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You undoubtedly realize that as the boomers age, foot health becomes an increasingly important part of overall health care. These are feet that have worked hard all their lives and beg for a little tender, loving care. There is a bottomless well of information available on foot care, shoe selection and conditions and ailments that affect the feet. In fact, considerable information is available on Dr. Vargas’ blog. But a new potential enemy looms before you, one you may not have considered before. This enemy may be much closer than you think!
Always know the whereabouts of your enemies…
Who would ever suspect that, hiding in your lingerie drawer, your public enemy number one waits to do you damage. Nylons have been elevated to the watch list because they pose a number of concerns to women’s foot health. Take a deep breath here and regroup. If you are wearing a pair right now, you may not be in imminent danger but it may be a good strategy to learn about this so you can prepare your defense.
Not user friendly…
Women who wear nylon hosiery frequently expose themselves to several health concerns. Nylon is a man-made fiber that does not breathe. Consequently heat traps inside and may cause heavy perspiration. This warm, damp environment becomes a haven for fungus to thrive. Did you ever think you could wind up with a case of athlete’s foot because of your stockings? One fungal infection invites another, so then you become susceptible to toenail fungus.
Other problems created by overuse of pantyhose include cramping and toe pressure that may lead to hammertoes and ingrown toenails. This is because the nylon fibers are very strong and do not allow for expansion as the foot moves when you walk. Also, friction from the fabric is notorious for causing blisters on the heel. When you choose to wear hose, check the fit and make sure of a little slack in the toe area and put them to soak and wash after every wearing.
Think feet first because your foot health has a big impact on overall health. Contact Dr. Vargas for all of your foot concerns at (281)313-0090 or (281)342-8700. If you educate yourself, you will be equipped to make better choices as far as what you can do to prevent foot ailments and ward off the natural enemies.