Posts for tag: proper foot care
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.
Here in greater Hartford and Middlesex Counties, lawns are getting green and that means that the spring and summer chore of mowing the grass will soon be starting up again. At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we know that thousands of people sustain serious foot and toe injuries every year from mower accidents. What’s worse, most of these injuries could have been avoided. Below are some simple precautions that we’d like all of our patients to take to prevent mower injuries this season.
Get off to a safe start—have your mower checked and serviced before the first cut of the season to avoid malfunctions. If you are buying a new mower, make sure you get one with a switch that shuts off the machine automatically if your hands leave the mower. Read the user’s manual completely before using a new mower.
Wear protective shoes—don’t even think about mowing your lawn barefoot or in flip flops or other open shoes. Even if it’s hot out, work boots are your best choice. Mower blades whirl at 3,000 rotations per minute—that’s powerful enough to cut through sneakers and canvas shoes.
Make sure conditions are right—never mow a lawn that hasn’t completely dried out after a rainstorm. Losing control of a mower on a slippery lawn is the top cause of emergency room visits resulting from lawnmower injuries. Also be sure that your yard is cleared of debris, sticks, toys, and rocks that can be picked up and shot out of your mower causing serious injury to bystanders.
Keep children at a safe distance—teach youngsters not to set foot on the lawn while you’re mowing. Never give a child a ride on a mower. Too many tragedies occur when small feet get stuck under a mower climbing up or down.
Mow smart—for hills, mow slowly back and forth. Don’t go up and down and never try to pull a running mower backward. Make wide turns. Avoid mowing the lawn when you are tired or don’t feel well.
If you do sustain a non-emergency injury from a mower blade or twist an ankle on a slope, 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 injured foot and make sure that your foot injury receives the proper treatment.