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By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
December 03, 2018
Tags: Bunions   custom orthotics  

Shoe shopping can be tough even when you have perfectly normal feet, but buying shoes for bunions can be excruciating! Shoe stores can have too many options and salespeople can be pushy with the latest trends – it can be overwhelming. Shoes are extremely important to keep your feet healthy and safe, though. Therefore, it’s important to take the time to educate yourself on the best type of shoes that your individual feet need. Wearing the right shoes for your feet can prevent a whole host of foot and ankle problems.

Bunions are very common foot conditions that affect many people, especially women. They typically manifest as bony protrusions on the edge of the big toe joint and can cause your toes to bend out towards your pinky toes. Pressure from a too-tight shoe or other uncomfortable situation can gradually cause bunions to grow worse. As bunions get worse, so does the pain and discomfort associated with them. One way to prevent them worsening is to ensure you always wear shoes that fit right and prevent additional pressure on the toes. That’s why we put together some shoe shopping tips for bunions.

Look for these qualities when shoe shopping with bunions:

  • Flexible shoe material: Shoes should be made from a breathable material like mesh or canvas. These materials offer more flexibility which can accommodate your bunion, rather than adding more pressure.
  • Wide toe boxes: Make sure you have enough room in your toe area when you try on shoes. This will prevent adding pressure to the already-enlarged joint.
  • Larger sized shoes: Trying on a half-size up can create a little extra space for your bunion and make room for any orthotics or other inserts your podiatrist might prescribe.

If you’ve got a bunion forming, it’s time to call a podiatrist who can help examine and assess your condition. A podiatrist might recommend a custom orthotic made for your foot that can help correct any abnormalities in your foot mechanics. They might also suggest physical therapy, stretches, or – in really advanced cases that don’t respond to conservative methods – reconstructive surgery might be the only option.

Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in caring for your bunion or any foot or ankle issue. We provide the best in foot and ankle care and utilize the newest diagnostic and treatment techniques and technologies! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
November 30, 2017
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Ingrown toenails are a foot condition that causes the toenails to dig into the surrounding skin. This can not only be an inconvenience but also be a cause of systemic discomfort. 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., will strive to remedy your feet from this condition 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 take a chance to scroll through our Patient Education library to learn more about what you can do to take care of your feet.

Ingrown Toenails can be caused by improper toenail trimming where they are cut too short. When the toenail’s corners are cut so that they curve with the toe, the sides of that toenail begin to grow into the skin surrounding the toe. Another cause for this condition can be wearing shoes that ate too narrow or tight. The big toes are the ones that generally develop this condition. At first, the toe begins to harden and swell due to the ingrown toenail. Thereafter, it can get inflamed or infected. If left untreated, the skin around the toe can begin to grow over it.

If it gets infected, treatment can include soaking it in warm and soapy water and wedging something in between the ingrown nail and skin to prevent it from digging into the skin. Antibiotics may also be required to combat the infection when the above methods are not successful. Moreover, utilizing clean socks or sandals can breathe new life into your toenails. 

When the above is still not helpful, a surgical procedure may be necessary to remove part of the ingrown toenail. The medical professional performing this procedure will try their best not to remove the entire nail, as doing so could cause it to come back again. It generally takes up to 4 months for the toenail to regrow once removed.

It is therefore helpful to ensure that the above methods are followed very carefully to prevent a severe complication from arising when you have ingrown toenails. Please contact us to get your toenails straight again!

 

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
October 04, 2017
Tags: Neuromas  

Neuromas are enlarged growth of nerves that are generally benign. They can develop into a significant problem that can have lasting effects for your foot and ankle health. 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 develop a treatment plan for dealing with your neuromas. We can be reached at 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. Also, don’t forget to visit our Patient Education section to learn more about neuromas via our website.

Neuromas generally form between the third and fourth toes and happen when there is rubbing and friction that harms nerves. This friction and pressure are usually due to shoes that don’t fit properly or a deformity in the bone structure. Indications of this condition include burning or numbness that travels from the ball of the foot to the toes. Other patients with this condition may experience cramping and severe pain that may be mistaken for stress fractures in the foot. This is why a proper diagnosis from a medical professional is helpful in developing the correct treatment to fix this condition.

Treatments will require wearing proper fitting shoes that have plenty of room, using orthotics to reduce the amount of pressure placed on the nerves and utilizing medications such as cortisone to minimize inflammation. Physical therapy can also be very helpful in stimulating proper nerve behavior. Neurolysis is another method of treatment whereby the damaged nerve is chemically abolished through weekly injections into the nerve site of a mixture of ethanol and anesthetic. This method is effective since nerves have tend to attract to ethanol and absorb it. After that process, the nerve that’s causing pain gets destroyed from the toxicity of the mixture. More than half the patients that undergo neurolysis have success in reducing pain caused by neuromas.

Since neuromas cause nerve damage, treatment for this condition is very important to the overall health of your foot and ankle. Please contact us to schedule a visit to end your neuroma pain.