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Posts for: August, 2015

By contactus@ctfootcare.com
August 24, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Shoes   Foot Biomechanics   Feet Pain  

Flip-flops are a key summer staple, and it is undoubtedly for their easy wear and comfort. But while flip-flops make you feel as if you are on vacation, in reality they cause the feet to work even harder. Doug Kechijian, D.P.T. of Peak Performance in New York City says that wearing thonged sandals causes the feet to clench the toes to keep them securely on. This clenching causes the feet to stiffen and tense, which can arise to muscular issues in the feet such as plantar fasciitis. Because flip-flops are inevitably a part of summer, Kechijian recommends putting a limit on how far you walk while wearing them.  

Wearing flip-flops for a long period of time can be harmful for the feet. To learn more, speak to one of our podiatrists from Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off, perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

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 contactus@ctfootcare.com
August 18, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: sweaty feet   Shoes   Hyperhidrosis  

Summer means warm temperatures, and for some people this means sweaty feet. While walking barefoot is the best way to keep the feet sweat-free, realistically it may not be the most practical. To remedy this dilemma, Bustle lists seven shoes that will help keep the feet sweat-free: slide sandals, which allow for breezes; suede peep-toe booties, suede heeled sandals, and suede flats to absorb sweat; Birkenstocks for their lightweight and durable design; Roshe Runs for their mesh material and lunarlon midsole; and jelly sandals with a non-jelly sole.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact one of our podiatrists from Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

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 contactus@ctfootcare.com
August 11, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Shoes   Foot Biomechanics   Health  

Amazon has recently bought startup company Shoefitr to help customers struggling to select the right shoe size while shopping online. The Pittsburgh-based startup uses 3D technology to help people virtually choose the correct shoe size without trying on the footwear. Amazon sells millions of shoes in its website and through Zappos, an online shoe retailer. Users of Shoefitr are asked to enter the size and model of their current shoe. The technology then compares this with its database of scanned shoes to recommend which size the user will need for any given shoe. Various factors such as shape, sole thickness, weight, etc. are taken into consideration.

Getting the right shoe size is important for overall foot health. If you have any concerns about shoe size, please contact one of our podiatrists from Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. Our doctors will answer any of your foot and ankle questions.

Getting the right shoe size

Sometimes it may be difficult finding the right shoe size because shoe sizes tend to vary depending on the brand and company you are considering. A size 6 for one brand may be a size 7 in another. Although many people know their exact shoe size, shoe size can vary within two sizes depending on where they shop.

When shoe shopping, it is best to try on the shoe and walk around for a bit to see how it fits and how it feels. Comfort is essential and the shoe must fit well, as ill-fitting shoes can lead to blisters, bruises at the back of the ankle and can also hurt the toes if the shoe is too tight.

Shopping online for shoes can be very tricky and time consuming, especially since you cannot try on the shoe or see how it fits or how it feels.

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 contactus@ctfootcare.com
August 03, 2015
Category: Foot Care

To prevent running injuries and foot pain, runners will often invest in quality shoes and try to follow a training schedule. Injury prevention, however, also involves performing stretches. Yoga stretches such as the hero pose, kneeling tow squat, and garland pose can help reduce a runner’s risk for plantar fasciitis, one of the most common running injuries. The hero pose involves kneeling on the floor with your knees and ankles about hip-width apart while pushing your bottom and the tops of your feet towards the ground. The kneeling tow squat involves kneeling on the floor with the knees, ankles and feet together while trying to tuck the toes under, grounding onto the floor. The garland pose involves beginning in a mountain pose with the feet hip width apart and squatting.

Stretching the feet is an important part of maintaining optimal foot health. To learn more, consult with one of our podiatrists from Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Stretching Your Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits such as increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief. Stretching is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone who is experiencing foot pain or is constantly on their feet should stretch.

Good ways to stretch your feet are:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pulling your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

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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