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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
October 30, 2018
Category: skin conditions

A blister is a patch of skin filled up with clear fluids that occur on your heels, toes, or anywhere else on your foot. By themselves, they’re not necessarily dangerous unless they become infected. One way that people often introduce infection is through popping. That’s why we here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists recommend you leave blisters alone!

What causes blisters?

Blisters can be caused by rubbing or friction and form as the result of your skin trying to protect itself. When something begins to run against your foot and damage it, your skin reacts by creating a protective barrier from the friction element. Friction can start between your feet and socks or shoes, or something else like sports equipment. For instance, a bike pedal can cause a blister during a long ride.

If you notice that the skin on your foot is red and warm, that’s a good indicator that a blister is about to form there. Next, a bump will form and fill with fluid.

How do I prevent blisters?

  • Synthetic socks that are designed to wick away sweat and other moisture can help.
  • Always ensure you have properly-fitting shoes. Friction and rubbing from shoes that are too tight or too loose can easily cause blisters.
  • Tape up your toes that seem to get blisters frequently before starting a sport or activity.

How do I treat blisters?

The best thing to do is leave it alone. Keep a close watch on it, but leave it alone as much as possible. If you notice that the skin surrounding the blister is red, warm, and tender, or if you notice red streaks leading to or from the blister, you likely have an infection. Give us a call as soon as you can if you notice these symptoms.

When the blister does break on its own, use warm water and soap to clean the area. Try not to remove the patch of skin that burst, since that patch is protecting the new skin growing underneath. Dab on a little antibiotic ointment and a bandage, and you’re good to go!

If you’ve got a blister that is large and painful or seems infected, make an appointment today at Feet First Foot Care Specialists! Dr. Adam Mucinskas keeps up to date on all the latest podiatric health issues and utilizes state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatment techniques. Please give us a call today to schedule an appointment at our conveniently located office in the Cromwell, Connecticut area: (860) 632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
August 30, 2018
Category: skin conditions

Every August is Psoriasis Awareness Month. These awareness months are great times to highlight common chronic diseases, especially ones like psoriasis that could be mistaken for other illnesses.

What causes psoriasis?

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes overactive cell generation in concentrated areas. Your body produces a type of cells known as T cells. With psoriasis, your body triggers the T cells to think they’re fighting an infection or healing a wound, and they flood to a certain area. This leads to excessive skin cell growth and inflammation in an area. Psoriasis is thought to be genetic.

Symptoms of psoriasis

Psoriasis symptoms can appear at any place on the body and most commonly pop up in areas surrounding the nails, scalp, elbows, shins, and feet. When it is on the feet, it is referred to as Palmar-plantar psoriasis. Typically, it appears on the soles of the feet, but can show up anywhere. Symptoms in the feet typically look like:

  • Cracks or splits
  • Redness
  • Thickening
  • Scaling
  • Swelling
  • Blistering

Because of their appearance, these symptoms are occasionally incorrectly self-diagnosed as athlete’s foot.  That’s why it is important to see your podiatrist if you notice any of these changes in your feet.

Often, toenails exhibit pits and holes, thickening, discoloration, and nail bed separation due to psoriasis. It can also lead to fungal nail infections.

How do you treat psoriasis?

As always, you should check in with your podiatrist if you’re experiencing pain or notice any sudden changes in your feet. If you have been diagnosed with psoriasis and are looking for relief at home, here are a few tips:

  • Wash the area with a mild soap
  • Use a hypoallergenic moisturizer frequently
  • Try a coal tar cream or a gel or ointment that slows skin growth
  • Apply salicylic acid to soften thick scales
  • Corticosteroids can also help relieve symptoms

If you think you have psoriasis symptoms and are not sure, Feet First Foot Care Specialists are here to help! Dr. Adam Mucinskas utilizes state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques and cutting-edge treatments at our conveniently located office in the Cromwell, Connecticut area. Please give us a call today to schedule an appointment at (860) 632-5499.



 








 

 

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