Posts for: October, 2018
Did you know that one of the most common causes of fall injuries has nothing to do you with your feet, but actually your eyes? Low vision, which is a vision impairment condition that eyeglasses, medication, and surgery can’t correct, causes a large percentage of falls. We here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers wanted to educate our patients about this debilitating condition that often goes unseen.
Who is affected?
The majority of people afflicted by low vision are 65 and older, but it’s estimated that 3 million Americans aged 40 and older have low vision. 63% of them are women. Low vision is often linked to other health conditions such as:
- Macular degeneration
- Birth defects
What are the signs of low vision?
People with low vision are more at risk for falls and have a higher rate of depression. People with low vision often have difficulty:
- Recognizing faces
- Getting around their neighborhood
- Completing small repairs or tasks like sewing
- Selecting color-coordinated clothing
- Dosing their medication correctly
What can be done about low vision?
The first step is recognizing that you have low vision. If you have experienced an unexplainable fall or constantly find yourself tripping, talk to one of our podiatrists. The foot doctor will review your medical history and ask you questions about recent activities. They will also complete a foot exam to make sure there are no issues. They can then refer you to a proper specialist who will check your vision to diagnose for low vision.
Rehabilitation is available for people with low vision, which can help maximize their quality of life. Adaptive devices like magnifiers can help with day-to-day tasks and chores. Home modifications, including brighter or more abundant lighting, adding handrails, getting rid of clutter, moving electrical cords, and clearing small furniture from the floor can decrease the risk of falls.
Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in caring for your feet. If you had a fall due to low vision, we’re here to help. We provide the best in foot and ankle 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!
Now that summer is over, you might not be headed to the beach or the pool, but there are still plenty of chances to get foot and nail infections! Shoving our feet into fall boots and thicker socks as the days get cooler mean sweatier, unaerated feet. Here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, that means we’ll likely be seeing more cases of athlete’s foot, fungal toenails, and other skin and nail infections. The bacteria and fungi that cause those thrive in warm, wet, dark environments (like the inside of a sweaty boot). That’s why we put together a list of do’s and don’ts to help you avoid unwanted, uncomfortable infections.
Do: Begin and maintain a solid foot care routine. A good regimen includes washing with soap and water daily, and inspecting your feet for any marked changes or signs of skin or nail disorders or infections.
Don’t: walk barefoot in public areas. When you are at the locker room of your gym, or any other place that is wet and dark, always wear flip flops, water shoes, or shower shoes. Those places harbor tons of bacteria that can lead to nasty infections!
Do: Ask questions if you’re getting a pedicure at a salon. Ask what sanitization procedures they have in place, and how they clean all of their instruments. Also look for a state issued license, checking the licensing date closely.
Don’t: Share nail clippers, socks, sandals, foot towels, flip-flops, or anything else foot-related with anyone – even friends and family.
Do: Completely dry your feet after showering or washing. Pay particularly close attention between your toes (where athlete’s foot typically starts). Over the counter powders provide some additional protection as well.
Don’t: wear wet or sweaty socks. If you know you sweat a lot during the day, bring an extra pair of socks to change into. It also helps to disinfect your shoes in between uses and try not to wear the same pair every single day.
If notice changes in your feet or nails, it could be an infection. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is here to help. We provide the best in foot and ankle 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!
Finding a lump on your foot can be a scary situation. You think back to all the activities you’ve done with your feet lately – did I step on it wrong? Was it the new shoes I bought? Don’t panic though! In most cases that we see here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers,a lump in the arch of your foot is a benign growth called plantar fibroma.
What is plantar fibroma?
A plantar fibroma is a nodule or fibrous knot which forms in the long band of tissue running along the bottom of your foot from your heel to your toe, known as your plantar fascia. Currently, there’s actually no known definitive cause of plantar fibroma. What we do know though, is that it won’t disappear without treatment. In fact, an untreated plantar fibroma could grow and make walking difficult or painful.
What if I find a plantar fibroma?
It’s important to give us a call today if you find any lumps in your foot. One of our trained podiatrists will examine your foot, manipulating the affected area to determine if the growth is a plantar fibroma. If needed, an MRI or biopsy might be performed to aid in diagnosis.
How is it treated?
Your doctor will work with you to determine the best route for treatment. Depending on the fibroma’s size and location, there are many non-surgical options available.
- Steroid injections. Injecting corticosteroid medications directly into the mass could help relieve pain and shrink it. There is a chance the plantar fibroma could grow back though.
- Orthotic devices. If the fibroma is staying the same size, custom orthotic devices could help distribute your weight away from the fibroma and relieve the pain.
- Physical therapy. Pain can be managed through physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medication that is not directly injected.
When would I need surgery?
Non-surgical methods only relieve pain and discomfort, but ultimately do not remove the fibroma. If the mass continues to grow or the pain increases, there will be further evaluation and surgical methods may be recommended.
If you’ve found a lump in your foot, we’re here for you. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers provide the best in foot and ankle 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!
Podiatrists work on not only feet, but they also treat ankle injuries and issues daily. There are injuries in the bone and muscle, diseases, and many other ailments that can affect your ankles. Here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we’ve just about seen it all! We thought we’d put together some comprehensive information on what your ankle does. Read on to learn more ankle info.
Awesome Ankle Anatomy:
Your ankle is made up of seven bones, called tarsals. Just like all other parts of your body, these bones are held together by ligaments and muscles. Those muscles and ligaments also connect your ankle to your foot. Your ankle acts as an anchor, connecting your lower leg bones – the tibia and fibula – to your foot.
Your ankle acts as a joint or connection between your legs and feet, actually allowing us to move around. It helps to keep us upright and helps to maintain balance when we’re standing or moving. Because of the complex joints, muscles, and ligaments within the ankle, it is flexible enough to shift front and back. This motion allows your body the flexibility it needs to run, jump, walk, and move any way you want!
Your ankles are susceptible to sprains, tears, breaks, and other painful injuries. Ankle sprains can also lead to a condition called Chronic Lateral Ankle Pain. Often, with conditions like arthritis, ankles can lock up as well. If your ankle locks up or becomes immobile, your body will turn to other parts to counteract the pressure and strain of movements. This will add extra pressure on your knees, feet, and hips, which will cause aches and pains down the line.
If you’re suffering from an ankle injury, we’re here for you. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers provide the best in foot and ankle 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!