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Being a podiatrist means knowing how to properly care for your feet. and dr. Ejodamen Shobowale van DeNiel foot and ankle center definitely knows how to spoil her patients’ toots as well as her own.
Shobowale regularly shares advice on everything from compression socks to solutions for sweaty feet on her TikTok, where she has nearly 69,000 followers – and she’s always happy to share her expert advice. “The feet are the bands of the body,” Shobowale tells Yahoo Life. “We have to keep them in top shape.”
Shobowale swears by these products to keep your feet going — and smell good at the same time.
The foot has about 200 million sweat glands — so no wonder things can get smelly after a while, especially if you’ve been wearing shoes all day, Shobowale says. That’s why she recommends barefoot scientist twiceankle toes. “It’s basically foot deodorant, so you can take your shoes off in public and not worry about cleaning up the room with smelly feet,” she says.
Do you have feet that aren’t exactly smooth and supple? Shobowale gives Ebanel Urea Cream two thumbs (toes?) up. This is a foot moisturizer, she explains, but it also contains salicylic acid. “The reason I really like this moisturizer is that urea, in low percentages, draws moisture from the environment into your skin,” she said. “It also breaks down thick skin,” which prevents moisture from getting in,” she says. The result: softer, smoother feet.
Shobowale loves the ProLinc fast acting callus remover so much so that she has a gallon of it in her office. “We give this to anyone who has calluses,” she says. Why is it so great? The fast-acting formula works to break down calluses and also softens the skin on your feet. “It has super-concentrated chemicals that literally break down dead skin in minutes. I recommend it to my patients, I use it myself, and it’s absolutely great for foot care,” she says.
Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel is a cream that you rub on painful areas on your feet to reduce stiffness and increase mobility. “This is the holy grail of topical pain relief,” says Shobowale. “For anything that causes inflammation, this is great.” Its main ingredient, diclofenac sodium, is an anti-inflammatory drug, explains Shobowale, making it a good aid for sprains, general pain, heel pain or swelling.
Bunions can make it miserable to do something as simple as wear shoes. Therefore, Shobowale recommends the Flyen Bunion Corrector. “It has silicone that helps cushion that area where you have bony prominence,” she says. “You can use this before going to your doctor or if you’re not ready for surgery yet, it’s absolutely necessary to help you with pain relief.” Just slide it over your feet and then put on your shoes.
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