Posts for: December, 2018
We have had a recent influx of patients asking us to give them "Rihanna
That's right, they want their feet to look like Rihanna's. Well,
needless to say, we were quite surprised. When we started to do some
research we found that her feet have their own Instagram account.
People have come to covet the look of her toes, the contours of her arch
and the suppleness of her skin.
While this is extreme, we could all serve to care a little more about
our feet. Dry skin, ugly nails and deformed toes are not exactly
When you have a chance take look at Rihanna's feet. Maybe you will be
inspired to take better care of yours!
As the end of the year approaches we find ourselves bundling up in hats, gloves and scarves as well as turning on our seat warmers and
heat. Turning on our heat results in dry air inside our home which when combined with the lack of humidity outside finds us suffering from dry skin or xerosis.
Dry skin is most common in the winter months as well as with older individuals. Patients living with diabetes are also at an increased
risk due decreased sweat gland activity. Overbathing, central heat, cold, dry winters and dehydration can all contribute to red or white, flaky, cracked, peeling, painful skin.
Our skin needs moisture to stay smooth. Rough, dry skin is usually a minor problem but can be quite uncomfortable. Patients usually
present to our office this time of year with cracks in their heels (fissures) and calluses (thickened skin). Quick and easy ways to
improve your skin’s appearance and alleviate these symptoms is taking shorter showers and using a moisturizing, urea based cream daily.
Sometimes the thickened, dry skin needs to be shaved down to relieve some of the pressure and discomfort. This type of procedure should
never be attempted at home (bathroom surgery) nor a nail salon.
Gel socks, daily cream applications and regularly scheduled podiatric visits can help keep your feet happy this time of year.
In denial that summer is over? Another thing we lose in addition to the heat are our beloved flip flops during the winter months. Fear not! We might have just found a way out of packing away our flip flops this year! Etsy just released various varieties of hand-knitted socks that allow the heel and toes to remain exposed so that we can wear our flip flops!Now, one might think...why would anyone want to wear flip flops during the winter? Imagine being able to go for a pedicure with flip flops on during the winter and not fearing the possibility of your freshly pedicured nails smudging in boots! For all of our patients at Advanced Podiatry who love doing yoga, these hand-knitted socks are an excellent way of continuing what you love while staying warm and trendy! And since the holiday season is right around the corner, they also make great stocking stuffers!