smelly feet

5 hideous foot problems that can be helped with a great pedicure – causes of Smelly feet

Smelly feet - 1 of 5 common footcare complaints that can be helped with a pedicure along with...

Smelly feet – Do you ever think, “my feet stink,” when you toss off your shoes after a long day? If you dread the lingering stench, we are here to help. The primary cause is from a lack of ventilation for your feet. There are thousands of sweat glands in feet, which produce quite a bit of sweat each day. The unpleasant smell comes when the perspiration isn’t allowed to evaporate. To improve this you should… 

  1. Keep feet clean, dry and cool.
  2. Try a spray. At Nail expressions we use Footlogix procducts for our pedicures. We stock their Foot Dedorant spray.Proven to effectively kill odor-causing bacteria. This formula contains Tea Tree oil to neutralize foot odor and Menthol to cool the skin and leave a refreshing scent.
  3. Dry your feet. Make sure to towel off feet after a shower or bath. Try and alternate your footwear and try to wear shes made from natural products that allow the feet to breathe. You can also use a shoe deodorant such as  Shoe Fresh (Deodorant) Spray
    Formulated with Tea Tree oil, this formula effectively kills odor-causing bacteria in shoes in seconds and leaves a refreshing scent. Formula will not harm leather or canvas. Easy to use spray allows for a controlled and targeted application.

Cracked Heels

There are several reasons why people may experience dry, cracked heels. Our feet are responsible for holding up our body and therefore they withstand a tremendous amount of pressure. When weight and pressure are applied to the heels of our feet, the skin expands outwards. If our skin is dry, it becomes less elastic and rigid and therefore more prone to fissures and cracking.

The most common causes of dry, cracked heels includes the following: obesity, diabetes, eczema, hypothyroidism, standing for long periods of time, particularly on hard flooring, and open-healed or poorly fitting shoes, as well as dry, cold weather. A lot of the causes of cracked heels are unavoidable so it is essential to do what we can to treat these cracks and maintain good foot hygiene practices. A footlogix prescription pedicure can help you understand the causes of your condition and prescribe the appropriate treatment plan and homecare plan. 

Cracked heels

Smelly Feet - Fungal Nail Infections

Fungal Nail Infection

Having smelly feet may be an indicator of a fungal nail infection (known as onychomycosis) happens when a fungus attacks finger or toenails. Fungi can infect the nails through small cuts in skin around nails. While nail infections probably won’t cause serious problems, they can look bad, or damage the nail or the nail bed. In fact, a nail infection could lead to more serious problems if you have diabetes or a weak immune system.

85 percent of nail infections start on the nail bed, and a fungal nail infection is seven times more likely to occur on one of your toenails than on one of your fingernails. Fungal nail infections are also contagious. To avoid these you should

  1. Ensuring that your toenails are kept clean and trimmed
  2. Don’t cut your toenails too short
  3. Wear shoes that fit correctly – for example, high heels and narrow-toed shoes can damage the natural skin seal between your nail and skin underneath
  4. Don’t share towels with other people!
  5. Wear cotton socks so your feet can breathe properly.
If you think you have a fungal nail infection please don’t let it put you off having a pedicure. With Footlogix we can help identify these problems and make suggestions on how to help. 

 

Smelly Feet -Athletes Foot

Athlete’s foot  can also contribute to having smelly feet. This is a type of fungal skin infection. Fungi (the plural of fungus) are microscopic plant-like organisms that thrive in damp, warm environments. It can easily be treated by using good footcare practices and a regular application of Footlogix Peeling skin formula. This formula, with Dermal Infusion Technology®, provides relief of peeling, scaling, itching between the toes and irritation associated with fungal infections. Contains Clotrimazole, an effective anti-fungal agent. Protects and cares for clammy feet prone to Athlete’s Foot. 

Athletes foot

Dry, Flaky skin

Dry, Flaky Skin

At this wintry time of year, many of us will be feeling the itch !! Dry heels and itchy feet due to dry skin is a common problem especially during the winter months when the central  heating is cranked up, footwear is enclosed and humidity levels at home are at an all time low. When you cannot concentrate on your work because you are scratching, when your sleep is interrupted because of burning, when you have noticeable dry skin on your heels and feet, help is at hand. Having a pedicure is a great way to exfoliate dry skin cells, moisturise the new skin beneath and leave you floating on air. Especially when the products used are full of great ingredients such as micro algae and Urea. 

Embarrassment - Don't let it get in the way of treating your feet

Most of us feel self conscious about our imperfections but when you visit us at Nail Expressions to discuss your footcare complaint we love to help. There is nothing more satisfying than improving our clients comfort, well being and self esteem. Taking a pair of cracked dry heels and playing a part in soothing and healing them is very rewarding. So whether its cracked heel, dry skin, athletes foot or a fungal nail infection we have seen it all before and have the products and knowledge to help you so call to book an appointment today !

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