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Posts for: March, 2015

Lindsay Crouse of the New York Times believes that heavily padded bulky sneakers will be the next big thing when it comes to running calling the new trend “maximalist running shoes.” Although they look very similar to the gimmicky walking shoes from a few years ago, Olympic medalist Leo Manzano made the switch and believes the shoes had removed his plantar fasciitis after only a week. Beginning 2010, barefoot running was the new trend in physical activity since major runners believed this would reduce injury and general pain. Unfortunately barefoot runners are finding that their injuries are not going away with the activity causing a change in the number of minimalist runners to maximalists. Runners should not count on this new trend to immediately heal their pain since there is no real proof as of yet that the overly cushioned running shoes will make any real difference. “I don’t know that they are going to be the solution,” Crouse states, but she has a feeling runners will still try.

For more information about getting the correct shoe for your foot type consult with one of our podiatrists from Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. Our doctors can measure your feet to determine what your needs are and help you find an appropriate pair of footwear.

Foot Health: The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes

There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There is a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.

You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.

Differences

Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.

Flexibility – walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.

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.

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By gary@ctfootcare.com
March 17, 2015
Category: foot health
Tags: Calluses   Orthotics  

Podiatrists from Mississauga, ON suggest that wearing orthotics will help realign the foot so that patients with calluses may see a reduction. Calluses are known as dead skin on their feet that build up in thick masses typically on the heels and balls of the feet. Over time the buildup of dead skin becomes uncomfortable and more difficult to take care of. Calluses have even been known to cause so much pain that victims even have a hard time walking or standing when they are not treated properly. With the help of custom orthotics, the pressure on the foot can be shifted and supported to prevent the amount of calluses that develop on the soles of the feet.

Foot orthotics are useful in treating a myriad of conditions. If you are interested in using orthotics, speak to one of our podiatrists from Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. Our doctors can evaluate the severity of your condition and determine what type of care would best suit your needs.

What are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain, but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct over arched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you, or if you have a more severe foot issue, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high quality inserts are usually molded to your feet individually, which allow them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist on the possibilities of using orthotics.

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.

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By gary@ctfootcare.com
March 12, 2015
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Cinderella Surgery   Bunions  

35-year-old New York City resident Denise Maione-Schwind has undergone ‘Cinderella surgery,’ or a Bunionplasty, to correct the bony bump on the side of her left foot that has been keeping her from comfortably wearing high heels. Determined not to wear flats on a night out, the flight attendant would often spend her evenings at home to avoid pain caused by the bunion. Despite the severity of the procedure, Denise was able to walk within a week. Since having fully recovered, Denise now happily wears any shoe she desires without having to endure any pain. The NYC resident even hopes to one day run the New York Marathon, which would have been a difficult and painful feat prior to surgery. 

To avoid extended pain, consider bunion treatment as soon as possible. For more information about bunion treatments, consult with one of our podiatrists from Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why do Bunions Form?

  • Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary
  • Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can cause bunions to form

How are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

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.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that causes pain, swelling, and joint stiffness in the feet. Unfortunately there is no cure for arthritis, but there are many natural remedies available to ease or reduce the symptoms. Tai Chi and meditation can help reduce stress which can then aid in reducing arthritic flare ups. The two activities can also help individuals with the disorder how to manage the pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Fish oil and peppermint oil can be used to sooth and heal the joints. Going outside in sunlight for fifteen minutes a day or taking a Vitamin D supplement has been known to reduce chronic bone pain caused by arthritis. Turmeric, ginger, and pineapples can be used to reduce the swelling of the joints. Chronic flare up sufferers should avoid consuming fried foods, alcohol, and heavily processed foods since they contain chemicals that can create inflammation.

Characterized by stiffness and lack of mobility, Rheumatoid Arthritis is a painful condition that needs medical attention.  For treatment options, see one of our podiatrists from Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. Our doctors can take care of any foot conditions and determine a treatment plan that is right for you.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.

Symptoms

  • Swelling & pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

For more information about rheumatoid arthritis please follow the link below.

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.

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