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Posts for: December, 2017

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
December 27, 2017
Category: Arch Conditions
Tags: Flat Feet  

When feet fall flat, it can cause an imbalance in your stride and lead to an unnecessary situation. 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 this condition 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 check out our Patient Education library for more detailed information.

Flat Feet occur when the arches of the feet do not constrict correctly. Since those tendons have not developed correctly, there’s no proper arch to support the foot and without it, a larger than normal surface area of the foot hits the floor, which may lead to injuries and complications. Arches can fail due to normal wear and tear over years. This weakens the tendon of your ankle, which seriously hinders support of your arch. Factors that contribute to the formation of flat feet include aging, medical conditions such as obesity or diabetes and severe injuries. Playing sports when having this condition can be painful because the ankles move inwards. This inward rotation can lead to abnormal angles in the ankle and surrounding joints. Inflammation is likely to occur around the ankle due to the foot’s surface area hitting the ground unevenly, causing abnormal pressure distribution points.

Treatment includes well-fitting shoes, stretching, relaxation, physical therapy, walking barefoot and losing weight. Complications can occur if flat feet become worse. When your walk becomes abnormal and your foot’s balance is compromised, the use of orthotics will help as they can simulate the arch support that is likely missing in those who suffer from flat feet. Physical therapy can be used to help diminish the rotation of the ankles from going inwards, which in turn helps to correct an abnormal stride.

This condition does not have to get to the point of being painful if treated timely. So, please contact us as early as possible to receive treatment that can bring back the arch in your feet!

 

 


By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
December 20, 2017

When the Achilles Tendon is inflamed, you can surely feel it. 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., will treat any issues with your Achilles Tendon with care and efficiency 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. Another valuable resource is our Patient Education library, where you can learn more about foot and ankle health.

Achilles Tendinitis is the inflammation of the Achilles tendon. This condition produces variable pain. The steady nature of this condition inclines to leave those who experience it stunned when the pain becomes major. When the Achilles tendon is placed under a significant amount of pressure, tendinitis may occur. The tendon can rupture if not timely treated, which would necessitate surgery. As you can imagine, the pain accompanying a rupture would be severe. The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body and joins the calf muscles to the heel bone, which provides the ability to walk, run or any other activity that involves that type of motion. This condition produces a sharp pain that is different from other foot and ankle pains since as the tendon gets bigger and does not heal properly, it can get much worse.

Treatment for this condition involves the use of anti-inflammatories to reduce swelling and pain, although it is not as effective here as it is in treating other foot conditions due to the nature of this tendon. Physical therapy is especially helpful for this condition as it can help to alleviate pain while strengthening the Achilles tendon to help prevent a future reoccurrence.

It is important to exercise caution with this condition as it may not produce pain while it’s developing. Therefore, it is imperative that your Achilles tendon receive timely treatment to counteract the effects of this condition to avoid a tendon rupture. Please contact us right away to get your tendon back to a normal state!

 


By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
December 14, 2017
Category: diabetic foot care
Tags: blisters   ulcer  

Diabetics can have many health issues, one which involves their feet. For this reason, they must pay close attention to their feet and observe the proactive tips referenced herein to prevent serious complications. 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 and provide diabetics with instructions for taking care of their feet 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 library is another resource for learning more about foot and ankle conditions.

Those with Diabetic Feet have a high risk of having severe foot complications and must make sure to constantly check their feet for anything out of the normal. Minor wounds may become severe issues. Also, diabetics could have a lowered blood flow, making it hard for wounds to heal and increasing the chances of contracting infections.                   

Diabetics should inspect their feet daily for puncture wounds, bruises, blisters, ulcers or toenail complications. As for taking care of feet, diabetics should wash their feet every day with soap, keep their dry feet, trim toe nails in a straight line, keep feet warm, wear appropriate  

shoes (avoiding narrow toe boxes), avoid high-heels and wear clean and dry socks. Diabetics should also watch out for ulcers because they can become infected easily.

Treatment from medical professionals is also of great importance. Doctors can provide diabetics with boots to support the foot until any swelling subsides or wounds heal. When foot deformities become too overbearing, surgery may become necessary; however, recovery times can vary and take longer than usual due to the reduced blood flow. Medical professionals may also be able to spot other diseases or vitamin deficiencies as their special training allows them to catch a problem before it becomes severe.

Please contact us right away to make sure that you’re doing everything you can to take care of your diabetic feet. 


By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
December 06, 2017
Category: Foot Fungus

Toenail fungus can be an unsightly and a potentially serious condition if left untreated. 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 treat this condition 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. Moreover, please review our Patient Education section to learn more about this condition if you should have any further concerns after reviewing the information below.

Fungal Toenails are a common problem that can affect people of all ages, although it most commonly affects individuals who are older. This condition can start as athlete’s foot and eventually make it under the nail where it develops and causes changes to the nail. These changes can be seen as the nail turns yellow, thickens and becomes deformed. Fungus tends to thrive in warm and damp areas and can attack the toenails by way of small cuts nearby the nail.

This condition may not be painful at first; however, can cause complications if left untreated and allowed to spread, which eventually causes significant pain. If the infection becomes painful, it may become hard to wear shoes due to the deformity it may cause. Factors that can increase the chances of having this condition include:

  • Diabetes which can damage the toenail and thereby cause an increased risk of infection
  • Increased age
  • Smoking
  • Genetics
  • Walking barefoot in public pools or locker rooms

Preventative measures include:

  • Using proper footwear with wide toe boxes (not older shoes that can contain fungal spores), socks allowing the foot to stay cool.
  • Refraining from using the same nail clippers for nails that have become infected with healthy ones.
  • Use of antifungal pills or nail polish.

Treatment may include surgical methods via removing the infected nail which allows for the fungal infection to be healed and avoids the distorted nail from returning. So, please contact us so that we can help with your toenail fungus today!