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By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
August 26, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Calluses   Orthotics   corns   blisters   x-rays  

A podiatrist is a medical professional who specializes in disorders of the foot and ankle. Some of the disorders they treat are blisters, breaks, bunions, corns, calluses, deformities and more. A Doctorate of Podiatric Medicines must be earned in order to practice as a podiatrist. These degrees are also known as their “DPM”. In the United States, there is only a small number of colleges that provide a Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine. These schools are competitive and only admit the best of the best.

Why Choose a Podiatrist?

Choosing a podiatrist is similar to choosing a mechanic to fix your car. The mechanic usually works on certain brands of cars and not on other brands. This is because it is their specialty. Like a mechanic, a podiatrist must have the most knowledge about the foot and ankle. Podiatrists focus solely on your feet and ankles and keep up with all the latest research and treatments for them.

Do I Need to See a Podiatrist?

If you are experiencing pain or notice your feet look or feel funny, it is important to contact a podiatrist right away. Breaks, fungus, blisters, and swelling are all other reasons why you should contact a podiatrist. If you are unsure whether you need to contact a podiatrist or not, first contact your primary care physician who can refer you to a podiatrist as needed.

What Types of Treatments do they use?

The type of treatment a podiatrist uses all depends on the patient and their needs. Your podiatrist will collect your medical history, your concerns, and examine your foot. Once all tests, examinations, x-rays, and other procedures are done and a diagnosis has occurred, then a treatment will be decided on a case by case basis.

How do I find a Podiatrist?

  • Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC– We are located all over Connecticut including Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, Kensington. There Dr. Jeffrey Kahn will examine, diagnosis and treat your ailment.
  • Google – Just type in Podiatrist and many options will appear on your screen
  • Primary Care Physician – ask your primary care doctor for a referral
  • Insurance – Your insurance provider will have a list of podiatrists that are covered by your insurance

Choosing any type of doctor can be scary but at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC we are here to help. Call 860-563-1200 or make an appointment online today.

By contactus@ctfootcare.com
December 26, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails   Causes   Prevention  

Ingrown toenails can occur when too much pressure is exerted on the toenails, typically on the big toenail. Ingrown toenails, if left untreated, are painful and can potentially lead to infection. Understanding your daily routine is vital to prevention. If you exercise often or wear high heels, take heed of your shoes. Improperly-fitting shoes and socks can contribute to the development of ingrown toenails. Make sure to take proper care of your toenails, keep your cuticles intact and cut your toenails straight across.

Ingrown toenails can be an easy fix if treated properly. If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, contact one of our podiatrists of Connecticut Foot Care Center, LLC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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By contactus@ctfootcare.com
October 27, 2016
Category: Foot Care

Flip flops are easy to take on and off, however they are dangerous for your feet. Everyday flip flop use can cause plantar fasciitis. Stress fractures, tendinitis, and shin splints are also problems that stem from wearing flip flops too often. Flip flops that are too small for your feet might give you blisters and other infections. However, flip flops that are too big will cause you to slip and fall while you walk. Experts believe that well-fitting sneakers are the best option for your feet.

Wearing flip-flops for a long period of time can be harmful for the feet. To learn more, visit one of our podiatrists of Connecticut Foot Care Center, LLC. Our doctors will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off, perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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By contactus@ctfootcare.com
October 27, 2016
Category: Foot Care

If left untreated, cracked heels can lead to irritation in the feet, typically characterized as flakiness, redness, itching, and skin peeling. Cracked heels can be caused by ill-fitting shoes, dry skin, aging, an unhealthy diet, and long periods of standing, or constant pressure on the feet. Fortunately, there are many DIY methods you can use to treat your cracked heels. These include the use of oils, avocadoes and bananas, honey, oatmeal, lemons, and wax.

Cracked heels can become painful if left untreated. To learn more, consult with one of our podiatrists of Connecticut Foot Care Center, LLC. Our doctors will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.

The Truth about Cracked Heels

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels are unappealing, and make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Not only may they look bad, but they can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How do you get them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief, or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – wearing socks with medicated creams, helps lock in moisture so it can stay on longer.

Moisturizers – applying it both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – these remove dead skin, and then you can massage cream onto your foot. This way the cream will be absorbed. The skin needs to be exfoliated; therefore the outer layer dead skin needs removal.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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By contactus@ctfootcare.com
October 27, 2016
Category: Foot Care

Finding properly-fitting shoes is fundamental in ensuring that your feet do not develop any long-term foot conditions in the future. Shoes that are tight-fitting, such as high heels, can progress the development of bunions or even Morton’s neuroma. Avoid shoes that have pointed ends, as they squeeze the toes together and can aggravate our bunions. Look for shoes that have sufficient arch support if you have flat arches or flat feet, or opt for buying over-the-counter insoles or custom orthotics. If possible, avoid shoes that have elevation or heels. The types of shoes we wear can determine our body’s gait and how our feet develop long term. Ill-fitting shoes can shift our bodies into an unnatural state and put pressure on our backs and legs.

Proper fitting shoes are essential to one’s overall health. If you are having foot and ankle problems, consult with one of our podiatrists of Connecticut Foot Care Center, LLC. Our doctors will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in properly fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improperly fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

If you have any questions, please contact our offices located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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