Posts for category: foot and ankle health
At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we know there’s a direct correlation between being overweight and foot pain. For every pound you gain, you increase the pressure on your knees and feet by three to five pounds. March is National Nutrition Month and a good opportunity to focus on healthy ways to achieve an appropriate weight. Of course, if you are experiencing any lower extremity discomfort, your first step should be to get your feet evaluated by 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. You can make an appointment at any of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices.
A Food Plan that Will Work for You
Studies show that quick weight loss plans and fad diets often do not result in keeping off the weight you lose. A sound weight management program should incorporate as many of the following factors as possible:
- Be well-balanced and contain appropriate amounts of foods from all five food groups. (Uncertain what those are? Go to www.ChooseMyPlate.gov for guidelines)
- Involves changes to the way you eat and the types of food you consume most often that you can live with and enjoy for the rest of your life—not just until you lose the weight
- It has some of your favorite foods
- Consists of food that is easily available at your supermarket and fits your budget and your lifestyle
- Includes regular exercise and physical activity.
Don’t try to change everything at once. Make small changes and master them before moving on. Set attainable goals—say the first 5 pounds. Breaking a larger goal into more manageable pieces will allow you to experience success and keep you motivated.
Managing your weight is just one lifestyle choice that can positively impact your feet. To learn more ways to be proactive about your podiatric health, contact us today.
It’s April, and that means we at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC are celebrating National Foot Health Awareness Month. Having healthier feet is possible for all patients. And, it needn’t be time-consuming or complicated. Below are 8 simple steps to prevent common podiatric disorders and protect your feet and ankles.
- Don’t ignore foot or ankle pain. It’s your body’s way of telling you that something’s wrong. Make an appointment at one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices at the first sign of foot discomfort.
- Buy shoes that are the right size. It may sound astounding, but studies estimate that up to 90% of people are wearing shoes that are too small. Foot size can change over time. Get your feet professionally measured.
- Limit time in high heels with pointy toes. Styles that force the foot forward and squeeze toes together can increase the risk for bunions, hammertoes, and other deformities.
- Practice self-exams. Make inspecting your feet a regular habit. Report any unusual symptoms like swelling, lumps or growths and changes in toenails and skin to 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. for prompt diagnosis and treatment.
- Trim toenails straight across and with no ragged edges. Don’t cut them too short and never round the edges as this can increase the risk of ingrown toenails.
- Keep feet dry. Fungal infections thrive in warm, damp places. If your feet sweat profusely, keep an extra pair of socks in your bag and change them whenever you notice your feet are damp. Consider using an anti-fungal powder daily as well.
- Wear flip-flops or shower shoes in public places. Gyms, nail salons, community pools and beach changing areas and restrooms are excellent places to pick up a bacterial or fungal infection.
- Don’t try to do the podiatrist’s job! Attempting to file down corns, remove warts or treat other foot problems on your own is likely to lead to injury or infection. Contact us today to request an appointment.
Poor Foot Circulation is a condition that is categorized as the precursor to many other complications to your overall foot and ankle health. It can cause many other health conditions or make worse the ones you already have. Poor foot circulation can occur because of obesity, no exercise or a poor nutritional lifestyle. Such activities can allow for arteries that carry blood and nutrients around the body to become ailing. A reduced blood flow causes a reduction in oxygen to be delivered to all parts of the body. This can slow down the body’s ability to fight off infections and diseases such as diabetes or high cholesterol. Nerve damage (highly prevalent in diabetics) can cause foot deformities that place abnormal amounts of pressure on all parts of the foot. This unequal amount of pressure leads to sores or even ulcers. Poor circulation also hinders injuries from healing in a normal amount of time. Poor circulation, not timely tackled, can cause serious disorders in the feet.
Our team of doctors are experienced in treating problems with circulation. 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. Visiting us is important since your body’s circulation system is accountable for routing blood, oxygen, and nutrients to all parts of your body. As mentioned above, if blood flow to your body is reduced, you will have poor circulation and thereby develop complications in your feet. It’s important to treat the underlying causes of poor circulation and not just the symptoms. It’s also helpful to get rid of risks for poor circulation such as failing to exercise, smoking on a regular basis and gaining a large amount of weight. Also, people who suffer diabetes must make sure they control their blood sugar levels to ensure they have proper circulation. Don’t forget to contact us to take back control of your foot health!