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Posts for: December, 2018

By contactus@ctfootcare.com
December 26, 2018
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Did the holidays run your feet ragged this year? It might be time to treat yourself to an at-home pedicure! Running from Christmas party to party and rushing around shopping for gifts for everyone on your list can be tough on your feet. An at-home pedicure is a great way to start the New Year on the right foot (pun intended!). It prevents fungal infections by ensuring that the tools touching your toes are properly sanitized and up to your hygiene standards, plus it’s a great way to relax.

Follow these tips for a satisfying and relaxing at-home pedicure:

  1. Remove any existing nail polish from your toes using cotton balls and a dab of nail polish remover.
  2. Soften and clean your toes and feet by soaking them in warm, soapy water. Gently scrub them with a cloth and rinse them off.
  3. Use a pumice stone or a file to gently exfoliate layers of dead skin from your heel and the ball of your foot.
  4. Trim your toenails properly to avoid ingrown toenails, cutting them close but not too close and straight across. A good length is approximately as long as the nail bed. Use a file to smooth out rough edges.
  5. Push or trim overgrown cuticles. Be extra careful not to tear or scrape them to avoid any cuts that could lead to infection. If you’re a patient with diabetes, it might be best to skip this step to be cautious!
  6. Moisturize your feet with your favorite lotion. Spend extra time massaging tense areas. A great way to do this is to roll a tennis ball or water bottle under your foot.
  7. Lastly, remove excess moisture from your nails and apply your nail polish of choice. Make sure you leave plenty of time for the polish to dry before putting on shoes and socks.

An at-home pedicure party is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon with your friends too!

If you notice anything off with your feet during an at-home pedicure, it’s time to call us. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in caring for any foot or ankle issue. 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!


By contactus@ctfootcare.com
December 17, 2018
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As winter weather sets in, it can bring with it a myriad of unpleasant symptoms, one of which being cracked heels. Colder temperatures often lead to dry, parched skin that can be uncomfortable and unsightly. Your heels are especially susceptible to cracks, especially if you have other underlying conditions like diabetes.

What causes heels to crack?

  • Cold, dry climates
  • Standing for extended periods of time
  • Increased weight, either through obesity or a temporary gain such as through pregnancy
  • Poor circulation
  • Walking barefoot everywhere or wearing only open-backed shoes
  • Skin conditions like fungal infections or psoriasis
  • An unhealthy diet deficient in the proper minerals and vitamins

How can I relieve these symptoms of cracked heels?

Typically, a home remedy can improve minor cracked heels, but if you’re experiencing severe or recurring conditions, or if you have diabetes, you should consult with your foot care specialist for the best treatment options. If you are experiencing cracked heels this winter, try these tips:

  • Moisturize your heels with a thick ointment or an oil-based balm twice daily
  • Rub the thickened areas on your heel with a pumice stone
  • Stay hydrated and make sure you’re eating a healthy diet
  • Increase your intake of essential fatty acids
  • Protect your feet with socks

Cracked heels left untouched can quickly become infected and painful. If you notice your heels bleeding or if they’re not healing after trying some home remedies, it’s time to call in the professionals. A podiatrist can help you recover more quickly, and can check for any underlying issues. Podiatrists can help by removing excess skin that might be contributing to your heels cracking, and can suggest proper topical creams that will help keep your skin moist and crack-free!

If you are dealing with recurring or painful cracked heels, it’s time to call us. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in caring for your heels or any foot or ankle issue. Our doctors stay up to date with 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!


By contactus@ctfootcare.com
December 11, 2018
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Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night with a shooting or burning intense pain in your big toe? You could have been suffering from gout. Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in your blood stream.

How does gout develop?

Your body forms uric acid as it breaks down purines – a substance found in rich meats like steak or organ meats, in rich sauces, and in alcohols. Uric acid is typically transported to the kidneys and passed through urine, but for people with an excess, it can lead to gout. That excess can be a result of low kidney function or excess uric acid production from too many purines. Dehydration is also a huge trigger for gout.

What symptoms come with gout?

A typical gout flare-up will come with sudden pain, inflammation, redness, and irritation in the joints of the big toe. This pain can last for hours and hours. Without treatment, it can recur in months and will eventually damage the joint.

How is gout treated?

While waiting for your podiatry appointment, the following can help ease symptoms:

•    Medications to decrease pain and inflammation

•    Icing and elevating the affected foot

•    Drinking fluids

Your doctor will likely suggest one or a combination of the following to reduce your risk of gout attacks:

•    Maintain a healthy weight

•    Exercise regularly

•    Reduce intake or avoid intake of alcohol, red meats, sugars, and shellfish

•    Eat a balanced diet of veggies, whole grants, and plenty of fluids

•    Wear shoes that fit right and try custom orthotics

 

If you are dealing with gout, it’s time to call us. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in caring for your gout or any foot or ankle issue. 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!


By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
December 03, 2018
Tags: Bunions   custom orthotics  

Shoe shopping can be tough even when you have perfectly normal feet, but buying shoes for bunions can be excruciating! Shoe stores can have too many options and salespeople can be pushy with the latest trends – it can be overwhelming. Shoes are extremely important to keep your feet healthy and safe, though. Therefore, it’s important to take the time to educate yourself on the best type of shoes that your individual feet need. Wearing the right shoes for your feet can prevent a whole host of foot and ankle problems.

Bunions are very common foot conditions that affect many people, especially women. They typically manifest as bony protrusions on the edge of the big toe joint and can cause your toes to bend out towards your pinky toes. Pressure from a too-tight shoe or other uncomfortable situation can gradually cause bunions to grow worse. As bunions get worse, so does the pain and discomfort associated with them. One way to prevent them worsening is to ensure you always wear shoes that fit right and prevent additional pressure on the toes. That’s why we put together some shoe shopping tips for bunions.

Look for these qualities when shoe shopping with bunions:

  • Flexible shoe material: Shoes should be made from a breathable material like mesh or canvas. These materials offer more flexibility which can accommodate your bunion, rather than adding more pressure.
  • Wide toe boxes: Make sure you have enough room in your toe area when you try on shoes. This will prevent adding pressure to the already-enlarged joint.
  • Larger sized shoes: Trying on a half-size up can create a little extra space for your bunion and make room for any orthotics or other inserts your podiatrist might prescribe.

If you’ve got a bunion forming, it’s time to call a podiatrist who can help examine and assess your condition. A podiatrist might recommend a custom orthotic made for your foot that can help correct any abnormalities in your foot mechanics. They might also suggest physical therapy, stretches, or – in really advanced cases that don’t respond to conservative methods – reconstructive surgery might be the only option.

Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in caring for your bunion or any foot or ankle issue. 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!