Posts for category: foot health
It’s hard to not be aware of the societal issue of weight gain and obesity in today’s culture. Sometimes, this makes it hard to be aware of our own issues regarding weight and obesity, which can prevent us from addressing those issues for the benefit of our health.
Did you know that many doctors today are actually prescribing exercise as a therapeutic treatment for various health conditions? Exercise is not only great for boosting your mood but it keeps your muscles, joints, and tendons lubricated and flexible. In turn, this can help slow down the progression of age-related issues and some of the symptoms from foot and ankle conditions like plantar fasciitis or arthritis.
While weight gain can worsen or trigger the development of these issues, did you know that untreated foot and ankle problems can also lead to weight gain by keeping you less active due to pain? Out of all the podiatry issues you could imagine, these are the top three ways weight gain can affect your feet:
- Losing the arch in your feet - when we’re overweight, this puts extra pressure on our feet. Over time, this pressure can cause the irreversible flattening of the arches of our feet. This potentially could lead to instability on your feet that can make you vulnerable to injuring your feet or ankles.
- Pain in your heel - conditions that cause heel pain such as heel spurs or plantar fasciitis can develop or worsen due to weight gain. Conditions like plantar fasciitis often hurt the most in the morning and after a long day of being on your feet, which can make getting to the gym after work nearly impossible.
- Slowing down due to arthritis - while there are several types of arthritis, osteoarthritis is most commonly developed due to excess weight wearing down the cartilage in our joints. Arthritis can lead to stiff and painful joints which can prevent you from feeling up to exercising.
You don’t have to deal with the pain and give up on getting fit! Our podiatrists are here to help: Dr. Jeffrey S. Kahn, Dr. Raffaella R. Pascarella, Dr. Craig M. Kaufman, and Dr. Ayman M. Latif. With locations throughout Hartford and Middlesex Counties, as well as Greater Hartford and Bristol, our doctors at Connecticut Foot Care Center, LLC lead the podiatry scene. Call us today to schedule an early morning or late evening appointment!
More than 50 years have passed since the Surgeon General first warned Americans about the dangers of cigarette smoking. By now, you know that smoking is dangerous for your heart and your lungs but do you know that smoking is bad for your foot health, too?
Podiatrists can often tell which patients are smokers just by looking at the skin on their feet, which is typically thinner, shinier, and redder than that of other patients. It also takes smokers longer to heal from surgery than others.
Additionally, smoking is a major factor in the development of a variety of vascular health issues. Because they are farthest from your heart, blood doesn’t circulate as easily to your hands and feet as to other parts of your body. That’s why they’re often cold. This problem is made worse if you smoke.
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
When plaque builds up in your arteries, they become stiff and narrow, making it hard for blood to circulate, especially to your extremities. This is Peripheral Arterial Disease. While it’s possible to develop PAD without symptoms, you will probably notice changes in your body. Typical symptoms include leg pain while standing or walking, or sores and injuries on the feet that heal poorly, if at all.
Everyone is at risk for PAD. However, smokers’ risk of developing this condition is four times greater than non-smokers’. Smokers also tend to develop PAD earlier and more severely than non-smokers. Diabetes is another common risk factor for decreased circulation to the feet. The risk of podiatric damage in diabetic smokers is particularly high.
Raynaud’s Disease is a condition in which the blood vessels of the hands and feet periodically spasm and overreact to cold temperatures. This situation is temporary, but uncomfortable. Cigarette smoking contributes to and exacerbates Raynaud’s Disease.
Buerger’s Disease causes blood vessels in the arms and legs to swell, interfering with blood flow, leading to clots, pain, tissue damage, and even gangrene. Almost all patients with the condition are current or former smokers. People who smoke more than a pack a day are most at risk.
The most common podiatric symptoms of Buerger’s Disease are:
- Pain in the legs, ankles, or feet when walking or standing
- Pale, red, blue, cold, or painful feet
- Skin changes, sores, or ulcers on the feet
You can control your risk of the negative health consequences caused by cigarette smoking. Dr. Dr. Jeffrey Kahn recommends that you cut down or quit as soon as possible. New medications are available to help you. To keep your feet feeling their best, click here to make an appointment in one of our offices in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, and Kensington today.
Well-tended feet are the essential foundation of the active lifestyle necessary for long-term health and well-being. Neglecting your feet can create unnecessary discomfort throughout your body. Here are ten tips from Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC to make sure that your feet remain pain-free for many years to come.
- Avoid ingrown toenails buy trimming them straight across with a clipper, rather than a razor.
- If you enjoy the occasional salon pedicure, make sure that the facility is clean and that instruments are sterilized. Do not allow the technician to use a razor on your feet at any time.
- Wash your feet daily with warm water and plenty of soap. Be sure to dry your feet well and pay attention to the spaces between your toes. Fungus thrives in moist environments.
- Wear shower shoes when you visit locker rooms and public pools. Bacteria abound in such environments.
- Minimize sweat and keep feet dry In wool or cotton socks. Change damp socks as soon as possible. Perspiration can create a moist environment hospitable to fungi.
- Check your feet weekly, noting problems or changes. If you have diabetes, check your feet more frequently, as diabetics experience foot sores and infections more frequently than others. Be alert to potential problems.
- Consider investing in new footwear. Shoes made of leather allow air to circulate so feet can “breathe.” Shoes made of newer mesh fabrics are a great option if you tend toward sweaty feet.
- Shoes that are too tight or too loose can lead to long-term foot problems. See a professional for a proper fitting. Choose a broad, wide shoe with a wide, low heel. Pointy shoes and stiletto heels are fashionable, but wearing them too often isn’t a good idea. They can squeeze your toes, causing ingrown toenails, bunions, and other problems.
- Don’t share shoes, socks, or other items that touch the feet. In situations where you must share, such as renting bowling shoes, be sure everything is treated with antibacterial spray.
- See a podiatrist when a problem arises. Your podiatrist has years of training and experience and is the best doctor to diagnose and treat all of your foot and ankle issues.
Dr. Jeffrey Kahn is a board-certified podiatrist with 40 years of experience. If you’re experiencing a foot or ankle issue, he can diagnose the source of your discomfort and work with you to determine the best course of treatment. Click here or call Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC today to schedule an appointment in one of our convenient offices in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, and Kensington.
Many people live with extremely dry skin. Dry skin on the feet can lead to with cracked heels, also known as heel fissures. Heel cracks can be unsightly and embarrassing especially if you want to wear sandals or other shoes that expose your feet. Even worse, a tiny crack can cause a great deal of pain.
Circulation issues, including Raynaud’s Disease and problems caused by diabetes are the most common cause of heel cracks. Other factors include:
- Weather: as humidity goes down, heel cracks go up. This is why you’re more likely to get them in the winter than in the summer.
- Long hours standing at work or at home, especially on hard wooden or tiled floors.
- Obesity: the heel expands to support increased weight and this can cause the skin to split.
- Spending excessive amounts of time barefoot or in open shoes while indoors.
- Badly fitted shoes that don’t offer good support to the heel.
- Poor hygiene.
- Deficiency of vitamins and minerals.
- Hormonal imbalances.
Jeffrey Kahn, DPM offers the following tips to prevent heel cracks:
- Use a pumice stone to reduce and remove the buildup of calluses.
- Moisturize your heels twice daily.
- Use an exfoliating lotion weekly.
- Keep feet covered with socks and shoes.
- Keep yourself well hydrated inside and out. Drink plenty of water.
- Eat a balanced, healthy diet rich in essential fatty acids such as Omega 3 acids.
If the skin on your feet gets very dry and a small crack develops, help it heal with this simple, 4-step bedtime solution:
- Take a bath or shower, or soak your feet in a tub of warm water.
- Dry your feet well.
- Apply a thin layer of heavy cream or petroleum jelly.
- Put on a pair of cotton socks overnight.
Are you concerned about heel cracks or anything else about your foot health? Dr. Jeffrey Kahn and the staff at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC are here to help. Click here to make a convenient appointment in our Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, or Kensington offices today. Our offices are equipped with state of the art equipment and our doctors have years of training and experience. They can remove calluses, heal those cracks, and get your feet feeling better right away.
Hammertoes are some of the most common foot conditions that can develop. Many people often assume that hammertoes will disappear on their own; they often don’t realize, however, that there are a few treatments for the condition they can enlist to help them heal faster. Wearing comfortable shoes with a wide toe-box will keep the hammertoe from exacerbating. Gently massaging the affected toe, orthotics, and anti-inflammatory medications can also help ease the condition.
To successfully correct a hammertoe and relieve the pain and inflammation associated it, medical assistance may be necessary. If you are seeking hammertoe treatment, consult with podiatrist one of our podiatrists from Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. Our doctors will provide you with quality treatment and assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns.
Hammertoe is little-known a painful condition that affects the second, third and fourth toes involving different joints of the toe and foot. Hammertoe can be caused by many other conditions such as RA (rheumatoid arthritis), osteoarthritis, trauma or injuries to your foot, it can be hereditary and it can also be caused by a cerebral vascular accident. If you wear shoes that are too narrow or short for your feet, it may exacerbate any pain you already have.
It is really important to your overall well-being to seek out medical attention at the first signs of foot pain or anything that may hinder your ability to walk in a normal manner. Taking care of your feet is one of the first steps to being able to live a full and healthy life.
If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.