10 Things About…Foot Care

1. Foot peels are not necessary. The skin on the feet is meant to exfoliate naturally and peels may actually make the skin on the feet grow back thicker and faster; they may even peel off too many layers of skin and cause a sore. If the skin is coarse and dry and does not exfoliate enough on its own, determine the cause of the dry skin and prevent it from forming in the first place.

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Should you get bunion surgery?

At a recent appearance in New York City, one of the women who attended asked me whether or not she needed to get surgery on her bunion.  She had spoken to many people that have said she should or shouldn’t, and just didn’t know what to do.

For those of you who don’t have the privilege of knowing what a bunion is, it is a bump on the inside of your foot where your big toe meets your arch or on the outside of your foot where your little toe meets your foot. Unfortunately, my new “patient” was young, beautiful, and has been dealing with her “ugly bunion feet” for a few years.   Continue reading

Preventing & Treating Foot Fungus While Traveling

The increased security measures in airports over the past decade have made screening annoying and uncomfortable for travelers in a number of ways. Perhaps the dirtiest of which is the requirement to remove your shoes when going through security. Just the thought of the thousands of bare, sweaty feet traversing that same narrow path is enough to turn your stomach, but the reality is foot fungus is actually a very real health hazard as well.

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Say Goodbye To Toenail Fungus With Healthy Pedicure & Shoe Tips

bare feetIf you’ve ever battled toenail fungus, you know how stubborn it can be! What most people don’t realize is that specialty treatments, powerful antifungals, and even surgery are only effective if you eliminate the source of the fungus and avoid reinfection.

Ladies, that means taking a good hard look at your shoe addiction and pedicure habits, as these are both sneaky sources of the funky fungus you’re trying to kick to the curb.

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Featured Spa – St. Somewhere Spa Margaritaville Island Hotel

st-somewhere-spaIt is only fitting that we showcase the St Somewhere Spa at The Margaritaville Island Hotel during August, the “hottest” month of summer! This incredible resort spa defines island luxury and proudly sells Dr. Canuso Skincare products to their discerning clientele. Seated amongst the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, they boast the perfect blend of “mountain latitude and island attitude”.

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Is your anti-fungal Fungicidal or Fungistatic? And why does that even matter?

Antifungal

AntifungalAn article published in the American Journal of Dermatology notes that “Pharmacologic agents applied to the surface of the skin in the form of creams, lotions, or sprays, readily penetrate into the stratum corneum to kill the fungi (fungicidal agents), or at least render them unable to grow or divide (fungistatic agents).  Azole drugs such as clotrimazole are fungistatic, limiting fungal growth but depending on epidermal turnover to shed the still-living fungus from the skin surface. Allylamines and benzylamines such as terbinafine, naftifine, and butenafine are fungicidal, actually killing the fungal organisms. Fungicidal drugs are often preferred over fungistatic drugs for treatment of dermatophytic fungal infections”. 1 Continue reading

Dry, Cracked Heels

Feet take a major beating. Most people average several thousand steps a day and even more when factoring workout regiments, a busy day of errands, or weekend adventures. It makes you wonder why skincare for feet is often ignored when it comes to taking care of our bodies.

Dry cracked footA common foot problem that effects several people is dry feet, which leads to cracking occurring on the heels and other parts of the foot. Dry, cracked heels are not only unsightly, but they can also be a source of pain and embarrassment. Like the palms of our hands, the bottom of our feet have no oil glands which forces the feet to rely on sweat glands for hydration and keep moisturized. When dry, cracked heels are combined with other medical conditions like diabetes or athlete’s foot, the pain can be very extreme. Continue reading