November is American Diabetes Month, and West Hartford Podiatry is here to raise awareness! Taking care of your feet when you have diabetes is crucial. And having daily foot care habits is the best way to prevent complications. How can you show your feet some love and attention when you have diabetes? We’ve listed some of our top tips for keeping your feet healthy and safe every month!
- Check your feet daily for anything unusual. If you see any redness, swelling, cuts, or blisters, contact your podiatrist and get it checked out.
- Never treat any blisters, cuts, or corns at home. Always seek the advice and treatment of a podiatrist.
- Wash your feet every day with lukewarm water and mild soap. Be sure to dry thoroughly, including in between your toes!
- Never walk barefoot. You never know if any glass or debris could be laying around and poke you.
- Wear comfortable, well-fitting shoes. Get your feet properly sized at a shoe store so you can get the right size.
- Protect your feet from any extreme temperatures. If your feet are cold, wear thick socks. Avoid hot water by checking the temperature of your shower or bath water before you hop in.
- Include daily exercise in your everyday routine. Working out can help lower blood pressure and any strain on your leg and ankles.
- Look into getting a pair of custom orthotics. They can help decrease any foot pain!
- Avoid sitting for long periods. If you work an office job, wiggle your toes and move your feet around to prevent swollen ankles and get your blood flowing.
- Lotion is a great way to treat your feet and get rid of dry skin. But steer clear of applying lotion in between your toes, as it can cause an infection.
- Regularly trim your toenails. Cut straight across the nail and file to soften edges. If you have trouble cutting your nails, consider going to a nail salon or a podiatrist that offers the service.
- Visit your podiatrist regularly. Don’t wait until you have a foot problem to see your doctor!
At West Hartford Podiatry Associates, Harvey Lederman, DPM, Marc Lederman, DPM, and Kurt Rode, DPM, treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprains, fractures, running injuries, sports injuries, pediatric foot care, bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, and neuromas. We provide the best podiatric solutions to patients of all ages.
Do you know how well blood blows from your heart to other parts of your body? Changes in the appearance of your feet and ankles can be an indication of a circulation problem. February is American Heart Month, and poor circulation is one of the complications that can impact your heart health — and overall health. There are other risk factors, too.
This month, the doctors at West Hartford Podiatry Associates want to share a few tips to help you improve your circulation. Proper blood flow allows you to feel your best. Follow these five tips to make some heart-healthy changes.
Consider this an urgent, time-sensitive request from our team of doctors. Smoking is one of the most harmful habits that can impact your health. Most importantly, it plays a major role in reducing blood flow throughout the body.
Adding daily exercise to your routine can be a fun way to boost your circulation. Exercise is more fun when you are with others, whether a part of a class or in a group chat for accountability. Find an exercise that is best for you. Consult a doctor before beginning something new.
Prioritize your plate
Choose heart-healthy foods that will help you avoid surprises during your next checkup. We’re talking about proteins and vegetables instead of processed foods. Pay attention to portion sizes, too. Are you hungry, or is eating at a certain time a habit?
Help with hydration
There is a chance that you are not drinking as much water as you should. Stay hydrated with clear beverages that are low in sugar. Avoid sugary sports drinks and alcohol. While exercising, hydration helps you perform at your best, too. When you see sweat, remember that you need to replenish your liquids.
Practice measuring your blood pressure
Do you know how to measure your blood pressure? If heart disease runs in your family, taking control can start at home. Ask your doctor how to measure your blood pressure. Create a regular schedule and contact your doctor if you notice any changes.
Poor circulation has consequences. Blood flow plays a significant role in healing. People with poor circulation may experience slow-healing wounds or wounds that don’t heal at all. The results could be an infection or even amputation. We’re here to help.
At West Hartford Podiatry Associates, Harvey Lederman, DPM, Marc Lederman, DPM, and Kurt Rode, DPM treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprains, fractures, running injuries, sports injuries, pediatric foot care, bunions, hammertoes, heel 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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