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The nation and the world are facing a challenging time as this new virus takes hold.  At East Avenue Podiatry we care deeply about our patients as people and not just their foot care.  The purpose of this blog is to provide some basic information about the virus and educate you on the steps our office takes daily to maintain the safety of our patients and our staff.  

The Corona virus is a respiratory virus.  It is spread when respiratory droplets from an infected person are released as a result of a cough or sneeze and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby.  It can also spread when these droplets are on a surface and a person touches that surface and then touches their nose or mouth area.  

To prevent becoming infected with the virus it is highly recommended that people wash their hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  Hand sanitizers are also believed effective in killing the virus.  It is also suggested that people try to avoid situations where large crowds gather close together.  Please note that this virus is more of a health risk to the elderly and those with other health conditions that compromise them, especially respiratory conditions.  It is not recommended that the public utilize face masks unless they are sick.  Frequent rubbing down surfaces with clorox wipes or other disinfectants is effective in killing the virus.  

Summary:

To protect yourself:

1. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and/or us hand sanitizers.

2. Avoid large crowds of people that are in tight quarters.

3. Wipe surfaces with disinfectants.

4. Stay home if you are sick.

How we protect you and our staff:

1. We are constantly wiping down surfaces with clorox wipes.

2. We wash our hands with soap and water regularly .

3. As the doctor, I use a fresh pair of gloves with every patient.

4. We encourage sick patients not to come in.

5. We schedule our patients in a way that there are not big crowds in our office.

6. We have hand sanitizer available for our patients to use in the office.

Final thought:

By each of us doing our part, we can lower the risk of getting sick while making sure patients are getting the important foot care they need.  

PLEASE DO NOT AVOID GOING TO YOUR DOCTOR VISITS OUT OF FEAR OF THE VIRUS BECAUSE YOU WOULD THEN BE RISKING DEVELOPING OTHER HEALTH ISSUES THAT POTENTIALLY COULD THREATEN YOUR HEALTH MORE THAN THE VIRUS ITSELF.  FURTHERMORE, OTHER HEALTH ISSUES WILL LOWER YOUR RESISTENCE TO THE VIRUS AND MAKE YOU MORE PRONE TO CATCHING IT.  

The best policy is to practice the suggestions above and know that we care greatly about your health and well being.  Here at East Avenue Podiatry, you can count on us to practice the above for the benefit of us all.

To good health,

Dr. Lonnie Resnick

We are excited to announce that starting Monday, December 3, 2018 we will be located at 148 East Avenue in Suite 1D.  Don't worry, it is right down the street from our old office and the new building is beautiful with tons of parking.  There is even a little cafe in the lobby.  We will be retaining our old phone number 203-853-6570.  Our new fax number will be 203-939-9779.  We always can be reached by email at [email protected]   We have also adjusted our hours to accomodate some of our patients after work.  The new hours are as follows:

Monday- 7:15AM-11:30AM,  2PM - 5PM

Tuesday- 10AM-1PM,  2PM-6:30PM

Wednesday- Closed

Thursday- 10AM-1PM,  2PM-6PM

Friday- 7:15AM-11:30AM,  2PM-5PM

Saturday- Every other Saturday from 8AM-11AM

We are excited to start seeing our patients at our new office.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact us to let us address them.

In good health,

Lonnie Resnick DPM

     We should be able to make it through the day without having our feet making us aware of them. Itching or painful feet can be quite a distraction. Furthermore, It these symptoms often result in a change in our gait. A change in gait puts undue stresses on multiple joints and can over work muscles. This can gradually lead to other areas of the body becoming injured and painful such as our knees, hips or back. Today, I would like to focus on causes of dryness and itching that are not related to athlete's foot. The most common condition I see in my office that presents this way besides athlete's foot is eczema. Eczema is not contagious. It will usually present as dry and scaling skin. It is generally considered to be an inherited condition. Any factors that seem to promote dryness will likely aggravate this condition. Over washing the skin or using harsh soaps can contribute to this condition as well. Low humidity is another factor. At East Avenue Podiatry, I have noticed that often this condition is worse in the winter. The appearance can also include a rash and sometimes various bumps on the skin. If scratched, these areas may ooze liquid. One of the best treatments for eczema is the use of topical hydrocortisone steroids. Steroids reduce itching and inflammation. Steroids come in many strengths and can be purchased over-the-counter or by prescription. Once the patient is improved, I will often recommend emollient type creams or lotions to help prevent dryness.
     There are other reasond feet can become dry and itchy such as allergic reactions which may be caused by an ingredient in the laundry detergent being used to clean the patient's clothes. This type of condition can also be relieved by steroid creams. However it is essential to eliminate the cause of the allergy as well. Psoriasis is a another condition to consider which often presents as scaling patches. This condition is best treated by prescription medications prescribed by either a dermatologist or podiatrist.
     The bottom line is that we generally do not have to live with these discomforting conditions. There are treatments and I encourage seeking professional help if you are suffering with these symptoms. We can be reached at East Avenue Podiatry by calling 203 – 853 – 6570 or at [email protected] Enjoy the summer.
Lonnie N Resnick DPM

July 17, 2017
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Did you ever wonder whether it is normal for your feet to itch?  Well it is not and we can take actions to prevent it.  First, it is important to understand why our feet sometimes itch.  There are multiple causes.  The most common cause during the summer months is a condition called tinea pedis, commonly known as "athletes foot".  This is a condition that results most often in skin that appears to be red and scaling.  The areas most often involved are the bottom of the feet and between the toes.   Fungal spores are virtually everywhere.  They are on the floor, inbedded in carpets and likely in our shoes.  Fungus loves dark, moist areas which explains why our feet are so susceptible.  It is not a coincidence that the areas of our feet with the greatest concentration of sweat glands is most affected.  So how do we prevent athletes foot.  We need to try to create an environment that fungus does not do well in.  The more we dry our feet well and allow them to breath, the lower the odds of contracting athletes foot.  It is worth taking the time to dry your feet thoroughly with a towel after showering or bathing and include the areas between your toes.  When home and relaxing, taking your shoes and socks off is also beneficial.  At East Avenue Podiatry, we often recommend our patients lightly powder their feet before putting socks on.  By the way, wearing most types of socks is beneficial while in shoes.  Cotton socks allow for good breathing, while nylons do not.  If you do contract athletes foot, treating with antifungal creams is usually effective.  Applying the cream 2-3 times a day for a few weeks will do the trick in most cases.  Lamasil and lotrimin cream are the two most popular over the counter creams and there are many that can be prescribed by a doctor.  In chronic cases, an oral antifungal may be utilized. The oral medicines available are somewhat toxic to the liver and therefore the patient needs to be monitored for liver function before starting the medicine and again if on them for any length of time.  Once the fungal infection is cleared, preventing a reoccurance is key.  My office carries an antifungal spray that can be used in shoes at the end of the day to kill off the fungal spores that are present.  So you see, there is no reason to suffer with the itching and discomfort of athletes foot.  Take these precautions and certainly call East Avenue Podiatry at 203-853-6570 for an appointment if symptoms continue.  Tune in next for other causes of itchy feet.

June 30, 2015
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After he long and hard winter, summer is here!  It is time to take advantage of the good weather and enjoy the many outdoor activities.  It is quite common for people to wear sandals in the warm weather and sometimes even go barefoot.  There has been an emphasis in recent years on utilizing sunblock to protect from skin damage and potential development of skin cancer.  A cream with a 30 SPF is recommended.  If swimming is involved, reapplication is important.  The tops of our feet are often ignored when applying sunblock.  It is crucial that this area of our bodies are protected.  The top of the feet are exposed to direct sunlight.  A sunburn is one of the quickest ways to inhibit the enjoyment of the summer. A severe sunburn can result in blistering and the risk of infection.  I would also like to take the time to remind everyone that even though it is summer, good, supportive type shoes should still be a priority.  When wearing sandals, stay away from flip-flops.  There are plenty of good quality sandals with arch support.  Teeva and Birkenstock are a couple of brands that we recommend.  There are other good ones as well.  I would also try to mix in wearing good, running style sneakers whenever possible.  The use of nonsupportive foot gear on a regular basis can lead to many painful conditions both in the short-term and the long-term.  So please support those feet because they support you!





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