How to Treat and Prevent Foot Odor

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Foot odor is annoying and embarrassing regardless of the climate you live in. Since odor is more prevalent during warm weather, your usual foot-washing routine may not be enough to clear up the problematic aroma. Fortunately, the problem can be treated with good hygiene and the proper footwear. By following these few simple suggestions, you can successfully keep your feet cooler, drier and less pungent.

Tips for Keeping Your Feet Clean

To start, get into the habit of exfoliating to remove excess dead skin cells once or twice per week; this will keep your feet from harboring bacteria, which is the generator of odor. Wash your feet with an antibacterial soap, tea-tree-oil based soap, or any mild soap of your choice daily.

Many items you can find around your kitchen will also help to clean and deodorize your feet. Cornstarch, baking soda, vinegar, salt and tea are cheap, easy and effective solutions that you likely already own. Try a few of the following to see which works best for you:

  • Two tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in warm water
  • Two tablespoons of cornstarch dissolved in warm water
  • Half cup of apple cider vinegar
  • Half cup table salt or Epsom salt dissolved in water
  • Five bags of tea, brewed (can be soaked using warm or cold tea)

After one of these relaxing soaks, dry your feet thoroughly, paying attention to the area between your toes, as moisture is the main culprit that creates the unpleasant smell. You can also give your feet a quick swipe with the deodorant you use under your arms. Note: apply deodorant to your feet at night before you go to sleep so that it has a chance to absorb into your skin and not create a slippery situation.

Sandals can help keep your feet cool and dry, but if your feet need to be covered, remember that leather and canvas are optimal materials for breathability. If you wear shoes with socks, try cotton or any socks that excel in moisture-wicking properties.

Give your shoes a break between wearings. Instead of wearing the same pair two days in a row, leave them at home with a few sprinkles of cornstarch, baking soda, talcum or medicated (such as antifungal) foot powder until you wear them again. Cedar chips, cedar balls, or dried sage leaves can also help deodorize your shoes.

Footwear etc. carries a variety of foot odor removal products, including sandal cleaners and deodorizers, Odor Away spray, shoe fresheners, and specialized insoles and shoe and foot odor removal products. Customers have found these to greatly aid in abating foot odor.

You don’t have to suffer with foot odor! If the problems persist after you try the aforementioned suggestions, speak with your doctor for further recommendations.

New Balance 980 Shoes: A Brand New Running Experience!

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If you’re looking for a new experience in running shoes, check out the New Balance 980. It contains a brand new technology called Fresh Foam, which is created from a single piece of foam. Why does this make a difference in your running experience? Read on….

New Balance had the sense to take actual runners’ data and incorporate that into a shoe that could suit their needs. Answering the calls for lightweight, stable, high performance running shoes, the 980 has shown it has what runners want.

The 980s have a lower midsole, to give you a more natural feel under your feet. Yet the Fresh Foam is very soft and stable. It has an approximately 4 mm drop as you run, and the outsole is made from blown rubber. The cushioning really sets this model apart from the rest. Some users have reported that it feels like you’re running on a cloud, or even cotton balls!

The breathable mesh definitely helps keep your feet cool and dry, a necessity in a high performance shoe. This is in keeping with a minimal upper, so the performance features really occur in the rest of the shoe.

Not only does the cushioning make a huge difference, there are no sew overlays on the mesh upper. This is important because there are no seams to potentially rub your feet and potentially irritate them.

There have been a lot of positive reviews in an assortment of running magazines, such as:

Awarded “Best Ride” in the Competitor Magazine Spring Shoe Guide (March 2014)
Awarded “Best Neutral Running Shoe” by Running Network (March 2014)
Featured in Prevention Magazine’s “2014 Awards, Sneaker Buying Guide” (April 2014)

Interested in a great new running shoe? Try out the New Balance 980s. See if they can help improve your performance as you enjoy the fabulous new technology. See them at footwearetc.com today!

How to Choose Your Shoes for Summer Travel

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As you firm up your travel plans for summer, thoughts on which shoes you’re going to bring and how you’re going to pack them are probably the furthest thing from your mind. However, it’s something to consider early on, lest you throw in any old pair that fits into your luggage and end up suffering blisters and sore feet throughout your whole vacation. Objectives for travel packing should include packing lightly, comfortably, seasonally, and stylishly – which is why it’s such a tough job to pack such a limited amount! Whether you’re hiking Mount Kilimanjaro, shopping Kensington High Street, or kicking a ball around beachside, here are a few considerations that will help you to feel relaxed and look presentable.

The most versatile set of shoes to pack are walking shoes; low profile, comfortable dress shoes; and a pair of special activity shoes such as flip-flops for the beach or hiking boots for trail walking.

Select Only the Most Comfortable Fit

Because comfort is priceless when you’re far away from home or on your feet for hours, preparation is key. If you just purchased a new pair to take with you, make sure you wear them for a long stretch prior to ensure they’ll feel as good during the fifth hour as they do during the first.

Additionally, use common sense: eschew a pointy-toed stiletto in favor of a dress shoe with a rounded toe, and switch out thin heels for a clog or platform. Choose the best textiles for the weather; a porous material like leather will help your feet breathe, and won’t be adverse to rain like suede.

Always keep practicality in the forefront of your mind when choosing what footwear to pack for nighttime. Travel is all about the unexpected and, if a series of events requires you to be on your feet for longer than you had anticipated, your choice to wear footwear with wobbly heels with delicate strap may haunt you. Therefore, strive to find shoes that have thicker heels, solid treading and a sturdy construction, like many of the options made by Dansko and Taos.

Style with Simple Picks

If your vacation involves jet-setting to a fashionable city, choose chic, simple, shoes with clean lines to go with as many articles of clothing as possible. The end goal is to select a pair that is sophisticated but ultimately very comfortable, such as a cute pair of flats with arch support, like the Women’s SoftWalk Napa. A variety of shoes will effortlessly transport you from the beach to dinner, and then for a long walk afterwards. Whether you opt for black or bright neon orange, select footwear will coordinate with the majority of your wardrobe. With this in mind, it may be wise to have your travel ensembles be similar to one another to make this task easier.

Anticipate Outdoor Adventures

When your vacation plans includes high adrenaline sports, recreational activities and other adventures, take care in selecting the proper footwear. When it comes to hiking boots in particular, there are a myriad of options in sole weight, water resistance and boot height. To ensure that your foot remains blister-free, try on the shoe with the boots unlaced, and move your foot forward inside the hiking boot. If you can’t slip your index finger between your heel and the back of the boot, it’s too small. Furthermore, consider the boot materials: Gore-Tex fabrics may be necessary for wetter, sportier trips that require waterproofing and breathability. For lighter hiking, rafting, or backpacking adventures, choose rugged, supportive sport sandals. For additional tips on selecting your outdoor hiking boots, click here.

Don’t forget to make the packing process as simple as possible: Wear the bulkiest pair of shoes while you travel to save room in your luggage.  Wrap your packed shoes in shoe bags, which will not only allow you to keep your clothing clean, but makes it easy to stuff those awkwardly shaped pairs into the corners of your suitcase. Hopefully these tips help in preparing you for your summer vacation!

 

Weekend Getaway Style Pin it to Win it!

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HOW TO ENTER:  Contest begins at 12:01 a.m. PST on July 7, 2014 and ends at 11:59 p.m. PST on August 1, 2014 (“Contest Term”).  How to enter during the Contest Term:

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How to Care for your Swollen Feet during Pregnancy

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As an expectant mother, you glow as your belly grows and are busy making obstetrics appointments and anxiously nesting away. However, as your list of bodily discomforts builds trimester by trimester, you may find that the pain and soreness make their way down to your toes.

Why Do Feet Swell During Pregnancy?

An overwhelming majority of women experience foot swelling during pregnancy, which usually worsens in the third trimester. The swelling is caused by the production of the hormone relaxin – which stretches ligaments throughout your body – in addition to the overproduction of fluids and water retention. The foot swelling that happens during pregnancy comes about due to gravity. Thankfully, there are several ways to ease the pain and annoyance of this condition. While swelling is a common side effect, it should always be discussed with your doctor, as certain symptoms and types of swelling could indicate preeclampsia, a serious pregnancy complication.

Shoe Styles to Look for When You Are Pregnant

For some, the increase in shoe size (typically a half to a whole size) experienced during pregnancy may be permanent. Whether or not your feet do eventually shrink, you will need new shoes to accommodate swelling and offer the support needed to combat discomfort and weight gain. Due to the relaxation of the ligaments, your arches may become lower, putting your feet in danger of overpronation.

Things to should look for in shoes to wear during pregnancy include: adequate cushioning to support your weight comfortably; arch support to avoid overpronation; breathability; and a large toe box (i.e. avoid pointed or narrow-toed shoes). Hook and loop closures are also extremely helpful to let you adapt to swelling over the course of a day, and allow you to adjust the tightness of your shoes as you need to. New Balance athletic or walking shoes are great for dealing with foot changes during pregnancy, as are Dansko clogs and Birkenstock sandals.

Exercises and Activities to Combat Swollen Feet

Standing and sitting for long periods of time can exacerbate the swelling (although standing for long periods is worse). For this reason, you should take a break from each activity at intervals. Other helpful exercises include stretching, fidgeting, and elevating your feet to keep the blood and fluid flowing. Going for a swim or even standing in a pool can also provide relief, and at night try sleeping on your side. Light exercise is typically prescribed by doctors: rotating, bending, and lifting your feet can prove beneficial, because improved circulation can help minimize swelling.

Avoid wearing tight clothing, and utilize support stockings or compression stockings specifically for maternity use. In general, you can help the condition by staying cool and applying a cold compress on your feet for short periods of time.

Foods to Help Prevent Foot Swelling

To avoid the water retention that contributes to swelling, drink plenty of water. Avoid too much salt, and keep your distance from licorice, processed foods, and caffeine. Enjoy foods that are water-rich and diuretic (celery, apples and citrus), as well as foods rich in potassium, like bananas.

How to Alleviate Foot Pain during Pregnancy

In addition to foot swelling, another common malady during pregnancy is foot pain. This is caused by the wide variety of changes occurring within your body that shifts your center of balance, in addition to the relaxation of the ligaments. One specific problem that can occur is plantar fasciitis, which is one of the most common causes of heel pain. Plantar fasciitis can only be diagnosed by a doctor; however, relief can be achieved by wearing closed-heel shoes with supportive heel and arch supports. Other home remedies include icing your feet as directed by your doctor, wearing orthotics, and keeping your feet rested and elevated.

Footwear Etc. offers many solutions for swollen, painful feet, including wide shoes and orthotics, adjustable straps, compression socks and sleeves, and special footwear, inserts, braces and more to treat planar fasciitis. Browse our bountiful online assortment today.