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By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
October 12, 2017
Category: Foot Injuries

The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon you have, so it makes sense that it’s prone to injury, which can cause moderate to severe pain. Thankfully, 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 provide you with excellent knowledge and treatment plans to help you overcome an injury of this nature. 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. Please also review our Patient Education section for information about your Achilles tendon.

Achilles Tendon Injuries are common because they extend from the heel bone to the calf muscles. The pain associated with this type of injury can range from a scorching feeling to severe pain if it tears. Activities that increase the risk of an injury to the Achilles tendon include running, ballet or even high intensity sports. Sudden movements when lifting the foot and immediate actions can also lead to this condition. Other factors in causing an Achilles tendon injury include high heels, flat feet, firm tendons or other complications.                                        

Treatment for this condition includes medicines to getting plenty of rest. Avoiding the placement of weight on the leg with the injury, using crutches or ice, compression and elevation   will help to ensure a quick recovery. Furthermore, stretching the injured tendon will help to strengthen it and prevent reoccurrence. Slowly easing into normal activities like jogging and then running will help to allow for the Achilles tendon to experience less pain. Failure to gradually ease into higher intensity activities may cause future problems with the tendon that may require surgery to completely heal. Once the injury is healed, wearing appropriate foot wear with ample amounts of support will help to prevent unnatural movements caused by sudden actions. Since treating this condition early on is crucial to the longevity and well-being of your Achilles tendon, contact us today and you’ll get on the road to recovery faster than you thought possible.

 

 

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
September 07, 2017
Category: Foot Injuries
Tags: Orthotics   brace   cast   torn ligaments  

Foot Injuries occur more frequently in athletes because they have an increased risk of hurting their feet. The elderly are also at a high risk for foot injuries because their muscles lose mass and their bones become more brittle. Take this opportunity to contact our office so that we can determine if you may be at a high risk of incurring a foot injury. 

 

Minimal foot injuries generally rebuild on their own with some home treatment. However, an acute injury occurs from a direct hit or a sudden movement of the foot in an abnormal manner. Your pain may be sudden and severe. Inflammation generally develops soon after sustaining a foot injury. Our team of 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 treat these and other foot injuries as discussed below 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. 

 

Overuse injuries occur when there is a great amount of stress put on your foot joint or other areas of the foot when proceeding with an activity in an overly obsessive manner. Treatment may include a brace, cast, orthotics, therapy, medications or surgery. Midfoot injuries occur when the midfoot bones break or the surrounding ligaments tear. Pain can range from minor to severe. These injuries need to be treated with caution as they could be falsely identified as sprains. Yet, these injuries are severe and will take numerous months to heal after potential surgery. Non-surgical treatment may be possible if there are no fractures or torn ligaments. The healing process for this type of treatment includes putting no weight on the injured foot for the duration of the healing time. If any weight is placed, there may be a need for surgical repair due to the seriousness of the injury. Therefore, it is imperative that foot injuries be identified correctly and quickly as complications and healing time could be impacted if not dealt with wisely. 

 
By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
August 27, 2017
Category: Foot Injuries

Foot Injuries can lead to foot and ankle issues because the foot and ankle work in conjunction to offer support and mobility. Athletes in particular are at a much higher risk of obtaining foot and ankle injuries because of the high stress they place on their feet. Contact our office to learn about the many types of foot injuries that can happen to you unless you take the proper precautions. It is important to learn about how significant it is to prevent foot injuries since the foot includes 25% of your body’s bones. The feet therefore provide the essential balance required to conduct your daily activities. Without the proper use of your feet, routine tasks are made unnecessarily tough. Foot injuries can have many causes as to why they occurred. It is therefore very important to have foot injuries looked at by a health professional with expertise. 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 help to ensure that any risks of further complications are prevented through a regimented treatment schedule. Visit us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut. Athletic foot injuries as mentioned above are also very difficult to diagnose and treat. The foot is under a large amount of stress and absorbs remarkable forces. The most common of these injuries is trauma.  Other sources of injuries to the foot happen because of inadequate warm-ups, overly exhaustive workouts or bad fitting footwear. Foot injuries also occur in children in high frequencies since most of the injuries occur during playing sports, which children take part in frequently.

 

Management of foot injuries is also very important and is determined by the size of the injury, such as whether it’s a fracture or any other type of serious harm. Fractures that are very small can be treated via the use of a cast. Physical therapy will likely be necessary thereafter to help return the range of motion for the ankle that was present before the injury. 

    

 

 

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
August 26, 2017
Category: Foot Injuries

Ingrown toenails do not serve your foot and ankle health well.  You must treat them at the onset before they get out of control. 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 help to treat this condition. Come visit us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut.

 

Ingrown toenails happen when your nail grows to the point where it digs into the flesh surrounding it. This condition usually affects the big toe. Those whose toe nails naturally grow in a curved shape are more likely to develop this condition. However, anyone can get this condition from injuries, bad fitting shoes or even improper grooming. Diabetics especially have it tough because of their vascular system. They need to be on top of treatment because if they’re not, serious complications will happen. Such serious issues can even include the amputation of a limb. 

 

If there is an infection that has spread to much, home treatment should not be attempted since it could likely spread the infection in a manner that could put you in serious jeopardy. If someone with ingrown toenails have other medical conditions, the feet can be put at risk for nerve damage. When home treatment is not possible, a doctor will examine you and may prescribe antibiotics and perform a small surgical procedure to ease pain and eliminate the ingrown nail. This is done by using a local anesthetic. For those who get ingrown nails in the same location, the root of the nail may have to be removed. Bandaging will follow and some may experience a little pain after surgery and should be able to start their normal routine soon thereafter. You must remember to finish all medications prescribed after surgery to kill off the infection for good.

 

Ingrown toenails should not be taken lightly. Please contact our office as soon as possible for an appointment. We will ensure that your pain goes away now! 

    

 

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
August 26, 2017
Category: Foot Injuries

Your Achilles Tendon is an important aspect of your foot and ankle makeup. Achilles Tendinitis is however a usual foot injury. It’s painful because the pain starts from the rear of the heel. 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 help to treat this condition. Come visit us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut.

 

Those who experience AchillesTendinitis know that the pain accompanying this condition can be severe. This may be the case because the Achilles tendon is the biggest tendon in the body and connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. This connection of muscles and bone provides the mechanism for walking or running. Since the tendon is located behind the heel, tendinitis makes a sharp pain that is unique from the pain associated with other foot and ankle conditions because the tendon enlarges and does not heal correctly, allowing it to get steadily worse. Further tearing of the tendon will require surgery. Anti-inflammatories do not give the same level of comfort as they do with other injuries because the muscle pain continues throughout the day as the medicine fades away. Basically, when your body is pushed to the limits too quick, tendinitis is likely to occur. If you have tight calf muscles, sudden exercise could provoke tendinitis. 

 

Rest and ice are very important forms of treatment. Exercising is also a smart choice for treatment. Preventive measures are highly recommended for those susceptible to tendinitis. Also, cortisone injections are strong medication used to reduce swelling. However, because it’s a steroid, cortisone is not used frequently for fear of its tendency to make the tendon rupture when used in large amounts.

 

If you are experiencing Achilles Tendinitis, please contact our office today for an appointment as soon as possible. You will have a better quality of life for doing so since treating bunions earlier on is of utmost importance for your general foot and ankle health.