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spotting signs

April is National Foot Health Awareness Month, and we want to help you spot the signs of common foot conditions as soon as possible. One of the biggest things we highlight during this month is the importance of regular foot inspections. It is empowering to know the current condition of your feet and ankles. The knowledge allows you to be in the best position to alert us of any changes. It may feel overwhelming because people often underestimate the value of knowing their bodies.

spotting signs

The doctors at West Hartford Podiatry Associates care about your concerns and questions. We want to know about changes — even if they seem small to you. If you notice a new mole or new pain, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Together, we can decide the next steps. Here are three common conditions and their signs.

  1. Blisters

Blisters are fluid-filled pockets that can develop on your feet. They can become painful over time, and they may also burst.

  • Blisters form in response to friction and moisture
  • Leave blisters alone, and do not pop them
  • If a blister pops on its own, keep it clean to avoid infection
  1. Calluses

If you have a callus, it is calling your attention to your shoes. The problem is friction. A callus forms as a rough, thick area of skin. Your skin is trying to protect itself from further irritation.

  • Shop for shoes that have a roomy toe box
  • Use padding or cushion to ease the discomfort
  • Soak your feet in warm, soapy water to soften the callus
  1. Ingrown toenails

When your toenail begins to grow into your skin, you have developed an ingrown toenail. The condition is painful and can worsen with the wrong pair of shoes. Talk to your podiatrist for the next steps.

  • Ingrown toenails are common on your big toe; look for redness or swelling
  • If your toenail breaks the skin, clean the surface to avoid infection
  • If you have recurring ingrown toenails, talk to your doctor about permanent solutions

We have only shared a few conditions that you can spot with daily foot inspections. There are so many more. Practice makes perfect, too. The more regularly you perform inspections, the more comfortable you will become in noticing changes.

At West Hartford Podiatry AssociatesHarvey Lederman, DPMMarc Lederman, DPM, and Kurt Rode, DPM treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprainsfracturesrunning injuriessports injuriespediatric foot carebunionshammertoesheel pain, and neuromas. We provide the best podiatric solutions to patients of all ages in Hartford County. Contact us for your foot and ankle needs. Our office is at 2531 Albany Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117.

bad habits

We made it to the last month of the year! Pat yourself on the back. This year has been challenging, and we hope we have been able to support you and your family. As we look forward and think about what we may want to do differently next year, we encourage you to consider our top three bad habits that should be left behind.

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Bad Habit #1: Ignoring your foot health

Putting our health first can be a challenge, but it should be a priority. If you’re making goals for 2022, leave this bad habit behind. Instead, recognize the connection between your foot health and overall health. Don’t forget that you can also detect other conditions by looking at your feet.

Make the switch: Schedule your podiatry appointments for next year — now.

Bad Habit #2: Wearing the wrong size shoe

Brannock Device, anyone? The wrong size shoe is not only uncomfortable but also bad for your foot health. The wrong size shoe can make bunions even more painful. It can lead to increased friction, causing calluses and corns. Shoes that are too tight can reduce your circulation.

Make the switch: Get your feet measured professionally.

Bad Habit #3: Keeping shoes for too long

There are signs you could be missing that it is time to let your shoes go. If you see holes or tears, toss them. If you dread putting on shoes, even your favorite pair, it’s time to go shoe shopping. Don’t bring shoes into 2022 that will only cause you pain.

Make the switch: Opt for comfortable, well-fitting footwear with sufficient support.

At West Hartford Podiatry AssociatesHarvey Lederman, DPMMarc Lederman, DPM, and Kurt Rode, DPM treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprainsfracturesrunning injuriessports injuriespediatric foot carebunionshammertoesheel pain, and neuromas. We provide the best podiatric solutions to patients of all ages in Hartford County. Contact us for your foot and ankle needs. Our office is at 2531 Albany Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117.

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