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.
Most people with problems with their feet or ankles don’t see a podiatrist for two reasons. One, they don’t know who to call for help. Two, they think regular foot pain is normal. If you have any ongoing concerns about your feet, it’s time to call your podiatrist. A podiatrist is a doctor who specializes in caring for your foot and ankle issues. Because our feet carry us and walk us through life, it’s important to take care of them. Here are five signs you should give a podiatrist a call.
Swelling, pain, or numbness
Occasional pain or swelling after a long day of walking is normal. But persistent problems with your foot or ankle, especially if it interferes with your daily life, is a sign you need to see a specialist. Heel pain is especially common and has a lot of root causes.
Think you’ve fractured or broken a bone? Calling a podiatrist for help is crucial in avoiding further complications.
If you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, you’re at a higher risk for developing foot problems. Poor circulation, numbness, and nerve damage are very common. Working with a podiatrist to prevent any injury or complications is recommended.
Dealing with nail fungus isn’t fun. But with better technology, treating nail fungus is getting easier and more efficient. If you suspect you have a case of nail fungus, call a podiatrist near you, and schedule an appointment.
If you have a painful, bony bump on the joint of your big toe, chances are you’re dealing with a bunion. Ignoring your bunion will only worsen, as they tend to get bigger and more painful without treatment.
When it comes to your feet, if you’re experiencing any pain or discomfort or notice anything unusual, it’s time to call your podiatrist.
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
This holiday season show your feet some love. Due to COVID-19 you and your loved ones have probably been on your feet quite a bit. You might have taken up running or have become an avid walker.
To keep you going, the doctors of West Hartford Podiatry, with some suggestions from their fellow podiatrists in New York, Virginia, North Carolina and Canada, have compiled this 2020 Holiday Foot Wish List. Happy giving!
For the Feet in Search of Hole in One
Whether playing nine holes or going for the long haul of an eighteen hole course, slip on a pair of Footjoy Tour X which combine support, stability, comfort, and are also waterproof.
For Hard Training Feet
Athletes and active lifestylers will enjoy kicking back in a pair of OOFOS recovery shoes after work-out or hike. P.S. Also great for anyone with plantar fasciitis.
For the Fashionable Feet
Your feet will thank you for using Dr. Jill’s Gel Ball of Foot Cushions when working high, block and kitten heels. (*Available at WHP)
For the Pedicure Loving Feet
Give your toes the salon look with Dr. Remedy Nail Polish. Also check out their Nourishing Anti-Fungal Treatment.
For the Tootsies
Kiddie feet in your family will enjoy the softness and breathability of Smallbirds Wool Runners by Allbirds.
For the Winter Feet
To keep your feet beach ready, consider using Gormel Cream to prevent dryness and cracks. (*Available at WHP)
For the Smelly Feet
Feet are the body part with most sweat glands, so this holiday season keep them fresh and dry with Bombas Merino Socks.
For Your Feet
After you finish your holiday shopping, walk your achy feet over for a visit at West Hartford Podiatry Associates !
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