April was National Foot Health Awareness Month and here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we think it’s a great time to teach you some hot tips on how to tend to your feet. Your feet are one of the most important parts of your body and neglecting them can create preventable pain and hardships.
Start your spring off right by following these easy foot care tips:
- Wash your feet daily with warm water and soap. Make sure you dry them well – especially the crevices between your toes to avoid fungus.
- Always cover your feet in public areas. If you’re in a locker room or walking around a public pool, wear shower shoes to avoid bacteria and fungus that thrive in those environments.
- Give your feet a thorough check weekly. Look for any changes or any issues arising. This is especially important for our diabetic patients, as foot sores and infections occur more frequently and can lead to much worse infections or complications.
- Change your socks if they become damp. Moist environments can play host to fungi and bacteria. Wicking socks can help keep your feet drier longer throughout the day.
- Make sure your shoes fit properly. Improperly fitting shoes are the root of a lot of foot problems. Get a professional to measure your feet every time, and choose a comfortable shoe that fits right. Avoid high heels or shoes that squeeze your toes together. These can exacerbate bunions or cause ingrown toenails.
- Trim your toenails regularly and straight across with clippers to avoid ingrown toenails.
- Keep a close relationship with your podiatrist. The doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers have years of training to diagnose and treat any issues that arise with your feet or ankles.
If you’ve never seen a podiatrist, now is a great time to make your first appointment. If you’re experiencing any foot or ankle problems, our doctors can help to get to the bottom of the issue and get you on your way to healthy feet. Click here to schedule an appointment or call one of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices today!
It’s estimated that in the USA, 25,000 people sprain their ankle every day – ouch! Whether it was during a heated game of basketball, or you were just stepping off the curb and took a spill, it’s very likely that you’ve sprained your ankle at some point.
An ankle sprain occurs when you twist or force your ankle bones in an unnatural direction, causing the ligaments surrounding your ankle bones to overstretch or tear. A sprained ankle comes with plenty of pain and a swollen and bruised joint – you’ll know when you’ve sprained it. Often ankle sprains happen repeatedly, bringing about unstable joints, an unnatural gait, and poor balance.
What causes ankle sprains?
Ankle sprains often occur during sports and can happen to both professional or amateur athletes. A whopping 45% of all professional athletic injuries are ankle sprains. Repeated jumping, like in basketball, puts you at a great risk for a sprain. Dancers also often suffer ankle sprains.
It’s not only athletes who are prone to ankle injuries though! If you wear high heels or elevated platform shoes, you are increasing your risk factor. Ankle sprains can also occur easily if you’re walking a dog who is pulling hard on a leash, walking along an uneven surface, or even misjudging a step up a stair or off a curb.
You Don’t Have to Strain to Prevent a Sprain
As with any condition, prevention is the best way to avoid a recurring issue:
- If you’re playing any sport, ensure you have the correct gear. Make sure your shoes fit well and are appropriate for the activity you’re partaking in.
- Stretch it out! It’s especially important to stretch the areas like your hips, legs, and torso to increase flexibility in those places.
- Work out your ankle muscles. Wrap a towel or a small, light weight cloth around your ankle or foot and rotate it in all directions.
- Do light exercises daily to increase your balance. Even practicing standing on one foot daily with your eyes closed can increase your balance.
- Don’t overdo it. Build up exercise regimens slowly and carefully. Practice regularly and your skills will gradually increase.
- Listen to your body. If you are experiencing any pain in your ankle, or anywhere in your body, during or after exercise, it’s time to take a rest.
Treating Your Sprain
Ankle sprains are definitely not an injury that can be “walked off.” Once you sprain your ankle, immediately take your weight off that foot and stop the activity you’re engaged in. The first steps to treatment are in the acronym R.I.C.E.: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.
If swelling and pain continues, it’s time to call Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC for an exam. Our friendly and professional team of podiatrists use state of the art technology and keep up with the latest foot health trends to prevent and treat many podiatric issues. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our six conveniently located offices.
This New England winter has been long and arduous! As we finally start to see some sunshine on our forecasts, we’re excited to scout some nice spring and summer beach spots in the next coming months. Are your feet ready to slip on a pair of sandals? After this seemingly never-ending winter, your feet might not feel like it. Often harsh, dry and cold weather can take a toll on your feet.
Follow these tips to get your feet in sandal shape:
- Start with a pedicure: Dry, dead skin has likely built up while your feet were stuffed in wool socks under your winter boots. A professional pedicure is a great way to start the spring with soft, supple feet.
- Soak ‘em and scrub ‘em: A warm bath with Epsom salt followed with a light foot scrub or pumice stone scrub is perfect to get your skin softened up.
- Moisturize: Daily moisturizing, especially on your heels or other hardened, dry areas, can help rejuvenate your feet. Every night before bed, apply a thick moisturizer or petroleum jelly to wake up to hydrated skin.
- Don’t go barefoot: Though vitamin D is good for the skin, it’s still best to cover up your feet. Walking around barefoot outside, especially in public areas, could lead to fungal infections or injuries.
- Keep your toenails trimmed right: Cutting your toenails straight across can protect from a painful ingrown toenail.
- Address any fungal issues: Toenail fungus can come back again and again if not treated properly. It’s best to see a podiatrist for proper treatment of fungus.
Our feet are often looking rough after a winter like we’ve had here in Connecticut. If you’re dealing with conditions like toenail fungus,calluses, ingrown toenails, or if you have diabetes, seeing a foot care specialist is important.
At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, our friendly and professional team of podiatristsuse state of the art technology and keep up with the latest foot health trends to prevent and treat many podiatric issues. Please contact us todayto schedule an appointment at one of our six conveniently located offices.
Take some time today to appreciate your toes. They keep you balanced. They help you walk and run efficiently. Even missing just one of your ten toes would make you have to re-learn things you learned when you were a baby.
Here are some of the top toe issues we see here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers:
- Athlete’s Foot-- This common foot infection causes itchy, red, flaky skin typically between the toes. Prevent this by wearing shoes, changing your socks regularly, and not being barefoot in public places.
- Toenail Fungus-- Fungal nails are often discolored, brittle, and easily broken. The fungus can push up from the nail bed, causing it to crack. This is a much more difficult fungus to treat than athlete’s foot and can require topical or oral medication prescribed by a podiatrist.
- Bunions-- Bunions are a painful bone deformity on the outside of your big toe. Bunions form when your toe moves out of place - often from pressure from tight-fitting shoes. Big toes with bunions jut inward, which can put pressure on other toes, potentially causing issues such as hammertoe.
- Hammertoe-- Hammertoe is a deformity where the second, third, or fourth toe bends upward, jutting out like a hammer. If this is not treated, it could become stiff or rigid and require surgery.
- Claw toes-- Nerve damage from diabetes or alcoholism can weaken muscles in the foot and cause claw toe. Claw toes bend upwards from the joint at the ball of the foot and/or downwards at the middle joint. If caught early, it is easy to treat.
- Corns-- Corns are often caused by claw toes. These calluses form from constant rubbing against improperly fitting shoes.
- Ingrown toenails-- Trimming your nails too short and pressure from too-tight shoes can cause an ingrown toenail. Wear correct fitting shoes and trim your toenails straight across to prevent this ailment.
If you are dealing with any of these toe issues, or any other foot ailment, schedule an appointmenttoday at one of our six conveniently located offices. Our knowledgeable and friendly staffcan help diagnose and treat any number of foot or ankle issues.
At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we naturally find feet funky and fascinating! Our feet carry us everywhere we need to go, and we rarely take the time to marvel at how interesting they are. Maybe you’ll feel a little closer to your feet after you check out some of these funky foot facts below:
Feet are one of the most sensitive parts of your body
There are nearly 8,000 nerves in your feet! Lots of nerve endings are near the skin in the soles of your feet making them very ticklish and sensitive to touch! Having ticklish feet is a good sign that your nerves are responding right; often reduced sensations in your feet is indicative of neuropathy.
Your feet have lots of bones
Our feet have nearly ¼ of all the bones in our body. There are 26 bones in each foot! Learn more about your foot’s anatomy here.
Foot width is increasing
As people have grown taller and heavier, our feet have been spreading out to support that extra weight. Since 1970, the average foot size has increased by two sizes! Make sure you’re caring for your feet by buying shoes that fit well.
Women suffer from more foot issues than men
Women’s foot ailments are often linked with wearing a high heel. High heels shift the foot into an unnatural position, often causing complications like hammer toe or metatarsalgia. Here’s a good guide for women’s shoes.
The average person walks nearly 100,000 miles in their lifetime
Does your Fitbit match up to that number? That’s a lot of steps (not to mention, a lot of stress on our feet!). All that walking can lead to plenty of potential foot and ankle issues. Make sure you stretch before you get a good walk in!
Our feet change as we age
All the abuse we lend towards our feet – stubbed toes, poorly fitting shoes, dropping things on your feet – causes your feet to thicken and change. As we get older we have thicker toenails and tougher feet. This can make footcare difficult as you get older, but its necessary to care for your feet at any age!
Aren’t our feet fascinating? Our podiatry team at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC always loves to chat about feet! Whether you’re looking for daily foot care tips, or are experiencing pain or other foot issues, give us a call today. We operate six conveniently located centers in the Connecticut area.
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