Next Step: Foot Care In Connecticut
By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
December 06, 2017
Category: Foot Fungus

Toenail fungus can be an unsightly and a potentially serious condition if left untreated. 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 to treat this condition 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. Moreover, please review our Patient Education section to learn more about this condition if you should have any further concerns after reviewing the information below.

Fungal Toenails are a common problem that can affect people of all ages, although it most commonly affects individuals who are older. This condition can start as athlete’s foot and eventually make it under the nail where it develops and causes changes to the nail. These changes can be seen as the nail turns yellow, thickens and becomes deformed. Fungus tends to thrive in warm and damp areas and can attack the toenails by way of small cuts nearby the nail.

This condition may not be painful at first; however, can cause complications if left untreated and allowed to spread, which eventually causes significant pain. If the infection becomes painful, it may become hard to wear shoes due to the deformity it may cause. Factors that can increase the chances of having this condition include:

  • Diabetes which can damage the toenail and thereby cause an increased risk of infection
  • Increased age
  • Smoking
  • Genetics
  • Walking barefoot in public pools or locker rooms

Preventative measures include:

  • Using proper footwear with wide toe boxes (not older shoes that can contain fungal spores), socks allowing the foot to stay cool.
  • Refraining from using the same nail clippers for nails that have become infected with healthy ones.
  • Use of antifungal pills or nail polish.

Treatment may include surgical methods via removing the infected nail which allows for the fungal infection to be healed and avoids the distorted nail from returning. So, please contact us so that we can help with your toenail fungus today!

 

 

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
November 30, 2017
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Ingrown toenails are a foot condition that causes the toenails to dig into the surrounding skin. This can not only be an inconvenience but also be a cause of systemic discomfort. 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., will strive to remedy your feet from this condition 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 take a chance to scroll through our Patient Education library to learn more about what you can do to take care of your feet.

Ingrown Toenails can be caused by improper toenail trimming where they are cut too short. When the toenail’s corners are cut so that they curve with the toe, the sides of that toenail begin to grow into the skin surrounding the toe. Another cause for this condition can be wearing shoes that ate too narrow or tight. The big toes are the ones that generally develop this condition. At first, the toe begins to harden and swell due to the ingrown toenail. Thereafter, it can get inflamed or infected. If left untreated, the skin around the toe can begin to grow over it.

If it gets infected, treatment can include soaking it in warm and soapy water and wedging something in between the ingrown nail and skin to prevent it from digging into the skin. Antibiotics may also be required to combat the infection when the above methods are not successful. Moreover, utilizing clean socks or sandals can breathe new life into your toenails. 

When the above is still not helpful, a surgical procedure may be necessary to remove part of the ingrown toenail. The medical professional performing this procedure will try their best not to remove the entire nail, as doing so could cause it to come back again. It generally takes up to 4 months for the toenail to regrow once removed.

It is therefore helpful to ensure that the above methods are followed very carefully to prevent a severe complication from arising when you have ingrown toenails. Please contact us to get your toenails straight again!

 

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
November 20, 2017
Tags: heel spurs   heel orthotics  

Heel Spurs are a condition that’s hard to ignore due to the lingering pain they cause. 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., have the required experience and successful treatments to help you with the condition. We can be reached 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. We also have a Patient Education section which you can use to learn more about this and many other foot complications.

Heel Spurs are small areas of calcifications that begin at the bottom of the heel. The severity of the heel pain it causes is at its worst when someone first gets out of their bed in the morning. This happens because the soft tissue eases during sleep and when pressure is suddenly applied to the heel after waking up in the morning, swelling starts right away. If left untreated, heel spurs can become very painful. It is therefore imperative that heel spurs are treated with care at their onset.

Preventative measures include getting plenty of rest by reducing high intensity activities so as to limit stress placed on the heels, using ice packs to reduce swelling, utilizing heel orthotics or other support devices that absorb shock or provide a soft padding for the heel, elevation for reducing inflammation, use of orthotics to redistribute pressures away from the heel when walking, wearing proper foot wear and undergoing physical therapy to assist with alleviating the pain caused by this condition and to assist with the recovery process.

Treatment options include losing weight or getting ultrasound services on the heel to reduce the pain caused by this condition. Stretching of the calves is particularly helpful with decreasing muscle stiffness in the heel. Surgery may however be required if the above methods of treatment do not improve within a year. More importantly, please contact our offices if you believe that your heels are experiencing pain so that we can diagnose the presence of heel spurs and provide you with the best treatment plan to reduce your heel pain now!

 

 

 

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
November 16, 2017
Category: ankle pain
Tags: sprained ankle  

Ankle sprains can develop all of a sudden and cause severe 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 to diagnose the seriousness of your ankle sprain and provide the appropriate treatment options as needed. 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.

Ankle Sprains can cause a meaningful amount of pain since they involve the ligaments, muscles and tendons of the ankle joint. Although the ankle is highly stable, it is still subject to the risk of injury due to the constant amount forces placed upon it through high intensity activities or routine walks over an extended amount of time. As this condition occurs, the ligaments that hold the ankle are stretched outside their normal boundaries or torn.

Factors leading to this condition include:

  • Traumas forcing the ankle joint beyond its normal motion capabilities like tripping suddenly.
  • Injuries resulting from pressure applied repeatedly in increments over time.
  • Severe injuries sustained with huge impact or forces such as those seen in sports.

When this condition is not treated timely, chronic ankle sprains can start occurring due to the likelihood of the ligaments tearing or stretching more easily.

Treatment can include:

  • getting plenty of rest
  • use of ice to reduce swelling
  • elevating the ankle
  • refraining from walking or applying too much pressure on the foot to allow for the ankle to heal correctly
  • taping or casting to help stabilize and support the injured ankle
  • physical therapy to help strengthen the ankle as it continues to heal

Surgery can always be used if the situation calls for it and could involve arthroscopy, reconstruction and transplants of tissue to fix the ankle.

Even though the above information is helpful, please also review our Patient Education section for information about other foot complications so that you have a chance of preventing them before they occur. Please contact our offices now to treat your ankle sprain with care.

 

 

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
November 09, 2017
Tags: corns  

Corns cause more problems than you would think they do. To deal with this annoying and nagging condition, 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., have the necessary experience and knowledge to help your corns cease being a problem to your daily plans. 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. 

 

Corns happen when pressure is placed on the foot, causing it to become out of balance and thereby adding resistance in an abnormal manner that’s localized on a specific area of the foot. Due to this focused area of abnormal pressure, thick areas of skin are formed on the feet to act as padding in these small areas which are hard corns. When the pressure of a corn results in swelling, pain occurs. Soft corns can form between toes because the skin in that location is moist. Corns can be symptomatic of other foot complications. Be sure to check out our Patient Education section for additional information about other foot conditions that may be in the background of a corn infection.  

 

Corns can happen from badly fitting footwear, in the elderly because of the reduced natural padding in their feet or spending extended amounts of time on the feet. Treatment may involve having a medical professional removing the dead skin layers to access the corn. Padding will thereafter be used to redistribute weight evenly to relieve pressure. Proper footwear is a must during recovery and for long term foot and ankle health. Due to the nature of corns to cause unwanted and nagging pain, they may put a damper on your stride. To avoid corns becoming infected or overly painful, please contact our offices today so that we may provide the correct treatment and provide you with a recovery plan to make sure the weight bearing forces being absorbed by your feet are done so in an even manner.

 





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