Posts for: March, 2018
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.
Did you spend Spring Break in flip-flops lounging on a beach? Or maybe you and your family traipsed around a new town, checking out landmarks and tourist sites? Whatever you did and wherever you went on Spring Break, consider what your feet went through, too. It can be hard on your feet to get back into a daily routine after being used in different ways!
Here are some great ways to ease your feet back into the day-to-day and keep them feeling great:
- Ask your partner for a foot massage – This simple at-home activity is a fun, easy way to relax your feet while connecting with your loved one. Massage oil or moisturizer helps keep the skin healthy. Don’t forget to offer to reciprocate!
- Get a pedicure – Regular pedicures are a great way to treat yourself while maintaining the health of your feet. Pedicures keep your feet looking great, keep your nails trimmed, keep calluses under control, and keep your skin moisturized and healthy.
- Go shoe shopping – If you’ve been in flip-flops for the past week, your feet may not be feeling the support they need. Make sure you have your feet properly measured and get a well-fitting shoe in your size. If your heels have been feeling sore, consider orthotic inserts or shoes with a little more cushion.
- Check in with your podiatrist – Your podiatrist can help set a course for healthy feet for life and offer daily foot care tips.
Our podiatry team at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC is always here to chat about proper foot care techniques! 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.
Nail fungus can start as just a small discoloration or blemish in your nail, but left untreated, it can quickly spread to a painful, serious problem.
The fungus, called dermophytes, thrives on the nail’s protein makeup, called keratin. Nail fungus starts as an infection underneath the toenail, turning the nail yellow or brown and often lifting the nail bed, causing it to split. A nail bed injury opens up the possibility of all types of infections. Often fungal nails are accompanied by a second bacterial or yeast infection, which can make it painful to walk or run.
Fungal nail infections cannot be treated at home, but they are preventable!
Take the following precautions to prevent nail fungus:
- Regularly inspect your feet and toes – keep an eye out for discoloration, blemishes, or a change in texture in your nails.
- Clip your nails straight across – don’t let your nail extend beyond the tip of your toe.
- Wear shower shoes in any public facilities – avoid touching public surfaces with your bare feet.
- Wear a sock with wicking material – avoid wearing tight hosiery or thick cotton or wool socks for long periods or during periods of heavy activity.
- Don’t share your foot-related items – prevent spread of infection by not sharing your nail clippers or your shoes and socks with others.
It’s a lot easier to prevent nail fungus than to treat it. If you notice any of the signs of a fungal infection, please contact our podiatry team at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. We offer many types of fungal nail treatment, including laser nail therapy. Our expert team of foot doctors maintains the highest level of accreditation and stay abreast of ongoing trends in podiatry.
Kick the habit campaigns typically focus on lung and heart health, but smoking affects your whole body – even your feet! Quitting smoking can have great benefits from your head all the way to your toes.
The tar, nicotine, and other chemicals in cigarettes have many known adverse effects on your body. One of those is peripheral arterial disease, or PAD, which means your blood vessels have hardened. This hardening slows down blood flow, making it hard for cuts or sores in your extremities to heal. This slowed healing process often comes with infection, and for diabetic patients whose blood flow is already compromised, this can be very scary. We encourage all of our patients to quit smoking here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, but it is a must for our diabetic patients.
Are you a smoker who is worried about your feet? Here are the signs and symptoms of PAD:
- Pain in your legs after walking, relieved by resting
- Pain in your legs at rest due to poor circulation
- Poorly healing wounds on your feet
- Blood vessel injury on feet
- Discoloration of toes and feet
If you have these symptoms, contact us today to schedule a PAD vascular testing appointment.
If you’ve been diagnosed with PAD, follow these steps to avoid complications:
- Wash your feet daily with warm water and a mild soap. Dry well.
- Apply lotion to keep your skin soft.
- Trim toenails straight across, keeping the edges rounded to avoid ingrown toenails.
- Always wear shoes and socks to avoid cuts on your feet.
- Check your feet daily for sores, cuts, bruises, or other issues.
If you’re a smoker who has noticed changes in your feet, make an appointment today at one of our six conveniently located locations. Our expert team of foot doctors maintain the highest level of accreditation and stay abreast of ongoing trends in podiatry. If you need help quitting smoking, we’re always here for advice on that as well.