Posts for: August, 2018
You’ve probably heard the phrase “blue in the face” associated with a repetitive activity happening for a seemingly endless amount of time. But have you ever heard of being “blue in the feet?” Yikes! That’s probably a pretty disconcerting sight to behold.
Persistent blue discoloration of the extremities is called acrocyanosis. It typically presents in the hands and fingers, but also occurs in the feet and sometimes in parts of the face. Luckily, acrocyanosis is typically benign, but it can also be a sign of a more serious medical condition in the body.
Blue feet can be a sign of:
- A serious infection
- Toxicities in the blood
- Certain blood clotting syndromes
- Connective tissue disorders
- Abnormal blood protein levels
- A Tumor in the respiratory tract
What are signs of acrocyanosis?
The most obvious sign of acrocyanosis is skin discoloration, especially of the hands, feet, and face. Other signs include:
- Extremities are often cold and clammy
- In warm weather extremities may exhibit swelling
- Profuse sweating from soles of feet and palms of hands
- Cold temperature exacerbates discoloration
There is typically no pain associated with acrocyanosis unless there is another underlying issue at play causing it.
How is it treated?
Treatment depends on what is causing acrocyanosis. Often, the disorder itself cannot be remedied, but treatment ensures it doesn’t worsen over time. Treatment typically focuses on keeping blood circulating normally and warming up the feet and other extremities. Special insulated boots and/or thick moisture-wicking liner socks can help maintain normal body temperature and lessen the discoloration.
If you notice discoloration of your extremities, it should always be checked out by a medical professional. If you have noticed discoloration or any changes at all in your feet or ankles, we’re here to help! Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers are highly trained. We provide the best in foot care and utilize the newest diagnostic and treatment techniques and technologies! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!
Summer is speeding by and at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists we know that schools will soon be calling young athletes back for pre-season sports practices. If your child has had a less-than-active summer, now is the time to help them start to prepare for the upcoming sport season. Going back cold turkey can greatly increase the risk of injuries.
Below are some tips on getting ready for fall sports:
Get moving—if this summer’s main activity has been video games, you’ll want to get your child moving and active in the remaining weeks of the summer. Encourage them to walk, run, bike or do other activities that will raise their heart rate, as well as stretching and conditioning as it pertains to their particular sport. Injuries such as Achilles tendonitis and ankle sprains are often caused by going from zero to sixty on the activity meter. Two- to three-hour practices with sprints, hill running and other strenuous activities can be disastrous for your feet and legs if it’s preceded by a long period of inactivity.
Do a shoe check—the way children’s feet grow there’s a good chance you will need to purchase new sports shoes before the season begins. For the best fit, go to a fitness shoe store and have your child’s foot professionally measured. If your child is starting a new sport, it’s wise to purchase shoes designed for that sport. Different sports require different types of movement of the foot and today’s shoes are made to support and accommodate the specific actions associated with a sport or activity.
Check old injuries—if your child has suffered ankle sprains, stress fractures, Sever’s disease or other sports injuries in the past, make an appointment at our Aberdeen office by calling 732-566-2841 so that our podiatrists, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin or Dr. Jessica A. Addeo can check the foot and be sure that the old injury is completely healed and no new issues have developed.
Being properly prepared will help ensure a smooth, pain and injury-free start to the fall sports season for your child.
Your body is made up of tons of joints and ligaments that you would likely never know the name of unless you study medical science or happen to injure that particular area. One such joint is the Lisfranc, which connects your metatarsal bones (the long bones that run from your toes to the middle of your foot) to your tarsal bones (the bones in your foot’s arch). This is one of the lesser-known injuries, but it’s one we still see from time to time here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers.
Causes of Lisfranc Injury
The Lisfranc joint can be a dislocation, sprain, or break. This injury can occur in a number of ways:
- Sports injury
- Dropping a heavy item on your foot
- Overuse, such as running or jumping repeatedly
- Twisting your foot
It takes professional diagnostic work from a certified podiatrist to identify a Lisfranc injury. If you are experiencing the following symptoms, it is time to check in with a foot doctor:
- Pain in the middle of your foot, especially when standing
- Unable to bear weight on the painful foot
- Swelling or bruising in the arch or on the top of foot
- Widening of the foot
Your podiatrist will ask detailed questions about how the injury occurred in addition to a foot examination. They will likely take x-rays or use other imaging appliances to get a full picture of what’s going on inside your foot. Often, Lisfranc injuries are mistaken for ankle sprains, so an accurate diagnosis is a must.
Treating a Lisfranc Injury
Once the injury has been diagnosed as a Lisfranc injury, your foot doctor will work to determine the best course of treatment. The RICE method of treatment – Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation of the affected area – will likely be implemented. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications may also be given. For very serious injuries, surgical options will be discussed.
If you have sustained an injury to your foot or ankle, our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is here to help. We provide the best in foot care and utilize the newest diagnostic and treatment techniques and technologies! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!
Last week, we wrote about taking care of your feet during vacation. If you recently came back from vacation and you missed that blog post, maybe your feet got exposed to the elements a little more than they normally are. If you forgot to lather your feet in sunscreen, we put together some great ways to get your feet back to feeling great so you can enjoy the rest of summer.
Follow these tips to help your feet stay happy and healthy if they’ve gotten a bit too much sun:
- Aloe – Aloe can help get your feet back to the proper moisture levels after being dried out from the sun. If you have a sunburn, this step is essential! Aloe naturally helps your skin heal. You can use fresh aloe from a plant, or a store-bought aloe gel. Apply it to the tops of your feet and your ankles, letting it sit for 10-15 minutes.
- Ice – Often, high temperatures can make our feet swell up. An ice bath can help cool down your feet and ankles. Don’t keep them in there for more than a few minutes though! After the ice bath, run some lukewarm water back over your feet and ankles to warm up again. After that, dry thoroughly and apply some moisturizing lotion.
- Scrub – A gentle scrub on your feet can help remove the dead skin from between your toes and the bottoms of your feet. You can find lots of good scrub recipes online (just make sure they’re from a reputable source) or purchase some nicely scented scrub at a local pharmacy. Afterwards, rinse your feet and dry them thoroughly with a clean towel.
- Massage – Rub the tender parts of your feet with some nice massage oil. Work your way down from toe to heel, then back up from heel to toe. Between rubs, flex and stretch your foot muscles.
After you’ve completed these foot care techniques, just lay back and relax! Prop your feet up for a while and let them naturally heal. If you have any questions or have sustained a serious sunburn or other injury, our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers are here to help. We provide the best in foot care and utilize the newest diagnostic and treatment techniques and technologies! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!