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By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
August 27, 2017

Metatarsalgia occurs when the ball of your foot becomes swollen and causes pain. Runners and jumpers tend to develop it more often because it’s associated with high intensity sports. Foot deformities and bad fitting shoes also play a role in helping you contract this condition. Contact us today to find out if you have this condition. It can keep you out of motion and ruin your daily routine due to the pain. Ice, rest and proper footwear do wonders to help with this condition. The metatarsal bones actually connect your toes to your foot and this condition can affect the area where the three middle toes attach to the ball of the foot. The severity of the level of pain can be broad. It can affect any number of toes and both of the feet depending on how severe the condition is. Placing body weight on the injured foot can cause even more pain. Our 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., will help you at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut.

 

Of note, there are tiny nerves of the toe that reside in between the metatarsal bones. So, when one metatarsal bones bumps against the other, a small nerve can become trapped between them. This process leads to swelling that causes metatarsalgia. As mentioned above, putting weight on the injured foot will make symptoms worse and increase inflammation to stark levels. Medical conditions or other body complications can cause metatarsalgia to occur. Ice should be used throughout the day on the foot with this condition since it greatly reduces the inflammation. You should take precautions to wrap the skin of your foot to minimize complications. Anti-inflammatories are also another method of reducing swelling and alleviating pain and pressure being exerted on the feet from this condition. Another common form of treatment is to keep your foot elevated and in a resting position. These suggestions should be taken seriously as metatarsalgia can become very painful.

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
August 26, 2017
Tags: ligaments   sprained ankle   foot joint  

Ankle sprains unfortunately come with a great amount of pain and can happen to a large sector of the population. The reason for this is due to the stretching of ligaments that are around the ankle. Our team, 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.

 

Ankle sprains are injuries to the ligaments that border and attach the leg bones to the foot. This type of injury tends to happen when a person twists or turns their ankles in such a way that is not normal to their general range of movement. This twisting stretches the ligaments that hold the leg bones to the foot joint. It’s important to understand that ligaments have precise arrays of motion and limits. Taken in conjunction, they act to hold the joints in a stable manner. When these limits are breached, a sprain is most likely to occur. The limits of tendon can vary from person to person depending on their physical health and previously sustained injuries. The ligaments on the outside of the ankle are most prone to being sprained. 

 

It’s of utmost importance that you contact your doctor once you sustain a sprained ankle because depending upon the severity of the injury, the doctor can provide the best advised treatment to target the specific tendon that tore. Generally, it may take several months for your sprained ankle to heal. Recovery time is highly influenced by whether you seek consultation immediately after the sprain occurs. Also, do not forget that the pain and swelling sustained from the sprain should go away, but the injured ankle may not be as steady as you remember. If that occurs, certain exercises may be required to make your ankle strong again. 

 

Sprained ankles have a way of seriously impacting your routine. If you may have suffered one, please take this moment to contact our office so that we can provide you with the treatment you’ve earned. 

    

 

By contactus@ctfootcare.com
January 02, 2017
Tags: Health   Foot Injury   Knee Injury  

Understanding your body is crucial toward treatment and prevention of knee and foot injuries. Knee and foot injuries can occur as a result of any physical activity, such as running or even just walking. The knee joint in particular is a complex joint, surrounded by ligaments, allowing us to walk and run. Knee injuries can become especially severe if left untreated, potentially leading to a loss of muscle strength and mobility over time. It’s recommended to seek the advice of your podiatrist and possibly follow up with physical therapy treatment. Surgery is also a potential treatment option, depending on the severity of the injury.

Regardless of season or weather, everyday foot care should be practiced year round. For more information about everyday foot care, contact one of our podiatrists of Connecticut Foot Care Center, LLC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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By contactus@ctfootcare.com
December 05, 2016
Tags: turf toe   Orthotics   Running injuries  

One common running injury often experienced when running is turf toe, also known as “an acute, traumatic bursitis of the first toe-metatarsal joint associated with tendonitis,” attributed to playing on artificial turf. Typically during normal running motions, an athlete would be able to dig his or her big toe into the ground to propel forward, but on artificial turf, the big toe is displaced during the digging motion. This imbalance results from an abnormal pronation, or inward rolling, of the foot. Understanding the risk of injury that results from playing on artificial turf is important toward prevention. Orthotics that aid in balancing the feet can also be considered to decrease the risk of injury.

Running injuries, even with proper precautions, can still occur in many runners. If you are suffering from a running injury, contact one of our podiatrists of Connecticut Foot Care Center, LLC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber, this will help you gain better flexibility.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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By contactus@ctfootcare.com
November 07, 2016

Anthony Davis provided an update on his ankle injury in early October, stating that he was rehabbing his injury. “It’s steady improving every day and I’m trying to figure out what I can and cannot do and then go from there. When I feel ready and able to get back on the floor, I’ll be back on the floor. We’re constantly checking on it every day,” he said. The Pelicans announced that Davis’s Grade 2 ankle injury sprain recovery could be as long as 2 weeks.

Ankle sprains are very pain and inconvenient. If you require medical assistance, contact one of our podiatrists of Connecticut Foot Care Center, LLC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits can aid in prevention

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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