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The skin on your feet is susceptible to a number of different issues that can have a detrimental effect on your overall podiatric health. At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we want our Middlesex and Greater Hartford county patients to be proactive in preventing issues such as fungal infections, corns, blisters, and calluses.
Here are some simple steps you can take to avoid common skin disorders:
- Keep it clean. Wash your feet every day with soap and warm water. This will go a long way toward preventing bacterial and fungal infections.
- Don’t wear shoes that hurt. Shoes that fit properly are essential for preventing many foot problems, including skin breakdown. Corns, calluses and ingrown toenails can all be the result of shoes that are too tight or rub on a part of your foot. Get your feet professionally measured and discard shoes when they are worn out.
- Make sure feet stay dry. Moist conditions foster fungal growth. Dry feet completely after showering. Don’t let your feet sit in damp socks. Change them as soon as you notice they feel wet. If your feet tend to sweat excessively, dust them with talcum or anti-fungal foot powder each day before putting on your socks.
- Avoid sharing items that touch another person’s feet. Athlete’s foot and fungal toenails are spread by direct contact. Don’t use nail clippers, socks, shoes, towels or anything else that may have touched another person’s feet. Keep feet covered as well when walking in public places.
- Use a good quality moisturizer. During the winter months especially, it’s easy for the skin on your feet (and the rest of your body) to become dry. On your feet, this can lead to heel cracks and itchy skin. Before bed, apply an emollient moisturizer and a pair of cotton socks to sleep in and you’ll help your skin stay supple and soft.
- Don’t put off making an appointment if you have a new or ongoing foot problem. Progressive issues like bunions and overlapping toes can be the source of corns or open sores. Skin irritations that are not treated can become infected. If you have a foot concern, contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices so that our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. and Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M., can prescribe the correct treatment to keep your entire foot healthy.
Corns cause more problems than you would think they do. To deal with this annoying and nagging condition, our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., have the necessary experience and knowledge to help your corns cease being a problem to your daily plans. You can reach us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860) 563-1200, Bristol (860) 582-0747, Middletown (860) 346-5226, Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut.
Corns happen when pressure is placed on the foot, causing it to become out of balance and thereby adding resistance in an abnormal manner that’s localized on a specific area of the foot. Due to this focused area of abnormal pressure, thick areas of skin are formed on the feet to act as padding in these small areas which are hard corns. When the pressure of a corn results in swelling, pain occurs. Soft corns can form between toes because the skin in that location is moist. Corns can be symptomatic of other foot complications. Be sure to check out our Patient Education section for additional information about other foot conditions that may be in the background of a corn infection.
Corns can happen from badly fitting footwear, in the elderly because of the reduced natural padding in their feet or spending extended amounts of time on the feet. Treatment may involve having a medical professional removing the dead skin layers to access the corn. Padding will thereafter be used to redistribute weight evenly to relieve pressure. Proper footwear is a must during recovery and for long term foot and ankle health. Due to the nature of corns to cause unwanted and nagging pain, they may put a damper on your stride. To avoid corns becoming infected or overly painful, please contact our offices today so that we may provide the correct treatment and provide you with a recovery plan to make sure the weight bearing forces being absorbed by your feet are done so in an even manner.
It can become hard for the elderly to bend over and ensure that their feet are in top health. Some foot disorders common for the elderly include ingrown nails, diabetic ulcers, arthritis, fungal infections and corns. Symptoms of worsening conditions include a changing of color of feet to a bluish tint, a reduced sensation for pain, injuries that do not heal in a normal amount of time, numbness or cramping in your feet while walking or even while sitting for long periods of time.
Geriatric Foot Care is the care that elderly individuals must take for their feet because they are predisposed to a variety of foot complications. Some of these conditions can leave individuals in a disabled state if they do not prevent it from becoming more serious. Proper foot care will reduce common problems for the elderly and ensure that they are able to enjoy a quality of life that they originally expected to be able to experience. The elderly face a decrease in the quality of their bodily circulation. The decreased circulation is more difficult when the elderly have other conditions. Since geriatrics are less active, they have difficulties keeping their feet healthy. This is why geriatrics should inspect their feet on a daily basis to help them discover any abnormalities. They should avoid walking barefoot and keep their feet clean and dry by using creams or powder prescribed by their doctor. Toenails should be trimmed in a straight line. Geriatrics should practice sitting in a manner that prevents their knees from being crossed because it further cuts circulation. Our team, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., can help geriatrics with determining the best mode of treatment at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut. Contact us today to find out about advanced geriatric foot car. This should be thought of as a daily routine rather than a now and then type of occurrence. Our treatment is designed to keep our geriatric patient’s health in top shape.
Diabetic Foot Care should be treated with the urgency that it deserves. Diabetes is a dangerous disease because of the way it can put your feet in danger. This is not an overstatement, since a small cut can make for dangerous concerns. It can result in nerve damage to your feet, taking sensations and feeling away from your feet. Diabetes can also hinder the flow of blood to feet, which makes it much more difficult for your feet to heal after an injury. The lack of feeing could mean that diabetics don’t realize when their feet are injured. When infections are not noticed during their early stages, they have trouble healing thereafter and diabetics may have to go through an amputation of the infected foot. This is why diabetics must inspect the top and bottoms of their feet on a daily basis. Diabetics should take precaution not to use hot products on their feet, such as a hot water bottle. Since diabetics have high blood sugar levels that can lead to nerve issues, they should never leave ingrown toenails or any other foot condition alone since the risk of infection greatly increases with them.
If you are a diabetic and have pain in your feet, please contact our office for an appointment as soon as possible. Our doctors, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., can help to treat your feet at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut.
It should be noted that diabetics must take appropriate steps not to generally walk barefoot and to insulate their feet from extreme temperatures. Diabetics should check for blisters, cuts or dry skin on their feet and should never remove corns from their feet on their own. Another useful tip for diabetics to avoid sitting in a crossed leg position or in one position for an extended amount of time. You should have on comfortable shoes with a large toe box. Dry socks are also good.
A podiatrist is a medical professional who specializes in disorders of the foot and ankle. Some of the disorders they treat are blisters, breaks, bunions, corns, calluses, deformities and more. A Doctorate of Podiatric Medicines must be earned in order to practice as a podiatrist. These degrees are also known as their “DPM”. In the United States, there is only a small number of colleges that provide a Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine. These schools are competitive and only admit the best of the best.
Why Choose a Podiatrist?
Choosing a podiatrist is similar to choosing a mechanic to fix your car. The mechanic usually works on certain brands of cars and not on other brands. This is because it is their specialty. Like a mechanic, a podiatrist must have the most knowledge about the foot and ankle. Podiatrists focus solely on your feet and ankles and keep up with all the latest research and treatments for them.
If you are experiencing pain or notice your feet look or feel funny, it is important to contact a podiatrist right away. Breaks, fungus, blisters, and swelling are all other reasons why you should contact a podiatrist. If you are unsure whether you need to contact a podiatrist or not, first contact your primary care physician who can refer you to a podiatrist as needed.
What Types of Treatments do they use?
The type of treatment a podiatrist uses all depends on the patient and their needs. Your podiatrist will collect your medical history, your concerns, and examine your foot. Once all tests, examinations, x-rays, and other procedures are done and a diagnosis has occurred, then a treatment will be decided on a case by case basis.
How do I find a Podiatrist?
- Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC– We are located all over Connecticut including Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, Kensington. There Dr. Jeffrey Kahn will examine, diagnosis and treat your ailment.
- Google – Just type in Podiatrist and many options will appear on your screen
- Primary Care Physician – ask your primary care doctor for a referral
- Insurance – Your insurance provider will have a list of podiatrists that are covered by your insurance