Posts for: January, 2018
You are ready to get into bed and fall fast asleep; however, your legs have other plans. Perhaps you feel as if your legs have a mind of their own and feel the urge to just keep moving. Whether you’ve experienced this feeling while lying in bed or relaxing on the couch after a long day at work, you may be dealing with restless leg syndrome (RLS).
Restless leg syndrome is a nervous system disorder in which people feel this need to move their legs. This condition may also be classified as a sleep disorder if you are someone who experiences this throughout the night and, as a result, has trouble sleeping.
Besides feeling the urge to keep your legs moving, those with RLS may also feel a “pins and needles” sensation in the legs. You will notice these symptoms most often while sitting or lying down. While people may have symptoms of RLS that are milder, those with severe leg discomfort may find it near impossible to sleep at night.
Unfortunately, it isn’t always possible to pinpoint the root cause of someone’s RLS; however, one factor that most people with RLS have is that family members have also dealt with RLS during their lifetime. Of course, there are certain factors that can trigger RLS episodes such as:
- Chronic illnesses (e.g. peripheral neuropathy; diabetes)
- Medication (e.g. antihistamines; antidepressants)
- Lack of sleep
While there is no diagnostic test out there that will definitively prove whether someone has RLS, you should visit your podiatrist for an evaluation. While a blood test may be performed in order to determine whether a certain medical disorder could be the cause, most of the time just discussing your symptoms, as well as your personal and family medical history is all that’s needed for your foot doctor to determine whether you have RLS.
Since there is no cure for RLS, the most important thing your podiatrist can do is help you manage your symptoms and to improve your sleep. In people with mild-to-moderate RLS, most of the time certain lifestyle modifications is all that’s needed. Certain lifestyle changes include:
- Regular exercise
- Adopting better sleep habits
- Reducing or eliminating alcohol, caffeine and tobacco products
Sometimes medications are also prescribed to help treat symptoms of RLS. Common medications include benzodiazepines (sedative), narcotics, anticonvulsants and dopaminergic drugs.
If you believe RLS is affecting your quality of sleep then it’s time you turned to a foot specialist who can get to the bottom of your symptoms and help you manage your condition more effectively.
Do you notice that your feet seem to sweat quite often? Are you looking for a way to tame this embarrassing condition so that you can wear shoes without leaving a puddle behind? Have you tried a variety of products but not found relief? If so, then you may have been told that baby powder is a great way to dry up the sweat and prevent odor. Can baby powder really be all that you need to clear up your sweaty feet?
Baby powder can be made from either cornstarch or talcum powder. If you also have sensitive skin then you may be looking for a product that will tackle your sweat problem without irritating your delicate skin. If this is the case, there are products on the market that are medicated and provide safe relief with a pleasant cooling effect.
Of course, baby powders aren’t without their cons. Some people dislike how messy this product can be. If you sweat a lot you might end up with clumps of baby powder on your feet and in your shoes. Even though baby powder won’t be as effective as an antiperspirant, it can be a good way to reduce sweaty feet.
However, there are certainly other ways to tackle foot sweat and odor without resorting to baby powder. One effective way is to make sure that you change your socks often and opt for a light, breathable material like cotton. Also, choose leather or canvas shoes that allow your feet to breathe, and don’t wear the same shoes twice in a row. After wearing your shoes, apply a talcum powder or antiperspirant to the shoes and allow them to thoroughly dry for at least a day before wearing them again.
When washing your feet everyday opt for an antibacterial soap, which can help fight the bacteria that cause offensive foot odor and sweat. While sweaty feet may seem like a rather self-limiting problem, if you are having trouble tackling this issue on your own (or if nothing seems to help reduce how much your feet sweat) then this could be caused by a medical condition. This is when you should turn to a podiatrist who can determine the cause of your excessively sweaty feet and how to treat the problem.
Don’t let sweaty feet embarrass you any longer. Turn to a foot doctor who can help!