Posts for: September, 2018
A day at the spa, complete with a salon pedicure, is the height of relaxation. Before all the pampering though, it’s important to evaluate the risks that could come with a salon pedicure. Even the most beautiful, top-notch salons can carry bacteria and fungus if they don’t practice salon hygiene. You could easily roll out of there with toenail fungus or plantar warts if you’re not careful!
We here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers have put together recommendations to reduce your risk:
- Utilize your friend network – ask for recommendations rather than choosing based on price or location. Check online reviews as well.
- Check the place out – are they properly licensed and up to date? Do they keep it clean and tidy? Do you see people sweeping and cleaning when they don’t have a customer?
- Watch how they work – do they utilize disposable hygiene items like surgical gloves or footbath liners? These items will keep customers safe.
- Skip the shave – shaving your legs can leave you open to germs which can enter through tiny nicks. The nail tech won’t be offended by a little leg stubble.
- Bring your own – if you have your own set of mani/pedi tools, it’s perfectly fine to bring those with you. That way, you’ll ensure your feet won’t be touched by things that have touched other feet.
- Check for sterilization – if you don’t have your own tools, make sure the salon is properly sterilizing their tools. There should be a glass jar filled with a light blue liquid (a mixture of water and tuberculoidal disinfectant) at every station. This is much more effective than UV sterilizers.
- No sharp blades – don’t let the technician use sharp edges like cuticle nippers or callus removing razors or graters. Small cuts caused by these instruments can allow infections to more easily enter your body.
- Give it time – your nails should be allowed time to dry naturally. UV light can save time, but it can also be dangerous for your skin!
If you’re suffering from an infection from an unsafe nail salon, we’re here for you. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers 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!
If you’ve ever wondered exactly what a podiatrist does, this is the blog for you! We’re taking this week to discuss the basics of podiatry and answer questions you might have, starting with the most basic:
What is a podiatrist?
A doctor who diagnoses and treats conditions primarily of the feet and ankles. The letters DPM mean your doctor has gone through years of training, learning all about the functions and structures of the feet and ankles.
What are a podiatrist’s qualifications?
Podiatrists go through training similar to other doctors. They have completed four years of education in a podiatric medical school and three additional years of hospital residency. Many podiatrists have additional training to specialize in things such as sports medicine, podiatric surgery, wound care, pediatrics, diabetic care, and more. These highly trained specialists are the most qualified health care professionals to care for your feet and ankles!
When and why should I visit a podiatrist?
If you’ve noticed pain in your feet and ankles, or if you have had sudden changes in the look or feel of those areas, you should make an appointment with a podiatrist. If you have a chronic medical condition that affects the feet such as diabetes or high blood pressure, it’s also important to see a podiatrist for regular foot checkups.
What things do podiatrists treat?
Podiatrists like our team here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers treat a myriad of issues. They can diagnose and treat issues such as:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Fungal Nails
- Athlete’s Foot
- Ingrown Toenails
- Diabetic Foot Issues
- Sports Injuries
- And SO MUCH more
What if I need surgery?
Podiatrists can also usually perform surgery on bones, ligaments, tendons, and joints of your feet and ankles. If conservative treatments don’t do the trick for things like bunions, neuromas, hammertoes, or other issues, surgery might be the next option.
Did this answer your podiatric ponderings? If you’ve got more questions or if you’re suffering from a foot or ankle issue, call us today! Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers 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!
An issue we see here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers all the time is ingrown toenails. Unfortunately, a lot of the times a patient has taken it upon themselves to treat the issue with a home remedy that they read on the internet or that their mom’s aunt’s best friend’s sister’s pet parakeet told them.
Before you attempt to treat an ingrown toenail at home, make sure you’re not using one of these methods!
- Myth #1: Cutting a notch in the side of your nail’s border will stop the nail from growing inward.
- Myth #2: Shoving a piece of cotton between the nail and the bed will prevent it from growing any longer.
- Myth #3:Just keep trimming! If you keep trimming down the sides of the nail, it will eventually even out.
And now for the truth:
The number one treatment is prevention. The best way to prevent your nails from becoming ingrown is to trim them properly. Properly trimming means straight across, and not too short, and not rounding off the edges. Prevention also includes making sure your shoes fit properly. If your toe box is too tight, it will compress your toes which can cause a painful ingrown toenail.
If you do have an ingrown toenail however, you can try soaking the affected toe in warm water several times a day and try to gently massage the nail out of the skin. If you notice redness, pus or discharge, swelling, or heat in the area, this means it is infected and it is time call your podiatrist!
Why it’s important:
First of all, ingrown toenails hurt! Second of all, they can easily become infected if left untreated. If you are a diabetic patient or if you have a medical condition that suppresses your immune system, an infection in your feet can be devastating.
If you’re suffering from an ingrown toenail, call us today! Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers 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!
Jogging is a great way to stay active and keep your heart and body healthy. Unfortunately, it can also come with a host of potential issues for your feet. If you’re thinking about getting into jogging, make sure you take your time to get started. Jumping right into any new sport or activity, although tempting, can be dangerous to your feet and ankles. We’ve put together three prep exercises before you even hit the pavement, that can help prepare your body.
Three activities to prepare your body for jogging:
Stretch your legs well by sitting upright in a chair with another chair next to you. Put your foot onto that other chair and flatten your leg, lowering your knee towards the floor. Hold this position for 10 seconds. Then relax and repeat. This might seem easy, but it helps prepare your legs – especially the extra vulnerable knees – for jogging.
Using a soft surface such as a yoga mat, lay down on your side. Flatten out your leg that is closest to the floor and slowly raise your other leg into the air. Hold that pose for 10 seconds. Repeat this exercise 10 times, then alternate sides. This exercise is great to increase flexibility in your legs!
Find a small ledge with handrails, like a short set of stairs. Stand in front of the stair and hold on to the handrail. Next, place on foot up onto the ledge or stair and slowly press your body upwards. Repeat this exercise 10 times, then switch feet.
If you ease your body into sports and activities like jogging, you’re bound to have a more productive and successful experience. If you’re starting a new sport and want to make sure your feet and ankles are as healthy as can be, call us today. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers 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!