Next Step: Foot Care In Connecticut

Posts for: March, 2013

Here are 12 points you should consider when selecting new hiking boots:

  1. What type of walking are you going to primarily be doing? Are you going to be walking in valleys, on relatively good paths, on grassy lanes? A lighter fabric boot is good for this. On the other hand, if you will be walking over stony ground, on uneven paths, or slippery surfaces, you should wear a heavier boot with a stiff sole. 
  2. Do you want your boots to have a built-in waterproof liner? A gore-tex liner will keep your feet dry, aside from perspiration. 
  3. Go to a shop that has a wide variety of leading brand boots at the end of the day. Your feet swell as the day goes on, and you will get the best fit at that time of day. Bring along your hiking socks as well. 
  4. Feet should be measured every time you get a new pair of boots. Our feet change in size as we age. 
  5. Take out the inner sole of the boot and stand on it with your heel in the heel cup. There should be a finger's length at the end of the shoe. 
  6. Try on both boots with your socks, and lace them up like you would normally. Shop assistants may have helpful tips on alternative lacing methods. 
  7. Walk around the shop. If the shop has an incline or decline, walk on that too. If there is a lift in the heel, don't purchase the shoes unless you can put in a different insole. 
  8. Boot should feel great right out of the box. They won't be as comfortable as the ones you're discarding, but they should feel good. Boots should not need a significant break-in period.
  9. If you feel areas of pressure, especially in terms of width, try the next size up or wider width.
  10. If boots are too small they will cripple you on a long hard walk, but if they are too big, you can live with them by wearing thicker socks or different inner soles.
  11. Many retailers will let you take your boots home and try them out on the carpet. If you're not happy, then most will let you return or exchange them.
  12. Boots will require some breaking in, to get them to where they are the most comfortable. Try different socks or inner soles if necessary. 

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Dodgers' shortstop Dee Gordon said he was fine after sliding awkwardly into home plate on Monday, but on Tuesday he wasn't feeling quite so good.

The injury happened during the fifth inning on Monday in the game against the Diamondbacks when Gordon scored from second on a two-run single by Carl Crawford. Gordon beat the throw home, but collided with catcher Miguel Montero. Montero didn't seem fazed by the impact, but the 160-pound Gordon lay on the ground for a few seconds before heading to the dugout.

Manager Don Mattingly said that he was planning on taking Gordon out of the lineup soon after anyway, and Gordon is listed as day-to-day with a left ankle sprain. Gordon is known for his speed, so it is likely he will be kept out of the lineup until he is up and running again (har har!).

It is unlikely Gordon will make the club anyway, since he only plays shortstop and Hanley Ramirez is the starting shortstop. Gordon however has enjoyed bonus playing time while Ramirez is playing in the World Baseball Classic. During this time he has been more relaxed at the plate with increases in walks and on-base percentage. Ramirez jammed his thumb during the WBC Tuesday and could miss anywhere from two to ten weeks.

Reference: SB Nation

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The New York Yankees scratched shortstop Derek Jeter from yesterday's game against Philadelphia after Jeter experienced stiffness in his surgically repaired left ankle. Jeter indicated that he was unable to loosen up his ankle, but the discomfort was not in the area where he broke it last October.

"I'm not concerned because I was told this would happen," Jeter said. "If I wasn't told it wasn't going to happen, I would be concerned. From everything I've heard from the doctors, it's normal."

Jeter made the decision to skip yesterday's game after taking batting practice. He went into the clubhouse with trainer Steve Donohue when it was his turn to go on field; Donohue then retrieved manager Joe Girardi, and the trio made the decision for Jeter to sit out.

"We'll just take it day-by-day," said Girardi.

Yankees fans are probably biting their nails and pulling their hair out, wondering if this is the start of a season with Jeter on the disabled list. Jeter himself is not worried about the ankle, but is still dealing with the soreness and stiffness in the area around the ankle.

"It's been all over," he said. "You name it. Left, right, front, back, middle, outside, inside.

"I'm frustrated I can't go out there and play, but it's part of the whole rehab process. I'll play as soon as I can."

He's played through things worse during the regular season, and since this is just spring training, Jeter felt it prudent to sit out.

"I've had a lot of good days. This is just something that happened today. So hopefully tomorrow I'll feel a lot better. But I don't think it's a setback.

Reference: NJ.com

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By CT Foot Care Podiatrists
March 18, 2013
Category: foot health

If your toes are looking red, puffy, or swollen, it does not necessarily mean that you have frostbite or trenchfoot.

What you may have is called chilbains, also known as pernio and perniosis. Chilbains are a tissue injury that happens when a person is exposed to cold and humidity. The cold causes damage to the capillary beds in the skin, which in turn causes inflammation, blisters, redness, and itching. Typically these acral ulcers (ulcers that affect the extremities) are not painful at first but can become painful.

Chilbains is usually idiopathic, but can also be a manifestation of a more serious medical condition. Those with a history of chilbains may have a connective tissue disease. In rare cases, chilbains, along with fevers and severe neurologic disease, in infants is a sign of Aicardi-Goutieres syndrome.

Signs of chilbains include blistering of the affected area, burning and itching sensation in the affected toe, dermatitis, digital ulceration, erythemia (blanchable redness of the skin), pain in affected area, and skin discoloration, from red to blue.

If seen by a podiatrist immediately, chilbains will heal within seven to 14 days. If left untreated, however, there is a risk of complication, including skin ulceration, cracked or broken skin, and infections.

Treatment for chilbains is non-invasive and typically involves keeping the area warm, applying a topical steroid cream, and even taking vitamin D and calcium supplements.

To prevent chilbains from recurring, make sure that when it is cold outside, you are dressed properly, with socks and enclosed shoes. Avoid tight fitting socks and shoes, which constrict the blood vessels. If you are susceptible to the cold, try to avoid going outside. When coming back in from outdoors, expose your feet gradually to the heat. Some people find putting wool between the toes improves their circulation, as does exercise.

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Pistons' guard Brandon Knight has had a week he'd like to forget. 

Earlier in the week his name went viral (have you seen the dunk face shirts???) after Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan dunked over his head. He didn't talk to the media after the game on Sunday, but joked on Twitter, "It wasn't in the scouting reports that the Clippers threw lobs, lol."

Then Monday, he left the game against the Utah Jazz with 8:28 left in the first quarter because of a left ankle sprain. 

It just isn't your week, Brandon.

The injury occurred when Knight tried to drive to the basket against the defense of Jazz guard Randy Foye and he stepped awkwardly on his ankle. Knight fell immediately to the ground, holding his ankle. He received help on the floor and was aided to the locker room because he couldn't put any weight on his ankle. Knight was fouled on the play and as soon as he was unavailable to shoot the free throws, he was done for the day. 

Early reports have the injury listed as serious, with Yahoo! Sports writer Adrian Wojnarowski tweeting, "X-rays negative on Detroit guard Brandon Knight's left ankle, but injury appears to be a 'significant' sprain, league source tells Y!". 

Knight has played in all but two games for the Pistons and is second on the team with 13.8 points and 4.1 assists. Knight has the talent to become an elite player- he averaged 12.8 points as a rookie and his numbers dropped slightly during his second season. 

Reference: USA Today.

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