Debunking the Top 5 Foot Myths

“Fake news” has existed for centuries in the form of myths about all kinds of stuff:
Going outside with wet hair will cause you to catch a cold(viruses cause colds, not wet hair).
Getting a base tan will help you prevent a sunburn (all tans are potentially harmful to skin).

Greasy foods cause acne(breakouts are most often due to internal hormonal changes).

Sitting too close to the TV will ruin your eyesight (just an urban legend).

When it comes to foot care, there’s a lot of misinformation out there, too. Podiatrists Megan L. Oltmann DPM and Craig B. Frey DPM of Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland want to set the record straight about these foot care myths. Here are five of the most pervasive:

  1. Dirty feet cause athlete’s foot.
    Substitute “warts” or “fungal nails” for the words athlete’s foot if you’d like. All of these foot infections have little to do with how clean you keep your feet and more to do with how clean the places are that you’re walking barefoot in. Athlete’s foot and fungal nail infections are caused by any number of various fungi that invade the skin through a small cut or opening.
  2. There’s nothing you can do for a broken toe.
    There’s actually plenty our podiatrists can do to heal a broken toe. In fact, if your broken toe doesn’t heal properly, you might be stuck with lifelong problems. We’d probably take an x-ray to confirm and assess the extent of the break. Proper immobilization of the toe or even surgery to realign the bones may be necessary.
  3. Senior citizens have to put up with foot pain.
    It’s true that the longer we use our feet, the more likely it is that something will go wrong. But it doesn’t mean you have to accept foot pain. When bunions, flat feet, or toe deformities creep into your life, an appointment with us is your first step toward pain relief!
  4. Tight shoes cause bunions.
    Tight shoes can make bunions worse, but they’re not the actual cause. Bunions are a flaw in your anatomy that you probably inherited from a family member.
  5. Barefoot is best.
    Walking barefoot exposes the feet to a number of risks. Shoes offer the best protection from falls and infections (see #1 above).

Don’t let old wives tales get in the way of proper foot care. When your feet call out in pain or even if you just have a question, call us in beautiful Solon, OH at (440) 903-1041. You can also contact us online.