Posts for category: Foot Care
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!
Any shift in color of your body parts can be cause for alarm, especially when they’re turning blue. Persistent blue coloration of the extremities is called Acrocyanosis. Typically, acrocyanosis does not require medical treatment, but could be a sign of something more serious going on.
What causes acrocyanosis?
The underlying cause for this condition is unknown, but it is linked to your body’s arteries. The oxygen-carrying arteries suffer spasms, which blocks blood flow to the extremities. That lack of oxygen-rich blood supply causes the skin to be a dark blue or purple color.
Should I be worried if I have blue feet?
Acrocyanosis is generally benign, but it can be indicative of a serious medical illness such as cardiovascular or connective tissue disease. If your feet are blue due to prolonged periods of exposure to the cold, that could be a dangerous emergency condition called frostbite. Frostbite often hurts, which is different than the rarely painful acrocyanosis. If you have sudden blue coloration of your skin, you should see a doctor immediately. Your podiatrist will look at your medical history and conduct a thorough examination to help figure out why your feet are turning blue.
How do I know what’s causing blue feet?
As stated, you’ll need to get to the podiatrist as soon as you can. The following are some common symptoms of acrocyanosis:
- Persistently cold feet at any temperature
- Blue skin discoloration
- Sweaty or moist skin
Can I beat acrocyanosis?
The disorder itself can’t be remedied, but luckily it does not worsen over time. To relive this disorder, a podiatrist will focus on keeping your feet warm and your blood circulating at a normal rate. This might include wearing special footwear like polypropylene liner socks under thick, insulated boots or an insulated sock.
If you are dealing with blue feet, it’s time to call us. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources to care for your heels or any foot or ankle issue. Our doctors stay up-to-date with 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!
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.
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