At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we know the importance of wearing good shoes for the health of your feet. To prevent injury and ensure good podiatric health, you should wear shoes that fit properly, are well-made and offer adequate arch support, have a cushioned footbed, a firm heel counter and sturdy sole with a non-slip tread.
Below are some fun facts about footwear that you may not know:
- The average shoe size in America has increased two sizes in the last four decades.
- The oldest shoe found dates back 5,500 years ago and was found in an Armenian cave.
- The U.S. Rubber Company created the first sneaker in America in 1916. They were originally called Keds.
- The most expensive shoes ever were Dorothy’s ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz, which sold for $660,000.
- 9 out of 10 women wear shoes that are too small for their feet.
- The world record for largest foot belongs to Matthew McGrory who wears a US size 28 ½.
- There is only one shoe museum in North America. It is located in Toronto, Canada and features shoes over a 4,500-year period.
- In Europe during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, all heels on shoes were colored red.
- The ancient Romans were the first to make shoes that fit left and a right foot. Before that, a shoe could be worn on either foot.
- It wasn’t until the 18th century in Europe that women’s shoes began to be different from men’s shoes.
If you have questions about the best shoes for your feet, particularly if you have a chronic foot or ankle problem you need to accommodate, don’t hesitate to contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices and ask one of our podiatrists Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. or Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. for recommendations.
At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we know that many of our patients are planning to spend time at some of Connecticut’s beautiful beaches this summer. Nothing can ruin a day at the beach quicker than a foot or ankle problem, however. Below are some common podiatric issues that can occur while you’re enjoying surf and sand.
Burns—there are two kinds of burns you need to protect your feet from at the beach: sun and sand. For some reason, people often don’t apply sunscreen to their feet, but a burn on the skin of your feet can make it treacherous to walk or wear shoes. Always re-apply sunscreen after you come out of the water and put on the bottoms of your feet too if you are lying out in the sun. Sand can also be way hotter than it looks. Even a short run to your beach towel can result in a bad burn to the soles of your feet.
Ankle Sprains—the sand gives way under your feet and turns them in unexpected directions. This can lead to an ankle-twisting injury if you are playing Frisbee or another beach game, or even just walking. Pack a pair of sneakers in your beach bag if a walk along the shore is part of your beach day plans.
Jellyfish Stings—even dead jellyfish that have washed up on the sand still have stingers that will hurt your feet if you step on them. Steer clear if you see these sea creatures.
Cuts and Puncture Wounds—while your path may look clear, just beneath the surface of the sand may be glass, metal debris, sharps stones or broken shells that can cause a cut or deep puncture wound. If this occurs, wash out the wound immediately and apply antibiotic ointment and a bandage. For deep puncture wounds, call one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices so that one of our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. or Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. can check it and make sure it does not become infected.
At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we find that the summer months tend to bring an increase in the number of cases of athlete’s foot we treat. Although children get this fungal infection more often than adults due to their habits and hygiene, both are particularly susceptible to the condition during this season because of the greater opportunity for people to be barefoot.
Symptoms of athlete’s foot include:
- Intense itching between the toes and on the soles of the feet
- Dry skin
- Redness and inflammation
- Blisters and oozing
Many over-the-counter treatments available for athlete’s foot often fail to make contact with the fungus which can be in the lower layers of the skin. If not treated promptly, athlete’s foot can spread to other parts of the body and other family members. It’s also possible for a secondary bacterial infection to develop where blisters pop and leave tender new tissue exposed. For this reason, it’s best to let our podiatrists Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. or Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. evaluate the skin condition and prescribe the best treatment.
Of course, the best treatment is prevention. Below are some suggestions for how to avoid contracting athlete’s foot.
- Keep feet clean. Wash them every day with warm water and a mild soap. It’s also important to dry them very well between the toes and all over.
- Don’t walk barefoot. Especially in public places like pools, beach or lake changing areas and restrooms, nail salons, gyms and camp showers.
- Change your shoes. Wearing the same pair over and over can increase the growth of fungi and bacteria inside the shoe.
- Don’t let feet get damp. Change your socks during the day if necessary. Apply a talcum or anti-fungal powder each day to help keep feet dry.
- Teach children not to share footwear, towels or other items that touch another person’s foot.
School’s out and your children are most likely excited to trade classrooms and homework for carefree days of playing and enjoying the great outdoors. At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we know that summer presents a unique set of challenges for children’s feet. Below are some podiatric problems that we want to alert parents to and also what precautions to take to prevent them.
Ankle Sprains—if your child’s summer shoe style of choice is flip-flops, they are exposing their feet to an increased risk of injury. Although quick to slip on, flip-flops provide no structure or support for the feet. Running or playing sports in these types of shoes will likely result in ankle sprains or other injuries.
Fungal Infections—the one time that flip-flops are an appropriate shoe choice is when you are spending a day at a public pool or beach. Warm temperatures and moist conditions are ideal conditions for fungal infections to thrive. Athlete’s foot, fungal toenails, and warts are a few examples of foot infections that are passed on by direct contact. Your child’s best defense is keeping feet covered in public places.
Sun Burn—for some reason, the feet often get overlooked when it’s time to apply sunscreen. Yet the skin on your feet burns just as easily as the skin anywhere else on your body. Even a single bad burn can increase your child’s risk for skin cancer in the future. Use a water-resistant, broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Look for an SPF of 15 or greater. Reapply every two hours and/or after swimming.
Cuts and Puncture Wounds—don’t let your child go barefoot outdoors. Even in your own yard, sharp objects can be hidden in the grass that could result in a nasty cut or puncture wound. Be sure to treat any wounds promptly by cleaning thoroughly and bandaging after applying antibiotic ointment.
If your child does sustain an injury or you notice any unusual symptoms on your child’s feet, contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices. Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. or Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. will examine your child’s feet and ankles, diagnose the problem and provide the correct treatment.
At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC we are celebrating men this month and encouraging our male patients and those who love them to take the best care possible of their feet. It’s a fact, according to several studies men often need a little push when it comes to their health. We want to help male patients recognize the importance of being proactive about podiatric care and the fact that it doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. Below are some suggestions for our male patients (and the females who care about them).
- Don’t ignore foot pain. Of course, you’re busy and have lots of other things to do when you’re not working besides visiting the foot doctor for that annoying pain in your foot or ankle. But, putting off seeking treatment can actually put you on the disabled list for an extended period of time. Continuing to walk on a foot that hurts is likely to increase damage and the need for longer and more invasive treatment. If you are in pain, contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices. Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. or Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. will examine your feet and ankles, track down the cause of your discomfort and prescribe the correct treatment to get you back on track pain-free.
- Throw out worn out shoes. Shoe shopping may not be your most favorite past time but continuing to wear shoes that are stretched out or have lost their arch support is just asking for foot pain and disorders like ankle sprains and plantar fasciitis. Visit a reputable footwear store and while you’re there, get your foot professionally measured—shoe size can change with time. Most people have one foot that is larger than the other. Always buy to accommodate the larger foot and take the time to try on both shoes and walk around for several minutes to ensure that shoes fit comfortably.
- Develop good foot care habits. Wash feet daily and check them over to make sure there are no changes in skin or toenails, lumps or growths, bruises, swelling or other unusual symptoms that could signal the beginning of a foot problem.
- Make good lifestyle choices. Regular exercise, a healthy diet, not smoking and limiting the amount of alcohol you consume will all help you maintain good overall health. This, in turn, will help prevent diseases like diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, and arthritis that could cause foot damage.
If you have questions about men’s foot health issues, contact us today.
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