Don't ignore foot pain. It is not normal. If you experience any type of persistent pain in the foot or ankle, please contact our office.
Inspect your feet regularly. Pay attention to changes in color and temperature. Look for thick or discolored nails (a sign of developing fungus), and check for cracks or cuts in the skin. Peeling or scaling on the soles of feet may indicate Athlete's Foot. Any growth on the foot is not considered normal.
Wash your feet regularly, especially between the toes, and be sure to dry them completely.
Trim toenails straight across, but not too short. Be careful not to cut nails in corners or on the sides; this can lead to ingrown toenails. Persons with diabetes, poor circulation, or heart problems should not treat their own feet, because they are more prone to infection.
Make sure that your shoes fit properly. Purchase new shoes later in the day when feet tend to be at their largest, and replace worn out shoes as soon as possible.
Select and wear the right shoe for each sport or activity that you are engaged in (e.g., running shoes for running).
Alternate shoes—don't wear the same pair of shoes every day.
Avoid walking barefooted. Your feet will be more prone to injury and infection. At the beach or when wearing sandals always use sunblock on your feet.
Be cautious when using home remedies for foot ailments. Self-treatment may turn a minor problem into a major one.
If you are a diabetic, please contact our office and schedule a check-up at least once a year.
We are posting this to let you know what we are doing here in the office to help our patients and our staff stay safe amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Continue Providing Treatment
We will continue to provide treatment of infections, ulcerations, and post-operative care in the office by appointment as it is very important keep these patients out of urgent care facilities and hospital emergency departments to limit risk of exposure.
We are carefully triaging each currently scheduled patient in order to determine the need for face-to face care as well as to assure that patients with immunocompromised conditions, are experiencing cough or fever, or that have been exposed to individuals who may be positive for COVID-19 are rescheduled.
As an alternative to visiting the office, we are pleased to offer patients the option to be treated via Telehealth Services (using FaceTime, Skype or phone call).
If you are interested in this option, please contact the office at 904-739-9129 and we will set up a Telehealth appointment for you right away.
What can you do?
Please do your part to slow the spread of this virus by staying home, washing your hands thoroughly and staying healthy.
As always, we value your trust in us to treat all of your foot and ankle care needs and we are here for you during this time of uncertainty.
Dr. Reddy and staff First Coast Foot & Ankle Clinic