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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.
Athlete’s foot is commonly referred to by this name because it’s common in athlete’s. It’s contagious and is actually a fungal infection. It occurs on the skin of the feet and can increase its coverage to the toenails. It can be contracted by direct contact with someone who has the fungus associated with this condition or by touching compromised surfaces. As in other conditions, the fungus that causes this tends to flourish in warm and moist areas. It’s found in gym locker rooms or swimming pools. After someone has this condition, they are more likely to get it again. Contact our office for an appointment to find out if you have it and if you are inadvertently spreading it to anyone else. Athlete's foot famously makes your feet itch and burn, especially between the toes. Your feet could experience cracking skin also. Most types of athlete’s foot can be treated on your own with store bought lotions. However, for severe cases of this condition, you may need a prescription for medicine that will work in a much stronger manner when rubbed onto the skin of your foot. 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 is imperative that you try to keep your feet clean and dry because the fungi that cause this condition do well in wet and warm places. To make sure you don’t ever get athlete’s foot after its initial occurrence, you can wear sandals in gym locker rooms or swimming pools, and also use a form of medicated powder to keep your feet dry. Wearing wide fitting shoes or open toe sandals made of special fabric that allows for moisture to escape will allow for your feet to withstand the chances of getting this condition because if there is fungus on your feet, it won’t thrive in your shoes.