Monday, December 27, 2010

Today's Podiatrist

Have you heard about Today's Podiatrist?

There are 16,450 licensed podiatrists in the United States, 75% of whom are members of the American Podiatric Medical Association. The APMA has launched a new program to educate patients about who today's podiatrists are. This is especially important when 75% of all people will experience some kind of foot or ankle pain in their lifetime. Informed patients make informed decisions!

When you suffer from foot or ankle pain, it can sometimes be an indication of other, more serious problems throughout your entire body. Diabetes, arthritis, and nerve problems can be detected from foot problems.

Podiatrists are not just people who cut toenails or cut down callouses. Podiatrists are doctors, surgeons, and specialists who have years of training and experience. Podiatrists perform more foot and ankle surgeries than any other medical profession. Studies have found that diabetics who go to a podiatrist for their foot health greatly reduce their risk of amputation.

We at Central Connecticut Foot Care Center and Dr. Tina A. Boucher, DPM, in Meriden, CT, are proud to be one of Today's Podiatrists, performing state of the art medicine every day. Check out our website,, which has a section devoted to Today's Podiatrist. There you will find a YouTube video on podiatrists, a downloadable sheet on what to expect at your visit, and helpful information on foot and ankle conditions.

Dr. Tina A. Boucher, DPM
Central Connecticut Foot Care, LLC
Podiatrist Meriden CT

Monday, December 20, 2010

Holidays Hurt Your Feet?

Lots of holiday shopping usually means lots of walking, sometimes running and it can all add up to painful feet! A survey by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) shows the number one way women soothe their soles during the holiday madness is by moisturizing their feet. Stretching and massaging the feet are also on the list of favorite foot fixes. APMA offers a few more ways to keep your feet merry this holiday season:

Point Your Toes: Avoid toe cramping by raising, pointing, curling your toes for five seconds each and repeat ten times. You won't even break a sweat!

Massage Your Feet: Women like it because it works! Release tension, increase circulation, and rejuvenate the skin after a long day on your feet. Get out the lotion and rub those toes!

Elevate Your Legs: Reduce swelling by lying down and lifting legs above your heart.

Rotate Your Ankle: Relax your feet by rotating your ankles, cupping your heel and turning each ankle slowly five times. This loosens the ankle joints.

Wear Smart Shoes: No high heels! If you know you will be on your feet all day, wear comfortble shoes with arch support and a padded sole.

Information taken from the APMA website.

Dr. Tina A. Boucher, DPM

Central Connecticut Foot Care, LLC


Thursday, December 16, 2010

New Year's Foot Fixes Solved!

As the ball drops and rings in another exciting New Year, many enthusiastic revelers will sport their favorite pair of sassy slingbacks and other types of fashionable high-heels. However, American women often pay a hefty price for their New Year’s footwear– resulting in blisters, arch and heel pain, and much more! Start the New Year off on the right foot with these sole-saving, New Year’s footwear solutions, with these products available on our website through OurDoctorStore.

Problem: Burning sensation on the balls and toes of the feet.
Solution: Douse foot flames with Dr. Jill’s Gel Ball of Foot Cushions (Self-Sticking and Reusable) $12. The soft gel surrounds the painful area and reduces the pain by transferring pressure from the foot to the cushion. Cushions are designed to be used over and over and can be used in all styles of shoes.

Problem: Shoe soles can be hard on feet, especially near heels.
Solution: Dr. Jill’s Gel Heel Cushions (Self-sticking and Reusable) $12. These are designed to cushion and protect the heel with each step we take. The cushions provide long lasting comfort for heel pain.

Problem: Slingbacks can dig deep into heels, leaving blisters and painful abrasions.
Solution: Engo Blister Protection Patches (Available in oval or rectangle) $10.95-13.37. These patches prevent blisters from happening. They are applied directly to the shoe, not the ankle. The Blister Patches are thin and easy to carry in a purse.

Visit to order all of these products and more! We are your Central Connecticut Foot Care and Meriden CT supplier of all things for your feet!

Dr. Tina A. Boucher, DPM
Central Connecticut Foot Care, LLC

December Shoe of the Month

Fashion sneakers are a comfortable choice, however, do not wear them when exercising because they do not offer the same support as an athletic shoe. Other common problems when wearing this style include bromohidrosis, aka foot odor. To avoid sweaty and smelly feet, wear natural/synthetic blended socks, like Copper Socks, sold in our product store, taht wick away moisture. If wearing socks is not a preferred option, sprinkle powder into the shoe to absorb sweat or roll antiperspirant, like APMA-approved Certain-Dri directly into soles.

An example of a supportive fashion sneaker is Aetrex's Lizzy, available for purchase in our product store in our office. The Lizzy has hig-end suede and a mesh upper, with adjustable strap closures that provide the best fit. Lizzy comes in four fashionable colors and the breathable interior helps wick away moisture. We are one of the only podiatrists in Meriden that sells shoes, so make sure you stop in for all your shoe needs.

Dr. Tina A. Boucher, DPM

Central Connecticut Foot Care, LLC