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Did the holidays run your feet ragged this year? It might be time to treat yourself to an at-home pedicure! Running from Christmas party to party and rushing around shopping for gifts for everyone on your list can be tough on your feet. An at-home pedicure is a great way to start the New Year on the right foot (pun intended!). It prevents fungal infections by ensuring that the tools touching your toes are properly sanitized and up to your hygiene standards, plus it’s a great way to relax.
Follow these tips for a satisfying and relaxing at-home pedicure:
- Remove any existing nail polish from your toes using cotton balls and a dab of nail polish remover.
- Soften and clean your toes and feet by soaking them in warm, soapy water. Gently scrub them with a cloth and rinse them off.
- Use a pumice stone or a file to gently exfoliate layers of dead skin from your heel and the ball of your foot.
- Trim your toenails properly to avoid ingrown toenails, cutting them close but not too close and straight across. A good length is approximately as long as the nail bed. Use a file to smooth out rough edges.
- Push or trim overgrown cuticles. Be extra careful not to tear or scrape them to avoid any cuts that could lead to infection. If you’re a patient with diabetes, it might be best to skip this step to be cautious!
- Moisturize your feet with your favorite lotion. Spend extra time massaging tense areas. A great way to do this is to roll a tennis ball or water bottle under your foot.
- Lastly, remove excess moisture from your nails and apply your nail polish of choice. Make sure you leave plenty of time for the polish to dry before putting on shoes and socks.
An at-home pedicure party is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon with your friends too!
If you notice anything off with your feet during an at-home pedicure, it’s time to call us. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in caring for any foot or ankle issue. We provide the best in foot and ankle care and utilize the newest diagnostic and treatment techniques and technologies. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!
As winter weather sets in, it can bring with it a myriad of unpleasant symptoms, one of which being cracked heels. Colder temperatures often lead to dry, parched skin that can be uncomfortable and unsightly. Your heels are especially susceptible to cracks, especially if you have other underlying conditions like diabetes.
What causes heels to crack?
- Cold, dry climates
- Standing for extended periods of time
- Increased weight, either through obesity or a temporary gain such as through pregnancy
- Poor circulation
- Walking barefoot everywhere or wearing only open-backed shoes
- Skin conditions like fungal infections or psoriasis
- An unhealthy diet deficient in the proper minerals and vitamins
How can I relieve these symptoms of cracked heels?
Typically, a home remedy can improve minor cracked heels, but if you’re experiencing severe or recurring conditions, or if you have diabetes, you should consult with your foot care specialist for the best treatment options. If you are experiencing cracked heels this winter, try these tips:
- Moisturize your heels with a thick ointment or an oil-based balm twice daily
- Rub the thickened areas on your heel with a pumice stone
- Stay hydrated and make sure you’re eating a healthy diet
- Increase your intake of essential fatty acids
- Protect your feet with socks
Cracked heels left untouched can quickly become infected and painful. If you notice your heels bleeding or if they’re not healing after trying some home remedies, it’s time to call in the professionals. A podiatrist can help you recover more quickly, and can check for any underlying issues. Podiatrists can help by removing excess skin that might be contributing to your heels cracking, and can suggest proper topical creams that will help keep your skin moist and crack-free!
If you are dealing with recurring or painful cracked heels, it’s time to call us. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in caring for your heels or any foot or ankle issue. Our doctors stay up to date with the newest diagnostic and treatment techniques and technologies! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!
Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night with a shooting or burning intense pain in your big toe? You could have been suffering from gout. Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in your blood stream.
How does gout develop?
Your body forms uric acid as it breaks down purines – a substance found in rich meats like steak or organ meats, in rich sauces, and in alcohols. Uric acid is typically transported to the kidneys and passed through urine, but for people with an excess, it can lead to gout. That excess can be a result of low kidney function or excess uric acid production from too many purines. Dehydration is also a huge trigger for gout.
What symptoms come with gout?
A typical gout flare-up will come with sudden pain, inflammation, redness, and irritation in the joints of the big toe. This pain can last for hours and hours. Without treatment, it can recur in months and will eventually damage the joint.
How is gout treated?
While waiting for your podiatry appointment, the following can help ease symptoms:
• Medications to decrease pain and inflammation
• Icing and elevating the affected foot
• Drinking fluids
Your doctor will likely suggest one or a combination of the following to reduce your risk of gout attacks:
• Maintain a healthy weight
• Exercise regularly
• Reduce intake or avoid intake of alcohol, red meats, sugars, and shellfish
• Eat a balanced diet of veggies, whole grants, and plenty of fluids
If you are dealing with gout, it’s time to call us. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in caring for your gout or any foot or ankle issue. We provide the best in foot and ankle care and utilize the newest diagnostic and treatment techniques and technologies! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!
Podiatrists work on not only feet, but they also treat ankle injuries and issues daily. There are injuries in the bone and muscle, diseases, and many other ailments that can affect your ankles. Here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we’ve just about seen it all! We thought we’d put together some comprehensive information on what your ankle does. Read on to learn more ankle info.
Awesome Ankle Anatomy:
Your ankle is made up of seven bones, called tarsals. Just like all other parts of your body, these bones are held together by ligaments and muscles. Those muscles and ligaments also connect your ankle to your foot. Your ankle acts as an anchor, connecting your lower leg bones – the tibia and fibula – to your foot.
Your ankle acts as a joint or connection between your legs and feet, actually allowing us to move around. It helps to keep us upright and helps to maintain balance when we’re standing or moving. Because of the complex joints, muscles, and ligaments within the ankle, it is flexible enough to shift front and back. This motion allows your body the flexibility it needs to run, jump, walk, and move any way you want!
Your ankles are susceptible to sprains, tears, breaks, and other painful injuries. Ankle sprains can also lead to a condition called Chronic Lateral Ankle Pain. Often, with conditions like arthritis, ankles can lock up as well. If your ankle locks up or becomes immobile, your body will turn to other parts to counteract the pressure and strain of movements. This will add extra pressure on your knees, feet, and hips, which will cause aches and pains down the line.
If you’re suffering from an ankle injury, we’re here for you. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers provide the best in foot and ankle care and utilize the newest diagnostic and treatment techniques and technologies! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!
If you’ve ever wondered exactly what a podiatrist does, this is the blog for you! We’re taking this week to discuss the basics of podiatry and answer questions you might have, starting with the most basic:
What is a podiatrist?
A doctor who diagnoses and treats conditions primarily of the feet and ankles. The letters DPM mean your doctor has gone through years of training, learning all about the functions and structures of the feet and ankles.
What are a podiatrist’s qualifications?
Podiatrists go through training similar to other doctors. They have completed four years of education in a podiatric medical school and three additional years of hospital residency. Many podiatrists have additional training to specialize in things such as sports medicine, podiatric surgery, wound care, pediatrics, diabetic care, and more. These highly trained specialists are the most qualified health care professionals to care for your feet and ankles!
When and why should I visit a podiatrist?
If you’ve noticed pain in your feet and ankles, or if you have had sudden changes in the look or feel of those areas, you should make an appointment with a podiatrist. If you have a chronic medical condition that affects the feet such as diabetes or high blood pressure, it’s also important to see a podiatrist for regular foot checkups.
What things do podiatrists treat?
Podiatrists like our team here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers treat a myriad of issues. They can diagnose and treat issues such as:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Fungal Nails
- Athlete’s Foot
- Ingrown Toenails
- Diabetic Foot Issues
- Sports Injuries
- And SO MUCH more
What if I need surgery?
Podiatrists can also usually perform surgery on bones, ligaments, tendons, and joints of your feet and ankles. If conservative treatments don’t do the trick for things like bunions, neuromas, hammertoes, or other issues, surgery might be the next option.
Did this answer your podiatric ponderings? If you’ve got more questions or if you’re suffering from a foot or ankle issue, call us today! Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers provide the best in foot care and utilize the newest diagnostic and treatment techniques and technologies! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!