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Tuesday, 19 September 2023 00:00

Fascinating Facts About Children's Feet

Children's feet are remarkable in their growth and development. Understanding the unique aspects of pediatric foot health can help parents and caregivers provide better care and support for their little ones. Babies are born with a soft and pliable structure in the foot called cartilage, which gradually ossifies into bones, and this process continues into late adolescence. Infants have a naturally wide and flat foot arch that develops into a more pronounced arch as they grow and their muscles strengthen. Additionally, children's feet contain approximately 200,000 sweat glands, which can make them more prone to odor and fungal infections. It is important to note that children often experience rapid growth spurts, and this can require frequent shoe replacements. Wearing ill-fitting shoes can result in foot problems, so regular foot measurements are crucial. Children's feet are a marvel of nature, constantly evolving as they mature. Paying attention to their unique characteristics and addressing issues early can promote healthy foot development and overall well-being. If you would like more information about specific details about children’s feet, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of Waterbury Podiatry Consultants. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Waterbury and Southington, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 12 September 2023 00:00

How to Safeguard Your Home From Falls

Our homes are our sanctuaries, places of comfort and security. However, they can also harbor hidden hazards that pose risks of falls, especially for children and older adults. Safeguarding your home from falls is essential for ensuring the well-being of your family. Effective fall prevention techniques can begin with good lighting. Adequate illumination in hallways, staircases, and entryways helps everyone navigate safely. Placing non-slip mats and rugs can prevent slipping on slick surfaces, such as bathroom tiles or hardwood floors. Installing handrails on staircases and in bathrooms can help to provide support, especially for those with mobility issues. Keeping walkways clear of clutter and making sure cords and cables are neatly tucked away may help to avoid tripping. Additionally, it is beneficial to regularly check and maintain the condition of flooring and stairs, and repair any loose or damaged areas promptly. By implementing these measures, you can create a safe haven, free from fall-related risks in your home. Falling can affect the feet, possibly causing daily activities to be compromised. If you would like additional information about effective fall prevention strategies, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist. 

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with one of our podiatrists from Waterbury Podiatry Consultants. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Waterbury and Southington, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 05 September 2023 00:00

Fungal Infections Affecting Toenails

Fungal nails, also known as onychomycosis, result from a fungal infection. This condition often leads to nail thickening and discoloration, along with the buildup of dead skin beneath the nail plate. Sometimes, the nail's shape can also change. Among fungal infections affecting the body, nail infections are particularly challenging to prevent and treat. Onychomycosis arises due to an overgrowth of fungi that thrive in warm, moist environments, such as locker rooms, public showers, and swimming pool areas. Typically, fungal growth begins at the nail's end and gradually spreads beneath it. Occasionally, chalky white patches may form on the nail's surface. As the infection progresses, yellowish or brownish discoloration becomes evident. The fungus can also cause damage to the nail's base, resulting in a thickening and altered shape. Treatment for fungal nail infections involves conservative, laser, and surgical approaches. Conservative treatment consists of using a topical medication applied like nail polish. Reinfection is a risk, and antifungal spray can be used inside shoes to treat any residual infection. Laser treatment for fungal nails is non-invasive. Surgical intervention is considered only if other treatments are not effective. If you have a fungal nail infection, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to have your nails assessed and treatment administered that is right for you.

For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Waterbury Podiatry Consultants. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Waterbury and Southington, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Saturday, 02 September 2023 00:00

Stop Your Toenail Fungus

Have you noticed discoloration of your toenails? Have they become thickened or brittle? If so, you may be experiencing symptoms of a fungal nail infection. For some, having a fungal nail can be embarrassing. Overcome your embarrassment, and get treated.

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