Spring is well and truly here and summer is not far away! As the weather improves and the mercury rises our feet come out of hibernation and into the sunshine!
If you are anything like most people, your feet have been hidden away in socks and boots all winter, and spring can be a bit daunting when it comes to your feet. As we pull our summer favourites out of the wardrobe, out too come pretty strappy sandals and open toed pumps.
Are you embarrassed to get your feet out due to unsightly nails, hard or dry skin? Now is the time to get them sorted prior to the party season so you can step out with your best foot forward.
Are your nails discoloured or thickened?
Are they crumbling and looking more like claws?
The health and appearance of our nails can be effected by a number of factors. Lack of sunshine, excessive use of nail polish or shellac, and fungal infections or trauma.
After the huge response I got from my “Foot Survival Guide” last year.. I have decided to do the same again with a few extra hints and tips. Enjoy the Spring Racing Carnival and don’t let sore feet spoil your day!
THE MELBOURNE Spring Racing Carnival is now just around the corner and women all over Melbourne are searching for the perfect outfit and matching headwear. This is an exciting time of year in Melbourne when we start to feel the warmth of the sun again after a wet and windy winter. The roses are blooming at Flemington and everyone is gearing up for the party season. What a beautiful time of year!
Is it difficult to find a Chiropodist (or Podiatrist) in your area of Melbourne?
Trying to decide if you need to see a Chiropodist or a Podiatrist?
Well we can let you in on a little secret.......Podiatrists and Chiropodists are the same thing now!
In Australia, before 1977, Podiatrist were known as Chiropodists. It was decided that the official name should be changed to Podiatrist; to reflect the increase in educuation and range of services provided by Chiropodists(Podiatrists).
Unfortunately, you see it every year. Girls walking out of the races, after a long hard day of standing up in bad shoes, barefoot with shoes in hand.
Not only is this dangerous, with the potential for injury from standing on broken glass, it's not a good look!
How to Stop Smelly Feet?
- Sweaty or Smelly feet (Bromhidrosis) are a really common condition. Basically when your feet sweat a lot, it allows bacteria to form on the surface of your skin. Which can cause an odour.
There are a few things you can do, that can make a really big difference to your smelly feet. Often it is not actually your feet that smell bad, but your shoes and socks, as they soak up all the sweat.
I thought it would be helpful to put together this list of things you can do to prevent smelly feet, so here it is:
Wow – it’s been a busy, busy month! It feels like I have been working every second of every day.
You see, next month I open my very first Melbourne Podiatry Clinic [more information about that soon]. After working as a Podiatrist for many years, for some really great people, I decided the timing and opportunity were right for me to open my very own clinic. I’ve agreed to rent a room, in an already established Physiotherapy Clinic, which is in close proximity to the local shops and a doctor’s surgery. This way it’s a little less scary than going completely out on my own.
So I have been busy deciding which chair to buy, comparing prices of podiatry medical suppliers, reading about the different types of sterilising equipment and looking at all the cool office furniture you can get!
Ever wondered how to avoid cracked heels?
Dry and cracking heels are a huge problem over the summer months and can lead to nasty infections. There are 3 things you can do to help minimise/improve your dry heels over the summer months:
I have recently seen Channel 7's Today Tonight replaying this episode covering the hygiene standards of nail salons. Unfortunately, I have seen a few patients come in with similar complaints to the one's shown in this episode.
If you are visiting these kinds of places, always ask what type of sterilization they perform on their equipment. Sterilization needs to occur on equipment after every single patient. This is what your Podiatrist, by law, must do. If the nail salon doesn't sterilize equipment after each patient with an Autoclave, the odds of contracting a fungal infection increase.
Written by Leah Waters