Next Step: Foot Care In Connecticut
By contactus@ctfootcare.com
November 13, 2018
Category: diabetic foot care
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Diabetes affects millions of Americans each year, causing issues with their bodies all the way down to their feet. November is National Diabetes Month. If you have diabetes, you know how tough it can be to balance nutrition, weight, and exercise along with all the potential health issues you’re on the lookout for. One of the main issues to keep up on is foot health care. We know how much of a balancing act that can be here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers! That’s why we’ve put together a handy list of what to look for and how to properly care for your feet to take the guesswork out.

Follow these four tips for diabetic foot care

  1. Keep up with podiatry checkups. Your podiatrist is medically trained to care for your feet and ankles, including training to work with patients with diabetes. Regular visits to your podiatrist are a must for diabetic patients to adequately monitor your feet and note any changes in your health. These visits could make the difference in having to amputate a limb.
  2. Do daily foot checks. Sometimes you forget to check in with your feet when you’re busy. Pencil in time every day to look at your feet thoroughly. Make sure you have no ulcers, wounds, or cuts that are headed towards infections. Those can be detrimental to diabetic feet.
  3. Choose the right footwear. Shoes that fit improperly can rub and cause blisters. Due to nerve issues associated with diabetes, a blister that is left untreated could lead to a wound that could potentially become infected. It’s important to wear comfortable shoes that fit right.
  4. Trim your nails correctly. Always make sure to cut your toenails straight across and not too close. This will help to prevent ingrown toenails that can grow into a nasty infection.

If you are a patient with diabetes who has not had a podiatric checkup in a while, call us today. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in caring for diabetic feet. We provide the best in foot and ankle care and utilize the newest diagnostic and treatment techniques and technologies! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
November 09, 2018
Category: Proper Foot Care
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As you age, your feet can seem to take a beating over the years! It’s important to show them you appreciate all the standing, walking, running, dancing, and everything else they’ve carried you through in life. Here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we put together a list of ways to keep your feet healthy and happy as you age. 

Follow these tips for happy, healthy feet at any age:

  • Do daily foot checks – look your feet over for any changes. This is especially important for diabetic patients, but this is good practice for everyone. Check for bruises, blisters, cuts, and abrasions, and treat them as needed with antibiotic ointment and bandages. Look over your nails for fungal infections or ingrown toenails. If you have bunions or hammertoes, note if they have progressed at all. Early treatment of any of these issues can help to lessen their severity.
  • Keep your feet clean and dry – wash your feet every day with soap and warm water. Next, dry them completely, paying special attention to the areas between the toes. That’s where moisture can get trapped and attract bacteria and fungus.
  • Trim your nails correctly – always trim your toenails in a straight line and make sure they’re not too short. Improper toenail trimming will lead to ingrown toenails.
  • Wear shoes that fit well – Your shoes should have plenty of room in the toe box so your toes can move around comfortably and should provide ample arch support. Your podiatrist can even perform a gait analysis to help you determine what type of foot support you might need. This can also help determine if you’re a good candidate for custom orthotics. Check out our shoe buying guide here.

If you are looking for great ways to treat your feet, call us today. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in caring for your feet. We provide the best in foot and ankle care and utilize the newest diagnostic and treatment techniques and technologies! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
November 01, 2018
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There are so many tiny, intricate parts of your foot and seemingly, any one of them can cause you trouble depending on your lifestyle! One issue that a tiny structure in the tendons of your feet can cause is Sesamoiditis. The two pea-sized bones in your feet, called sesamoids, are tiny, but they have a big job. They act as pulleys, making it possible for your big toe to move and push off when you’re walking. 

Who suffers from sesamoiditis?

If you’re a ballet dancer, tennis player, golfer, sprinter, or baseball player, you’ve likely heard about sesamoiditis. Both professionals and amateur participants of these sports are often afflicted because of the amount of weight they place on their big toe joint throughout a dance or a game. Sesamoiditis can be caused by tightness in the toe flexors. To offset tightness in that area, stretch the toe and those tendons four times a day for 2 minutes.

Sesamoiditis signs

One of the first signs of sesamoiditis is a dull ache under your big toe. Other symptoms include:

  • Tenderness in the ball of your foot
  • Swelling underneath the big toe joint
  • Bruising underneath the big toe joint
  • Pain when moving your big toe joint 
  • Inability to put weight on the joint

How is Sesamoiditis treated?

Sesamoiditis is a condition that patients often self-misdiagnose since the symptoms are similar to other conditions. It’s important to have one of our trained podiatrists examine your feet to evaluate. A foot doctor may take x-rays or utilize other imaging studies to see what is happening internally.

If the podiatrist does determine a case of sesamoiditis, they will recommend one of many non-surgical treatment options. If it’s very painful, they might prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to ease walking. Other treatments include:

  • RICE method (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
  • Physical therapy
  • Orthotics to reposition the foot
  • Brace the joint or tape it to keep it bent downward, relieving tension
  • Steroid injections near the painful joint

If you are experiencing pain in the ball of your foot, or any other foot or ankle issue, call us today. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in caring for your feet. We provide the best in foot and ankle care and utilize the newest diagnostic and treatment techniques and technologies! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
October 23, 2018
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Did you know that one of the most common causes of fall injuries has nothing to do you with your feet, but actually your eyes? Low vision, which is a vision impairment condition that eyeglasses, medication, and surgery can’t correct, causes a large percentage of falls. We here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers wanted to educate our patients about this debilitating condition that often goes unseen.

Who is affected?

The majority of people afflicted by low vision are 65 and older, but it’s estimated that 3 million Americans aged 40 and older have low vision. 63% of them are women. Low vision is often linked to other health conditions such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Glaucoma
  • Macular degeneration
  • Injuries
  • Birth defects

What are the signs of low vision?

People with low vision are more at risk for falls and have a higher rate of depression. People with low vision often have difficulty:

  • Recognizing faces
  • Getting around their neighborhood
  • Completing small repairs or tasks like sewing
  • Selecting color-coordinated clothing
  • Dosing their medication correctly

What can be done about low vision?

The first step is recognizing that you have low vision. If you have experienced an unexplainable fall or constantly find yourself tripping, talk to one of our podiatrists. The foot doctor will review your medical history and ask you questions about recent activities. They will also complete a foot exam to make sure there are no issues. They can then refer you to a proper specialist who will check your vision to diagnose for low vision.

Rehabilitation is available for people with low vision, which can help maximize their quality of life. Adaptive devices like magnifiers can help with day-to-day tasks and chores. Home modifications, including brighter or more abundant lighting, adding handrails, getting rid of clutter, moving electrical cords, and clearing small furniture from the floor can decrease the risk of falls.

Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in caring for your feet. If you had a fall due to low vision, we’re here to help. We provide the best in foot and ankle care and utilize the newest diagnostic and treatment techniques and technologies! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
October 19, 2018
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Now that summer is over, you might not be headed to the beach or the pool, but there are still plenty of chances to get foot and nail infections! Shoving our feet into fall boots and thicker socks as the days get cooler mean sweatier, unaerated feet. Here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, that means we’ll likely be seeing more cases of athlete’s footfungal toenails, and other skin and nail infections. The bacteria and fungi that cause those thrive in warm, wet, dark environments (like the inside of a sweaty boot). That’s why we put together a list of do’s and don’ts to help you avoid unwanted, uncomfortable infections.

Do: Begin and maintain a solid foot care routine. A good regimen includes washing with soap and water daily, and inspecting your feet for any marked changes or signs of skin or nail disorders or infections.

Don’t: walk barefoot in public areas. When you are at the locker room of your gym, or any other place that is wet and dark, always wear flip flops, water shoes, or shower shoes. Those places harbor tons of bacteria that can lead to nasty infections!

Do: Ask questions if you’re getting a pedicure at a salon. Ask what sanitization procedures they have in place, and how they clean all of their instruments. Also look for a state issued license, checking the licensing date closely.

Don’t: Share nail clippers, socks, sandals, foot towels, flip-flops, or anything else foot-related with anyone – even friends and family.

Do: Completely dry your feet after showering or washing. Pay particularly close attention between your toes (where athlete’s foot typically starts). Over the counter powders provide some additional protection as well.

Don’t: wear wet or sweaty socks. If you know you sweat a lot during the day, bring an extra pair of socks to change into. It also helps to disinfect your shoes in between uses and try not to wear the same pair every single day.

If notice changes in your feet or nails, it could be an infection. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is here to help. We provide the best in foot and ankle care and utilize the newest diagnostic and treatment techniques and technologies! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!





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