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August is Psoriasis Action Month, and at Connecticut Foot Care Centers we find that many patients are unfamiliar with this condition and the effect it can have on the feet and legs. Below is some important information about this disease.
WHAT: Psoriasis is a chronic disease whose root cause is an immune system gone awry. In patients with this condition, the immune system is overactive and sends out signals that speed up the growth and surfacing of new skin cells. This causes abnormal lesions on the skin that can take the form of thickened patches of skin that are red, white or gray and scaly in appearance. In some cases, small blisters or pustules may form as well. The affected areas may feel itchy, burning and painful. Patients with psoriasis may also develop psoriatic arthritis which results in pain and inflammation of the joints. Psoriasis on your feet, toes, and legs can be particularly disabling because of the constant use of these parts of your body for daily life.
WHO: Psoriasis often begins between the ages of 15 and 25, but it can affect a person at any age. Currently, over 8 million Americans have this disease.
HOW: Researcher believe that the defect in the immune system that is responsible for psoriasis may be genetic, but environmental triggers are what cause the disease to become active. Triggers differ by individual, but some known ones include stress, infection, skin injury and taking certain medications.
TAKE ACTION: The first step is getting any unusual skin symptoms evaluated promptly by one of 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. Many times, psoriasis can be mistaken for athlete’s foot or another fungal infection. The foot doctor will diagnose your skin condition. If psoriasis is suspected, the foot doctor may refer you to another physician specializing in this disease. There are a variety of topical and oral medications used to treat psoriasis. The podiatrist will help manage this condition on your hands and feet. Contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices to make an appointment.
Poor circulation in feet can cause many problems. 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 treat this condition by targeting the source of the poor circulation 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. Our Patient Education section is another helpful tool for your use in identifying other potentially serious foot and ankle conditions.
Poor Circulation in feet can cause them to feel cold, swell up and cramp. Proper blood flow is an important part of the body and this condition is generally a sign of obesity, high blood pressure or diabetes. A common cause of poor circulation is peripheral vascular disease, which limits blood flow to and from the heart, causing severe inflammation and skin yellowing. Poor circulation also causes blood clots and thereafter severe pain. These blood clots may form in the legs, obstruct blood vessels and can then become displaced and travel to the lungs, causing immense and serious complications. These dangers become worse as age increases, obesity is present and poor circulation occurs on a daily basis.
Treatment for poor circulation includes:
- Maintaining blood pressure and cholesterol levels in a healthy range.
- Exercising daily such as aerobics to increase blood flow.
- Not spending long periods of time while immobile.
- Elevating the legs which can lead to better circulation.
- Losing extra weight as obesity can cause severe constrictions to blood flow.
- Utilizing comfortable foot wear.
- Cessation of smoking, which can improve overall bodily functions.
- Decreasing the amount of salt intake which can have a positive effect on blood vessels.
Although poor circulation can cause severe complications, it can be reduced in seriousness by following the above suggestions. It’s important to contact us if you notice symptoms associated with this condition so that you can proactively reduce any potential complications. We hope to treat your poor circulation so that the blood flow to your feet can be as vigorous as possible!
When the Achilles Tendon is inflamed, you can surely feel it. 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 treat any issues with your Achilles Tendon with care and efficiency 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. Another valuable resource is our Patient Education library, where you can learn more about foot and ankle health.
Achilles Tendinitis is the inflammation of the Achilles tendon. This condition produces variable pain. The steady nature of this condition inclines to leave those who experience it stunned when the pain becomes major. When the Achilles tendon is placed under a significant amount of pressure, tendinitis may occur. The tendon can rupture if not timely treated, which would necessitate surgery. As you can imagine, the pain accompanying a rupture would be severe. The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body and joins the calf muscles to the heel bone, which provides the ability to walk, run or any other activity that involves that type of motion. This condition produces a sharp pain that is different from other foot and ankle pains since as the tendon gets bigger and does not heal properly, it can get much worse.
Treatment for this condition involves the use of anti-inflammatories to reduce swelling and pain, although it is not as effective here as it is in treating other foot conditions due to the nature of this tendon. Physical therapy is especially helpful for this condition as it can help to alleviate pain while strengthening the Achilles tendon to help prevent a future reoccurrence.
It is important to exercise caution with this condition as it may not produce pain while it’s developing. Therefore, it is imperative that your Achilles tendon receive timely treatment to counteract the effects of this condition to avoid a tendon rupture. Please contact us right away to get your tendon back to a normal state!