Posts for: October, 2017
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., have the experience necessary to diagnose and treat flat feet in its many stages. You can reach 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. Our Patient Education section is another valuable tool for finding further information about flat feet and other conditions that can affect your overall foot and ankle health.
Flat Feet often goes undiagnosed for a while because those who begin to develop it do not experience increased pain at its onset. These individuals generally complain about pain in their calf, knee or back. However, those pains originate from flat feet. One form of this condition is rigid flat foot whereby the arch becomes rigid and produces pain whether the foot is bearing weight or is in a relaxed state. Those with this type of condition get exhausted easily.
Infants generally have flat feet as their arches are still developing and also because of an increased amount of fat in that area. As they grow older however, flat feet are not common and can cause complications. Flat feet that are acquired at an adult age are generally due to severe trauma or a continued amount stress on them. This condition can also be caused by genetic ailments, injuries, being over-weight, growth spurts or an unusual amount of stress placed on the arches of the foot
Treatment for this condition includes the use of appropriate foot wear and orthotics to support the arch. In cases where rigid flat foot causes a deformity, surgery may be required to fuse joints together to promote arch structure. Because flat feet can cause many complications such as in the knees, hips or back, it is important to seek treatment at its earliest stages to prevent other problems from occurring. Please contact us at today so that we can check your feet for signs of this condition and provide quality treatment sooner rather than later.
Bunions happen when the big toe moves in the direction of the second toe because of a change in bone structure resulting in a rigid and bony bump at the bottom of the large toe, which is the location of where it connects to the foot. 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., have many years of experience treating bunions and can provide you with the proper care you need to stop bunions before they get out of control. You can reach 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. Our Patient Education section has further information about this and many other conditions.
Medical professionals may choose to have you undergo an x-ray to diagnose a bunion if they suspect it could be present. This method shows the distance that the big toe joint has travelled from the other toes. An MRI may also be utilized if the bone deformity is so advanced that it may cause other complications, such as fractures or nerve swelling. MRI’s are especially useful since they work through a magnetic field and wireless waves to generate multi-dimensional images of the injured foot.
Complications from this condition result in misalignment and thereafter metatarsalgia (swelling of the ball of the foot) or neuromas (swelling of a nerve between feet and toes). Those with this condition may not be able to where their usual shoes due to toes overlapping. Therefore, prompt treatment is required to prevent this condition from progressing to a point where normal shoes cannot be worn.
Early treatment of this condition can prevent later complications. When bunions get to an advanced state, they can severely hinder mobility and cause pain during normal routine activities. For these and many more reasons, please contact us at your convenience if you suspect that you may be developing a bunion and we will do our best to make sure that your bunion doesn’t stop you!
The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon you have, so it makes sense that it’s prone to injury, which can cause moderate to severe pain. Thankfully, 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 provide you with excellent knowledge and treatment plans to help you overcome an injury of this nature. You can reach 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. Please also review our Patient Education section for information about your Achilles tendon.
Achilles Tendon Injuries are common because they extend from the heel bone to the calf muscles. The pain associated with this type of injury can range from a scorching feeling to severe pain if it tears. Activities that increase the risk of an injury to the Achilles tendon include running, ballet or even high intensity sports. Sudden movements when lifting the foot and immediate actions can also lead to this condition. Other factors in causing an Achilles tendon injury include high heels, flat feet, firm tendons or other complications.
Treatment for this condition includes medicines to getting plenty of rest. Avoiding the placement of weight on the leg with the injury, using crutches or ice, compression and elevation will help to ensure a quick recovery. Furthermore, stretching the injured tendon will help to strengthen it and prevent reoccurrence. Slowly easing into normal activities like jogging and then running will help to allow for the Achilles tendon to experience less pain. Failure to gradually ease into higher intensity activities may cause future problems with the tendon that may require surgery to completely heal. Once the injury is healed, wearing appropriate foot wear with ample amounts of support will help to prevent unnatural movements caused by sudden actions. Since treating this condition early on is crucial to the longevity and well-being of your Achilles tendon, contact us today and you’ll get on the road to recovery faster than you thought possible.
Neuromas are enlarged growth of nerves that are generally benign. They can develop into a significant problem that can have lasting effects for your foot and ankle health. 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 develop a treatment plan for dealing with your neuromas. We can be reached at 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. Also, don’t forget to visit our Patient Education section to learn more about neuromas via our website.
Neuromas generally form between the third and fourth toes and happen when there is rubbing and friction that harms nerves. This friction and pressure are usually due to shoes that don’t fit properly or a deformity in the bone structure. Indications of this condition include burning or numbness that travels from the ball of the foot to the toes. Other patients with this condition may experience cramping and severe pain that may be mistaken for stress fractures in the foot. This is why a proper diagnosis from a medical professional is helpful in developing the correct treatment to fix this condition.
Treatments will require wearing proper fitting shoes that have plenty of room, using orthotics to reduce the amount of pressure placed on the nerves and utilizing medications such as cortisone to minimize inflammation. Physical therapy can also be very helpful in stimulating proper nerve behavior. Neurolysis is another method of treatment whereby the damaged nerve is chemically abolished through weekly injections into the nerve site of a mixture of ethanol and anesthetic. This method is effective since nerves have tend to attract to ethanol and absorb it. After that process, the nerve that’s causing pain gets destroyed from the toxicity of the mixture. More than half the patients that undergo neurolysis have success in reducing pain caused by neuromas.
Since neuromas cause nerve damage, treatment for this condition is very important to the overall health of your foot and ankle. Please contact us to schedule a visit to end your neuroma pain.