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Joanna Lumley - Trench Foot - Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston

Joanna Lumley is a top model from the 60’s and a TV superstar for almost four decades. But this British actress suffered from trench foot after she was cast away in an island to test her survival skills. Trench foot is a painful medical condition caused by exposure of the feet to damp and unclean conditions for a long time. The feet becomes numb, swollen, experience color change, and it start to smell too. The medical term for this condition is called Non Freezing Cold Injury or Immersion Foot.

What is trench foot?

The term Trench foot originates back to 1812 with Napoleon’s Army. The infected feet became numb and start to smell making it susceptible to fungal infections. When not treated, it will result to gangrene, and can lead to foot amputation later on.

Consult a podiatrist if you notice anything unusual in your feet. The doctors at Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston are podiatrists who specialize in helping people suffering with foot disorders.

Trench foot causes

The main cause of having trench foot is standing and exposing the feet to cold, and wet places for eleven or more hours. Trench foot was very rampant during World War 1 where soldiers didn’t have waterproof footwear.

How can I tell if I have trench foot?

  • Tingling/itching sensation
  • Loss of feeling
  • Swelling
  • Numbness
  • Prickly or heavy feeling
  • While warming, burning can be severe
  • Blisters
  • Can involve heel, toes, and entire foot
  • Burning sensation
  • Pain
  • Cold and blotchy skin
  • Foot can appear gray
  • Foot is red, dry, and painful after warming
  • Fissures of the skin is common
  • Skin is dying and falling off

Treatment for trench foot

If you think you have trench foot, seek medical assistance immediately. Treatment involves the following steps:

  • Clean and dry the feet thoroughly
  • Gently warm the feet by soaking the feet in warm water for about 5 minutes
  • Remove footwear and wet socks
  • Keep the foot elevated and avoid walking to prevent tissue damage
  • Keep the feet warm and dry
  • Check for wounds, these can make you prone to infections. Check your feet daily to avoid infections. With early treatment, trench foot can be managed effectively and you can avoid amputation.

How to prevent trench foot?

These following steps may help to  prevent trench foot (check with your podiatrist first)

  • Elevate your feet or lie down to encourage blood circulation.
  • Change into dry socks almost every day.
  • Move your legs around or walk to get the blood flowing.
  • Wash and dry your feet daily.
  • Wear shoes that fit well.
  • Control excessive perspiration using aluminum chloride.
  • Clean and air dry your feet.
  • Wipe your shoes and allow them to dry.
  • Keep the rest of your body warm.
  • Maintain good foot hygiene.
  • Apply talcum powder to keep moisture away.
  • Alternate foot wear daily.

At Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston with six offices located in North Houston, TX, we specialize in helping people with foot disorders. To schedule an appointment, call 281-444-4114.


Smelly Feet No More - Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston

Yes, science has a medical term for it. Smelly feet or foul-smelling feet is known medically as bromodosis. This can be a chronic condition that can be embarrassing for suffers and cause discomfort for people who are within nose length of the condition.

Smelly feet is mainly caused by the odor produced by fungus. Dark, damp places which perfectly describes our feet when wearing shoes or socks are perfect breeding ground for fungus. Wearing the same shoes and socks without changing it increases your risk for developing smelly feet.

Sweat and Smelly Feet

The feet has the greatest concentration of sweat glands. There are 250,000 sweat glands present in both feet. We’ve all had the experience of extra sweaty feet due to a number of causes which are totally natural. However, some people suffer from excessive sweating or a condition called hyperhidrosis. Teenagers and pregnant women can experience excessive sweating due to hormonal changes.

Feet become smelly when it is soaked in shoes and socks that are not regularly cleaned or used before it is totally dried. Bacteria or fungus located in shoes or socks feed on sweat and expel a foul smelling odor.

Regularly changing your shoes and socks is the best way to keep bacteria and fungus at bay. Dirty shoes and socks defeats the purpose of keeping your feet clean. This is because it is eventually exposed to a dirty environment. Consult a podiatrist if smelly feet becomes a constant concern The doctors at Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston are podiatrists who specialize in helping people suffering from all types of foot disorders.

Some Ideas That May Help Prevent Smelly Feet:

  • Smelly feet can be prevented by good personal hygiene and changing your shoes and socks regularly. 
  • Apply antiperspirant or use antibacterial soap. Foot powder can also be a good way to reduce moisture.
  • Using a medicated insole with a deodorizing effect helps absorb moisture while killing fungus and bacteria
  • Sports socks are designed to suck in moisture while helping the feet breathe much easier by keeping it ventilated. Some even contain chemicals with antibacterial properties.
  • Avoid wearing shoes made of plastic. Stick to leather or canvass shoes.

Keeping your feet smelling fresh is a matter of proper hygiene. This holds true even for people with hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating problems. A visit to a podiatrist can help you explore all the possible options for treating smelly feet and preventing it from happening in the future.

At Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston with six offices located in North Houston, TX, we specialize in helping people with sweaty feet.   To schedule an appointment, call 281-444-4114


I have Plantar Warts What should I Do? - Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston

HPV Type 1 is responsible for most plantar warts. It can gain access to the skin through direct contact. However, our immune system is usually capable of handling and getting rid of this infection.

Plantar warts, also referred as Verruca Plantaris are small, hard growths that commonly appear on areas of the feet that undergo the most pressure. Plantar warts are caused by the Human Papillomavirus or HPV. The virus enters the body through cuts or weak spots on the feet.

Signs and symptoms of plantar warts include the following:

  • Pain emanating from a thickened skin area on the sole
  • A smooth, discolored surface usually brown or grayish-yellow in color
  • Firm, thick lesions with dark spots
  • Skin imperfections that are flat due to intense pressure 

Plantar warts may require treatment and can be a cause of discomfort and pain. You should consult with a podiatrist if pain is persistent or the wart starts to spread. Self-medication is not advised. It is important that you seek the advice of a podiatrist. Self-treatment can actually bring more complications than solutions. The doctors of Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston are podiatrists who specialize in treating foot warts. 

Over-the-counter medications may contain acids that can destroy healthy skin cells. Self-treatment should never be done by people suffering from diabetes and cardiovascular/ circulatory disorders. For those who wish to get rid of their plantar warts, they should seek the help of a podiatrist. 

There is no guaranteed cure for plantar warts. Plantar warts may reappear at any time. Studies show that 60 percent of people who suffer plantar wart cases go into remission. This is an indication that the HPV remains in the person’s system. 

Plantar wart treatments may require multiple treatments. This is why consulting with a podiatrist gives you the best course of treatment. 

Plantar warts could easily be prevented by following simple health reminders. Wearing footwear in public places, proper foot hygiene and avoiding direct contact with those infected goes a long way in preventing foot warts. 

At Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston with six offices located in North Houston, TX,  we specialize in helping people find relief from plantar warts and other foot skin disorders.  To schedule an appointment, call 281-444-4114