At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we know that you’re a busy person! That’s why we want to make sure your appointment with our podiatrists Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M.
Before You Go
Taking a few moments before your appointment to gather information and handle preliminary concerns will ensure that your visit goes smoothly and yields maximum help. We recommend the following:
- Contact your insurance company prior to your appointment to find out if a referral is required.
- If you have any special needs, called the office ahead of time and let us know.
- Consider bringing someone with you to the appointment—a second set of ears can be helpful.
- Write a list of all the concerns and questions you have regarding your
podiatriccondition. Check your list before your appointment ends and be sure all your questions have been answered.
- Compile a list of all the medications—prescription and over-the-counter—that you take and give it to the foot doctor. Also, be prepared to let the podiatrist know if you have any allergies, are pregnant or attempting to become pregnant.
- If your foot pain is related to a fitness or sports activity, bring the shoes you wear for the activity. Otherwise, wear a pair of shoes that you use frequently. The foot doctor may want to examine your shoes to check the wear pattern for additional insights about your condition.
Don’t Forget the Follow-up
If the podiatrist has asked you to come back to check on your condition, make the appointment before you leave the office. Schedule any required tests and ask when you can expect the results. If your condition worsens or you have any questions about your diagnosis or treatment after you leave the office, don’t hesitate to contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices.
At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we know that patients who have diabetes are open to a slew of
Fortunately, there are ways for patients to reduce their risk of diabetic complications. These include:
- Schedule regular checkups with our podiatrists Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M.
orRaffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. everysix months. Teaming up with your podiatrist to help manage the effects of diabetes on your feet can significantly reduce your risk of hospitalization and amputation.
- Practice good daily hygiene. Wash your feet with warm (not hot) water and soap every day. Dry completely—especially between your toes because that’s where athlete’s foot often first develops. Use a foot powder in the morning on your feet and a rich moisturizer at night.
- Choose footwear wisely. Socks should have no seams, be thick and absorbent and made of a material that wicks moisture away from your skin. Shoes and boots should have roomy toe boxes, low heels and a cushioned insole for maximum protection. Periodically run your hand around the inside of your shoes to check for loose stitching or rough patches that may cause blisters.
- Get in the habit of inspecting your feet daily. Look for cuts, blisters, bruises, swelling, redness, rashes, growths or lumps. Run the eraser end of a pencil over the entire foot to see if you detect any decrease in sensation in any part of your foot. Make an appointment at one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices to get any concerning symptoms evaluated promptly.
At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we find that many patients are surprised to learn that toenail fungus, athlete’s foot, and other fungal infections are just as prevalent in the fall as in the summer. In fact, for some people, the risk is actually increased as workouts move indoors and footwear styles change for cooler weather. Below are five ways to help you avoid these irritating and annoying disorders.
- Keep your Feet Covered-- If your cold-weather fitness routine involves a gym or health club, be sure that you pack flip-flops or shower shoes in your gym bag. Fungal infections are spread by direct contact, and that means any place that tends to see a high volume of barefoot traffic is a prime pick-up location for infections.
- Stay Dry—closed shoes, heated cars, offices and stores mean your feet are going to be perspiring more than they do with open-air shoe styles in the summer. It’s a smart idea to keep an extra pair of socks with you and change them when you notice your feet feel damp. Moist, dark and warm conditions are the perfect breeding ground for fungi.
- Don’t Share—yes, we know that’s not what Mom taught! But when it comes to items that touch feet, such as shoes, socks, nail clippers and files, towels, etc., it’s risky business because it can pass on fungal infections so easily.
- Air it Out—alternate your shoes—don’t wear the same pair multiple days in a row. If you are an avid athlete, consider having two pairs of sports shoes so one can dry out for 24 hours while you use the other. Also, when choosing shoes, look for natural materials like leather and canvas that allow feet to breathe.
- Keep it Clean—it may sound basic, but simply washing your feet every day with soap and water can go a long way to keeping fungal infections at bay.
Don’t ignore rashes, blisters and itchy, red skin on your feet. Make an appointment at one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices so that one of our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M.
It’s almost time for Halloween and at Connecticut Foot Care Centers we’d like to make our contribution to this scary season by discussing some symptoms of foot conditions that might give you a fright.
Oozing—it’s never a pretty sight when skin or toenails show signs of discharge, particularly if it’s foul-smelling or looks like pus. This is not a symptom to ignore. With some disorders such as athlete’s foot, it means the infection is progressing with an increased risk of spreading to other parts of your body. If pus is present, there’s a good chance an infection has developed. If the area feels warm and tender and/or you have a fever, as well, you should seek medical attention immediately.
Black toes—although looking down and seeing that your toenail is black may be alarming, it’s not usually a reason for concern. The black that you see is most likely blood that has pooled under the nail, often as a result of an injury or trauma such as a heavy object falling on the toe. This is also a common condition for runners, dancers and other patients who participate in an activity where the toe repeatedly rubs up against the front of the shoe.
Lumps—the tricky thing about
Foot conditions can be tricky to diagnose by appearance alone. It’s always best to get suspicious symptoms checked out promptly to get the proper treatment.
At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we know that swollen ankles can be uncomfortable and even painful. Thanks to gravity, your ankles and feet are prime areas for excess fluid in your body to collect. The reasons behind the swelling--known as edema in the medical world—can range from something minor to a major medical concern. Below are seven possible causes of swelling in your ankles.
- It’s the beginning of arthritis. Not just a single disease, arthritis is an umbrella term that covers over 100 conditions that can negatively affect the health of your joints. Joint inflammation can result in swelling. You may also feel pain and experience redness and heat around the joint.
- You’re not moving—simply standing or sitting in one place for too long can cause ankles to swell.
- You’ve put on a few extra pounds. Being overweight can put extra stress on your joints and trigger fluid retention. In severely overweight or obese people, extra fat cells contain excess
hormones whichcan also cause your body to retain water.
- You have high blood pressure or heart disease. Swelling in your ankles (and your feet and legs) can be a sign that your heart is not pumping properly.
- You’ve got a bacterial infection. Although it’s possible to have an infection develop from a wound in or near your ankle joint, any bacteria that
entersyour bloodstream can end up causing an infection in any of your joints. Telltale signs of infection include heat and redness around the joint and also a fever.
- It’s your medication. There are several medicines, both prescription and over the counter that can cause fluid retention and swollen ankles. These include certain blood pressure medications, some antidepressants, hormones and anti-inflammatory steroids. Even NSAIDs such as ibuprofen can cause ankles to blow up.
- Your veins aren’t working the way they should. Over time,
veinscan stretch out and valves in them can start to leak, resulting in blood pooling your ankles and feet. This is more likely to happen if you are over the age of 50 and female.
Ongoing swelling of your ankles or swelling that gets worse suddenly or is accompanied by other serious symptoms like fever, shortness of breath or feeling lightheaded requires immediate medical attention. Contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices and our podiatrists Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M.
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