Your feet are your main source of support and transportation, so how you care for them does matter. While there are basic foot care guidelines that apply to everyone, often times you need more specific ways to make sure your feet stay healthy and pain-free. Women, athletes, children, seniors, and diabetic patients all have different needs for different concerns. Dr. Sanjay Patel is a specialist who is able to offer comprehensive, conservative care to address your specific foot and ankle conditions.
Women can put a lot of extra stress on their feet without meaning to. Shoe choice and pregnancy in particular have serious effects on general foot health and strength. How you handle the strain can make the difference for your discomfort.
Athletic Foot Care
Athletes put their feet through more pounding than you normally would in a day, which means more possibilities for injuries and pain. To protect yourself from harm, you need to be sure you take care of yourself by wearing the right shoes and socks as well as conditioning your body to handle the stress of your sports.
Kids can have problems, too. Since their bodies are still growing, monitoring their foot health is important. Some basic concerns – like intoeing or gait abnormalities – are common and the child often outgrows them. Others, however, could be signs of problems that could create difficulties walking later in life. Making sure their shoes fit well as they grow is also necessary for preventing problems.
The older you get, the more likely you are to have foot pain. It doesn’t have to be that way, however. As you age and your body changes, the way you treat your feet should change with it. You should continue to pay attention to your hygiene and adjust footwear to deal with gait changes and lost foot padding.
Diabetic Foot Needs
Diabetes affects all areas of your body’s health, including your feet. Since your immune system isn’t able to work as effectively, any injuries you incur—and any infections that may result from them—are much harder to deal with. What might start as a small problem can become a serious one quite quickly. If you’re diabetic, never ignore pain or changes in your feet. Contact Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. right away to have the condition evaluated and treated before it grows worse.
Caring for your feet is an important responsibility and covers a wide area of treatment and prevention methods. Self-exams and toe exercises keep your feet fit and help catch problems early. You can also do simple things for bunion prevention, fungal infections, burning feet, corns and calluses, foot odor, blisters, and ingrown toenails. Some seemingly unrelated health concerns, like osteoporosis, may also change your foot health. Even your job, whether sitting or standing, affects you. It’s what you choose to do to care for yourself and your main transporters that influences your foot health. Don’t ignore pain or visible changes in your feet. You just risk more serious problems down the line. Instead, contact Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. in Connecticut for an appointment or more information. You can reach us by visiting the website contact page or by calling one of our two offices: (203) 876-7736 for the Milford location, or (203) 288-4055 for the Hamden office.