Posts for: December, 2019
At Patrick Fettinger, DPM we know many of our patients will be ringing in the New Year with a host of resolutions to improve themselves. One area we want to be sure does not get overlooked is the health and care of your feet. Did you know that many common podiatric conditions can be prevented or at least the risk for developing them greatly reduced with some proactive care on the part of the patient? Below are some resolutions we hope you’ll make to ensure good podiatric health in the New Year.
- Commit to a good hygiene routine. Your regimen doesn’t have to be elaborate or time-consuming but aim to do the basics daily. Wash your feet with soap and water (drying them completely afterward). Apply a foot powder in the morning to help keep feet dry throughout the day. At night, protect and moisturize skin with a good emollient cream massaged into the entire foot. Get in the habit of inspecting your feet for changes or unusual symptoms such as bruising, swelling, deformity and discoloration.
- Keep up with toenail care. Don’t let nails get too long or have jagged edges—these can get caught on socks or blankets and tear. Always trim nails straight across and not too short and never file with curved edges to help prevent ingrown toenails from forming.
- Cover your feet in public places. Use shower shoes or flip flops at the gym, nail salon and indoor pools. The fungus that causes athlete’s foot and fungal toenails are spread by direct contact. Be vigilant in areas that are moist and see lots of bare-foot traffic.
- Get rid of worn-out shoes. Shoes that are stretched out, damaged or have flattened arch and heel support can cause injury and harm to your feet. Wearing well-made shoes that fit properly is one of the best ways of improving the health of your feet. Get your feet professionally measured and buy shoes that are comfortable and give your foot the support they need.
Don’t delay getting foot pain evaluated. If your feet or ankles hurt or you are experiencing discomfort, make an appointment at our New Fairfield (203-746-9660) or Middlebury (203-598-0357) office as soon as possible so that our podiatrist, Dr. Patrick Fettinger, can examine your feet and determine if treatment is necessary.
In Fairfield County, we’re beginning to get our first taste of winter with some freezing rain and snow starting to fall. At Patrick Fettinger, DPM we know this makes ankle sprains far more likely. We want to take this opportunity to offer our patients some tips on preventing this common winter injury.
Show Good Shoe Sense
One of the best ways to avoid ankle twisting injuries is by wearing appropriate shoes. Ice and slippery conditions create natural instability—you don’t need spiky heels or fashion boots with no tread making it worse. Wide, chunky heels are best. If that doesn’t accessorize well with your holiday look, pack your party shoes and plan to change when you arrive at your destination.
Watch Your Step
When it’s cold, it’s natural to bundle up but be sure that scarves and hats are not limiting your peripheral vision. Plot your course on snowy days by looking for the best-cleared path or walkway to your destination.
Make Two Trips
Avoid carrying so many packages that you can’t see the ground in front of you to detect icy patches and changes in surface elevations that could cause a fall. You’ll also want to keep your arms free to help maintain your balance or break a fall if you do go down.
Not leaving enough time between tasks or running behind for a holiday event can leave you racing and more likely to trip or not see an object in front of you. It also results in risky choices—like running into the florist to pick up flowers for your host while wearing your stiletto-heeled boots.
Know What to Do
If you do slip and fall, recognize the signs of an ankle injury and take immediate action. Pain, swelling and bruising are all indicators of a potential sprain. Start the RICE regimen—rest, ice, compression, and elevation—right away. Don’t delay seeking treatment. In some cases, it may be difficult to tell the difference between a sprain and a fracture. Contact our New Fairfield (203-746-9660) or Middlebury (203-598-0357) office for an appointment as soon as possible so that our podiatrist, Dr. Patrick Fettinger, can examine your ankle and determine the extent of the injury and the proper treatment.