At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we know that our greater Hartford and Middlesex County patients are making their holiday gift lists and beginning to search for the perfect gifts for family and friends. We want to remind you that it’s a great time of the year to thank your feet with a little something special. Below are some top suggestions for holiday gifts for your feet.
New Shoes—probably the best preventive measure you can take to keep your feet healthy is wearing shoes that are well designed and fit properly. Heel pain, flat feet, toe deformities like bunions and hammertoes and many other
A Good Moisturizer—overheated homes, offices and stores and dry air all contribute to dry skin in the winter. Applying a rich, emollient lotion or cream to your feet every night and covering them with a pair of soft socks will help prevent painful heel cracks and flaky skin.
Anti-Fatigue Mat—if you spend long hours standing and preparing meals in the kitchen and washing dishes after family meals, or you have a job that requires prolonged periods of standing, consider a
A Podiatric Checkup—too many patients put off getting
It’s that time of year—after the turkey’s put away and the last slice of pumpkin pie is enjoyed, many of our patients at Connecticut Foot Care Centers will be hitting the stores in Hartford and Middlesex counties to scoop up Black Friday bargains. What’s the key to making it through the big day? The right shoes. Below are some recommendations.
Choose tried and true, not new. A full day of shopping is not the time to try out a new pair of shoes or boots. Forget fashion and go totally for function. The shoes you wear for shopping should be ones that have proven comfortable in the past. Athletic shoes or sneakers are usually best. Remember, as the day goes on your feet will swell. Shoes should have a roomy toe box and not feel tight when you first put them on. A blister can bring your shopping trip to a screeching halt in a hurry. Carry moleskin, just in case.
Be a lightweight. The heavier the shoe, the more quickly your feet will get tired and achy. That being said, you want a shoe that has a decently thick sole to provide shock absorption and cushioning.
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Don’t forget the foot powder. Lots of walking plus overheated cars and stores equals very sweaty feet. Keeping feet dry, especially when they are going to be closed up in shoes for many hours, is helpful in preventing athlete’s foot. Look for socks that draw moisture away from your skin and consider packing an extra pair—it will also reduce the chances of blisters forming.
Take injury precautions. It goes without saying that high heels are not the right choice for a day of shopping. If you have chronic weak ankles, you may want to go with a high top sneaker for extra ankle stability. Be sure there’s a good tread on the bottom of your shoe to avoid slips on wet floors and in parking garages.
It’s amazing how the tiny edge of a nail can cause such extreme pain as in the case of an ingrown toenail. At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we find that patients are often reluctant to come one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices to get relief from an ingrown nail because they are afraid of how much it will hurt. In nearly every instance, patients in far less pain than when they arrived after one of our podiatrists Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. the nail.
Below are some tips to help prevent and relieve ingrown toenails.
Do: trim nails properly. This is the number one cause of ingrown toenails. Cut the nails short but not so short that the skin can overlap the nail, encouraging an ingrown nail to form.
Don’t: file toenails with rounded edges. Always file straight across.
Don’t: wear shoes and socks that too tight. When toes are pressed up against each other for long periods of time, ingrown nails are more likely to develop. High heels that force the foot forward also cramp toes together and can increase the risk for this condition.
the affected toe in warm water several times a day and try to gently massage the nail out of the skin.
Don’t: attempt “bathroom surgery” and try to dig the nail out with a sharp instrument. This most often leads to injury and infection. “Folk remedies” such as sticking a piece of cotton under the nail or cutting a notch out of the side of the nail are also bad ideas.
treatment promptly if soaking does not remove the ingrown nail. Delaying in going to the podiatrist will allow the nail to actually puncture the skin and possibly cause an infection.
Do: contact us if the nail is red, warm to the touch, oozing pus and/or if you have a fever, as these are signs that an infection is present and medical attention is needed immediately.
At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we know that you’re a busy person! That’s why we want to make sure your appointment with our podiatrists Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M.
Before You Go
Taking a few moments before your appointment to gather information and handle preliminary concerns will ensure that your visit goes smoothly and yields maximum help. We recommend the following:
- Contact your insurance company prior to your appointment to find out if a referral is required.
- If you have any special needs, called the office ahead of time and let us know.
- Consider bringing someone with you to the appointment—a second set of ears can be helpful.
- Write a list of all the concerns and questions you have regarding your
podiatriccondition. Check your list before your appointment ends and be sure all your questions have been answered.
- Compile a list of all the medications—prescription and over-the-counter—that you take and give it to the foot doctor. Also, be prepared to let the podiatrist know if you have any allergies, are pregnant or attempting to become pregnant.
- If your foot pain is related to a fitness or sports activity, bring the shoes you wear for the activity. Otherwise, wear a pair of shoes that you use frequently. The foot doctor may want to examine your shoes to check the wear pattern for additional insights about your condition.
Don’t Forget the Follow-up
If the podiatrist has asked you to come back to check on your condition, make the appointment before you leave the office. Schedule any required tests and ask when you can expect the results. If your condition worsens or you have any questions about your diagnosis or treatment after you leave the office, don’t hesitate to contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices.
At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we know that patients who have diabetes are open to a slew of
Fortunately, there are ways for patients to reduce their risk of diabetic complications. These include:
- Schedule regular checkups with our podiatrists Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M.
orRaffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. everysix months. Teaming up with your podiatrist to help manage the effects of diabetes on your feet can significantly reduce your risk of hospitalization and amputation.
- Practice good daily hygiene. Wash your feet with warm (not hot) water and soap every day. Dry completely—especially between your toes because that’s where athlete’s foot often first develops. Use a foot powder in the morning on your feet and a rich moisturizer at night.
- Choose footwear wisely. Socks should have no seams, be thick and absorbent and made of a material that wicks moisture away from your skin. Shoes and boots should have roomy toe boxes, low heels and a cushioned insole for maximum protection. Periodically run your hand around the inside of your shoes to check for loose stitching or rough patches that may cause blisters.
- Get in the habit of inspecting your feet daily. Look for cuts, blisters, bruises, swelling, redness, rashes, growths or lumps. Run the eraser end of a pencil over the entire foot to see if you detect any decrease in sensation in any part of your foot. Make an appointment at one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices to get any concerning symptoms evaluated promptly.
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