Posts for category: Foot Conditions
Bunions have become common occurrences due to the fact that popular fashion trends bring tight and uncomfortable shoes, which in turn cause the big toe to point towards its adjacent toe. Since women tend to wear different types of shoes that are narrow and have high heels, they have a higher chance then men do of developing bunions. This condition can also be hereditary as abnormal bone growth can make certain individuals better candidates for developing bunions. If bunions are not cared for after forming, they can become filed with fluid and become very painful or hinder mobility due to the difficulty in wearing shoes that fit properly.
Preventative measures for this condition include wearing shoes with wide toe boxes that are comfortable, wearing special pads on the area of the foot where bunions are most likely to form or wearing spacers to cause a separation in the first two toes. Taking these steps will help to stop unnecessary friction from occurring on the toes most susceptible to developing bunions.
When the steps measured above are not enough to stop the onset of bunions and thereafter infection, surgery will be used to further reduce pain. Surgery will also likely be required for diabetics who develop bunions due to complications and dangers associated with their particular condition. It’s also important to note that although surgery is very helpful, it will not guarantee that you can go back to wearing tight fitting shoes or performing physical activities that place intense amounts of stress on feet. Please visit the Patient Education section of our website for more information about this surgical procedure and contact us to schedule a visit.
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., can deliver lasting treatment for this condition. Please give us a call to learn more or come see 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.
Warts on the Foot, otherwise known as plantar warts, are skin growths caused by a viral infection on the skin called human papilloma virus. 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., can help educate you about this condition and provide you with treatment options if needed. Consider giving us a call to learn more or visit 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.
Plantar Warts develop on the sole of the foot and tend not to stick out of the skin. They are generally not dangerous but can be painful and take a couple of years to go away, and usually treatment is needed. Plantar warts mature as thick growths that that can appear as calluses on the foot and are often mistaken as such. They can become tender from the pressure placed on them when walking. If this or any other type of painful feeling starts to radiate from them, there are several home remedies that individuals turn to. One of these include using duct tape left on the wart for six days and then rinsing in warm water and using an abrasive surface to attempt to rub them off. Doing this for several months may help in getting rid of warts on the foot. There are also medications that anyone can obtain that attempt to remove the growth by peeling them away. For more stubborn cases, a doctor may freeze them with liquid nitrogen or utilize a laser to burn them off. Medicines that strengthen the immune system may also be used to help defeat the virus causing them.
Although plantar warts may not require attention for some, for others they can become a nuisance that may require treatment to prevent the onset of pain when walking. It’s therefore a good idea to contact our office so that we assist you with determining the next steps to treat this pesky plantar warts.
Foot Wounds are as serious as they sound because they can turn a small injury or infection into a large one in a short amount of time. Take this opportunity to contact us so that we can treat your foot wound with the utmost care and ensure a painless recovery period. Foot wounds generally include ulcers and puncture wounds. Foot ulcers are breaks in the skin of the foot, that form as a result of a decreased amount of circulation to the feet and are slow to heal. The best way to manage foot ulcers are through antibiotics, dressings, proper footwear and specialized orthotics. Diabetics are prone to getting ulcers on their feet. A bone in the foot can become infected underneath the ulcer and lead to severe complications.
Puncture wounds are also as dangerous as ulcers and have small entries which are caused by a piercing object. Since puncture wounds are comprised of small holes, they may disguise serious injuries underneath. These wounds generally occur in warm weather since people tend to walk barefoot at that time. Our team of doctors, 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., can treat all types of foot wounds at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut. If puncture wounds are not correctly treated, severe complications can arise. This is why it is important to treat these wounds within the first day since they can carry foreign materials under the skin of the foot. Our office can clean this type of wound correctly and screen the healing process. The primary goal with puncture wounds is to prevent the onset of complications, which can arise from a lack treatment allowing for foreign bacteria to remain in the wound. Antibiotics may be prescribed if the type of wound necessitates it. It is important to check your temperature on a regular basis to watch for signs of a spreading infection. Such symptoms may include redness, swelling or a fever.
Foot infections are something that everyone has to be concerned about because no matter how clean you keep them, they are regularly in contact with bacteria that can produce infections in the feet and lead to a wide variety of nasty complications. The immune systems of most people can help prevent these bacteria from becoming a problem because they are strong enough to defend the body against vulnerability. There are however those who cannot fight against these types of bacteria due to an injury or a break in the skin that allows fungus to creep in. It’s difficult for doctors to treat foot infections due to complications. Treatment for foot infections is constantly changing due to new discoveries in the medical community. There are foot infections that have a simple treatment plan and those that are much more complex. Foot infections are typically categorized as diabetic infections, soft-tissue foot infections and infections in the bone of the foot.
Soft-tissue infections are most common of infections of the foot and target the skin, ligaments, tendons, and joints of the foot. There are many causes for this type of infection and the resulting seriousness of them can range from moderate to severe. Infectious bacteria or severe trauma can lead to this type of infection. If you happen to be diagnosed with an infection in your foot, you will generally be placed on an antibiotic and need to continually check the infected area of the foot to make sure it is kept clean. A troubling trend recently is that a great amount of bacteria causing foot infections are developing resistance to a wide amount of antibiotics. 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., can help treat a wide array of foot infections and run tests to determine if antibiotics are needed. You can visit us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut. Contact us today and make a fresh start in fighting off your foot infection with the very best care.
Calluses are caused by the buildup of lifeless skin cells that thicken on the skin of the foot and are generally found on the heel. They are caused by a reaction to friction. When you sustain consecutive injuries, the skin tries to protect itself from blistering and the skin cells surge in quantity to produce a denser layer of skin. Usual reasons for the formation of this condition are shoes with high heels, being overweight, deformities in the foot or even flat feet. Basically, the formation of calluses are a defense mechanism by the foot to defend the foot against high levels of stress. A dangerous form of treatment to reduce pain is when those afflicted with this condition try to cut or trim the callus with a sharp blade. This method of self-treatment could make the calluses worse and lead to further risk of unnecessary complications or injuries. Diabetics should absolutely avoid this form of self-treatment. Contact our offices to learn about proper ways to treat your calluses and how we can ensure a pain free solution.
Orthotics can be used very effectively to reduce extreme amounts of pressure that cause callus formation, because they allow weight to be reallocated equally. This is done by orthotics transferring pressure away from the areas of high pain to allow the callus to heal by using materials that absorb the forces of pressure placed on the foot. Surgery is always the last option, but those who decide to neglect treatment will require it since calluses get worse with pressure focused on specific areas of the foot. 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., will assist you with determining the right course of treatment and/or surgery at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut. Don’t forget that calluses are a defense mechanism and will usually form when an unequal amount of severe pressure focuses on a specific area of the foot. This is hard to avoid for those of you that stand on your feet for a great amount of time during the day.