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At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, one of our goals is educating our Hartford and Middlesex county patients on how to be proactive in the care of their feet. The risk for developing many common foot problems, including athlete’s foot, ingrown toenails, Achilles tendonitis, heel pain, and more, can be significantly reduced by taking good care of your feet. Observe the simple tips below, and your feet will thank you with many years of active life.
- Keep it clean-just washing your feet every day with soap and water will go a long way to helping you avoid infections. Always dry feet completely, especially between the toes. Wear clean socks every day and change them as soon as you notice they feel damp. It will help prevent athlete’s foot.
- Show good shoe sense-improper footwear is one of the single most significant causes of foot pain. Make sure you are wearing the right size shoe—if you’re unsure, have your feet professionally measured. Many patients have one foot that is larger than the other is. Always buy shoes to accommodate the bigger foot. Replace worn-out shoes to prevent falls and ankle sprains. It’s also a good idea to alternate your shoes and not wear the same pair every day.
- Take care of toenails-cut your toenails straight across but not too short. You don’t want the skin at the sides of the nail to be able to cover the nail edge. It can lead to an ingrown toenail. Ditto for if you round the edges of the nails.
- Don’t go barefoot- Keeping your feet covered will reduce the risk of cuts, puncture wounds, and fungal infections.
- Get foot pain evaluated promptly- It’s not normal. Ignoring foot pain can result in a condition that would have been easily corrected, turning into a major problem. If you are experiencing any foot or ankle discomfort, contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices for an appointment. (We offer late and early appointments to accommodate all schedules.) 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. will perform a complete examination of your feet and provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment for your foot pain.
New research shows that having chilly feet increases the risk of catching a cold, flu, or other viruses. According to Dr. Ron Eccles, director of Cardiff University’s Common Cold Centre, most people carry the bugs which cause colds and flu in their nose already without them showing the symptoms that make them ill. If the temperature of their feet drops, however, a change is initiated in the body that causes their nose to become cold, increasing the likelihood of the development of a full-blown cold. While children who are actively playing and joggers typically don’t have cold feet because they are running, children who are often sitting stationary are at a higher risk of getting cold feet and catching a virus. “If you can’t afford to catch a cold—for example if you’ve got an illness like bronchitis—you should keep your nose warm in winter, wear warm shoes and don’t let your feet get wet,” Dr. Eccles said.
Everyday foot care is important in maintaining overall health. 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.