You’re a busy person. You’ve likely got work or school, family, and household obligations to balance, not to mention any time you’re able to allot to your cherished hobbies. It’s easy to push off cramping or pain in your feet as just a one-time thing that will subside. You can put off doctors visits, trying to treat your own issues with over-the-counter medication or finding a little extra time to get off of your feet. And sometimes that works! Other times, however, that pain or cramp or tingle is your body trying to signal there’s a big problem going on!
Our feet are sensitive to health problems in the body – they can tell us a lot about hidden health concerns.
Below are some symptoms that you might notice in your feet that should never be ignored. If you experience any of the following, get your feet checked out by a podiatrist:
- A sore or wound that won’t heal – A wound that won’t seem to heal, can often be a tell-tale sign of diabetes. The uncontrolled glucose levels associated with diabetes can often lead to nerve damage in your feet, which can make wounds slow to heal. Without being treated, this could lead to limb amputation!
- Foot cramps – Foot cramps could point to dehydration or a lacking nutrients in your body, which can both be easily remedied. It could also be a sign that you have nerve damage or circulation problems.
- Constantly cold feet – Feet that are always freezing is sometimes a sign of hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism can cause depression, weight gain, exhaustion, hair loss, and more. A blood test can tell if you have this issue.
- Stiff, painful feet – This could be a sign of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, especially if you’re in your golden years.
- Pain and swelling in your big toe – Acute pain in your big toe can indicate gout. Thankfully, gout can be managed through a simple change in diet.
- Heel pain – Pain in the heel, especially first thing in the morning, could likely be plantar fasciitis.
- Burning or tingling – Another nerve issue could lead to burning or tingling in the feet. Extreme pain could possibly indicate Morton’s neuroma.
Our bodies are linked in such interesting ways. It’s amazing that you can tell so much about what’s going on internally just through our feet. If any of the above strike a chord with you as something that’s going on, please schedule some time to come get checked out. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers provide the best in foot care and can help ensure your feet and ankles are healthy! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!
Often when you think of summer, you think of lounging at the pool or the beach, biting into a snow cone or a big juicy watermelon, and maybe watching a Fourth of July parade with your family. In these scenarios, you probably picture yourself wearing a tank top, shorts, and flip-flops. Flip-flop shoes might seem like such an iconic, perfect summer shoe. They’re easy to slip on and off and they’re a dime a dozen at some stores, plus they come in so many colorful patterns that can help you display your personal taste!
They’re definitely a fun shoe! But unfortunately, they might not be the best shoes for your feet. While they do protect the bottoms of your feet, they don’t offer much-needed arch support. Below you’ll find some reasons to flip your flip-flops right off:
- People wear them perpetually. Often, people treat flip-flops as their daily shoe, leaving their feet unsupported day-in and day-out. A flat piece of rubber under your feet does not offer the support that your arches need, which can lead to podiatric issues like plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis. They’re great pool-wear, but keeping them on every day can be bad news.
- They leave your feet open and vulnerable. Cuts, scrapes, burns, bruises, and even pesky mosquito bites can affect the nearly 75% of your foot that is left open when wearing flip-flops.
- They make your toes work too much. Your toes have to unnaturally bend to grip the rubber base to keep it under your feet. Too much of this can lead to hammertoe.
- They’re unsafe to drive in. Studies have proven that foot movement time is longer from the gas to the brake if the driver is wearing flip-flops. Plus, a flip-flop could get caught under a pedal and prevent you from pressing the brakes! This greatly increases the risk of car accident.
If you just recently bought a fancy new pair of flip-flops, don’t let this dishearten you! You should wear them in moderation – show them off at the beach or by the pool; just don’t make them your regular shoe. If you do hurt yourself while wearing flip-flops, we’re here for you. The professionals at Connecticut Foot Care Centers are knowledgeable and professional, and can get you on the path to great foot health. Click here to schedule an appointment or call one of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices today!
Standing desks are on the tip of wellness experts’ tongues. They’re recommending them to clients to drastically improve their life, even going as far as to say that sitting at a desk all day is as bad for you as smoking. Is your office chair really sending you to an early grave? Would switching to a standing desk really make that big of a difference in your health? Read on to see what the experts say.
Why should I get a standing desk?
- Stay more active. Standing desks increase the likelihood that you’ll be moving throughout your workday. Sedentary lifestyles can lead to a myriad of health issues, including diabetes. If you’re already in a standing position, you’re more apt to take a quick walk around the office, stretch out, or at least roll your ankles than you would be if you were sitting.
- Have more focus. Standing desk enthusiasts regularly reported that they were much more focused on their work throughout the day. They also said they were more energetic and excited about the work they were doing.
- Reduce back pain. Sitting for the majority of an 8-hour workday will often lead to slumping and bad posture. Standing more with good posture, allows you stretch your back out and prevents that back pain caused by slumping.
Why should I avoid a standing desk?
- Bad posture can lead to bad backs. If you’re standing hunched over a keyboard, or just leaning on your desk clicking away for hours at a time, it might not actually be great for your back.
- Standing on your feet all day can be painful. Everyone has different feet with different needs. That means, that everyone will need different support underneath them if they’re standing. Orthotic cushions or plush standing mats can do the trick for some, but for people with conditions like plantar fasciitis, bunions, or Achilles tendonitis, it can be really painful.
So is a standing desk right for you in your workplace? That’s something you can always chat about with your podiatrist. The professionals here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers are here to chat about any foot or ankle issues revolving around office-life or any other aspect. We can help assess your feet and get you on a healthy track. Click here to schedule an appointment or call one of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices today!
Have you been enjoying the World Cup? It’s such a blast to get together with friends and family and cheer as the best of the best face off against one another on the field. If watching those talented players has inspired you to get out and shoot some goals of your own, please read on!
As with any sport, there are numerous injuries that soccer players can incur. Even the star team players have to sit out a game or a whole season if they’re not careful! For example, the Brazilian team took a blow when Dani Alves had to bow out of the World Cup due to a knee injury.
If your World Cup inspiration has you out on the field, we here at Connecticut Foot Care Centerswant to make sure you stay safe. Read on to learn what the most common injuries we see in soccer players are:
- Ankle sprains– A sharp twist or turn during a quick play could lead to anything from a mild to a severe injury of the ligaments in the ankle. Running, jumping, twisting, tripping, or even a collision with another player could cause a sprain.
- Fractures– Repeated stress on the feet or ankle bones or a sudden traumatic impact can cause stress fractures or a broken bone. Stress fractures are tiny hairline cracks on the bone that are typically caused by repetitive actions.
- Plantar Fasciitis– Pain in your plantar fascia, the tissue that connects your toes to the heel bone, can be caused by overuse. Stretch properly to prevent this pain in the heel.
- Achilles tendonitis– Overuse of the calf muscles can cause inflammation in your Achilles tendon, which connects your heel to your calf area.
- Sever’s Disease– This is one to watch for in your children. A sports injury or sudden impact can cause problems with the heel bone’s growth plate. Keep your kids safe by equipping them with proper safety gear and knowledge of the game!
If you’ve pushed yourself too far on the field and have sustained any of the above, or any other foot or ankle injury, our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers are here to help. We provide the best in foot care and can help ensure your feet and ankles are healthy and ready to hit the pitch again! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!
Diabetes can come with a myriad of issues. Luckily, there are also a number of ways to help ensure a long, healthy, happy life for our diabetic patients. One safe and heartily recommended way to help lower blood sugar and reduce weight for diabetic patients is to engage in regular exercise. If you’re not used to being active, it can seem like a huge step to all of a sudden incorporate exercise into your daily life. Thankfully, we’ve put together several tips that can help you improve your health and your diabetes.
Follow these tips for safe, effective exercise:
- Start with realistic goals – Write down your goals in a journal or on a to-do list. This will set a great visual reminder or what you want to accomplish.
- Begin with walking – Start your exercise off slow with 10 minutes of walking a day. Build from there.
- Use a pedometer – Monitoring your daily activity is a great way to know if you’re reaching your goals. Keep up with your progress in a journal.
- Increase activity where you can daily – Start taking the stairs instead of the elevator or walk or bike to run chores at nearby areas instead of driving.
- Start stretching exercises – Yoga and Pilates can help keep your joints and muscles limber. Try to find a beginner’s class in your area.
- Do some balancing exercises – Attempt standing on one leg or walking backwards. These simple exercises can help improve your balance overtime.
- Have a workout pal – It’s easier to stay motivated when you have a friend working towards similar goals.
- Watch your blood sugar – Regular monitoring of your blood glucose will help you see the results your exercise is having and help to keep you motivated
- Stay hydrated – Drink plenty of water before, during, and after exercise. This helps with circulation and prevents any other complications that come with dehydration.
Before beginning a brand new exercise regimen, it is important to ensure your body is ready for what you’re about to set upon. A podiatrist can help ensure your feet are healthy and that there are no underlying foot conditions that need addressing.
Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers provide the best in foot care to all of our diabetic patients. We can help ensure your feet and ankles are healthy and ready to embark on a new exercise journey! We encourage all of our patients to stay fit and healthy. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!
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