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Posts for: June, 2015

By gary@ctfootcare.com
June 16, 2015
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After over 500 miles on her cross-country run to raise money and awareness for hunger, Steph Robinson suffered a stress fracture that forced her to stop the rest of her trip. “I felt a sudden snap followed by intense pain,” Robinson shared on Facebook. “I ran through it just to finish up NV, but was hurting extremely badly. Went to the ER today after trying to *walk* - diagnosis is a stress fracture. 6-8 weeks off my leg.” Robinson had planned to end up in Delaware by the end of the summer.

Stress fractures can become painful if left untreated for an extended period of time. If you would like assistance in treating a stress fracture, consult with one of our podiatrists from Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. Our doctors can determine the severity of your condition and provide you with quality care.

Coping with Podiatric Stress Fractures

Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken as a result of overexertion or underuse.  As a result, the ankles and feet lose support when walking or running from the ground. Since these bones are not protected, they receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes the bones to form cracks.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress Fractures are very common among those who are highly active and involved in sports or activities that make excessive use of their legs and feet. Stress fractures are especially common among:

-athletes (gymnasts, tennis players, basketball players)
-runners/joggers
-osteoporosis patients
-those who engage in high-intensity workouts

Stress Fracture Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be either constant or periodic. The pain is usually sharp or dull, accompanied by swelling and tenderness. Engagement in any kind of high impact activity will exacerbate the pain.

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
June 09, 2015
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The first time Kathleen Sundbye experienced a gout attack, she had no idea what it was. “The pain was unbearable and seemed to come from the inside out, so I thought that maybe I had a piece of glass lodged in my toe,” the 63-year-old said. It took several unsuccessful tests for conditions such as neuropathy and bursitis before a visit to a foot specialist identified Sundbye’s condition. Gout occurs three to four times more frequently in men than women, creating the misconception that women do not get gout. Due to this perception, gout is often misdiagnosed in women.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you have any concerns regarding gout, consult with one of our podiatrists from Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

What is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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
June 03, 2015
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Kenton Lee, founder of the nonprofit Because International, and Proof of Concept, an Oregon-based shoe design studio, have developed a pair of sandals that can expand with the use of a strap. The result is a pair of shoes that costs as little as $12 a pair. Coming in two sizes, small and large, the shoes accordingly fit a child’s foot from kindergarten to fourth grade and then fifth grade to ninth grade. The genius lies in the rubber sole that wraps over the toe, which unfurls to expand the toe box and the child grows.

Growing children should wear proper fitting shoes to ensure that their development is not hindered by detrimental foot problems. For more information about proper shoe fitting and its benefits for children, consult with one of our podiatrists from Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. Our doctors will help you determine the best fit for your children’s feet and provide you with the information to help answer all of your questions.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in properly fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improperly fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

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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