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Winter’s officially here in Greater Hartford and Middlesex counties and we at Connecticut Foot Care Centers want to give our patients the information they need to protect their feet and ankles during this chilly season.
Here are four suggestions to keep in mind this winter:
Prevent Frostbite. When your body is exposed to extreme cold for a significant period of time, frostbite can result. Usually, frostbite in your feet will occur in stages: toes may first turn bright red and over time darken to purple or blue and start to feel numb. Wear warm socks or multiple layers of socks if you plan to enjoy an outdoor winter activity. Limit the amount of time spent in the cold. If you suspect frostbite, immerse feet in warm—not hot—water and seek medical assistance immediately.
Avoid spills. Icy sidewalks, snowy parking lots and temperatures that drop suddenly all create the perfect storm for a slip or fall that can end in an ankle sprain or fracture. Wear the appropriate footwear for wintry weather and pay attention to where you’re walking. Icy patches can be difficult to detect in the dark. Keep areas around the entrance to your home cleared, salted and well-lit to avoid falls.
- Keep athlete’s foot away. Wearing heavy winter socks in your heated car, office, and stores can cause feet to perspire excessively. Being stuck in wet socks for long periods of time increases the risk of fungal infections. Dust feet with an anti-fungal powder at the beginning of the day and change your socks as soon as you notice that they feel damp.
- Don’t suffer sports injuries. If you enjoy winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating, check your equipment and especially your footwear to make sure they are in good condition and still fit properly. Consider taking a lesson or two if you are new to a sport to learn how to safely stop and navigate in the snow or on the ice. If you do sustain a foot or ankle injury, follow the RICE regimen of Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation, and promptly contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices.
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 examine your feet and ankles and treat your foot or ankle injury.
In honor of the New Year, here are some basic foot care tips that will keep you on the right foot all year long. Remember, podiatrists are here to help when you have a problem with your foot or ankle. Give us a call if you are experiencing any pain, discomfort, or notice anything abnormal.
- Don't ignore foot pain. It is not normal. If you experience any type of persistent pain from the foot or ankle, please contact our office.
- Inspect your feet regularly. Pay attention to changes in color and temperature. Look for thick or discolored nails (a sign of developing fungus), and check for cracks or cuts in the skin. Peeling or scaling on the soles of the feet may indicate Athlete's foot. Any growth on the foot is not considered normal.
- Wash your feet regularly, especially between the toes, and be sure to dry them completely.
- Trim toenails straight across, but not too short. Be careful not to cut nails in corners or on the sides; this can lead to ingrown toenails. Persons with diabetes, poor circulation, or heart problems should not treat their own feet, because they are more prone to infection.
- Make sure that your shoes fit properly. Purchase new shoes later in the day when feet tend to be at their largest, and replace worn out shoes as soon as possible.
- Select and wear the right shoe for each sport or activity that you are engaged in (e.g. running shoes for running).
- Alternate shoes- don't wear the same pair of shoes every day.
- Avoid walking barefooted. Your feet will be more prone to injury and infection. At the beach or when wearing sandals always use sunblock on your feet.
- Be cautious when using home remedies for foot ailments. Self-treatment may turn a minor problem into a major one.
- If you are a diabetic, please contact our office and schedule a check-up at least once a year.
If you believe have a foot problem and do not currently see a podiatrist, call one of our six locations to make an appointment.
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