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16/Apr/2021

What causes Sweaty Feet?

Perspiration is a natural anatomical phenomenon. It helps us in flushing out toxins from our body. But this natural process of secretion becomes a problem when in excessive, specially from our feet. Excessive sweating is also known as plantar hyperhidrosis. Doing any activity means that we are sweating all the time. In a normal environment the sweat evaporates quickly but under certain conditions and amongst certain people this sweat gets trapped within the glands. As a result it becomes a home for bacteria to grow. This bacteria produces a foul smell which almost all the time leaves us in an embarrassing situation.
Plantar hyperhidrosis, if not treated properly, can lead to other problems like itchiness, redness, fungal nail infection, athlete’s foot etc.

Causes for Excessive Sweating in the Feet:

1. Hereditary: It’s absolutely possible that some people are born with more sweat glands than others, which will cause them to sweat more compared to others.
2. Food and lifestyle: Toxins such as alcohol and food with oily substances like trans-fats can cause excessive sweating.
3. The nature and fabric of shoes and socks that we wear on a daily basis: Closed shoes and shoes made from rubber and plastic materials don’t let our feet to breathe. Similar is the case with socks made up of Nylon and others such polyesters.

Treatment Tips for Excessive Sweaty Feet:

1. Wash your feet every day with an anti-bacterial soap. Make sure you dry them properly with a soft towel or a hair dryer.
2. Use and antiperspirant roll-on a regular basis underneath your feet. These roll-ons are meant not only for your underarms but can be used in other parts of your body to prevent excessive sweating. It forms a thin layer and blocks the pores of the sweat glands.
3. Wear cotton socks as much as possible. Remember not to repeat them without washing. Natural fibers like cotton soak up the moisture.
4. Try to take your walks barefoot and allow your feet to breathe. Do not wear the same pair of shoes every day.
5. Soak your feet into a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water for 15 minutes every day. The ratio should be in half is to quarter.
6. Another fruitful method is to soak your feet in tea water. Dip about 10 tea bags into half a litre of water and then soak your feet for 15 minutes every day.

If the problem, persist even after all these remedies then talk to our professional podiatrist about your problem at HSMC. We can help you to reduce both sweating and foot odor.

Our contact details are below:
P.O. Box. 44548, 1st Floor Office #41 Office Tower,
BHS Building, Hamdan Street, Abu Dhabi – UAE
Email: info@hsmc.me


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16/Apr/2021

There’s a saying that we don’t understand the value of our teeth till the time we have it. Similar is the case with nails. Nails are nothing but cluster of dead epithelial cells that grow from the ends of fingers and toes. Most often we think that nails don’t play any major role other than the purpose of beautification in women. But that is hardly the fact. Nails aid in protection and help us in picking up small objects.

Factors Instigating Nail Infection

Fungi thrive in warm and moist environment. Sometimes our nails serve as appropriate hosts for fungi to grow. Fungal infection of toes and fingernails affect men more than women. Factors that accelerate the chances of having fungal infection on nails are many, which are as follows:
1. Diabetes is one of the most common factor that causes nail infection.
2. Poor blood circulation, which is a common phenomenon in the older generation can be another factor.
3. It can also be contracted from someone else who has/had fungal infection and you come in contact with the person.
4. Manicures and pedicures in unhygienic and non-sanitized equipment used in salons can be a major risk factor.
5. Wearing non breathable socks and closed tight shoes for prolonged hours provides a hospitable environment for fungi to reproduce.

Treatment of Nail Infection

For fungal nail infections prevention is better than cure. But if you are already affected by one then here are few solutions.
1. The best thing to do is to rush to a doctor. Treatment isn’t a guarantee to get rid of the infection completely as there is a high probability of the infection to recur.
2. Visit our HSMC clinic, we take good care of your nails by keeping them trimmed and clean. We provide world class podiatry services under perfectly sanitized conditions in our clinic. Our team of doctors may prescribe an oral anti-fungal medication such as Lamisil or Sporanox.
3. Depending on the type of infection and the severity of the wound, you may have to use medications for a few months.
A fungal infection can be severe to the extent that it might result in complete loss of the nail, therefore it is advisable for diabetic patients to be more careful.


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16/Apr/2021

Are the arches on the inside of your feet flattened in a way that allows the entire sole to touch the floor when you stand up? If yes, you are suffering from Flat feet.

What are Flat Feet or Fallen Arches?

When we look at an adult foot from the inside, we usually notice an upward curve in the middle called an arch. The arch is formed by Tendons which are tight bands that attach the heel and foot bones. Several tendons in our feet and lower leg work together to form the arches in our foot.When all the tendons pull the proper amount, our foot forms a moderate, normal arch. When the tendons do not pull together properly, there is little or no arch. This is the condition called Flat foot or Fallen arch.

Flat feet could be a common and usually a painless condition, when the arches just don’t develop during childhood or in some other cases, it develops after an injury or from the simple wear-and-tear stresses of age.

Flat Feet Signs or Symptoms :

If you aren’t having pain, flat feet does not normally call for any treatment but this condition can sometimes contribute to problems in your ankles and knees as it can lead to alter the alignment of your legs. Most people have no signs or symptoms associated with flatfeet. But some people with flatfeet experience foot pain, particularly in the heel or arch area and this pain may worsen with activity. It can also lead to swelling along the inside of the ankle. Other factors that increase the risk of flat feet include obesity, injury to your foot or ankle, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and ageing. Arches can fall over time. Years of wear and tear can weaken the tendon that runs along the inside of your ankle and helps support your arch. But nothing to worry, your local Podiatrist at Health & Style Medical Centre is always at your rescue. Just call us on 02 633 0515 / 055 511 6072 to schedule an appointment.

Flat feet in Children:

Flat foot can be quite normal in infants and toddlers as the arch of the foot is still under development in this stage. Generally these arches develop throughout childhood but in some people, these arches may never develop. This is a normal variation in foot type and people without arches may or may not have problems.Some children have flexible flatfoot, a condition in which the arch is visible when the child is sitting or standing on tiptoes but disappears when the child stands. Most children outgrow flexible flatfoot without any problems.

Flat Feet or Fallen Arches Treatment

Wait no longer when the pain factor strikes! Do not ignore your child if they complain of foot pain. You need to seek professional advice to avoid future complications. Visit us at Health & Style Medical Centre, 1st Floor Office, BHS Building, Hamdan Street, Abu Dhabi to find the root cause. We are open Sunday – Thursday (9:00am-6:30pm) and alternate Saturdays too!


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16/Apr/2021

Take Care of Your Feet!

Wondering how the care of your feet is related to or even affected by your diabetic condition? Here it goes…Diabetes can reduce the blood supply to your feet. This in turn cancause a loss of feeling termed as peripheral neuropathy. Many times you might not notice if your foot is sore or injured, and sometimes injuries might not heal well leading to further complications.

Foot specialists recommend bringing your blood sugar levels under control to reduce the high risk of complications involved. The need to ensure that your blood pressure and cholesterol levels are also under control is imperative.

Does it sound even more complicated than ever imagined? It’s not … Your local Podiatrist at Health & Style Medical Centre has the answer to your doubts and fears.

We Recommend Some Foot Care Tips as Follows :

Regularly check your feet and keep them clean and free from infection.
Your shoes should fit well and donot wear shoes that squeeze or rub. They are not just uncomfortable but can cause corns, calluses and nail problems that are uncalled for especially with a diabetic condition.
As a precaution, avoid walking barefoot to prevent cuts.
Avoid sitting with your legs crossed so that you do not restrict your blood circulation.
Avoid smoking to protect your feet as smoking impairs blood circulationparticularly in people with diabetes. It can seriously worsen foot and leg problems.
Cut your toenails regularly.
Get corns or hard skin treated by your local podiatrist at Health & Style Medical Centre. Do not wait to seek treatment if blisters and injuries do not heal quickly.
Seek immediate attention and wait no longer if you notice :

any minor breaks in the skin of your foot or discharge seeping from a wound.
The skin over part or all of the foot changes colour and becomes more red, blue or pale.
Extra swelling in your feet where there was a blister or injury.

Help us to help you… Don’t hesitate to call Health and Style Medical Centre on 02 633 0515 / 055 511 6072. Do visit us at our 1st Floor Office, BHS Building, Hamdan Street, Abu Dhabi Schedule an appointment today!


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16/Apr/2021

Reasons behind your Painful Heels!

Are you here feeling the same? Wanting to know why your heel hurts?? With our heel providing much-needed support and balance to your foot, it can be a major chore to be walking, running or even just standing for too long when they hurt. There are a few common reasons why people experience heel pain and luckily there are solutions available at our end from your own Abu Dhabi Podiatrists, right here in the heart of Abu Dhabi. If your heel hurts, explore the possible conditions and treatments available at Health & Style Medical Centre, 1st Floor Office, BHS Building, Hamdan Street, Abu Dhabi.

Heel Pain Causes

Heel Spurs

Suffering from Heel spurs?? But what are they? They are bony growths that develop on the heel of the foot and can get very painful indeed. They are deposits of calcium that build up over time due to intense pressure on the heel, most common in athletes and people who are overweight. Wearing poorly made shoes, walking abnormally, or having flat feet can also put you at risk for heel spurs. This issue is resolved with orthotics, physical therapy, foot taping, and surgery in advanced cases and we at Health & Style Medical Centre have customized shoes to cater to your needs!

Plantar Fasciitis

Suffering from Plantar Fasciitis?? The thick tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot is called the plantar fascia. The inflammation of plantar fascia connected to the heel can cause pain which is also a problem common in athletes who run long distances or for long periods of time, and in overweight patients. Again call in at Health & Style Medical Centre and explore your solutions!

Calluses, Rawness and Irritation

Is it Calluses, Rawness and Irritation caused by too much rough contact with the back of your shoe? Sounds quite silly to approach for a treatment right? But No… this causes redness and irritation of the heel that can make it almost impossible to walk and leads to the development of heel calluses. Women wearing high heels often have this problem. But again, we have an answer at Health & Style Medical Centre. Your podiatrist can reduce the appearance of calluses using special tools.

You need to Get Treatment for Your Sore Heels!!

We understand heel pain can be unbearable—especially if you have to be on your feet for long periods of time for work or sports. If your heel hurts, why wait? Come to our Abu Dhabi podiatry clinic or call us today on 02 633 0515 / 055 511 6072 to schedule an appointment.

We are open Sunday – Thursday (9:00am-6:30pm) and alternate Saturdays too! Soothe your heel pain and we’ll help you to get back on your feet!


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