Posts for: September, 2017
Bunions have become common occurrences due to the fact that popular fashion trends bring tight and uncomfortable shoes, which in turn cause the big toe to point towards its adjacent toe. Since women tend to wear different types of shoes that are narrow and have high heels, they have a higher chance then men do of developing bunions. This condition can also be hereditary as abnormal bone growth can make certain individuals better candidates for developing bunions. If bunions are not cared for after forming, they can become filed with fluid and become very painful or hinder mobility due to the difficulty in wearing shoes that fit properly.
Preventative measures for this condition include wearing shoes with wide toe boxes that are comfortable, wearing special pads on the area of the foot where bunions are most likely to form or wearing spacers to cause a separation in the first two toes. Taking these steps will help to stop unnecessary friction from occurring on the toes most susceptible to developing bunions.
When the steps measured above are not enough to stop the onset of bunions and thereafter infection, surgery will be used to further reduce pain. Surgery will also likely be required for diabetics who develop bunions due to complications and dangers associated with their particular condition. It’s also important to note that although surgery is very helpful, it will not guarantee that you can go back to wearing tight fitting shoes or performing physical activities that place intense amounts of stress on feet. Please visit the Patient Education section of our website for more information about this surgical procedure and contact us to schedule a visit.
Our 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 deliver lasting treatment for this condition. Please give us a call to learn more or come see us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860) 563-1200, Bristol (860) 582-0747, Middletown (860) 346-5226, Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut.
Hammertoes are not pleasant to look at, let alone having to deal with the pain. Our 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 provide you with quality treatment for this condition. Consider giving us a call to learn more or visit us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860) 563-1200, Bristol (860) 582-0747, Middletown (860) 346-5226, Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut.
Hammertoes are a bend in the middle joint of the toe and go from flexible to stiff during the course of its occurrence. As with many other foot conditions, the deformity in toes resulting from this condition is usually caused by poorly fitting shoes that are tight in the toe box or that have high heels. There are instances of this condition being caused by hereditary issues as well. Moreover, comfortable shoes are the key to avoiding this condition and since feet size can change with age, it is very important to have them measured from time to time to have the best fitting shoes. A half inch of space between the tip of your shoe and the largest toe is essential to providing your feet with a comfortable fit. Sandals and other shoes that don’t cover the toes are also a great option because they provide an open space and prevent unnecessary friction on the toes. Don’t hesitate to visit the Patient Education section of our website to learn more about how to prevent this condition.
Surgery may however be required if preventative measures do not work. Such surgery includes making incisions in the foot to release tendons so that they can be allowed to straighten. If the toe is not flexible, then another type of surgery whereby the toe is manually straightened will be necessary and will entail cutting tendons directly and eliminating bone pieces to stop any potential blocks that are not allowing the toe to straighten.
As you can see, hammertoes are not an easy problem to stop unless you take the proper steps early on in the condition. Please contact us today so that we may be able to determine whether your hammertoes can be stopped from getting worse or if surgery is required to bring your feet back to normal.
Warts on the Foot, otherwise known as plantar warts, are skin growths caused by a viral infection on the skin called human papilloma virus. Our 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 educate you about this condition and provide you with treatment options if needed. Consider giving us a call to learn more or visit us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860-563-1200), Bristol ((860) 582-0747), Middletown (860) 346-5226), Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut.
Plantar Warts develop on the sole of the foot and tend not to stick out of the skin. They are generally not dangerous but can be painful and take a couple of years to go away, and usually treatment is needed. Plantar warts mature as thick growths that that can appear as calluses on the foot and are often mistaken as such. They can become tender from the pressure placed on them when walking. If this or any other type of painful feeling starts to radiate from them, there are several home remedies that individuals turn to. One of these include using duct tape left on the wart for six days and then rinsing in warm water and using an abrasive surface to attempt to rub them off. Doing this for several months may help in getting rid of warts on the foot. There are also medications that anyone can obtain that attempt to remove the growth by peeling them away. For more stubborn cases, a doctor may freeze them with liquid nitrogen or utilize a laser to burn them off. Medicines that strengthen the immune system may also be used to help defeat the virus causing them.
Although plantar warts may not require attention for some, for others they can become a nuisance that may require treatment to prevent the onset of pain when walking. It’s therefore a good idea to contact our office so that we assist you with determining the next steps to treat this pesky plantar warts.
Foot Injuries occur more frequently in athletes because they have an increased risk of hurting their feet. The elderly are also at a high risk for foot injuries because their muscles lose mass and their bones become more brittle. Take this opportunity to contact our office so that we can determine if you may be at a high risk of incurring a foot injury.
Minimal foot injuries generally rebuild on their own with some home treatment. However, an acute injury occurs from a direct hit or a sudden movement of the foot in an abnormal manner. Your pain may be sudden and severe. Inflammation generally develops soon after sustaining a foot injury. 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 treat these and other foot injuries as discussed below at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860-563-1200), Bristol ((860) 582-0747), Middletown (860) 346-5226), Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut.
Overuse injuries occur when there is a great amount of stress put on your foot joint or other areas of the foot when proceeding with an activity in an overly obsessive manner. Treatment may include a brace, cast, orthotics, therapy, medications or surgery. Midfoot injuries occur when the midfoot bones break or the surrounding ligaments tear. Pain can range from minor to severe. These injuries need to be treated with caution as they could be falsely identified as sprains. Yet, these injuries are severe and will take numerous months to heal after potential surgery. Non-surgical treatment may be possible if there are no fractures or torn ligaments. The healing process for this type of treatment includes putting no weight on the injured foot for the duration of the healing time. If any weight is placed, there may be a need for surgical repair due to the seriousness of the injury. Therefore, it is imperative that foot injuries be identified correctly and quickly as complications and healing time could be impacted if not dealt with wisely.