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At New England Foot & Ankle Specialists we treat a wide variety of toe, foot and ankle disorders. What we find is that one of the best “treatments” is prevention. Here are some basic guidelines for caring for your feet:
Practice good hygiene. Wash your feet daily and dry them completely, especially between your toes.
Wear the right shoe for the activity you are doing. If you are a serious athlete, buy shoes designed for your specific sport. Limit time in high heels.
Be sure all your shoes fit well. One of the biggest causes of foot problems is improperly fitting shoes. There should be at least a half inch between you longest toe and the inside of your shoe. Be sure shoes fit snugly in the heel and also that there are no places where the shoe rubs on your foot. Tip: shop for shoes at the end of the day—that’s when your foot tends to be at its largest. Do not wear shoes that are worn out and have lost their shape.
Keep toenails trimmed straight across. Don’t round or cut in the corners as this can lead to ingrown nails.
Limit the amount of time you walk barefoot to greatly reduce your risk of injury and infection. Be sure to wear flip flops or shower shoes in public places like gym showers and community pools to avoid athlete’s foot.
Apply sun block to your feet just as you would the rest of your body.
Try not to wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row.
Look your feet over regularly. If you notice changes in size, shape or color of your feet or nails or skin issues such as rashes, cracks, peeling or cuts that don’t seem to be healing or anything else unusual, make an appointment to see one of our podiatrists: Dr. George A. Abboud, Dr. Brian D. Tedesco, Dr. Carl Conui, or Dr. Kimberly Thurmond.
You only get one set of feet! Take care of them and they’ll take you where you want to go for many years to come.
Did you know that according to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) improper care of your feet during exercise is a factor in over 300 foot injuries and disorder? At New England Foot & Ankle Specialists we want our patients to be in good shape but not at the expense of your feet. Here are some ways you can protect your podiatric health while you work out:
Get a Check Up: We’ve all heard how you should “consult your physician” before starting a new exercise program but many people neglect to realize that includes your feet. If you’ve had previous injuries or have existing conditions such as bunions or flat feet, your podiatrists can make specific recommendations regarding activities and footwear that will be less stressful on your trouble spots.
Listen to Your Feet: Pain is never normal. While you may experience sore muscles when you first start a new sport or program, stabbing pain, extreme pain or pain that doesn’t go away is a sign that something is wrong. Continuing to bear weight on a hurt foot or engaging in the same motion that is causing the pain will most likely lead to serious injury.
Get the Gear: You can skip the fancy shorts or sports logo t-shirt but don’t skimp on quality footwear. Today, footwear is designed specifically for the motion that a particular sport requires. Having fitness shoes or sneakers that fit properly and support your foot where needed is one of the biggest precautions you can take to prevent sports injuries. Get professionally fitted by someone experienced with sport shoes.
Sweat the Small Stuff: Some common foot problems that occur with exercise are blisters, shin splints, athlete’s foot, corns and calluses. Although none of these are major medical problems, don’t ignore them. For any of these or more serious pain and discomfort, make an appointment at our Reading office to see one of our podiatrists, George A. Abboud, D.P.M., Brian D. Tedesco, D.P.M., Carl Conui, D.P.M., and Kimberly Thurmond, D.P.M. by calling (781) 944-4044.
Having itchy feet, particularly if you’re wearing socks and shoes and can’t get at them, can make you crazy! At New England Foot & Ankle Specialists, we treat many patients whose complaint is that their feet itch. There are, however, several different disorders that have itching as a symptom and they require different treatments.
Our podiatrists, George A. Abboud, D.P.M., Brian D. Tedesco, D.P.M., Carl Conui, D.P.M., and Kimberly Thurmond, D.P.M. will need to examine your foot and will want to ask you questions about your recent activities. Some common conditions that cause your feet to itch include:
Athlete’s foot—also known as tinea pedis, this is a fungal infection that usually starts between your toes. Initial symptoms are usually Itchy, red skin that’s dry and scaly. Athlete’s foot can spread to the soles of your feet and even blister if left untreated.
Dermatitis—this condition has two categories. Primary irritant dermatitis is a reaction to exposure to a harsh substance. This can occur if you have excessive exposure to chemicals, oil, or even hot water. Allergic contact dermatitis is the result of an allergic reaction to something like the dye in your socks, athletic tape or other material that has come in contact with your foot.
Xerosis—this is just a fancy medical term for very dry skin. Xerosis can develop from excessive showering or exposure to water, particularly hot water or using a soap that is very drying. Usually apply an extra-emollient moisturizer several times a day for a week or so takes care of this problem.
Once the foot doctor determines the cause of your itchy skin the proper treatment can be prescribed. Although these conditions are more of a nuisance than a medical threat for most people, patients with diabetes need to be extra cautious as any of these rashes can become infected and lead to long term problems. For all patients, however, it’s best to get skin conditions diagnosed and treated in their early stages when they are usually easy to get under control. If you have an irritating skin condition on your feet, contact our Reading office for an appointment.
In the cold days of winter your feet may actually be burning up from the irritation caused by athlete’s foot. Known officially as tinea pedis, athlete’s foot is often thought to be a summer time ailment, but it’s actually quite common in the winter.
The Right Conditions
Athlete’s foot is spread by direct contact and it loves a damp, dark environment. With all the new health club memberships that come with New Year’s resolutions to get fit, we at New England Foot & Ankle Specialists see lots of cases of athlete’s foot that stem from locker room floors and gym showers. Other prime areas to get this infection are indoor pools and even nail salons. Once your feet come in contact with the fungi that causes it, they are then usually put into warm socks and dark shoes—the perfect atmosphere for the fungi to breed and grow.
Symptoms and Treatment
The telltale signs of this skin condition are itchy, burning skin that is dry and inflamed and sometimes blisters will appear as well. Athlete’s foot most often attacks the skin between the toes but can also spread to the soles of the feet, the toenails and even other parts of your body. That’s why you want to make an appointment at either our Reading office to see one of our podiatrists, George A. Abboud, D.P.M., Brian D. Tedesco, D.P.M., Carl Conui, D.P.M., or Kimberly Thurmond, D.P.M. and get treatment for this fungal infection when you first see symptoms. After examining your foot and confirming the diagnosis of athlete’s foot, the foot doctor will most likely prescribe a fungicide to treat the infection. In resistant cases, an oral or topical prescription antifungal drug may be required.
By taking a few precautions, you can greatly reduce your chances of getting athlete’s foot. Never walk barefoot in public areas where other people go barefoot, particularly areas that get wet, such as locker rooms, public pools and showers. Wear socks and shoes that breathe and change your socks frequently if you perspire heavily. Use talcum powder to help keep feet dry.
Start your New Year off right by taking good care of your feet. If you have any questions or concerns about any aspect of foot or ankle health, contact New England Foot and Ankle Specialists today.
Did you get everything on your holiday wish list this year? Chances are that even if you did, your feet may not have received the special treatment they deserve, especially after all the overtime they put in for you during this festive season. Why not give yourself one of these post-holiday presents:
- A Pedicure Set: Women and men both need to take good care of their toenails. Nails need to be cut short and straight across—no curved edges—to prevent ingrown toenails. If you go for professional pedicures at a salon and have your own tools, you’ll be assured that they have not come in contact with any bacteria or fungus which can lead to athlete’s foot or fungal nails.
- Fitting at a Sports Shoe Store: If you run, play tennis or basketball or another sport, a professional fitting at a specialty sports shoe store will ensure shoes that fit your sport and your feet. Many sports injuries are prevented by wearing well-fitting shoes designed specifically for the activity being done.
- Wool Socks: Not only will these keep your feet warm, socks made of natural materials breathe better than ones made of synthetic materials. If possible, choose ones that are designed to wick moisture away from your skin. Moisture from sweaty feet that gets trapped in socks and shoes without airflow greatly increases the chance of developing bacterial and fungal infections of the skin and nails of the feet.
- A Super Rich Moisturizer: A thick, extra emollient moisturizer not only feels luxurious to apply to feet (especially ones tired from lots of holiday activity!) but will also help fight dry skin, which is very common in cold winter months. Keeping skin moisturized will prevent painful cracks which can lead to bacterial infections.
At New England Foot & Ankle Specialists, our podiatrists, George A. Abboud, D.P.M., Brian D. Tedesco, D.P.M., Carl Conui, D.P.M., and Kimberly Thurmond, D.P.M. want everyone to have the gift of healthy feet. After all, your feet carry the rest of your body and make it possible to work, play, and enjoy the lifestyle you have. If you have any pain or discomfort in your feet, or just have questions about how to better care for your feet, schedule a consultation at either our Reading office.