Posts for: June, 2019
School’s out and your children are most likely excited to trade classrooms and homework for carefree days of playing and enjoying the great outdoors. At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we know that summer presents a unique set of challenges for children’s feet. Below are some podiatric problems that we want to alert parents to and also what precautions to take to prevent them.
Ankle Sprains—if your child’s summer shoe style of choice is flip-flops, they are exposing their feet to an increased risk of injury. Although quick to slip on, flip-flops provide no structure or support for the feet. Running or playing sports in these types of shoes will likely result in ankle sprains or other injuries.
Fungal Infections—the one time that flip-flops are an appropriate shoe choice is when you are spending a day at a public pool or beach. Warm temperatures and moist conditions are ideal conditions for fungal infections to thrive. Athlete’s foot, fungal toenails, and warts are a few examples of foot infections that are passed on by direct contact. Your child’s best defense is keeping feet covered in public places.
Sun Burn—for some reason, the feet often get overlooked when it’s time to apply sunscreen. Yet the skin on your feet burns just as easily as the skin anywhere else on your body. Even a single bad burn can increase your child’s risk for skin cancer in the future. Use a water-resistant, broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Look for an SPF of 15 or greater. Reapply every two hours and/or after swimming.
Cuts and Puncture Wounds—don’t let your child go barefoot outdoors. Even in your own yard, sharp objects can be hidden in the grass that could result in a nasty cut or puncture wound. Be sure to treat any wounds promptly by cleaning thoroughly and bandaging after applying antibiotic ointment.
If your child does sustain an injury or you notice any unusual symptoms on your child’s feet, contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices. 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. will examine your child’s feet and ankles, diagnose the problem and provide the correct treatment.
At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC we are celebrating men this month and encouraging our male patients and those who love them to take the best care possible of their feet. It’s a fact, according to several studies men often need a little push when it comes to their health. We want to help male patients recognize the importance of being proactive about podiatric care and the fact that it doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. Below are some suggestions for our male patients (and the females who care about them).
- Don’t ignore foot pain. Of course, you’re busy and have lots of other things to do when you’re not working besides visiting the foot doctor for that annoying pain in your foot or ankle. But, putting off seeking treatment can actually put you on the disabled list for an extended period of time. Continuing to walk on a foot that hurts is likely to increase damage and the need for longer and more invasive treatment. If you are in pain, contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices. 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. will examine your feet and ankles, track down the cause of your discomfort and prescribe the correct treatment to get you back on track pain-free.
- Throw out worn out shoes. Shoe shopping may not be your most favorite past time but continuing to wear shoes that are stretched out or have lost their arch support is just asking for foot pain and disorders like ankle sprains and plantar fasciitis. Visit a reputable footwear store and while you’re there, get your foot professionally measured—shoe size can change with time. Most people have one foot that is larger than the other. Always buy to accommodate the larger foot and take the time to try on both shoes and walk around for several minutes to ensure that shoes fit comfortably.
- Develop good foot care habits. Wash feet daily and check them over to make sure there are no changes in skin or toenails, lumps or growths, bruises, swelling or other unusual symptoms that could signal the beginning of a foot problem.
- Make good lifestyle choices. Regular exercise, a healthy diet, not smoking and limiting the amount of alcohol you consume will all help you maintain good overall health. This, in turn, will help prevent diseases like diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, and arthritis that could cause foot damage.
If you have questions about men’s foot health issues, contact us today.
Your podiatrist deals with a wide range of lower extremity conditions and disorders. At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we want to encourage patients to contact us if they have a concern about their feet. No symptom is too trivial. In fact, sometimes unusual changes in your feet, even if they are not painful, can signal the beginning of a serious condition. In some cases, your feet may be the place where other diseases that affect your entire body may first show up, including diabetes, arthritis, and circulatory or nerve issues.
- Any pain in your feet or ankles that is persistent.
- Severe cracking, peeling or scaling on the heel or foot.
- Unusual rashes, blisters or bruising.
- Changes in toenails including discoloration, thickening of the nails, crumbling at the edges.
- Tingling or burning sensation or loss of feeling in your feet.
- Any signs of bacterial infection, such as redness, tenderness, heat with red streaks extending from the affected area, or any sign of discharge or pus. If these are accompanied by a fever, it is essential that you contact us immediately.
If you have diabetes, you have special risks associated with infections and difficulty healing. For this reason, you should call us even for minor podiatric conditions such as athlete’s foot, blisters or toenail trouble. Get in the habit of checking your feet daily or have someone do for you if you cannot easily see your entire foot. This will help you spot potentially dangerous changes early.
Whatever your symptoms, 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. will perform a complete podiatric exam, get your medical history and order any tests necessary to diagnose your discomfort and determine the treatment plan to manage it.
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.