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New Technology Can Help Homeless Suffering With Foot Fungus

“The worst ongoing thing is the fungus that goes on with people’s feet. It eats away and destroys the toenails and just makes it very hard for people to walk,” said Reverend Bob Book, a Christian clergyman at the Church of the Common Ground. He and his wife, Holly, have set to work cleansing the feet of the homeless in Atlanta.

Each week, 35 people come through his clinic to receive a foot soak, apricot pumice scrub, nail trim, menthol ointment massage, air freshener for their shoes, a dry pair of socks, and even insoles.

This sort of charity is taking off at clinics across America in places like Orlando, Boston, and Nashville — and proponents say it’s about more than just preventing the spread of bacterial foot infections: it’s about self-esteem, too.

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America’s homeless suffer from a myriad of health issues — not least of which is foot fungus. Charities are stepping up to help out. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

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Foot Facts: Eight in Ten Americans Suffer from Issues like Toenail Fungus or Shoe Odor

Are you up to date on your foot facts? Here is some food for thought: eight in ten people suffer from some kind of foot ailment that affects their quality of life, according to a March 2014 survey of 1,000 adult Americans conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association. More than half of those surveyed have more than one foot issue, and a third have three or more issues.

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People with foot problems are more likely to suffer other issues around the body.

We have an innovative product that can help with a few of the top mentioned foot problems, including the top two — sweaty, smelly feet and toenail fungus. With one 45-minute cycle, the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer  kills up to 99.9% of viruses, bacteria, and foot fungus inside the shoes to help prevent infection. Let’s delve deeper into the problems that plague so many people, and our solutions to some of the top concerns.

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Embarrassing Foot Problems You May Not Want to Discuss with Your Doctor: Toenail Fungus

Annual wellness visits with a physician are meant to be a time to air all of one’s medical questions, cares, and concerns with a professional. However, many of us freeze up when we see the doctor’s smiling happy face — and, when posed with the question, “How are you?” we immediately launch into the scripted, “Fine” or “Good” response. We may be willing to discuss back pain or inflammation, but when it comes to feet, many people are squeamish. This blog is not designed to replace medical advice from your physician. However, you may feel more comfortable bringing up embarrassing foot problems once you’re more familiar with them. We will take a look at a few different conditions among several posts, with today’s focusing on toenail fungus.

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Toenail fungus is one condition people are embarrassed to discuss with their doctors.
Image Source: Flickr user DIBP Images

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Obesity and Foot Care: How Does Being Overweight Affect My Feet?

Being overweight or obese is difficult enough — never mind all the foot problems that come along with it! A study published in the journal Arthritis Care Research found that 51% of those surveyed who said their foot health was only “fair” or “poor” were obese. Increasing body mass index is “strongly associated with foot pain and disability,” the authors concluded.  Not only that, but overweight and obese populations may find it difficult to reach their feet to care for them properly, which leads to a whole set of foot hygiene issues.

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More than half of the people who are obese also suffer from foot problems. Image Source: AdvancedFootCareClinic.Blogspot.com

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Which Types of Doctors Treat Toenail Fungus, Warts and Other Foot Problems?

With so many specialties out there, it can be hard to know where to turn when a health issue arises. Nothing is more frustrating than taking time out of your busy schedule to see a doctor and hear them say, “Sorry, I can’t help you. Let me refer you to a specialist.” Fortunately, foot issues like toenail fungus, athlete’s foot, warts and other common problems fall under several jurisdictions.

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