Proper foot care can prevent many foot problems
Here are some tips for proper foot care:
1. Wash your feet in warm water every day, using a mild soap. Do not soak your feet. Dry your feet well, especially between the toes.
2. If the skin on your feet is dry, keep it moist by applying lotion after you wash and dry your feet. Do not put lotion between your toes.
3. Check your feet every day for sores, blisters, redness, calluses, or any other problems. If you spot something unusual, give us a call.
4. Check your toenails once a week. Trim your toenails with a nail clipper straight across. Do not round off the corners of toenails or cut down on the sides of the nails. After clipping, smooth the toenails with a nail file. IF YOU ARE DIABETIC, come in to see us regularly to have your nails trimmed. It is dangerous to do this yourself, as a nick or cut can become infected.
5. Gently smooth corns and calluses with an emery board or pumice stone. Do this after your bath or shower, when your skin is soft. Move the emery board in only one direction.
6. Always wear closed-toed shoes or slippers. Do not wear sandals and do not walk barefoot, even around the house.
7. Always wear socks or stockings. Wear socks or stockings that fit your feet well and have soft elastic.
8. Protect your feet from heat and cold. Wear shoes at the beach or on hot pavement. Wear socks at night if your feet get cold.
9. Keep the blood flowing to your feet. Put your feet up when sitting, wiggle your toes and move your ankles several times a day, and don’t cross your legs for long periods of time.
10. If you are diabetic, watch your diet and see us regularly for a checkup. Common foot problems can become dangerous for a diabetic.
Take the time to take good care of your feet. In return, they’ll take you anywhere you want to go! Please call us at 203 791 0466 or request an appointment online
According to an article in the January 15th edition of the Wall Street Journal, heart disease is on the rise again in the U.S.
The headline “Heart Disease Roars Back, Even in Healthy Places” couldn’t help but catch my eye.
Even in a healthy state like Colorado, men and women in their 30s and 40s are seeing cardiologists with heart problems such as high blood pressure, irregular heart rhythm, and heart attacks.
According to the article, “death rates from cardiovascular disease among people between the ages of 45 and 64 are rising in cities all across the country, including in some of the most unlikely places.”
Two of the most common risk factors are obesity and diabetes.
High blood pressure, drug and alcohol use, stress, and a lack of physical activity also play a role.
These factors also increase the risk for people who are genetically disposed to heart disease, doctors say.
What does this have to do with feet? Everything!
Keeping your feet healthy so you can stay healthy is a mantra we’ve endorsed for years.
We’ve seen how long-standing foot pain has led to inactivity.
There is no better way to help prevent these risk factors than physical activity such as walking.
According to some studies, walking 30 minutes 3-4 times per week can have a huge positive impact on blood pressure, diabetes, and heart health.
We aren’t just in the business of solving foot problems; we’re here to help prevent serious health conditions such as heart disease.
Is a long-standing foot condition keeping you from being physically active?
Let us help you get back in the game… your heart will thank you!
There is a nerve in your foot that can get pinched just like carpal tunnel in the hand. The area is on the inside of the ankle and it’s called the Tarsal Tunnel.
Pain can occur right in that spot. Pain can also occur in your heel, arch, and the balls of your feet.
Tarsal tunnel syndrome can cause pain anywhere on the bottom of the foot. The sensations of nerve pain are often sharpness, burning, and tingling. Some people even notice an aching sensation in their arch from tarsal tunnel syndrome, especially after activity. The symptoms are commonly present even when someone is off their feet.
There are several possible causes of a pinched nerve in your foot and ankle.
The wrong shoes and even tight socks could be the culprit. Other than making sure your shoes aren’t pressing too tightly against the inside of your ankles and wearing socks that don’t feel tight, there is not much you can do at home for this condition.
Careful clinical examination can usually give the diagnosis. If we suspect this condition, we have effective methods to alleviate the pain.
Pain on the inside of your ankle, heel, or arch might be from a pinched nerve. The longer a nerve is pinched, the lower the probability that a non-surgical solution will work.
We specialize in diagnosing and treating tarsal tunnel syndrome.
We welcome the opportunity to serve you should the need arise.
If you still have Plantar Fasciitis or have it again this message is for you. We keep learning more about this condition and what works best to cure it. Never fear if you’ve had it for months or even years. There definitely is a solution!
One thing we know now more than ever is that more people with pain in the heel develop more scar-like tissue than we ever realized. The pain tends to be more consistent and often more intense. If you got relief from cortisone or other treatments but the pain has returned, you could have this scar-like tissue problem. The Plantar Fascia essentially degenerates for an unknown reason. When it does so the body can’t regenerate it without outside help.
One of the most exciting innovations in healthcare is Stem Cell treatment. We’ve seen astonishing results using stem cells in treating Plantar Fasciitis. What they do essentially is regenerate tissue that has degenerated. These cells are the outside help the body needs to heal the damaged tissue. Not only is Stem Cell treatment safe and effective, it prevents the need for surgery. What’s more, a treatment of this kind doesn’t necessitate time missed from work. Finding innovative treatments that keep our patients doing everyday tasks remains a goal of ours.
Besides Stem Cell treatment, the other non-invasive technology we’ve been using successfully for chronic heel pain is called Prolotheray. Prolotherapy helps regenerate a degenerated Plantar Fascia just like stem cells do, but in a different way. Prolotherapy jump starts the healing process by “tricking” the body that there is an acute injury in an area, signaling the healing process to begin again. And, just like stem cells it’s done right in our office without any down-time.
Should a surgical approach be needed, minimally invasive plantar fascia release is and effective solution, which can also be performed in our office with minimal down time.
We’d be happy to determine whether Stem Cell Treatment, Prolotherapy, surgery or another treatment is the best option for you. We’re here to serve you.
Dropping something on your foot can lead to long-term pain. We’ve seen it happen many times. A broken bone can be the least of the concerns.
Injury to a nerve can be the most significant problem. We never dismiss an injury to the top of the foot when an x-ray is negative (no broken bone).
We’ve seen many patients who have suffered for months because of an injury to a nerve. If you drop something on the top of your foot either at home or work, simply being aware of what can occur will help to keep you out of danger.
In addition to rest, ice and elevation, keeping pressure off the top of the foot is important. Wearing looser fitting shoes or sandals, if the weather allows, will help to avoid further irritation to the nerves.
Avoid wrapping your foot in an ace bandage. You want as little pressure on the top of the foot as possible.
Because more can go wrong than just a broken bone, we recommend seeing us as opposed to an urgent care clinic for injuries to the feet.
If you have had months of pain after dropping something on your foot, we’d be happy to evaluate it. We enjoy serving you!
Pain in the arch of the foot can be a real bear to get rid of.
Ignoring it for too long can lead to long-term pain. Often times, arch pain is a strain of the plantar fascia. It can occur if you have normal arches, flat feet, or high arches.
Most people who experience arch pain don’t recall an injury. The pain usually occurs without any warning.
Three things you can do at home for arch pain are stretching your calf muscles, avoiding going barefoot, and avoiding weight-bearing exercise.
Letting this condition linger can lead to a tear of the plantar fascia. If your pain increases and occurs throughout the day, there’s a possibility that a small tear has happened.
As is often the case with foot conditions, people who consult with us early in the onset of arch pain typically get relief faster. Many people purchase new shoes and try store-bought arch supports, but this rarely helps.
Reading this will hopefully help you to avoid falling into that trap.
If you have had pain in your arch(es) for more than a month, your best solution is to have us assess it to find the fastest path to relief.