Keep Feet Healthy with a Foot First Aid Kit

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Seven days a week, 365 days a year, your feet have to support your body weight in order for you to stand and walk. You can’t afford to give them a day off but, occasionally, illness or injury causes discomfort. Here are some tips from Dr. Eric Kosofsky and Dr. Robert Rutstein for building a well-stocked “foot first aid kit” to keep in your medicine cabinet or tote bag. Having one can make a big difference in a hurry. 

  • Your first aid kit should include a handful of implements such as toenail clippers in case a nail is irritating your skin and a pair of tweezers to remove splinters and other foreign objects.

  • Add a tube of antibiotic ointment for treating small wounds and be sure to include an assortment of bandages in your first aid kit. Add both adhesive bandages to cover those small nicks or cuts and a large wrap bandage in case you take a tumble.

  • If you’ll be traveling, invest in some no-freeze instant ice packs. Applying one to foot and ankle injuries right away can dramatically reduce swelling in the first 24 hours.

  • Blisters can be painful. Some moleskin or blister padding can help reduce irritation.

  • Finally, print your podiatrist’s name and phone number on an index card ad add it to your first aid kit. If you hurt yourself, or you suspect an infection, call right away. 

If you have a concern about the health and well-being of your feet, ankles, or lower legs, the first step to take is to see your podiatrist. With years of specialized training and experience, your foot doctor is the best-qualified medical professional to help you. Schedule a visit with Eric Kosofsky, DPM and Robert Rutstein, DPM in our modern, comfortable Hartford and Rocky Hill offices today. Call Hartford Podiatry Group at 860-523-8026 or click here to get started.