Next Step: Foot Care In Connecticut

Posts for: January, 2013

The insole of a shoe is truly the foundation of a shoe. Without an insole in a shoe, you might as well be walking barefoot. A shoe without an insole is like a car without tires- you won't get very far in either without serious pain or damage. The function of the insole is to protect your foot against the hard surface of bottom of your shoe. It can also absorb perspiration.

So what happens when an insole of a shoe is worn-out or damaged, but the shoe itself is not? Can it be replaced? It can, and here's how you can do it:

  1. Insert your fingernail or small screwdriver under the insole at either the front or heel end to loosen the insole. Pull the insole upwards and out of the shoe.
  2. Trace the shape of the old insole onto a piece of paper if the insole you purchased to replace the old one is not the right size or shape and does not fit into your shoes when you insert it. 
  3. Use a pair of scissors or a utility knife to trim around the edge of the insole so that it matches the traced pattern. If you traced the bottom of your shoe instead of the insole, trim more of the surface of the insole away. 
  4. Insert the insole into your shoe, toe part first, and push it as far forward as it can go. Check the back of the shoe to guarantee the entire inner heel is covered. Pull the insole back to cover the entire heel if necessary. Press down on the insole with your hand so it's firmly seated on the bottom of the shoe. 
  5. Put your shoe on with your normal sock to make sure the insole fits properly. Wear the shoe and walk around normally so the insole sets correctly and conforms to the shape of your foot and your gait. 

If you believe have a foot problem and do not currently see a podiatrist, call one of our six locations to make an appointment.

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Gold Coast Sun forward Brandon Matera has been placed in a walking boot for a week and sent for new orthotics in an effort to ease the soreness in his troublesome right foot. 

Matera had a stress injury last year, which caused him to miss rounds 6 to 10. The team says this is not a recurrence of that injury. He complained of soreness in a different part of his foot last week and was sent immediately for scans. 

Matera expects this current setback to cost him just two weeks of training, leaving him on track to play at least two of the NAB Cup games.

"The doc has me wearing a moon boot for the rest of the week as a precaution, and I'll be back training in runners the week after," Matera said.
"It's a minor setback. I've had a really good preseason so far so it's not ideal but I'm confident, based on the training I've done, that I'll be available for the NAB Cup," Matera added. 

If you believe have a foot problem and do not currently see a podiatrist, call one of our six locations to make an appointment.

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Back when baby boomers were younger, they were stylin'  pointy toe shoes, stilettos, and much more. Today, baby boomers are wearing everything from flip-flops, heels, running shoes, and hiking boots. Footwear isn't dictated by age anymore, but activity and fashion sense of the wearer.

But like with everything, our feet change with age. Because of this, the steps baby boomers take should be with our foot health in mind.

Joseph Caporusso, DPM, president of the American Podiatric Medical Association, says, "While staying active is a great way to preserve overall health and can positively impact foot health, aging can naturally increase the risk of certain foot ailments. It's important to know the symptoms of age-related foot ailments and take steps to minimize their impact on your overall health."

Arthritis

Those over the age of 50 are most prone to develop arthritis. The feet are susceptible to this painful inflammation of the joints and cartilage because each foot has 33 joints, all of which bear the full weight of the body each day. Arthritic feet can lead to a loss of mobility if the condition is not treated. Causes of arthritis range from heredity to injuries to bacterial or viral infections that affect the joints. If you experience the following symptoms, it's time to make an appointment with a podiatrist:

  • Swelling in one or more joints.
  • Recurring pain or tenderness in the joint.
  • Redness or heat in the joint. 
  • Loss of mobility in a joint.
  • Stiffness in the early morning.
  • Skin changes, like rashes or growths.

Diabetes

More than 26 million Americans have diabetes and foot complications are common. Proper diet, exercise, medical care, and careful home management can help those with diabetes avoid serious foot complications, like wounds, ulcers, and even worse, amputations. Those with diabetes should follow these tips to avoid complications:

  • Inspecting their feet daily.
  • Exercising daily.
  • Wear thick, soft socks without seams that rub or cause blisters.
  • Having new shoes properly measured and fitted.
  • Avoiding going barefoot.
  • Having regular appointments for treatment of calluses, corns or warts, rather than treating these conditions by yourself.

High Blood Pressure

Hypertension can be related to a buildup of plaque in blood vessels, which can lead to decreased circulation in the legs and feet. Poor circulation can develop into open wounds on the skin of the feet. Symptoms of poor circulation in the feet include: cramping, sores that take a long time to heal, changes in the color or temperature of the feet, and loss of hair on the feet and legs.

Heel Pain

Heel pain can be caused by walking gait abnormalities, an injury, wearing poorly constructed footwear, or being overweight. Heel pain is easily treated by podiatrists, who will examine the heel, and may take X-rays to rule out bone problems as the source of pain. Treatment will include anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, shoe modifications, orthotics, taping, and stretching.To reduce your risk of developing heel pain, wear shoes that fit well and have shock absorbent soles, rigid shanks, and supportive heel counters. Wear the right shoe for the right activity and warm-up before participating in any sports activity.

"Foot pain does not need to be an inevitable part of growing older. Wearing the right type of footwear for your needs, and paying attention to foot health can help keep boomers moving into their senior years," says Caporusso.

If you believe have a foot problem and do not currently see a podiatrist, call one of our six locations to make an appointment.

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Australia's best and most experienced cricket batsman Michael Clarke rolled his ankle during a simple warm-up drill Monday morning and was carried from Blundstone Arena.

George Bailey replaced Clarke as skipper and said he suffering the injury during a fielding drill. "He is just heading off now for a scan, so hopefully that will be all clear. He will obviously be given the right up to the toss tomorrow to prove he is ready to go. There will be a little bit of pain, but if he is 100% he will play."

He underwent further medical examination Tuesday in Tasmania to determine the extent of the injury. An X-ray cleared Clarke of serious injury.

Clarke, 31, the team's captain, has played 223 games, three times as many 50-over internationals than any other Australian batman and is a huge loss for the team.

Australian is down 2-1 in the series and faced a must-win situation against Sri Lanka, where they have been restricted to 170, 74, and 9-222 in their past three games. Game 4 was washed out against Sydney.

Bailey said at a press conference that it is impossible to replace Clarke, especially with the recent retirements of Michael Hussey and Ricky Ponting. "I think if you are replacing Michael Clarke with anyone it's a step down, and that is no disrespect to whoever needs to replace him. He is obviously an outstanding player, so whenever you are losing, one the experience, and two the caliber of player, it is a challenge, which is hopefully what the guys step up into."

If you believe have a foot problem and do not currently see a podiatrist, call one of our six locations to make an appointment.

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Ellen Degeneres got up close and personal with actor Mark Wahlberg's feet during last Thursday's show.

Wahlberg was on to promote his newest movie, Broken City, and regaled Degeneres with the details of having an ingrown toenail removed. He had been in pain since last year and went home to his native Boston to have half of the nail removed.

Wahlberg told Degeneres, "The thing was just growing in the wrong way... and the guy Mickey O'Keefe, who played himself in The Fighter, his daughter-in-law, thank God, is a podiatrist and she came and cut half my toenail off."

He didn't have any time to recuperate- Wahlberg had to jump on a plane to promote Broken City, which he co-produced and stars Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones. "I jumped on a plane... and there was two-and-a-half inches of snow on the ground and it was very bumpy. I'm feeling the pain," Wahlberg said.

 

If you believe have a foot problem and do not currently see a podiatrist, call one of our six locations to make an appointment.

Connecticut Foot Care Centers

Podiatrists in CT

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