Posts for category: Foot Conditions, foot pain
It’s that time of year—after the turkey’s put away and the last slice of pumpkin pie is enjoyed, many of our patients at Connecticut Foot Care Centers will be hitting the stores in Hartford and Middlesex counties to scoop up Black Friday bargains. What’s the key to making it through the big day? The right shoes. Below are some recommendations.
Choose tried and true, not new. A full day of shopping is not the time to try out a new pair of shoes or boots. Forget fashion and go totally for function. The shoes you wear for shopping should be ones that have proven comfortable in the past. Athletic shoes or sneakers are usually best. Remember, as the day goes on your feet will swell. Shoes should have a roomy toe box and not feel tight when you first put them on. A blister can bring your shopping trip to a screeching halt in a hurry. Carry moleskin, just in case.
Be a lightweight. The heavier the shoe, the more quickly your feet will get tired and achy. That being said, you want a shoe that has a decently thick sole to provide shock absorption and cushioning.
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Don’t forget the foot powder. Lots of walking plus overheated cars and stores equals very sweaty feet. Keeping feet dry, especially when they are going to be closed up in shoes for many hours, is helpful in preventing athlete’s foot. Look for socks that draw moisture away from your skin and consider packing an extra pair—it will also reduce the chances of blisters forming.
Take injury precautions. It goes without saying that high heels are not the right choice for a day of shopping. If you have chronic weak ankles, you may want to go with a high top sneaker for extra ankle stability. Be sure there’s a good tread on the bottom of your shoe to avoid slips on wet floors and in parking garages.
School’s out and your children are most likely excited to trade classrooms and homework for carefree days of playing and enjoying the great outdoors. At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we know that summer presents a unique set of challenges for children’s feet. Below are some podiatric problems that we want to alert parents to and also what precautions to take to prevent them.
Ankle Sprains—if your child’s summer shoe style of choice is flip-flops, they are exposing their feet to an increased risk of injury. Although quick to slip on, flip-flops provide no structure or support for the feet. Running or playing sports in these types of shoes will likely result in ankle sprains or other injuries.
Fungal Infections—the one time that flip-flops are an appropriate shoe choice is when you are spending a day at a public pool or beach. Warm temperatures and moist conditions are ideal conditions for fungal infections to thrive. Athlete’s foot, fungal toenails, and warts are a few examples of foot infections that are passed on by direct contact. Your child’s best defense is keeping feet covered in public places.
Sun Burn—for some reason, the feet often get overlooked when it’s time to apply sunscreen. Yet the skin on your feet burns just as easily as the skin anywhere else on your body. Even a single bad burn can increase your child’s risk for skin cancer in the future. Use a water-resistant, broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Look for an SPF of 15 or greater. Reapply every two hours and/or after swimming.
Cuts and Puncture Wounds—don’t let your child go barefoot outdoors. Even in your own yard, sharp objects can be hidden in the grass that could result in a nasty cut or puncture wound. Be sure to treat any wounds promptly by cleaning thoroughly and bandaging after applying antibiotic ointment.
If your child does sustain an injury or you notice any unusual symptoms on your child’s feet, 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 child’s feet and ankles, diagnose the problem and provide the correct treatment.
Metatarsalgia can be a painful condition as it affects the ball of the foot. Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., have the requisite experience to treat this condition with expertise at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860) 563-1200, Bristol (860) 582-0747, Middletown (860) 346-5226, Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut. Our Patient Education library also has helpful information you can review about this and many other foot and ankle conditions.
Metatarsalgia can happen from high intensity activities, arthritis or wearing bad fitting shoes that are too narrow or have high-heels. The metatarsals bone connects the toes to the ankles. Symptoms of this condition include the feeling of walking on pebbles, a sharp scorching pain in the ball of the foot or numbness in the toes.
Factors that increase the chances of acquiring this condition also include:
- Foot deformities such as high arches, calluses, bunions, or hammertoes.
- Obesity, which can place extra pressure on the feet.
- Diseases such as arthritis, gout, neuromas or stress fractures.
Preventative measures involve using correctly fitting foot wear that do not have high-heels, are not narrow, have extra cushioning and have wide toe boxes. Losing weight is another helpful method as the added weight places abnormal amounts of pressure on the feet that can be a contributing cause to this condition.
Treatment includes utilizing ice, anti-inflammatories, elevating the foot, getting plenty of rest and metatarsal pads to decrease pressure from the metatarsal bones to help absorb shock and reduce pressure. In situations where these methods are not helpful, steroid injections may be necessary to diminish pain and inflammation.
Failing to timely treat this condition can lead to avoidable complications such as pain spreading to other parts of the foot or body due to the body’s attempt to manage the discomfort. We therefore recommend that you contact us as soon as you can to treat your Metatarsalgia and contain it before it causes lasting consequences.
Corns cause more problems than you would think they do. To deal with this annoying and nagging condition, our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., have the necessary experience and knowledge to help your corns cease being a problem to your daily plans. You can reach us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860) 563-1200, Bristol (860) 582-0747, Middletown (860) 346-5226, Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut.
Corns happen when pressure is placed on the foot, causing it to become out of balance and thereby adding resistance in an abnormal manner that’s localized on a specific area of the foot. Due to this focused area of abnormal pressure, thick areas of skin are formed on the feet to act as padding in these small areas which are hard corns. When the pressure of a corn results in swelling, pain occurs. Soft corns can form between toes because the skin in that location is moist. Corns can be symptomatic of other foot complications. Be sure to check out our Patient Education section for additional information about other foot conditions that may be in the background of a corn infection.
Corns can happen from badly fitting footwear, in the elderly because of the reduced natural padding in their feet or spending extended amounts of time on the feet. Treatment may involve having a medical professional removing the dead skin layers to access the corn. Padding will thereafter be used to redistribute weight evenly to relieve pressure. Proper footwear is a must during recovery and for long term foot and ankle health. Due to the nature of corns to cause unwanted and nagging pain, they may put a damper on your stride. To avoid corns becoming infected or overly painful, please contact our offices today so that we may provide the correct treatment and provide you with a recovery plan to make sure the weight bearing forces being absorbed by your feet are done so in an even manner.
Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., have the experience necessary to diagnose and treat flat feet in its many stages. You can reach us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860) 563-1200, Bristol (860) 582-0747, Middletown (860) 346-5226, Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut. Our Patient Education section is another valuable tool for finding further information about flat feet and other conditions that can affect your overall foot and ankle health.
Flat Feet often goes undiagnosed for a while because those who begin to develop it do not experience increased pain at its onset. These individuals generally complain about pain in their calf, knee or back. However, those pains originate from flat feet. One form of this condition is rigid flat foot whereby the arch becomes rigid and produces pain whether the foot is bearing weight or is in a relaxed state. Those with this type of condition get exhausted easily.
Infants generally have flat feet as their arches are still developing and also because of an increased amount of fat in that area. As they grow older however, flat feet are not common and can cause complications. Flat feet that are acquired at an adult age are generally due to severe trauma or a continued amount stress on them. This condition can also be caused by genetic ailments, injuries, being over-weight, growth spurts or an unusual amount of stress placed on the arches of the foot
Treatment for this condition includes the use of appropriate foot wear and orthotics to support the arch. In cases where rigid flat foot causes a deformity, surgery may be required to fuse joints together to promote arch structure. Because flat feet can cause many complications such as in the knees, hips or back, it is important to seek treatment at its earliest stages to prevent other problems from occurring. Please contact us at today so that we can check your feet for signs of this condition and provide quality treatment sooner rather than later.