Posts for tag: Foot Problems
It’s almost time for Halloween and at Connecticut Foot Care Centers we’d like to make our contribution to this scary season by discussing some symptoms of foot conditions that might give you a fright.
Oozing—it’s never a pretty sight when skin or toenails show signs of discharge, particularly if it’s foul-smelling or looks like pus. This is not a symptom to ignore. With some disorders such as athlete’s foot, it means the infection is progressing with an increased risk of spreading to other parts of your body. If pus is present, there’s a good chance an infection has developed. If the area feels warm and tender and/or you have a fever, as well, you should seek medical attention immediately.
Black toes—although looking down and seeing that your toenail is black may be alarming, it’s not usually a reason for concern. The black that you see is most likely blood that has pooled under the nail, often as a result of an injury or trauma such as a heavy object falling on the toe. This is also a common condition for runners, dancers and other patients who participate in an activity where the toe repeatedly rubs up against the front of the shoe.
Lumps—the tricky thing about
Foot conditions can be tricky to diagnose by appearance alone. It’s always best to get suspicious symptoms checked out promptly to get the proper treatment.
In lieu of National Foot Health Awareness month, the National Diabetes Education Program has posted some suggestions to help protect the feet from infection and prevent serious foot problems.
Simply checking the feet every day and taking care to check between the toes and at the bottom of the foot can help reveal small cuts or blisters that may be developing. The feet should also be kept dry, particularly between the toes.
Wash the feet every day, as this promotes good health and also provides for a great time to check the feet. The feet should be kept soft and moisturized with lotion or cream to prevent cracked heels. All of these measures can pave the way for optimal daily foot care.
Regardless of season or weather, everyday foot care should be practiced year round. For more information about everyday foot care, consult with one of our podiatrists from Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. Our doctors will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.
Every Day Foot Care
Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.
For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.
Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.
If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.