cast or a brace could be ordered by your doctor
  • Rest, Ice and Elevation is important right after the injury

It may not seem serious when you first twist your ankle therefore, it may go undiagnosed for a while until the pain continues. It is best to have it looked at right away as to not create more problems. A proper and speedy diagnosis is important and can ultimately avoid the chronic pain, hence the chronic lateral ankle pain. If you have ankle pain do not ignore it and let Dr. Les Glubo have a look and evaluate your injury. We have a conveniently located office on 42nd street in New York City and can be reached for an appointment at 212-697-3293.  Let’s take the chronic pain out of the lateral ankle!

 

By Grand Central Foot Care
April 27, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

This is technically a skin disease that is caused by a fungus which grows in between the toes.  Fungus will always thrive in dark, warm and moist places waiting to attack and breed. Sounds scary, doesn’t it? Well it can be when the symptoms kick in and the itching and inflammation turn into blisters that spread from your toes to your soles.

Don’t despair as there are preventative measures you can take when you are in public pools, locker rooms and showers or just wearing shoes that suffocate your feet. These tips can help to avoid Athlete’s foot

  • Avoid going barefoot in public places, especially where there is stagnant water.
  • Use powder in your shoes to reduce perspiration throughout the day.
  • Pick shoes that are light and airy to give your feet fresh air as they are moving and sweating excessively.
  • Cotton socks are the best material to buy but if you must wear a different fabric make sure to change them as soon as they become wet.

If you manage to contract Athlete’s foot there are some treatment options you can try from home. These treatments should be supervised by your doctor and if they do not show results in a day or two they need be examined by a podiatrist to stop the fungus from spreading.

  • Rub cornstarch on your feet before putting on your shoes.
  • Soak them in Hydrogen Peroxide a couple times each day.
  • Lemon Rinse will help with odor.
  • Use PVPI soak which stands for povidone-iodine or more commonly known as Betadine. It prevents infection in wounds and can help get rid of the fungi.
  • Garlic between your toes…. use the lemon rinse again after this one! The active compound in garlic stops the growth of the foot fungus. What have you got to lose at this point by making your feet smell worse than they already do.

Les J. Glubo, DPM practices in New York City on 42nd street and understands the conditions that your feet are exposed to daily, whether it be walking in the heat of the summer or coming in and out of the gym before or after work. If you suspect you may have Athlete’s foot or any other foot trouble, call us for an appointment at 212-697-3293 and let Grand Central Foot Care guide you towards healthy feet.

 





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