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At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC we encourage all of our patients to be proactive in the health of their feet. Patients with diabetes, however, have to be even more diligent in the care of their feet. Diabetes delivers a double whammy when it comes to podiatric health. First, many patients with this disease experience problems with circulation. This means injuries and infections can be very difficult to heal. Second, neuropathy or lack of sensation in the feet is also common in diabetic patients, making it challenging to detect injuries and symptoms of disorders promptly.
Below are some recommendations for foot care for diabetic patients:
- Get in the habit of inspecting your feet regularly, or ask someone else to do for you if you cannot easily see your entire foot. Look for changes in shape, size, skin color, toenail condition, bruises, cuts, rashes, lumps or swelling. Report anything unusual to 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. promptly.
- Take special care when choosing your footwear. Be sure shoes have a roomy toe box and are made of soft, flexible material. Keep heels lower than two inches. Periodically run your hand around the inside of your shoes to check for loose stitching or rough spots that may rub on your skin.
- Keep feet dry. Always towel dry your feet completely after washing, especially between your toes. That’s where athlete’s foot often starts. If you sweat excessively, use an anti-fungal powder each morning. Change your socks during the day if you notice they are damp. This will greatly reduce the risk of fungal infections.
- Avoid going barefoot. This will help prevent cuts and puncture wounds. It will also lessen the chances of getting a foot infection or warts, as these are spread by direct contact.
- Do not attempt to remove corns or calluses on your own. This can lead to an injury that could become infected. If you need help properly trimming your nails, ask the podiatrist.
Even seemingly minor foot problems can become major threats to your health if you have diabetes. Take the proper precautions to prevent foot and ankle issues. If you have questions about how to care for your diabetic feet, contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices.
According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, there are nearly 18,000 podiatrists currently practicing in the United States. A podiatrist is a specialized doctor who diagnoses and treats illnesses, deformities, and other conditions of the foot, ankle, and lower leg. He or she is uniquely qualified to care for this part of your body.
When you see the letters DPM after your doctor’s name, it indicates that he or she is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine and has completed years of challenging education and residency. Podiatric medical training is similar to the training of other doctors. Your podiatrist has completed four years of training in a podiatric medical school and followed it with three years of hospital residency. Some podiatrists have subspecialties, just like other doctors do. These can include foot and ankle surgery, sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics (children), and diabetic care. Without question, a podiatrist is the most qualified health care professional to care for your feet.
You should schedule an appointment to be seen by a podiatrist if there have been changes in the look or feel of your feet or if you are experiencing sudden or chronic foot and/or ankle pain. It’s also important to visit a podiatrist regularly for routine preventative care. This is critical if you have a chronic health condition such as Peripheral Arterial Disease, which can lead to problematic foot and ankle conditions.
- diabetic foot care
- skin conditions of the feet
- toenail fungus
- foot and ankle injuries
- heel pain/plantar fasciitis
- ingrown toenails
- corns and calluses
Podiatrists can usually perform surgery on the bones, ligaments, tendons and joints of the foot and ankle, depending on their certifications, state license, or credentials at a hospital. They often perform such surgeries as:
- plantar fascia release
- bunion correction
- ankle ligament reconstruction
- hammertoe reconstruction
- tarsal tunnel release
- excision of a neuroma
Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC is Connecticut’s preferred destination for foot and ankle care. Every day, Jeffrey Kahn, DPM and the friendly, professional staff see people just like you. Whether you have a specific concern in need of in need of diagnosis and treatment, or you simply want to maintain the good health of your feet and ankles, we’re here to help. Click here to schedule an appointment in one of our convenient offices in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, and Kensington.
Steps to Keep Diabetic Feet Healthy
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report, about 60 percent of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations occur for people ages 20 and older who are living with diabetes. It is very important for diabetics to be aware of whatever cuts or wounds they may have on their feet; due to nerve damage related to diabetes, diabetics often do not realize they even have them. The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) has offered some advice to help diabetics protect their foot health. Inspect the feet daily for cuts, bruises, or sores, and treat wounds immediately. Exercise by walking, which can help you maintain a healthy weight and improve circulation. Keep feet covered and avoid going barefoot if possible. Have a podiatrist safely remove any calluses, warts, or corns.
Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent infection. If you are diabetic and have any concerns, consult with one of our podiatrists at Connecticut Foot Care Centers. Our podiatrists can treat your diabetic feet.
Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.
The Importance of Caring for Your Feet
- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.
Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels as this test lets the physician know how well the blood sugar levels have been controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). It is advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet.
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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
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Danish researchers held a study that found overweight children are more susceptible in suffering an injury to the foot, ankle, or leg during physical activity. The researchers learned this by studying 632 overweight children who attended physical education classes for an hour and a half each week for two and a half years.
The entire group of children experienced a total 673 lower-limb injuries during this time. The children who were heavier had an average of 5.3 injuries for every 1000 “athletic exposures,” while that rate was only 4.4 per 1000 for children at healthier weights. "In the bigger picture the need to get all kids more active, and particularly overweight children, is imperative," sports medicine researcher Malachy McHugh said. McHugh was not involved in the study.
As an epidemic, obesity negatively affects all life stages. Seek the help of one of our podiatrists at Connecticut Foot Care Centers. can examine your child’s feet and provide the right care and treatment for them.
How Obesity Affects Your Feet
Extra weight can sneak up on anyone unprepared. It’s not until your feet begin to hurt at the end of the day when you realize they have been carrying your entire body weight. There are many side effects that occur in the feet as a result of having a few extra pounds.
- Leaning forward (uneven posture)
- Extra weight placed in the wrong parts of your feet
- Development of Type-2 diabetes
- Loss of sensation in the legs and feet
- Small sores
- Plantar Fasciitis
Treating your feet can be helped by paying special attention to your footwear and your own body. Investing in yourself can help to lead you on a better road to health as well as serve to relieve some of the issues related to your feet.
- Invest in shoes that allow for good circulation and support
- Losing weight can help prevent and treat diabetes in addition to other diseases
- Activities such as yoga and water aerobics can help keep you active and mobile without placing stress on your feet
- Foot stretches can help alleviate some pain associated with foot conditions.
If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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