Posts for: August, 2017
Foot Injuries can lead to foot and ankle issues because the foot and ankle work in conjunction to offer support and mobility. Athletes in particular are at a much higher risk of obtaining foot and ankle injuries because of the high stress they place on their feet. Contact our office to learn about the many types of foot injuries that can happen to you unless you take the proper precautions. It is important to learn about how significant it is to prevent foot injuries since the foot includes 25% of your body’s bones. The feet therefore provide the essential balance required to conduct your daily activities. Without the proper use of your feet, routine tasks are made unnecessarily tough. Foot injuries can have many causes as to why they occurred. It is therefore very important to have foot injuries looked at by a health professional with expertise. Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., will help to ensure that any risks of further complications are prevented through a regimented treatment schedule. Visit us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut. Athletic foot injuries as mentioned above are also very difficult to diagnose and treat. The foot is under a large amount of stress and absorbs remarkable forces. The most common of these injuries is trauma. Other sources of injuries to the foot happen because of inadequate warm-ups, overly exhaustive workouts or bad fitting footwear. Foot injuries also occur in children in high frequencies since most of the injuries occur during playing sports, which children take part in frequently.
Management of foot injuries is also very important and is determined by the size of the injury, such as whether it’s a fracture or any other type of serious harm. Fractures that are very small can be treated via the use of a cast. Physical therapy will likely be necessary thereafter to help return the range of motion for the ankle that was present before the injury.
Foot Wounds are as serious as they sound because they can turn a small injury or infection into a large one in a short amount of time. Take this opportunity to contact us so that we can treat your foot wound with the utmost care and ensure a painless recovery period. Foot wounds generally include ulcers and puncture wounds. Foot ulcers are breaks in the skin of the foot, that form as a result of a decreased amount of circulation to the feet and are slow to heal. The best way to manage foot ulcers are through antibiotics, dressings, proper footwear and specialized orthotics. Diabetics are prone to getting ulcers on their feet. A bone in the foot can become infected underneath the ulcer and lead to severe complications.
Puncture wounds are also as dangerous as ulcers and have small entries which are caused by a piercing object. Since puncture wounds are comprised of small holes, they may disguise serious injuries underneath. These wounds generally occur in warm weather since people tend to walk barefoot at that time. Our team of doctors, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., can treat all types of foot wounds at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut. If puncture wounds are not correctly treated, severe complications can arise. This is why it is important to treat these wounds within the first day since they can carry foreign materials under the skin of the foot. Our office can clean this type of wound correctly and screen the healing process. The primary goal with puncture wounds is to prevent the onset of complications, which can arise from a lack treatment allowing for foreign bacteria to remain in the wound. Antibiotics may be prescribed if the type of wound necessitates it. It is important to check your temperature on a regular basis to watch for signs of a spreading infection. Such symptoms may include redness, swelling or a fever.
Poor Foot Circulation is a condition that is categorized as the precursor to many other complications to your overall foot and ankle health. It can cause many other health conditions or make worse the ones you already have. Poor foot circulation can occur because of obesity, no exercise or a poor nutritional lifestyle. Such activities can allow for arteries that carry blood and nutrients around the body to become ailing. A reduced blood flow causes a reduction in oxygen to be delivered to all parts of the body. This can slow down the body’s ability to fight off infections and diseases such as diabetes or high cholesterol. Nerve damage (highly prevalent in diabetics) can cause foot deformities that place abnormal amounts of pressure on all parts of the foot. This unequal amount of pressure leads to sores or even ulcers. Poor circulation also hinders injuries from healing in a normal amount of time. Poor circulation, not timely tackled, can cause serious disorders in the feet.
Our team of doctors are experienced in treating problems with circulation. Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., will help to ensure that any risks of further complications are prevented through a regimented treatment schedule. Visit us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut. Visiting us is important since your body’s circulation system is accountable for routing blood, oxygen, and nutrients to all parts of your body. As mentioned above, if blood flow to your body is reduced, you will have poor circulation and thereby develop complications in your feet. It’s important to treat the underlying causes of poor circulation and not just the symptoms. It’s also helpful to get rid of risks for poor circulation such as failing to exercise, smoking on a regular basis and gaining a large amount of weight. Also, people who suffer diabetes must make sure they control their blood sugar levels to ensure they have proper circulation. Don’t forget to contact us to take back control of your foot health!
Foot infections are something that everyone has to be concerned about because no matter how clean you keep them, they are regularly in contact with bacteria that can produce infections in the feet and lead to a wide variety of nasty complications. The immune systems of most people can help prevent these bacteria from becoming a problem because they are strong enough to defend the body against vulnerability. There are however those who cannot fight against these types of bacteria due to an injury or a break in the skin that allows fungus to creep in. It’s difficult for doctors to treat foot infections due to complications. Treatment for foot infections is constantly changing due to new discoveries in the medical community. There are foot infections that have a simple treatment plan and those that are much more complex. Foot infections are typically categorized as diabetic infections, soft-tissue foot infections and infections in the bone of the foot.
Soft-tissue infections are most common of infections of the foot and target the skin, ligaments, tendons, and joints of the foot. There are many causes for this type of infection and the resulting seriousness of them can range from moderate to severe. Infectious bacteria or severe trauma can lead to this type of infection. If you happen to be diagnosed with an infection in your foot, you will generally be placed on an antibiotic and need to continually check the infected area of the foot to make sure it is kept clean. A troubling trend recently is that a great amount of bacteria causing foot infections are developing resistance to a wide amount of antibiotics. Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., can help treat a wide array of foot infections and run tests to determine if antibiotics are needed. You can visit us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut. Contact us today and make a fresh start in fighting off your foot infection with the very best care.
Our team of podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., can help treat Ankle Instability at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut. Ankle instability occurs when the outer part of the ankle consistently buckles after weight is put on it. This is an unnerving feeling that can lead to a decrease in mobility if not treated at the time this condition first presents itself. This can be magnified when you’re on uneven surfaces. People with this condition have ankles that feel unsteady. It commonly presents itself when the ankle feels as if it is about to yield to any minor pressure. The pain can range from minor to severe. There is also an occurrence for those who experience this condition to be sensitive to touch and have inflammation. It is very helpful to pay attention to the way you walk to ensure that your steps are taken in a manner that prevents your ankle from rolling inwards or outwards in an abnormal manner. Weakened ligaments that encompass your ankle may be another contributing factor to twisting your ankle in a way that causes ankle instability. Another symptom is having a sore ankle after exercising.
Contact us to learn more about ankle instability. This condition is generally caused by an ankle sprain that hasn’t yet properly healed since the ligaments in your ankle were stretched, and when they healed, they became weaker and lost some of their elasticity. Those who take part in activities that involve heavy use of the ankle like gymnastics or sports, are at a greater risk for ankle instability. You can self-treat this condition if it’s not caused by a severe injury. Such treatment includes the use of compression, ice and rest. If you are able to exercise, it is a great way to increase your flexibility in the ankle. In particular, the best types of exercises help with your range of motion, balance and reinforcing the muscles of your ankles.