Posts for category: Foot Care
In September we celebrate Falls Prevention Awareness Day, and at Connecticut Foot Care Centers we want to join in encouraging our senior patients and those who love them to take the necessary steps to stay safe. Did you know that falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries to older adults? There’s much you can do to prevent falls. Here are 6 suggestions:
- Get foot pain evaluated promptly. If your feet hurt, it alters the way you walk and this, in turn, can cause a fall. Make an appointment at one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices so that our podiatrists Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M.
orRaffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. candetermine the source of your foot pain and prescribe the correct treatment to alleviate it.
- Inspect your shoes periodically. Shoes that are stretched out, have worn down heels, loose stitching or tears in the uppers can trip you up. Be sure to get your foot measured professionally when buying new shoes because shoe size can increase with age, and wearing the wrong size will create discomfort.
Cross-checkyour medications. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist and make sure you are not taking medications that interact with one another to cause you to feel dizzy or lightheaded.
- Get your eyes examined. If your vision is failing, falls are obviously more likely. Stick to your checkup schedule and see the eye doctor in between visits if you feel that your vision has changed.
- Fall-proof your home. Add lighting
tostairs inside and out and also in the path you walk to get to the bathroom at night. Remove loose throw rugs, stacks of magazines on the floor and low plants and furniture. Keep electrical and computer cords out of walkways in your home.
- Consider taking an exercise class that focuses on building better balance. Ask at your local senior center or contact the department of aging in your town for locations and times.
At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC we are celebrating men this month and encouraging our male patients and those who love them to take the best care possible of their feet. It’s a fact, according to several studies men often need a little push when it comes to their health. We want to help male patients recognize the importance of being proactive about podiatric care and the fact that it doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. Below are some suggestions for our male patients (and the females who care about them).
- Don’t ignore foot pain. Of course, you’re busy and have lots of other things to do when you’re not working besides visiting the foot doctor for that annoying pain in your foot or ankle. But, putting off seeking treatment can actually put you on the disabled list for an extended period of time. Continuing to walk on a foot that hurts is likely to increase damage and the need for longer and more invasive treatment. If you are in pain, contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices. 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 examine your feet and ankles, track down the cause of your discomfort and prescribe the correct treatment to get you back on track pain-free.
- Throw out worn out shoes. Shoe shopping may not be your most favorite past time but continuing to wear shoes that are stretched out or have lost their arch support is just asking for foot pain and disorders like ankle sprains and plantar fasciitis. Visit a reputable footwear store and while you’re there, get your foot professionally measured—shoe size can change with time. Most people have one foot that is larger than the other. Always buy to accommodate the larger foot and take the time to try on both shoes and walk around for several minutes to ensure that shoes fit comfortably.
- Develop good foot care habits. Wash feet daily and check them over to make sure there are no changes in skin or toenails, lumps or growths, bruises, swelling or other unusual symptoms that could signal the beginning of a foot problem.
- Make good lifestyle choices. Regular exercise, a healthy diet, not smoking and limiting the amount of alcohol you consume will all help you maintain good overall health. This, in turn, will help prevent diseases like diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, and arthritis that could cause foot damage.
If you have questions about men’s foot health issues, contact us today.
With so many things going on in the world today, it can be easy to forget about our own needs. At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we encourage you to take a moment out of your day each week to check in with your feet. Have you noticed any changes in your feet or ankles? Are the changes external or internal, i.e. can you see it from the outside or can you only feel it happening below the surface? While Dr. Jeffrey S. Kahn, Dr. Craig M. Kaufman, Dr. Ayman M. Latif, and Dr. Raffaella R. Pascarella see many patients for common issues, sometimes the symptoms that alert us to needing a podiatrist don’t seem important to address. Here are 3 surprising reasons you need to see your foot doctor:
A larger footprint - We’re not talking about a carbon footprint here, people! We’re talking about your actual physical footprint. If you’ve noticed a larger or wider footprint, like when you’ve stepped out of the shower and leave a mark with your wet feet, it may be time to visit the foot doctor.
Discoloration - Obviously, if you see a huge patch of oddly colored skin on your foot that wasn’t there yesterday, definitely call your doctor! But when it comes to changes that are more subtle or maybe look like they ‘might’ be normal, it’s always worth checking out.
Stubborn pain - How often do you find yourself taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatories for foot or ankle related pain, discomfort, or fatigue? When it’s more than just once or twice per month, it’s time to see a podiatrist.
If any of these 3 surprising reasons to visit your foot doctor feel applicable to you, don’t hesitate to contact us today. Schedule an appointment with us at one of our locations in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, or Kensington, Connecticut. You would be surprised at what small signs and symptoms can lead to big diagnoses!
This winter has been an odd one for all of us in New England. Though our winter started off easy enough, the more recent blasts of icy air from the returning polar vortex have posed some difficulty for many of us! When the temps drop so low into the single digits or below, it’s hard to resist the urge to hibernate. This is especially true for those of us with foot or ankle conditions that seem to feel worse in cold weather or become more painful the less we keep moving on a regular basis. There are simple and easy ways to take care of yourself at home while paying attention to when and where your foot or ankles hurt.
It’s important to start out by considering whether or not your foot or ankle pain ever resolves with rest, or if it’s gone unaddressed by a podiatrist for longer than a few weeks. One out of every three people experience foot or ankle pain, yet only half of those experiencing pain seek help from a podiatrist. Dr. Jeffrey S. Kahn, Dr. Craig M. Kaufman, Dr. Ayman M. Latif, and Dr. Raffaella R. Pascarella encourage you to advocate for the health of your feet and ankles. If you’ve already addressed your foot issues with a foot doctor, the next step is to figure out what works and feels best for you to stay active.
What does ‘being active’ mean to you? When it comes to foot and ankle health, we don’t mean that you have to run triathlons on a monthly basis to be considered active. It’s hard to be active when it can be difficult enough to identify when, where, and why your feet or ankles hurt. Connecticut Foot Care Specialists want to offer a few easy ways to keep your feet moving and stay aware of what hurts:
- Sit in a chair and stretch your legs forward.
- Roll your ankles around clockwise, then counter-clockwise.
- Point your foot up and down, left to right, and in a circle.
- Repeat this, but while your toes are curled.
- Place your feet on the ground and point down to be on your toes.
During these exercises, pay attention to where it hurts and when. Write it down and share with our doctors at your consultation to get a step ahead of the game when dealing with your foot pain. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!
If you’ve been in and out of winter boots, ice skates, or ski boots this winter, you may have found yourself with a painful blister. These pesky podiatric problems are a result of friction or rubbing against the foot. This rubbing causes the outer layers of skin to rub together, separate, and fill with fluids. Here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we often see blisters at the point of infection and that are causing mass amounts of pain. You can avoid this state by learning a bit about blisters.
Never pop one!
It can be so tempting to pop them, but all that does is create an opening into the skin where bacteria can get in. This can easily lead to infection. Eventually, your body will reabsorb the liquid. The best solution is to cover the blister with a bandage and avoid wearing the boots or shoes that caused it until it fully disappears.
How to prevent blisters
Here are some great ways to prevent blisters:
- Wear moisture-wicking socks that help pull perspiration away from your feet and help to reduce friction. Bring a backup pair of socks with you and change socks as soon as you notice they are damp.
- Wear shoes that fit properly. Improperly-fitting shoes are the number one cause of blisters. There’s no such thing as a “breaking in period” for shoes – don’t fall for that one. Shoes should fit well and feel comfortable from the moment you walk out of the shoe store with them. Get your feet professionally measured and take the time to try on both shoes. Take them for a spin in the store on multiple types of surfaces if possible. Your feet tend to swell throughout the day, so it’s a great idea to shoe shop at the end of the day when your feet are their largest. Check the inside of the shoes for loose stitching or any stiff areas that might rub on your foot and cause a blister.
- Try a foot powder throughout the day that will help reduce sweating and keep your feet dry, especially if you’re going to be active!
If you’re dealing with a blister, we are here to help you. Here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, our team of foot doctors is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in diagnosing and treating your feet or ankle issues. 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!