Posts for category: Proper Foot Care
May is Older Americans Month, and at Connecticut Foot Care Centers that gives us the perfect opportunity to celebrate our senior patients. It’s a myth that getting older automatically means foot pain and problems. Many conditions that affect the feet of seniors, including diseases such as arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes as well as common foot and ankle problems can be prevented with proper care. Below are six simple ways to protect your feet as you age.
- Don’t ignore foot pain. At any age, foot pain is not “normal.” The best outcomes for podiatric disorders occur when problems are diagnosed and treated promptly. If you experience pain or discomfort, contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices for an appointment.
- Boost your calcium intake. The bones in your feet carry your entire body. To stay strong, they need ample amounts of this mineral. Obvious sources are dairy products, but if you are lactose intolerant, turn to leafy greens, seeds, canned fish like sardines and salmon, fortified breads, juices and cereals or supplements to meet your daily requirement.
- Keep moving. Exercise has many benefits to your feet. It helps maintain range of motion and flexibility as well as aiding you in maintaining an appropriate weight.
- Practice self-exams. Get in the habit of regularly inspecting your feet or ask a family member or caregiver to do it for you. Look for growths, lumps, changes in toenails, rashes, bruising or swelling and 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. know if you find anything concerning.
- Fall-proof your home. Do a walk through with a family member or friend and evaluate areas that could increase the risk of falls and fractures. Some things to check include: loose carpets or throw rugs, clutter or electrical cords on the floor, poor lighting in stairwells and hallways, bathrooms that need grab bars or no stick surfaces in tubs, railings on both sides of the stairs.
- Get your feet measured. Shoe size can change when you get older. Buy shoes that are sturdy with non-slip soles and roomy toe boxes.
Helping you care for your feet so you can continue to live the active life you love is our goal. If you have questions about foot health care, contact us today.
Can you imagine what life would be like if we had to walk on our hands? Structurally, our hands have evolved to hold, grip, and manipulate objects in our external environment. In comparison, our feet have developed to be able to endure bearing the weight of our entire bodies plus what the physics of gravity adds onto it with every movement. There’s a good reason why our hands look so different from our feet!
With so many parts responsible for keeping our feet and ankles in working condition to carry us around, it’s no surprise that one out of every three people has experienced some sort of foot injury, pain, or discomfort throughout their lifetime. What are some of the many reasons why you would benefit from checking in with a foot doctor like Dr. Jeffrey S. Kahn, Dr. Craig M. Kaufman, Dr. Ayman M. Latif, or Dr. Raffaella R. Pascarella?
Family - One of the easiest ways to know if you would benefit from seeing a podiatrist is to take a close look at the feet in your family. Do they have any chronic issues? Flat feet, bunions, or heel pain? Many of these issues can be hereditary and passed on to you. Catch them before they’re an issue!
Recurring Issues - Remember that one time in the 6th grade you developed warts after playing with that toad by the pond? Or maybe in your adult life, you’re finding that stubborn corns and calluses, ingrown toenails, or blisters keep popping up or not easily resolving. Recurring foot problems like these are a podiatrists’ specialty!
Injuries - If you played sports as a kid and broke a toe once or twice, or if you’ve sprained your ankle multiple times, chances are these injuries will impact you into your adult life. Multiple breaks and sprains can lead to the development of arthritis and make you vulnerable to repeating your injury. Strengthen your feet and ankles by seeing a podiatrist!
Shockingly, only about half of those affected will ever seek the care of a trusted podiatry team. Our doctors at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC want to help spread awareness about how important and easy it is to establish care with a podiatrist. Be part of the percentage that gets help before your foot problems worsen. Call us today to schedule an appointment at one of our locations across Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, and Kensington, Connecticut!
As you age, your feet can seem to take a beating over the years! It’s important to show them you appreciate all the standing, walking, running, dancing, and everything else they’ve carried you through in life. Here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we put together a list of ways to keep your feet healthy and happy as you age.
Follow these tips for happy, healthy feet at any age:
- Do daily foot checks – look your feet over for any changes. This is especially important for diabetic patients, but this is good practice for everyone. Check for bruises, blisters, cuts, and abrasions, and treat them as needed with antibiotic ointment and bandages. Look over your nails for fungal infections or ingrown toenails. If you have bunions or hammertoes, note if they have progressed at all. Early treatment of any of these issues can help to lessen their severity.
- Keep your feet clean and dry – wash your feet every day with soap and warm water. Next, dry them completely, paying special attention to the areas between the toes. That’s where moisture can get trapped and attract bacteria and fungus.
- Trim your nails correctly – always trim your toenails in a straight line and make sure they’re not too short. Improper toenail trimming will lead to ingrown toenails.
- Wear shoes that fit well – Your shoes should have plenty of room in the toe box so your toes can move around comfortably and should provide ample arch support. Your podiatrist can even perform a gait analysis to help you determine what type of foot support you might need. This can also help determine if you’re a good candidate for custom orthotics. Check out our shoe buying guide here.
If you are looking for great ways to treat your feet, call us today. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in caring for your feet. We provide the best in foot and ankle care and utilize the newest diagnostic and treatment techniques and technologies! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!
Last week, we wrote about taking care of your feet during vacation. If you recently came back from vacation and you missed that blog post, maybe your feet got exposed to the elements a little more than they normally are. If you forgot to lather your feet in sunscreen, we put together some great ways to get your feet back to feeling great so you can enjoy the rest of summer.
Follow these tips to help your feet stay happy and healthy if they’ve gotten a bit too much sun:
- Aloe – Aloe can help get your feet back to the proper moisture levels after being dried out from the sun. If you have a sunburn, this step is essential! Aloe naturally helps your skin heal. You can use fresh aloe from a plant, or a store-bought aloe gel. Apply it to the tops of your feet and your ankles, letting it sit for 10-15 minutes.
- Ice – Often, high temperatures can make our feet swell up. An ice bath can help cool down your feet and ankles. Don’t keep them in there for more than a few minutes though! After the ice bath, run some lukewarm water back over your feet and ankles to warm up again. After that, dry thoroughly and apply some moisturizing lotion.
- Scrub – A gentle scrub on your feet can help remove the dead skin from between your toes and the bottoms of your feet. You can find lots of good scrub recipes online (just make sure they’re from a reputable source) or purchase some nicely scented scrub at a local pharmacy. Afterwards, rinse your feet and dry them thoroughly with a clean towel.
- Massage – Rub the tender parts of your feet with some nice massage oil. Work your way down from toe to heel, then back up from heel to toe. Between rubs, flex and stretch your foot muscles.
After you’ve completed these foot care techniques, just lay back and relax! Prop your feet up for a while and let them naturally heal. If you have any questions or have sustained a serious sunburn or other injury, our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers are here to help. We provide the best in foot care and utilize the newest diagnostic and treatment techniques and technologies! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!
Whether you’re headed to a brand new exotic location far across the world or you’re prepping for a relaxing little staycation at the local pool, your checklist can seem endless. Do we have the tickets? Did you pack the fancy dress clothes for a nice night out? Did you pack your swimsuit? Before you check every box on that list though, make sure you include items for your feet! They deserve a nice vacation too.
Here are some great ways to keep your feet happy and healthy no matter where your travels take you:
Pack the right shoes
Consider all the activities you’ll partake in on vacation and pack appropriately:
- If you’re flying, consider wearing easy-on, easy-off shoes for airport security checks. Don’t forget socks either! You don’t want to catch a fungus or bacteria from that airport floor.
- Flip-flops are great for the beach or the pool, but they shouldn’t be your walking shoes. Make sure you pack a pair of lightweight sneakers if you plan on trekking through a town or through nature. If you use orthotic inserts, make sure you pack those too!
- A backup pair of sneakers can be helpful too if your other shoes get wet. Wet shoes can quickly grow bacteria and fungi.
- If you’re hiking or backpacking, make sure you have hiking boots that fit well. Wicking socks are also a must to prevent moisture build-up in your shoes.
Pack a First Aid Kit
Consider your feet when packing a first aid kid and add the following items:
- Bandaids, bandages, and tape
- Moleskin pads that can prevent blisters
- Antibiotic ointment
- Nail clippers
If you return from your vacation with any sort of foot or ankle injury or issue, it’s time to contact your foot doctor! Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers provide the best in foot care and utilizes the newest diagnostic and treatment techniques and technologies! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!