Podiatrist for Olympic Athletes Says Ugly Feet Cause Psychological Suffering

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While noting that many Olympic athletes hide foot injuries in order to continue competing, Dr. Romansky says that he commonly sees patients who hide their feet simply because they're embarrassed about the way their feet and toenails look. He says, "There's a psychological overlay to foot problems, especially with toenails."

Podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Romansky has seen everything from run-of-the-mill bunions in his Media, Pennsylvania, based practice, to foot injuries suffered by the world's greatest athletes. As head of the podiatry contingent to the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Dr. Romansky says he was impressed by how well athletes were able to compensate for pathological foot injuries, continuing to compete in spite of serious foot problems.

While noting that many athletes hide foot injuries in order to continue competing, Dr. Romansky says that he commonly sees patients who hide their feet simply because they're embarrassed about the way their feet and toenails look. He says, "There's a psychological overlay to foot problems, especially with toenails."

Dr. Romansky says the distress resulting from unattractive toenails can be so extreme, he's had married patients who refused to allow their spouse to see their feet for years, sleeping and even having sex with socks on in order to keep their feet hidden.

Dr. Romansky advises patients to make changes to the environment in which their feet function. He says, "To be successful, patients must be consistent in using the products and must also be willing to make changes which affect the environment surrounding their feet. For one thing, many Americans neglect to properly wash and dry their feet daily, thinking that the soap that washes over their feet during a shower is sufficient." In addition, he recommends:

· Thoroughly washing and drying feet daily
· Throwing out all old shoes and nail polish
· Changing shoes and socks at least twice a day
· Taking your own nail implements when getting a manicure or pedicure; never share nail tools with others
· After purchasing new shoes, place shoes periodically in a sunny place where they can air out.

C. J. Buck, CEO of Xenna Corporation, which distributes natural foot care products, is also very aware of the embarrassment many people suffer because of unattractive feet, especially toenails. Buck says, "No matter our age or athleticism, people are very sensitive about having unattractive toenails or rough, cracked heels -- especially during sandal season."

Focused on natural, diabetic-friendly solutions for feet, Xenna has developed and distributes NonyX® Nail Gel and CalleX® Dry Heel Ointment. Buck says, "NonyX Gel is the only ethanoic gel that breaks down and removes keratin debris -- the discolored, yellow or thick granular buildup under nails which is the actual source of nail discoloration. It softens keratin debris, permitting it to be scraped out from under the nail beginning after about four weeks. Once keratin debris is completely removed - with regular applications, a process that can take months -- NonyX Gel then keeps nails looking clear and attractive with periodic use."

Many podiatrists, spa owners and salons also recommend the natural enzymes found in Xenna's CalleX Ointment. CalleX exfoliates thick, flaky skin areas and moisturizes and smooths dry, cracked heels. Acid-free and diabetic-friendly, CalleX Ointment smoothes and softens only dry or thickened skin, leaving normal skin unaffected.

"Olympians are to be admired for the thousands of hours they dedicate to practicing their sport. We all need to take a lesson from them," concludes Buck. "If you take the time to look after your feet they will be attractive, a source of pride rather than embarrassment. Practically nothing is achieved without some little dedication and commitment. Feet respond beautifully to a little TLC. Then, treat yourself to a new pair of sandals!"

NonyX Nail Gel can be purchased in the footcare section of Walgreens, Rite Aid, Longs, Eckerd, Brooks, Duane Reade and most Medicine Shoppe drugstores. NonyX Gel will also be on Wal-Mart shelves in the footcare section mid-March. NonyX Gel is also available at HEB and Brookshire grocery stores and online at http://www.drugstore.com, http://www.FootSmart.com and http://www.xenna.com.

CalleX Ointment is now available in the footcare section at Walgreens, Longs and most Medicine Shoppe pharmacies. CalleX can also be purchased online at http://www.drugstore.com, http://www.FootSmart.com and http://www.xenna.com. To view before and after photos, click on http://www.xenna.com. All Xenna products are unconditionally money-back guaranteed.

Xenna Corporation is a privately-held company which develops and distributes natural personal care products for skin, hair and nails.

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