Posts for category: Common Foot Conditions
At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we know that many of our patients are planning to spend time at some of Connecticut’s beautiful beaches this summer. Nothing can ruin a day at the beach quicker than a foot or ankle problem, however. Below are some common podiatric issues that can occur while you’re enjoying surf and sand.
Burns—there are two kinds of burns you need to protect your feet from at the beach: sun and sand. For some reason, people often don’t apply sunscreen to their feet, but a burn on the skin of your feet can make it treacherous to walk or wear shoes. Always re-apply sunscreen after you come out of the water and put on the bottoms of your feet too if you are lying out in the sun. Sand can also be way hotter than it looks. Even a short run to your beach towel can result in a bad burn to the soles of your feet.
Ankle Sprains—the sand gives way under your feet and turns them in unexpected directions. This can lead to an ankle-twisting injury if you are playing Frisbee or another beach game, or even just walking. Pack a pair of sneakers in your beach bag if a walk along the shore is part of your beach day plans.
Jellyfish Stings—even dead jellyfish that have washed up on the sand still have stingers that will hurt your feet if you step on them. Steer clear if you see these sea creatures.
Cuts and Puncture Wounds—while your path may look clear, just beneath the surface of the sand may be glass, metal debris, sharps stones or broken shells that can cause a cut or deep puncture wound. If this occurs, wash out the wound immediately and apply antibiotic ointment and a bandage. For deep puncture wounds, call 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. or Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. can check it and make sure it does not become infected.
Your podiatrist deals with a wide range of lower extremity conditions and disorders. At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we want to encourage patients to contact us if they have a concern about their feet. No symptom is too trivial. In fact, sometimes unusual changes in your feet, even if they are not painful, can signal the beginning of a serious condition. In some cases, your feet may be the place where other diseases that affect your entire body may first show up, including diabetes, arthritis, and circulatory or nerve issues.
- Any pain in your feet or ankles that is persistent.
- Severe cracking, peeling or scaling on the heel or foot.
- Unusual rashes, blisters or bruising.
- Changes in toenails including discoloration, thickening of the nails, crumbling at the edges.
- Tingling or burning sensation or loss of feeling in your feet.
- Any signs of bacterial infection, such as redness, tenderness, heat with red streaks extending from the affected area, or any sign of discharge or pus. If these are accompanied by a fever, it is essential that you contact us immediately.
If you have diabetes, you have special risks associated with infections and difficulty healing. For this reason, you should call us even for minor podiatric conditions such as athlete’s foot, blisters or toenail trouble. Get in the habit of checking your feet daily or have someone do for you if you cannot easily see your entire foot. This will help you spot potentially dangerous changes early.
Whatever your symptoms, our podiatrists Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. or Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. will perform a complete podiatric exam, get your medical history and order any tests necessary to diagnose your discomfort and determine the treatment plan to manage it.
As winter rapidly approaches, it feels like we have to switch up our care routine to prevent a whole new batch of issues that can occur with our feet! One of those common winter afflictions is a condition called chilblains. If you’ve ever rushed inside from the cold to warm up your feet and experienced a burning or itching sensation in your toes and feet, you’ve likely experienced chilblains.
What are chilblains?
Chilblains are an inflammatory response to a tissue injury caused by cold and humidity. The cold can damage your skin’s capillary beds, which can become irritated. Chilblains are often associated with the following:
Typically chilblains occur alone, but can sometimes be a manifestation of a more serious condition. A history of chilblains might point to connective tissue disease, so check in with your podiatrist if you experience them often.
How can I prevent chilblains?
It’s no doubt that chilblains can be uncomfortable! Luckily, they are mostly preventable. Follow these steps:
- Dress properly for the cold, including enclosed shoes and warm socks
- Avoid tight-fitting socks or shoes
- Try to avoid sustained contact with the cold outdoors
- When coming back in, gradually warm up your feet
- Improve blood circulation through regular exercise
If you have diabetes or another condition coupled with poor circulation, it’s important to consult your podiatrist for other treatment and prevention options.
I got chilblains, now what?
If seen by a podiatrist, chilblains will heal within a week or two. Here’s how they’re treated:
- Keeping the area warm
- Applying a topical steroid cream
- Taking vitamin D and calcium supplements
If left untreated, chilblains can lead to skin ulceration, cracked or broken skin, and infection.
If you’re suffering from chilblains, 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 any foot or ankle issue. 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!
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.
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!
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:
- Macular degeneration
- 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!