Posts for tag: Calluses
The skin on your feet is susceptible to a number of different issues that can have a detrimental effect on your overall podiatric health. At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we want our Middlesex and Greater Hartford county patients to be proactive in preventing issues such as fungal infections, corns, blisters, and calluses.
Here are some simple steps you can take to avoid common skin disorders:
- Keep it clean. Wash your feet every day with soap and warm water. This will go a long way toward preventing bacterial and fungal infections.
- Don’t wear shoes that hurt. Shoes that fit properly are essential for preventing many foot problems, including skin breakdown. Corns, calluses and ingrown toenails can all be the result of shoes that are too tight or rub on a part of your foot. Get your feet professionally measured and discard shoes when they are worn out.
- Make sure feet stay dry. Moist conditions foster fungal growth. Dry feet completely after showering. Don’t let your feet sit in damp socks. Change them as soon as you notice they feel wet. If your feet tend to sweat excessively, dust them with talcum or anti-fungal foot powder each day before putting on your socks.
- Avoid sharing items that touch another person’s feet. Athlete’s foot and fungal toenails are spread by direct contact. Don’t use nail clippers, socks, shoes, towels or anything else that may have touched another person’s feet. Keep feet covered as well when walking in public places.
- Use a good quality moisturizer. During the winter months especially, it’s easy for the skin on your feet (and the rest of your body) to become dry. On your feet, this can lead to heel cracks and itchy skin. Before bed, apply an emollient moisturizer and a pair of cotton socks to sleep in and you’ll help your skin stay supple and soft.
- Don’t put off making an appointment if you have a new or ongoing foot problem. Progressive issues like bunions and overlapping toes can be the source of corns or open sores. Skin irritations that are not treated can become infected. If you have a foot concern, contact 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. and Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M., can prescribe the correct treatment to keep your entire foot healthy.
Calluses are caused by the buildup of lifeless skin cells that thicken on the skin of the foot and are generally found on the heel. They are caused by a reaction to friction. When you sustain consecutive injuries, the skin tries to protect itself from blistering and the skin cells surge in quantity to produce a denser layer of skin. Usual reasons for the formation of this condition are shoes with high heels, being overweight, deformities in the foot or even flat feet. Basically, the formation of calluses are a defense mechanism by the foot to defend the foot against high levels of stress. A dangerous form of treatment to reduce pain is when those afflicted with this condition try to cut or trim the callus with a sharp blade. This method of self-treatment could make the calluses worse and lead to further risk of unnecessary complications or injuries. Diabetics should absolutely avoid this form of self-treatment. Contact our offices to learn about proper ways to treat your calluses and how we can ensure a pain free solution.
Orthotics can be used very effectively to reduce extreme amounts of pressure that cause callus formation, because they allow weight to be reallocated equally. This is done by orthotics transferring pressure away from the areas of high pain to allow the callus to heal by using materials that absorb the forces of pressure placed on the foot. Surgery is always the last option, but those who decide to neglect treatment will require it since calluses get worse with pressure focused on specific areas of the foot. Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., will assist you with determining the right course of treatment and/or surgery at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut. Don’t forget that calluses are a defense mechanism and will usually form when an unequal amount of severe pressure focuses on a specific area of the foot. This is hard to avoid for those of you that stand on your feet for a great amount of time during the day.
A podiatrist is a medical professional who specializes in disorders of the foot and ankle. Some of the disorders they treat are blisters, breaks, bunions, corns, calluses, deformities and more. A Doctorate of Podiatric Medicines must be earned in order to practice as a podiatrist. These degrees are also known as their “DPM”. In the United States, there is only a small number of colleges that provide a Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine. These schools are competitive and only admit the best of the best.
Why Choose a Podiatrist?
Choosing a podiatrist is similar to choosing a mechanic to fix your car. The mechanic usually works on certain brands of cars and not on other brands. This is because it is their specialty. Like a mechanic, a podiatrist must have the most knowledge about the foot and ankle. Podiatrists focus solely on your feet and ankles and keep up with all the latest research and treatments for them.
If you are experiencing pain or notice your feet look or feel funny, it is important to contact a podiatrist right away. Breaks, fungus, blisters, and swelling are all other reasons why you should contact a podiatrist. If you are unsure whether you need to contact a podiatrist or not, first contact your primary care physician who can refer you to a podiatrist as needed.
What Types of Treatments do they use?
The type of treatment a podiatrist uses all depends on the patient and their needs. Your podiatrist will collect your medical history, your concerns, and examine your foot. Once all tests, examinations, x-rays, and other procedures are done and a diagnosis has occurred, then a treatment will be decided on a case by case basis.
How do I find a Podiatrist?
- Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC– We are located all over Connecticut including Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, Kensington. There Dr. Jeffrey Kahn will examine, diagnosis and treat your ailment.
- Google – Just type in Podiatrist and many options will appear on your screen
- Primary Care Physician – ask your primary care doctor for a referral
- Insurance – Your insurance provider will have a list of podiatrists that are covered by your insurance
Podiatrists from Mississauga, ON suggest that wearing orthotics will help realign the foot so that patients with calluses may see a reduction. Calluses are known as dead skin on their feet that build up in thick masses typically on the heels and balls of the feet. Over time the buildup of dead skin becomes uncomfortable and more difficult to take care of. Calluses have even been known to cause so much pain that victims even have a hard time walking or standing when they are not treated properly. With the help of custom orthotics, the pressure on the foot can be shifted and supported to prevent the amount of calluses that develop on the soles of the feet.
Foot orthotics are useful in treating a myriad of conditions. If you are interested in using orthotics, speak to one of our podiatrists from Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. Our doctors can evaluate the severity of your condition and determine what type of care would best suit your needs.
What are Orthotics?
Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain, but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.
Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct over arched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.
If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you, or if you have a more severe foot issue, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high quality inserts are usually molded to your feet individually, which allow them to provide full support and comfort.
If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist on the possibilities of using orthotics.
If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.