Next Step: Foot Care In Connecticut
By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
October 12, 2017
Category: Foot Injuries

The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon you have, so it makes sense that it’s prone to injury, which can cause moderate to severe pain. Thankfully, our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., can provide you with excellent knowledge and treatment plans to help you overcome an injury of this nature. You can reach us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860-563-1200), Bristol ((860) 582-0747), Middletown (860) 346-5226), Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut. Please also review our Patient Education section for information about your Achilles tendon.

Achilles Tendon Injuries are common because they extend from the heel bone to the calf muscles. The pain associated with this type of injury can range from a scorching feeling to severe pain if it tears. Activities that increase the risk of an injury to the Achilles tendon include running, ballet or even high intensity sports. Sudden movements when lifting the foot and immediate actions can also lead to this condition. Other factors in causing an Achilles tendon injury include high heels, flat feet, firm tendons or other complications.                                        

Treatment for this condition includes medicines to getting plenty of rest. Avoiding the placement of weight on the leg with the injury, using crutches or ice, compression and elevation   will help to ensure a quick recovery. Furthermore, stretching the injured tendon will help to strengthen it and prevent reoccurrence. Slowly easing into normal activities like jogging and then running will help to allow for the Achilles tendon to experience less pain. Failure to gradually ease into higher intensity activities may cause future problems with the tendon that may require surgery to completely heal. Once the injury is healed, wearing appropriate foot wear with ample amounts of support will help to prevent unnatural movements caused by sudden actions. Since treating this condition early on is crucial to the longevity and well-being of your Achilles tendon, contact us today and you’ll get on the road to recovery faster than you thought possible.

 

 

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
October 04, 2017
Tags: Neuromas  

Neuromas are enlarged growth of nerves that are generally benign. They can develop into a significant problem that can have lasting effects for your foot and ankle health. Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., can develop a treatment plan for dealing with your neuromas. We can be reached at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860-563-1200), Bristol ((860) 582-0747), Middletown (860) 346-5226), Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut. Also, don’t forget to visit our Patient Education section to learn more about neuromas via our website.

Neuromas generally form between the third and fourth toes and happen when there is rubbing and friction that harms nerves. This friction and pressure are usually due to shoes that don’t fit properly or a deformity in the bone structure. Indications of this condition include burning or numbness that travels from the ball of the foot to the toes. Other patients with this condition may experience cramping and severe pain that may be mistaken for stress fractures in the foot. This is why a proper diagnosis from a medical professional is helpful in developing the correct treatment to fix this condition.

Treatments will require wearing proper fitting shoes that have plenty of room, using orthotics to reduce the amount of pressure placed on the nerves and utilizing medications such as cortisone to minimize inflammation. Physical therapy can also be very helpful in stimulating proper nerve behavior. Neurolysis is another method of treatment whereby the damaged nerve is chemically abolished through weekly injections into the nerve site of a mixture of ethanol and anesthetic. This method is effective since nerves have tend to attract to ethanol and absorb it. After that process, the nerve that’s causing pain gets destroyed from the toxicity of the mixture. More than half the patients that undergo neurolysis have success in reducing pain caused by neuromas.

Since neuromas cause nerve damage, treatment for this condition is very important to the overall health of your foot and ankle. Please contact us to schedule a visit to end your neuroma pain.

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
September 27, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions   Diabetics  

Bunions have become common occurrences due to the fact that popular fashion trends bring tight and uncomfortable shoes, which in turn cause the big toe to point towards its adjacent toe. Since women tend to wear different types of shoes that are narrow and have high heels, they have a higher chance then men do of developing bunions. This condition can also be hereditary as abnormal bone growth can make certain individuals better candidates for developing bunions. If bunions are not cared for after forming, they can become filed with fluid and become very painful or hinder mobility due to the difficulty in wearing shoes that fit properly.

Preventative measures for this condition include wearing shoes with wide toe boxes that are comfortable, wearing special pads on the area of the foot where bunions are most likely to form or wearing spacers to cause a separation in the first two toes. Taking these steps will help to stop unnecessary friction from occurring on the toes most susceptible to developing bunions.

When the steps measured above are not enough to stop the onset of bunions and thereafter infection, surgery will be used to further reduce pain. Surgery will also likely be required for diabetics who develop bunions due to complications and dangers associated with their particular condition. It’s also important to note that although surgery is very helpful, it will not guarantee that you can go back to wearing tight fitting shoes or performing physical activities that place intense amounts of stress on feet. Please visit the Patient Education section of our website for more information about this surgical procedure and contact us to schedule a visit.

Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., can deliver lasting treatment for this condition. Please give us a call to learn more or come see us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860-563-1200), Bristol ((860) 582-0747), Middletown (860) 346-5226), Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut.

 

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
September 20, 2017
Category: Toe conditions
Tags: hammertoes  

Hammertoes are not pleasant to look at, let alone having to deal with the pain. Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., can help provide you with quality treatment for this condition. Consider giving us a call to learn more or visit us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860-563-1200), Bristol ((860) 582-0747), Middletown (860) 346-5226), Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut. 

Hammertoes are a bend in the middle joint of the toe and go from flexible to stiff during the course of its occurrence. As with many other foot conditions, the deformity in toes resulting from this condition is usually caused by poorly fitting shoes that are tight in the toe box or that have high heels. There are instances of this condition being caused by hereditary issues as well. Moreover, comfortable shoes are the key to avoiding this condition and since feet size can change with age, it is very important to have them measured from time to time to have the best fitting shoes. A half inch of space between the tip of your shoe and the largest toe is essential to providing your feet with a comfortable fit. Sandals and other shoes that don’t cover the toes are also a great option because they provide an open space and prevent unnecessary friction on the toes. Don’t hesitate to visit the Patient Education section of our website to learn more about how to prevent this condition.

Surgery may however be required if preventative measures do not work. Such surgery includes making incisions in the foot to release tendons so that they can be allowed to straighten. If the toe is not flexible, then another type of surgery whereby the toe is manually straightened will be necessary and will entail cutting tendons directly and eliminating bone pieces to stop any potential blocks that are not allowing the toe to straighten.

As you can see, hammertoes are not an easy problem to stop unless you take the proper steps early on in the condition. Please contact us today so that we may be able to determine whether your hammertoes can be stopped from getting worse or if surgery is required to bring your feet back to normal.

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
September 13, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

Warts on the Foot, otherwise known as plantar warts, are skin growths caused by a viral infection on the skin called human papilloma virus. Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., can help educate you about this condition and provide you with treatment options if needed. Consider giving us a call to learn more or visit us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860-563-1200), Bristol ((860) 582-0747), Middletown (860) 346-5226), Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut. 

Plantar Warts  develop on the sole of the foot and tend not to stick out of the skin. They are generally not dangerous but can be painful and take a couple of years to go away, and usually treatment is needed. Plantar warts mature as thick growths that that can appear as calluses on the foot and are often mistaken as such. They can become tender from the pressure placed on them when walking. If this or any other type of painful feeling starts to radiate from them, there are several home remedies that individuals turn to. One of these include using duct tape left on the wart for six days and then rinsing in warm water and using an abrasive surface to attempt to rub them off. Doing this for several months may help in getting rid of warts on the foot. There are also medications that anyone can obtain that attempt to remove the growth by peeling them away. For more stubborn cases, a doctor may freeze them with liquid nitrogen or utilize a laser to burn them off. Medicines that strengthen the immune system may also be used to help defeat the virus causing them.

Although plantar warts may not require attention for some, for others they can become a nuisance that may require treatment to prevent the onset of pain when walking. It’s therefore a good idea to contact our office so that we assist you with determining the next steps to treat this pesky plantar warts.

 

 





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