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At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we hope that all of our Middlesex and Hartford County patients are staying healthy during this uncertain time of the Coronavirus. We are hearing that many families are getting a little stir crazy. We’d like to suggest a way to help the health of your feet (and the rest of your body) and restore some family sanity: exercise.
Being Active Has Multiple Benefits
Chances are your children are less active with the cancellation of school and the spring sports season. With limited places open and many adults unable to go into their offices, everyone is definitely low on steps and physical movement.
Exercise can be helpful in many ways:
- Helps maintain a healthy weight (or aids in a weight loss program)
- Improves circulation
- Keep legs, ankles and feet flexible
- Decreases stress
- Reduces blood sugar
- Lowers the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease
Although social distancing is the rule of the day, there are several ways you and your family can still be active and reap the benefits of exercise.
- Get the yard in shape. Its spring clean-up time. Rake leaves, pick up sticks, turn over gardens and trim bushes and shrubs.
- Set up the backyard Olympics. Create stations such as high jump, 50-foot dash, push-ups, pull-ups on the swing set, etc. and have each family member complete the circuit. Keep score and award prizes for best in individual categories and overall.
- Dance it out. Remember those old dance video games? Get them out! Or just turn on a good rock station and have your own dance party.
- Create an obstacle course. Find cones, bikes, and other objects in the garage and make your own obstacle course. Go thru by two’s or time one another to see who can get through the fastest.
Of course, even with seemingly unstructured physical fun, it’s important to wear the appropriate athletic shoes to keep feet safe. If you or a family member experiences heel pain or other podiatric discomforts while participating in fitness activities, be sure to contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices and get your feet evaluated by 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.
At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, one of our goals is educating our Hartford and Middlesex county patients on how to be proactive in the care of their feet. The risk for developing many common foot problems, including athlete’s foot, ingrown toenails, Achilles tendonitis, heel pain, and more, can be significantly reduced by taking good care of your feet. Observe the simple tips below, and your feet will thank you with many years of active life.
- Keep it clean-just washing your feet every day with soap and water will go a long way to helping you avoid infections. Always dry feet completely, especially between the toes. Wear clean socks every day and change them as soon as you notice they feel damp. It will help prevent athlete’s foot.
- Show good shoe sense-improper footwear is one of the single most significant causes of foot pain. Make sure you are wearing the right size shoe—if you’re unsure, have your feet professionally measured. Many patients have one foot that is larger than the other is. Always buy shoes to accommodate the bigger foot. Replace worn-out shoes to prevent falls and ankle sprains. It’s also a good idea to alternate your shoes and not wear the same pair every day.
- Take care of toenails-cut your toenails straight across but not too short. You don’t want the skin at the sides of the nail to be able to cover the nail edge. It can lead to an ingrown toenail. Ditto for if you round the edges of the nails.
- Don’t go barefoot- Keeping your feet covered will reduce the risk of cuts, puncture wounds, and fungal infections.
- Get foot pain evaluated promptly- It’s not normal. Ignoring foot pain can result in a condition that would have been easily corrected, turning into a major problem. If you are experiencing any foot or ankle discomfort, contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices for an appointment. (We offer late and early appointments to accommodate all schedules.) 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 perform a complete examination of your feet and provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment for your foot pain.
At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we know that the recent teases of warm weather interspersed with frigid days have many of our Hartford and Middlesex county patients packing their bags for a getaway to a warm destination. 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. want to ensure that common foot issues don’t derail your much-needed break from winter.
Here are some do’s and don’ts to ensure a great tropical vacation for your feet:
- Do: remember to wear socks to the airport. Unless you have TSA precheck, you’ll have to take your shoes off to pass through security. Infection and injury are possibilities with bare feet.
Don’t: forget to pack your custom orthotic device if the podiatrist has prescribed one for you to wear. Foot problems don’t take a vacation and you want to ensure that your feet are not hurting while you’re away.
- Do: bring the appropriate shoes for the activities you’ll be doing. If you plan to hike, shop or see the sights, sandals probably won’t cut it. If you’re planning a more active vacation and sports like golf or tennis are on your itinerary, don’t forget to bring your athletic shoes.
- Do: pack moleskin. Even comfortable shoes can start to rub on your feet if you are perspiring. A small piece applied to a spot that is starting to feel irritated can prevent a painful blister from forming.
Don’t: forget to put your flip-flops on when walking to the pool snack bar or restroom. Fungal infections like athlete’s foot and toenail fungus are spread by direct contact. It only takes a second to pick one up.
- Do: apply sunscreen to your feet with the same frequency you do to the rest of your body to prevent sunburn. Especially remember to reapply after swimming.
Don’t put off getting an injury evaluated on vacation should one occur. Prompt attention is best. You can always follow up with us when you return. Contact us for an appointment should you find yourself experiencing foot or ankle pain or notice any unusual symptoms when you return.
At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we know that you’re a busy person! That’s why we want to make sure your appointment with our podiatrists Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M.
Before You Go
Taking a few moments before your appointment to gather information and handle preliminary concerns will ensure that your visit goes smoothly and yields maximum help. We recommend the following:
- Contact your insurance company prior to your appointment to find out if a referral is required.
- If you have any special needs, called the office ahead of time and let us know.
- Consider bringing someone with you to the appointment—a second set of ears can be helpful.
- Write a list of all the concerns and questions you have regarding your
podiatriccondition. Check your list before your appointment ends and be sure all your questions have been answered.
- Compile a list of all the medications—prescription and over-the-counter—that you take and give it to the foot doctor. Also, be prepared to let the podiatrist know if you have any allergies, are pregnant or attempting to become pregnant.
- If your foot pain is related to a fitness or sports activity, bring the shoes you wear for the activity. Otherwise, wear a pair of shoes that you use frequently. The foot doctor may want to examine your shoes to check the wear pattern for additional insights about your condition.
Don’t Forget the Follow-up
If the podiatrist has asked you to come back to check on your condition, make the appointment before you leave the office. Schedule any required tests and ask when you can expect the results. If your condition worsens or you have any questions about your diagnosis or treatment after you leave the office, don’t hesitate to contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices.
In September we celebrate Falls Prevention Awareness Day, and at Connecticut Foot Care Centers we want to join in encouraging our senior patients and those who love them to take the necessary steps to stay safe. Did you know that falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries to older adults? There’s much you can do to prevent falls. Here are 6 suggestions:
- Get foot pain evaluated promptly. If your feet hurt, it alters the way you walk and this, in turn, can cause a fall. Make an appointment at 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.
orRaffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. candetermine the source of your foot pain and prescribe the correct treatment to alleviate it.
- Inspect your shoes periodically. Shoes that are stretched out, have worn down heels, loose stitching or tears in the uppers can trip you up. Be sure to get your foot measured professionally when buying new shoes because shoe size can increase with age, and wearing the wrong size will create discomfort.
Cross-checkyour medications. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist and make sure you are not taking medications that interact with one another to cause you to feel dizzy or lightheaded.
- Get your eyes examined. If your vision is failing, falls are obviously more likely. Stick to your checkup schedule and see the eye doctor in between visits if you feel that your vision has changed.
- Fall-proof your home. Add lighting
tostairs inside and out and also in the path you walk to get to the bathroom at night. Remove loose throw rugs, stacks of magazines on the floor and low plants and furniture. Keep electrical and computer cords out of walkways in your home.
- Consider taking an exercise class that focuses on building better balance. Ask at your local senior center or contact the department of aging in your town for locations and times.