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At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC we encourage all of our patients to be proactive in the health of their feet. Patients with diabetes, however, have to be even more diligent in the care of their feet. Diabetes delivers a double whammy when it comes to podiatric health. First, many patients with this disease experience problems with circulation. This means injuries and infections can be very difficult to heal. Second, neuropathy or lack of sensation in the feet is also common in diabetic patients, making it challenging to detect injuries and symptoms of disorders promptly.
Below are some recommendations for foot care for diabetic patients:
- Get in the habit of inspecting your feet regularly, or ask someone else to do for you if you cannot easily see your entire foot. Look for changes in shape, size, skin color, toenail condition, bruises, cuts, rashes, lumps or swelling. Report anything unusual to our podiatrists Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. or Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. promptly.
- Take special care when choosing your footwear. Be sure shoes have a roomy toe box and are made of soft, flexible material. Keep heels lower than two inches. Periodically run your hand around the inside of your shoes to check for loose stitching or rough spots that may rub on your skin.
- Keep feet dry. Always towel dry your feet completely after washing, especially between your toes. That’s where athlete’s foot often starts. If you sweat excessively, use an anti-fungal powder each morning. Change your socks during the day if you notice they are damp. This will greatly reduce the risk of fungal infections.
- Avoid going barefoot. This will help prevent cuts and puncture wounds. It will also lessen the chances of getting a foot infection or warts, as these are spread by direct contact.
- Do not attempt to remove corns or calluses on your own. This can lead to an injury that could become infected. If you need help properly trimming your nails, ask the podiatrist.
Even seemingly minor foot problems can become major threats to your health if you have diabetes. Take the proper precautions to prevent foot and ankle issues. If you have questions about how to care for your diabetic feet, contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices.
Being diagnosed with arthritis by your podiatrist can be scary. When it comes to learning how to navigate your life with the development of arthritis, you’re never alone at Connecticut Foot Care Centers. Our doctors find that education and preparation are the best way to ensure a happy and healthy future with arthritis.
The term arthritis is actually an umbrella term for several different types of conditions and diseases that affect the bones and joints in our bodies. Looking at the big picture, there are over 100 different types of arthritis. This makes it even more important to prepare and educate yourself on what arthritis is, how it affects the body, what puts you at risk of developing arthritis, and how to get diagnosed. Considering arthritis impacts almost 40 million people in the United States alone, chances are someone you walked by today has arthritis. Gaining a support system to tackle arthritis is easy when you’re under the care of Dr. Jeffrey S. Kahn, Dr. Craig M. Kaufman, Dr. Ayman M. Latif, or Dr. Raffaella R. Pascarella.
As a condition, arthritis causes pain and swelling of the joints within our bodies. Most often, arthritis affects our extremities such as our hands and feet. When it comes to our feet, the big toe is most often affected, second our other toes and our ankles. Being diagnosed with arthritis can be discouraging at first, but there are plenty of methods and treatments offered today to help manage arthritis. What are some easy ways we can approach managing arthritis?
Cold Therapy - Inflammation that causes pain and discomfort can be quickly relieved by applying ice packs for 10-15 minutes at a time.
Compression Sleeves - Keeping your circulation flowing will ensure proper nutrients are being sent to where they’re needed most!
Low-Impact Exercises - Daily movement has actually been proven to reduce many symptoms of arthritis by keeping the joints lubricated and flexible.
Our doctors are here to help you along the way. If you want to look into other ways to treat your symptoms of arthritis, including steroid injections and the removal of fluid buildup, contact us today to schedule an appointment. We have six locations throughout Connecticut in Bristol, Rocky Hill, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, and Kensington.