Posts for: February, 2018
Do you have a painful bump on your big toe? Is your big toe out of line with your other toes? It could be a bunion. Bunions are deformities caused by your big toe pushing outward, often causing pain and discomfort when you walk. Early treatment methods aim to relieve the pressure and pain caused by the bunion and stop it from progressing. This treatment often includes protective padding, removal of corns and calluses, assessing footwear, considering orthotic devices, and exercises that stimulate joint mobility.
Often, the bunion has progressed past these conservative treatments, and needs to be surgically dealt with. Bunion surgery, or a bunionectomy, removes the bunion and realigns your toe. If you’re dealing with a bunion or considering a bunionectomy, read these helpful tips to know what’s coming up for you:
- Take care of the bunion quick
The longer you let a bunion develop, the more advanced the surgical technique may be. A more advanced surgical technique can also come with a more extensive recovery period.
- Recovery can take a while
Healing is part of any surgery’s process. Typically, you can head home the same day as your bunion surgery. Your foot will be fitted with a bootie that you’ll wear for 3 to 4 weeks, though full healing can take up to 8. Pain can typically be managed with an over-the-counter painkiller, but some require something a little more heavy-duty. Communicate with your podiatrist on your pain level. The healing period usually comes with bruises, swelling, and some stiffness. You can work these out with massages and stretches, and depending on the severity, physical therapy.
- Care for your feet to prevent recurrence
Bunions are considered hereditary, so even after surgery, you could still be genetically prone to getting another. Wearing proper-fitting shoes and avoiding injuries of your big toe are good ways to prevent another bunion. Always keep in touch with your foot doctor to prevent any recurrence or any further complications.
Other bunion facts:
- Bunions can be hereditary
- Bunions are common in women who wear high heels or ill-fitting shoes.
- Nearly ¼ of adults develop bunions under the age of 65
- 36% of people over 65 have them bunions
Not all bunions are created equal, and each can require a different type of care. Our trained staff of podiatry professionals can answer any questions you have. If you have a bunion, contact our podiatry team at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. Our expert team of foot doctors maintain the highest level of accreditation and stay abreast of ongoing trends in podiatry.
Sports participation was a staple of many of our upbringings. The smell of a freshly mowed field or the cheers of fans from the sidelines of a game can bring back wistful memories of passing a ball or rounding the bases. Playing sports at a young age can teach kids the value of teamwork and discipline, while helping them grow into their own abilities. However, sports always need to be approached with safety to prevent common sports injuries.
By knowing what causes these injuries and best prevention practices, you can feel secure knowing your child will have a fun and rewarding experience playing whatever sport they choose.
How you can prevent your child from getting hurt on the field:
- Always use the proper equipment – make sure your children’s safety gear is meant for the sports they’re playing and that it fits properly. Helmets should always be worn for baseball or softball, riding a bike, skateboard, or scooters, and for hockey. Many sports also require mouthguards, athletic cups, shin guards, shoulder pads, and other protective gear. Always ensure that protective equipment is approved by organizations associated with each sport. Discuss the proper equipment needed with your child’s coach.
- Adult supervision is a must – team sports need to be supervised by qualified adults. Review the safety statements from the leagues and teams you are considering for your child’s activities. Coaches should be trained in CPR and first aid and should always promote players’ well-being over an “always win” attitude.
- Ensure your kid is ready – discuss the rules of the sports and how to play before sending your child out on the field. You wouldn’t throw someone into a pool who didn’t know how to swim; it’s equally dangerous to send someone on a field without knowing how to play the game. This readiness includes warm-ups before practices and games, proper hydration, a well-balanced diet, and rest throughout the activity as needed.
- Playing surfaces should be properly maintained – check for holes or other things that could catch feet and ankles on the field. Wooden basketball courts or well-maintained tracks are best for high-impact sports like running or basketball. It’s advised against playing on less-forgiving surfaces like concrete.
If you notice any change in how your child is playing sports such as rubbing their leg or suddenly limping, pull them out of the game for rest. If the pain persists after a period of rests, or if you notice a change such as swelling or popping, contact our podiatry team at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. Our expert team of foot doctors maintain the highest level of accreditation and stay abreast of ongoing trends in podiatry.
Inspired by that rousing Super Bowl game last weekend? Want to get out on the field yourself and execute some of Tom Brady’s moves? Before you suit up and grab the pigskin, familiarize yourself with one of the most common injuries in sports: turf toe.
What causes turf toe?
Even amateur athletes can suffer from sports injuries like turf toe. The name comes from the fact that playing on artificial turf can accelerate the risk-factor for this injury (as well as for other knee, ankle, and foot injuries). Turf toe typically happens when you sprain your big toe by overextension, often occurring when the toe hits an unyielding surface and bends in an unnatural way.
Turf toe can be caused by repeatedly stressing your big toe through the same movements, such as jumping or running on a hard surface. It can also be an acute strain from a sudden movement or action. Acute turf toe typically causes immediate pain.
Three tiers of turf toe:
A mild injury, known as a first-degree sprain, involves the stretching of one or more ligaments. This level of injury comes with tenderness and mild swelling directly over the strained joint. You might also experience pain in the toe while walking.
A moderate injury, or second-degree sprain, involves ligament tearing. You’d feel elevated pain and swelling in the joint and flexing the toe during walking will be quite painful.
A third-degree sprain, the most severe turf toe injury, is a complete rupture of the ligament. These injuries are very painful and absolutely need to be seen by a podiatrist immediately.
Turf toe treatment
Treatment often includes the immediate regimen of protection, rest, ice, compression, and elevation to reduce pain and swelling. A foot doctor also might recommend anti-inflammatory medications. For second or third-degree sprains, x-rays might be necessary to rule out bone injury or fractures.
Did you injure your toe while playing sports on artificial turf? Turf toe is an injury our podiatry team treats in all of our offices at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. Please contact us online for more information or to schedule an appointment at our Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Kensington, or Newington, Connecticut locations.
Common foot infections, such as athlete’s foot and nail fungus are often associated with sweaty summer weather. However, with the extreme New England winter we are seeing this year, cold-weather foot care is also extremely important. Bundled up feet in thick socks and boots can create a moisture-rich environment attractive to fungus, while the lower winter humidity can dry out your feet, leaving them cracked and vulnerable to infections. How do you balance it all? The foot doctors at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC are here to help.
Follow these tips to keep your feet happy and healthy during harsh winter weather:
- Get the right footgear to protect them from the elements - Thick winter socks are a must-have during the cold months. Winter socks made from wool or acrylic can help wick away moisture, while cotton absorbs and retains wetness. Well-fitting snowshoes or boots are also a necessity. Tight shoes will cause more sweating, while loose shoes can make an icy walk even more treacherous. Have a professional at a shoe store help you find the perfect snow footgear for you.
- Don’t go out barefoot - Even if you’re just running out to check the mail or take the dog to do his business, protective footwear is necessary. Putting a bare foot down on ice or snow for an extended amount of time can put you at risk for frostbite.
- Prevent dryness to stave off infection - The lower humidity during winter coupled with all the hot baths you’re likely dipping your feet into can leave you with dry, cracked feet - a perfect invitation for infection. Moisturize your feet with lotion that contains glycerin and allantoin. Glycerin keeps moisture in and allantoin allows more moisture to penetrate the rough barriers in your feet. Proper foot moisturizers can be found in the health section of most stores.
- Stay safe during winter sports - If you participate in winter sports, ensure you have the right gear to prevent injuries to your feet or ankles. Ski boots and ice skates should fit well and be in good condition. Stretch your ankles before beginning any sport and allow time for a cool down period afterwards.
If you are suffering from any foot complications due to winter weather, our podiatry team at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC is here to help target and treat the issue. Please contact us online for more information or to schedule an appointment at our Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Kensington, or Newington, Connecticut locations.