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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.
Diabetics can have many health issues, one which involves their feet. For this reason, they must pay close attention to their feet and observe the proactive tips referenced herein to prevent serious complications. Our podiatrists, 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., can treat and provide diabetics with instructions for taking care of their feet at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860) 563-1200, Bristol (860) 582-0747, Middletown (860) 346-5226, Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut. Our Patient Education library is another resource for learning more about foot and ankle conditions.
Those with Diabetic Feet have a high risk of having severe foot complications and must make sure to constantly check their feet for anything out of the normal. Minor wounds may become severe issues. Also, diabetics could have a lowered blood flow, making it hard for wounds to heal and increasing the chances of contracting infections.
Diabetics should inspect their feet daily for puncture wounds, bruises, blisters, ulcers or toenail complications. As for taking care of feet, diabetics should wash their feet every day with soap, keep their dry feet, trim toe nails in a straight line, keep feet warm, wear appropriate
shoes (avoiding narrow toe boxes), avoid high-heels and wear clean and dry socks. Diabetics should also watch out for ulcers because they can become infected easily.
Treatment from medical professionals is also of great importance. Doctors can provide diabetics with boots to support the foot until any swelling subsides or wounds heal. When foot deformities become too overbearing, surgery may become necessary; however, recovery times can vary and take longer than usual due to the reduced blood flow. Medical professionals may also be able to spot other diseases or vitamin deficiencies as their special training allows them to catch a problem before it becomes severe.
Please contact us right away to make sure that you’re doing everything you can to take care of your diabetic feet.
Diabetic Foot Care should be treated with the urgency that it deserves. Diabetes is a dangerous disease because of the way it can put your feet in danger. This is not an overstatement, since a small cut can make for dangerous concerns. It can result in nerve damage to your feet, taking sensations and feeling away from your feet. Diabetes can also hinder the flow of blood to feet, which makes it much more difficult for your feet to heal after an injury. The lack of feeing could mean that diabetics don’t realize when their feet are injured. When infections are not noticed during their early stages, they have trouble healing thereafter and diabetics may have to go through an amputation of the infected foot. This is why diabetics must inspect the top and bottoms of their feet on a daily basis. Diabetics should take precaution not to use hot products on their feet, such as a hot water bottle. Since diabetics have high blood sugar levels that can lead to nerve issues, they should never leave ingrown toenails or any other foot condition alone since the risk of infection greatly increases with them.
If you are a diabetic and have pain in your feet, please contact our office for an appointment as soon as possible. Our doctors, 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., can help to treat your feet at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut.
It should be noted that diabetics must take appropriate steps not to generally walk barefoot and to insulate their feet from extreme temperatures. Diabetics should check for blisters, cuts or dry skin on their feet and should never remove corns from their feet on their own. Another useful tip for diabetics to avoid sitting in a crossed leg position or in one position for an extended amount of time. You should have on comfortable shoes with a large toe box. Dry socks are also good.
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