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At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we are starting to see more fitness-related foot and ankle injuries. This is not surprising, as it’s close to a month after enthusiastic resolutions to get in shape have been made by many of our Hartford and Middlesex county patients. Below are some common scenarios that lead to exercise failure and how to avoid them.
“I’m going to start out running three miles a day, five days a week—even though I haven’t done much exercise at all for the last four months.”
It’s essential, especially if you’ve been inactive for a while, that you begin a new exercise program slowly. Forcing your body to go from zero to sixty without appropriate time to strengthen muscles and tendons is sure to lead to injuries like ankle sprains and Achilles tendonitis, as well as extreme fatigue. Plan a routine that allows a day of rest between workouts initially and also includes warmups, stretching, and cooldowns.
“I’m not sure if I am really going to stick with this new exercise program, so I’ll just use my old sneakers for now.”
It’s no surprise that we believe the most important piece of exercise equipment you’ll use are your shoes. Today’s fitness footwear is custom-designed for the movements required of your feet for specific activities. But using old shoes has another danger. Shoes that are worn and stretched out can lead to foot pain and injury. Heel pain, for example, can be caused by worn-down arch supports or heel cups. To ensure the best chance of a new fitness plan succeeding, get your foot professionally measured at a store that specializes in fitness footwear.
“I had plantar fasciitis a while back, but it hasn’t bothered me lately. I think I’m okay to start a new fitness regimen.”
Old injuries can flare up when you increase physical activity. It’s always best to contact 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. and Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. can conduct a complete podiatric checkup before beginning a new exercise program. The foot doctor can check on chronic conditions and make recommendations that will increase your comfort and safety when exercising.
Here in greater Hartford and Middlesex Counties, lawns are getting green and that means that the spring and summer chore of mowing the grass will soon be starting up again. At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we know that thousands of people sustain serious foot and toe injuries every year from mower accidents. What’s worse, most of these injuries could have been avoided. Below are some simple precautions that we’d like all of our patients to take to prevent mower injuries this season.
Get off to a safe start—have your mower checked and serviced before the first cut of the season to avoid malfunctions. If you are buying a new mower, make sure you get one with a switch that shuts off the machine automatically if your hands leave the mower. Read the user’s manual completely before using a new mower.
Wear protective shoes—don’t even think about mowing your lawn barefoot or in flip flops or other open shoes. Even if it’s hot out, work boots are your best choice. Mower blades whirl at 3,000 rotations per minute—that’s powerful enough to cut through sneakers and canvas shoes.
Make sure conditions are right—never mow a lawn that hasn’t completely dried out after a rainstorm. Losing control of a mower on a slippery lawn is the top cause of emergency room visits resulting from lawnmower injuries. Also be sure that your yard is cleared of debris, sticks, toys, and rocks that can be picked up and shot out of your mower causing serious injury to bystanders.
Keep children at a safe distance—teach youngsters not to set foot on the lawn while you’re mowing. Never give a child a ride on a mower. Too many tragedies occur when small feet get stuck under a mower climbing up or down.
Mow smart—for hills, mow slowly back and forth. Don’t go up and down and never try to pull a running mower backward. Make wide turns. Avoid mowing the lawn when you are tired or don’t feel well.
If you do sustain a non-emergency injury from a mower blade or twist an ankle on a slope, 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 injured foot and make sure that your foot injury receives the proper treatment.
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.
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.
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.