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By contactus@ctfootcare.com
December 26, 2018
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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:

  1. Remove any existing nail polish from your toes using cotton balls and a dab of nail polish remover.
  2. Soften and clean your toes and feet by soaking them in warm, soapy water. Gently scrub them with a cloth and rinse them off.
  3. Use a pumice stone or a file to gently exfoliate layers of dead skin from your heel and the ball of your foot.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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!

By contactus@ctfootcare.com
December 17, 2018
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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!

By contactus@ctfootcare.com
December 11, 2018
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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

•    Wear shoes that fit right and try custom orthotics

 

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!

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
November 27, 2018
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As winter rapidly approaches, it feels like we have to switch up our care routine to prevent a whole new batch of issues that can occur with our feet! One of those common winter afflictions is a condition called chilblains. If you’ve ever rushed inside from the cold to warm up your feet and experienced a burning or itching sensation in your toes and feet, you’ve likely experienced chilblains.

What are chilblains?

Chilblains are an inflammatory response to a tissue injury caused by cold and humidity. The cold can damage your skin’s capillary beds, which can become irritated. Chilblains are often associated with the following:

  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Blisters
  • Inflammation

Typically chilblains occur alone, but can sometimes be a manifestation of a more serious condition. A history of chilblains might point to connective tissue disease, so check in with your podiatrist if you experience them often.

How can I prevent chilblains?

It’s no doubt that chilblains can be uncomfortable! Luckily, they are mostly preventable. Follow these steps:

  • Dress properly for the cold, including enclosed shoes and warm socks
  • Avoid tight-fitting socks or shoes
  • Try to avoid sustained contact with the cold outdoors
  • When coming back in, gradually warm up your feet
  • Improve blood circulation through regular exercise

If you have diabetes or another condition coupled with poor circulation, it’s important to consult your podiatrist for other treatment and prevention options.

I got chilblains, now what?

If seen by a podiatrist, chilblains will heal within a week or two. Here’s how they’re treated:

  • Keeping the area warm
  • Applying a topical steroid cream
  • Taking vitamin D and calcium supplements

If left untreated, chilblains can lead to skin ulceration, cracked or broken skin, and infection.

If you’re suffering from chilblains, or any other foot or ankle issue, call us today. 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!

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
November 20, 2018
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Diabetes is a debilitating disease that causes a whole range of short-term and long-term effects on anyone who is dealing with it. Since November is National Diabetes Month, we here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers are taking time to discuss the disease with our patients as much as possible. If you’re one of the 29 million people in America who are dealing with diabetes daily, you know the effects are many and varied.

Short-term effects of diabetes

There are several things that happen to individuals with diabetes when their bodies’ blood sugar levels are outside of normal range. Here are a few:

  • Lack of energy
  • Blurred vision
  • Excessive thirst
  • Excessive hunger
  • Increased need to urinate
  • Feeling lethargic
  • Weakness
  • Shaking
  • Nervousness
  • Sense of confusion

Long-term effects of diabetes

If you’ve been suffering from diabetes for many years, your risk for the long-term effects or complications are increased. Those effects include:

  • Kidney disease
  • Retina damage
  • Blindness
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Blood vessel damage 
  • Nerve damage

How diabetes affects your feet

Nerve damage, or neuropathy, and blood vessel damage, or peripheral arterial disease, are two common long-term effects that concern podiatrists the most. Nerve damage can rapidly lead to numbness, which can make it tough for a diabetic patient to detect a foot injury or laceration. If you do suffer a scratch, cut, or abrasion to your foot as a diabetic with blood vessel damage, then the wound will heal much more slowly than it would in a non-diabetic foot. Wounds that do not heal can rapidly progress to becoming infected. In worst-case-scenarios, an infection in the foot of a patient with diabetes will result in amputation of a toe, foot, or even the entire lower leg.

If you have diabetes, the good news is that those who take concrete steps to improve their health and blood sugar levels can delay these long-term effects. If you have diabetes and have not had a podiatric checkup in a while, call us today. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in caring for diabetic feet. 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!