Posts for: November, 2017
Heel Spurs are a condition that’s hard to ignore due to the lingering pain they cause. 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 required experience and successful treatments to help you with the condition. We can be reached 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. We also have a Patient Education section which you can use to learn more about this and many other foot complications.
Heel Spurs are small areas of calcifications that begin at the bottom of the heel. The severity of the heel pain it causes is at its worst when someone first gets out of their bed in the morning. This happens because the soft tissue eases during sleep and when pressure is suddenly applied to the heel after waking up in the morning, swelling starts right away. If left untreated, heel spurs can become very painful. It is therefore imperative that heel spurs are treated with care at their onset.
Preventative measures include getting plenty of rest by reducing high intensity activities so as to limit stress placed on the heels, using ice packs to reduce swelling, utilizing heel orthotics or other support devices that absorb shock or provide a soft padding for the heel, elevation for reducing inflammation, use of orthotics to redistribute pressures away from the heel when walking, wearing proper foot wear and undergoing physical therapy to assist with alleviating the pain caused by this condition and to assist with the recovery process.
Treatment options include losing weight or getting ultrasound services on the heel to reduce the pain caused by this condition. Stretching of the calves is particularly helpful with decreasing muscle stiffness in the heel. Surgery may however be required if the above methods of treatment do not improve within a year. More importantly, please contact our offices if you believe that your heels are experiencing pain so that we can diagnose the presence of heel spurs and provide you with the best treatment plan to reduce your heel pain now!
Ankle sprains can develop all of a sudden and cause severe 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 to diagnose the seriousness of your ankle sprain and provide the appropriate treatment options as needed. 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.
Ankle Sprains can cause a meaningful amount of pain since they involve the ligaments, muscles and tendons of the ankle joint. Although the ankle is highly stable, it is still subject to the risk of injury due to the constant amount forces placed upon it through high intensity activities or routine walks over an extended amount of time. As this condition occurs, the ligaments that hold the ankle are stretched outside their normal boundaries or torn.
Factors leading to this condition include:
- Traumas forcing the ankle joint beyond its normal motion capabilities like tripping suddenly.
- Injuries resulting from pressure applied repeatedly in increments over time.
- Severe injuries sustained with huge impact or forces such as those seen in sports.
When this condition is not treated timely, chronic ankle sprains can start occurring due to the likelihood of the ligaments tearing or stretching more easily.
Treatment can include:
- getting plenty of rest
- use of ice to reduce swelling
- elevating the ankle
- refraining from walking or applying too much pressure on the foot to allow for the ankle to heal correctly
- taping or casting to help stabilize and support the injured ankle
- physical therapy to help strengthen the ankle as it continues to heal
Surgery can always be used if the situation calls for it and could involve arthroscopy, reconstruction and transplants of tissue to fix the ankle.
Even though the above information is helpful, please also review our Patient Education section for information about other foot complications so that you have a chance of preventing them before they occur. Please contact our offices now to treat your ankle sprain with care.
Corns cause more problems than you would think they do. To deal with this annoying and nagging condition, 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 necessary experience and knowledge to help your corns cease being a problem to your daily plans. 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.
Corns happen when pressure is placed on the foot, causing it to become out of balance and thereby adding resistance in an abnormal manner that’s localized on a specific area of the foot. Due to this focused area of abnormal pressure, thick areas of skin are formed on the feet to act as padding in these small areas which are hard corns. When the pressure of a corn results in swelling, pain occurs. Soft corns can form between toes because the skin in that location is moist. Corns can be symptomatic of other foot complications. Be sure to check out our Patient Education section for additional information about other foot conditions that may be in the background of a corn infection.
Corns can happen from badly fitting footwear, in the elderly because of the reduced natural padding in their feet or spending extended amounts of time on the feet. Treatment may involve having a medical professional removing the dead skin layers to access the corn. Padding will thereafter be used to redistribute weight evenly to relieve pressure. Proper footwear is a must during recovery and for long term foot and ankle health. Due to the nature of corns to cause unwanted and nagging pain, they may put a damper on your stride. To avoid corns becoming infected or overly painful, please contact our offices today so that we may provide the correct treatment and provide you with a recovery plan to make sure the weight bearing forces being absorbed by your feet are done so in an even manner.
Fungus infections of the feet can be a real nuisance. 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 treat fungal infections like athlete’s foot with precise treatment. 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. Don’t forget to review our Patient Education section for additional information about this condition and other preventive tips to make sure your foot and ankle health remains top notch.
Athlete's Foot or “tinea pedis” as it’s medically referred to, is a foot infection caused by fungi growing on the skin of the feet that can spread to other parts of the body. This infection commonly occurs between toes and thrives in warm and damp areas, such as in closed shoes. Other factors include keeping feet wet or in sweat for extended amounts of time or direct contact with public pools and locker rooms. This infection is easily spread and signs you have it include skin of the feet that’s broken, itchy, crusty, burning, peeling between toes or if the infection resides on the foot’s side and nails that are brittle or discolored.
To diagnose this condition, a skin biopsy can be executed to determine the specific type of fungus and confirm if it’s the type that causes athlete’s foot. If the test turns out to be positive, treatments include antifungal powders, keeping feet dry, washing feet daily, wearing socks that allow feet to breathe such as cotton socks, changing socks daily and wearing open toe shoes such as sandals. When this condition does not get better within a month and feet are swollen, or a fever is present, prescription medications may be necessary such as antibiotics due to a potential bacterial infection. Moreover, this condition can get worse over time without proper treatment since it can spread easily and cause other complications without even noticing it. Therefore, please contact us right away to get proper treatment now, so that your feet aren’t in pain later.