Posts for category: Common Foot Conditions
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!
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 foot, fungal 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!
Finding a lump on your foot can be a scary situation. You think back to all the activities you’ve done with your feet lately – did I step on it wrong? Was it the new shoes I bought? Don’t panic though! In most cases that we see here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers,a lump in the arch of your foot is a benign growth called plantar fibroma.
What is plantar fibroma?
A plantar fibroma is a nodule or fibrous knot which forms in the long band of tissue running along the bottom of your foot from your heel to your toe, known as your plantar fascia. Currently, there’s actually no known definitive cause of plantar fibroma. What we do know though, is that it won’t disappear without treatment. In fact, an untreated plantar fibroma could grow and make walking difficult or painful.
What if I find a plantar fibroma?
It’s important to give us a call today if you find any lumps in your foot. One of our trained podiatrists will examine your foot, manipulating the affected area to determine if the growth is a plantar fibroma. If needed, an MRI or biopsy might be performed to aid in diagnosis.
How is it treated?
Your doctor will work with you to determine the best route for treatment. Depending on the fibroma’s size and location, there are many non-surgical options available.
- Steroid injections. Injecting corticosteroid medications directly into the mass could help relieve pain and shrink it. There is a chance the plantar fibroma could grow back though.
- Orthotic devices. If the fibroma is staying the same size, custom orthotic devices could help distribute your weight away from the fibroma and relieve the pain.
- Physical therapy. Pain can be managed through physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medication that is not directly injected.
When would I need surgery?
Non-surgical methods only relieve pain and discomfort, but ultimately do not remove the fibroma. If the mass continues to grow or the pain increases, there will be further evaluation and surgical methods may be recommended.
If you’ve found a lump in your foot, we’re here for you. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers 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!