Next Step: Foot Care In Connecticut

Posts for: November, 2015

By contactus@ctfootcare.com
November 23, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Shoes   Sneakers   Right Size  

For most people, getting the right shoe size involves a few steps at a retail store before walking away with a comfy new pair of shoes. However, for Jeison Orlando Rodríguez Hernandez of Venezuela, it might be a different case. Hernandez holds the Guinness World Record for biggest feet in the world, measuring 16 inches each and having a shoe size of 26! Having to get custom shoes to fit his extra large feet, Hernandez talks about growing up and simply wanting a pair of shoes that would not only fit, but last for longer than several weeks.  

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 of Connecticut Foot Care Center, 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 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
November 16, 2015

A study conducted at the University of North Carolina Charlotte used mice to study how the effects of ankle sprains can linger on for life. Young adult mice were separated into three groups, each induced with a different level of ankle sprain. After each group was given an ample amount of time to heal, 70% of the mice were showing symptoms of Chronic Ankle Injury after just one injury. The results showed that Chronic Ankle Injury symptoms may begin to develop after just one year of healing.    

Ankle sprains are very pain and inconvenient. If you have any concerns about your foot and ankle needs contact one of our podiatrists of Connecticut Foot Care Center, LLC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits can aid in prevention

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

If you have any questions, please contact 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
November 09, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Exercise   Running   Barefoot  

 Thanks to the book “Born to Run” and its spin-off movie, barefoot running became a trending form of exercise. Hundreds of runners began to support the belief that naturally landing on the bare forefoot would lessen impending running injuries. With the trend came “barefoot shoes” that attempted to emulate the feeling of running barefoot without actually having to do so. While the excitement over barefoot running has died down, barefoot exercises are still being heralded for their ability to strengthen the foot and improve flexibility. Benefits also include better gait patterns, fall prevention for the elderly, and the rehabilitation of knee and hip pain. 

If you have any questions about barefoot running, contact one of our podiatrists from Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Barefoot Running

Barefoot running is a fairly popular trend in the running world. More than just simply ‘running without shoes,” barefoot running affects the way your feet hit the ground and your overall posture. Barefoot runners land on the front part of their feet as opposed to those who wear shoes, who usually strike their heel as they hit the ground.

Barefoot running contains many advantages, including:

  • A lower risk for ankle and foot injuries
  • Improvement in balance and body  posture
  • Strengthens muscles in the lower legs, ankles and feet that are not normally worked when wearing shoes

There are also some disadvantages to barefoot running, which include:

  • Lack of shoes increases the risk of incurring blisters, scrapes, bruises and cuts
  • Risk of Achilles tendonitis as a result of landing on the front of your feet constantly
  • Needing time and transition to adjust as the switch cannot be automatic

Start on even, flat surfaces and consider investing in minimalist running shoes. Minimalist running shoes provide the ‘feel’ of barefoot running while affording the same protection you get from wearing shoes. Barefoot running can be safe and enjoyable with the proper planning and transition.

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
November 02, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: heel pain   Foot Health   Fat Mass  

A recent community-based study has showed that an increase in fat mass index (FMI) and not body mass index (BMI) is associated with both current and future foot pain. The study’s authors shared, “The clinical implications of our findings are that FMI but not BMI is associated with both prevalent and the development of foot pain after multivariable analysis in adults age > 50 years. Given the association of FMI with future foot pain, patients with increased fat are at risk of developing foot pain and should be counselled as such, particularly given increased fat mass is modifiable and should not be considered as a chronic condition.”  

Anyone can wind up suffering from heel pain. If your heel is hurting consult with one of our podiatrists from Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Causes of Heel Pain

  • Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.
  • Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.
  • Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                     
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change             
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a thing of the past.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.  

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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