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Posts for: November, 2018

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
November 27, 2018
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As winter rapidly approaches, it feels like we have to switch up our care routine to prevent a whole new batch of issues that can occur with our feet! One of those common winter afflictions is a condition called chilblains. If you’ve ever rushed inside from the cold to warm up your feet and experienced a burning or itching sensation in your toes and feet, you’ve likely experienced chilblains.

What are chilblains?

Chilblains are an inflammatory response to a tissue injury caused by cold and humidity. The cold can damage your skin’s capillary beds, which can become irritated. Chilblains are often associated with the following:

  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Blisters
  • Inflammation

Typically chilblains occur alone, but can sometimes be a manifestation of a more serious condition. A history of chilblains might point to connective tissue disease, so check in with your podiatrist if you experience them often.

How can I prevent chilblains?

It’s no doubt that chilblains can be uncomfortable! Luckily, they are mostly preventable. Follow these steps:

  • Dress properly for the cold, including enclosed shoes and warm socks
  • Avoid tight-fitting socks or shoes
  • Try to avoid sustained contact with the cold outdoors
  • When coming back in, gradually warm up your feet
  • Improve blood circulation through regular exercise

If you have diabetes or another condition coupled with poor circulation, it’s important to consult your podiatrist for other treatment and prevention options.

I got chilblains, now what?

If seen by a podiatrist, chilblains will heal within a week or two. Here’s how they’re treated:

  • Keeping the area warm
  • Applying a topical steroid cream
  • Taking vitamin D and calcium supplements

If left untreated, chilblains can lead to skin ulceration, cracked or broken skin, and infection.

If you’re suffering from chilblains, or any other foot or ankle issue, call us today. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in caring for any foot or ankle issue. 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!


By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
November 20, 2018
Category: diabetic foot care
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Diabetes is a debilitating disease that causes a whole range of short-term and long-term effects on anyone who is dealing with it. Since November is National Diabetes Month, we here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers are taking time to discuss the disease with our patients as much as possible. If you’re one of the 29 million people in America who are dealing with diabetes daily, you know the effects are many and varied.

Short-term effects of diabetes

There are several things that happen to individuals with diabetes when their bodies’ blood sugar levels are outside of normal range. Here are a few:

  • Lack of energy
  • Blurred vision
  • Excessive thirst
  • Excessive hunger
  • Increased need to urinate
  • Feeling lethargic
  • Weakness
  • Shaking
  • Nervousness
  • Sense of confusion

Long-term effects of diabetes

If you’ve been suffering from diabetes for many years, your risk for the long-term effects or complications are increased. Those effects include:

  • Kidney disease
  • Retina damage
  • Blindness
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Blood vessel damage 
  • Nerve damage

How diabetes affects your feet

Nerve damage, or neuropathy, and blood vessel damage, or peripheral arterial disease, are two common long-term effects that concern podiatrists the most. Nerve damage can rapidly lead to numbness, which can make it tough for a diabetic patient to detect a foot injury or laceration. If you do suffer a scratch, cut, or abrasion to your foot as a diabetic with blood vessel damage, then the wound will heal much more slowly than it would in a non-diabetic foot. Wounds that do not heal can rapidly progress to becoming infected. In worst-case-scenarios, an infection in the foot of a patient with diabetes will result in amputation of a toe, foot, or even the entire lower leg.

If you have diabetes, the good news is that those who take concrete steps to improve their health and blood sugar levels can delay these long-term effects. If you have diabetes and have not had a podiatric checkup in a while, call us today. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in caring for diabetic feet. 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!


By contactus@ctfootcare.com
November 13, 2018
Category: diabetic foot care
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Diabetes affects millions of Americans each year, causing issues with their bodies all the way down to their feet. November is National Diabetes Month. If you have diabetes, you know how tough it can be to balance nutrition, weight, and exercise along with all the potential health issues you’re on the lookout for. One of the main issues to keep up on is foot health care. We know how much of a balancing act that can be here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers! That’s why we’ve put together a handy list of what to look for and how to properly care for your feet to take the guesswork out.

Follow these four tips for diabetic foot care

  1. Keep up with podiatry checkups. Your podiatrist is medically trained to care for your feet and ankles, including training to work with patients with diabetes. Regular visits to your podiatrist are a must for diabetic patients to adequately monitor your feet and note any changes in your health. These visits could make the difference in having to amputate a limb.
  2. Do daily foot checks. Sometimes you forget to check in with your feet when you’re busy. Pencil in time every day to look at your feet thoroughly. Make sure you have no ulcers, wounds, or cuts that are headed towards infections. Those can be detrimental to diabetic feet.
  3. Choose the right footwear. Shoes that fit improperly can rub and cause blisters. Due to nerve issues associated with diabetes, a blister that is left untreated could lead to a wound that could potentially become infected. It’s important to wear comfortable shoes that fit right.
  4. Trim your nails correctly. Always make sure to cut your toenails straight across and not too close. This will help to prevent ingrown toenails that can grow into a nasty infection.

If you are a patient with diabetes who has not had a podiatric checkup in a while, call us today. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in caring for diabetic feet. 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!


By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
November 09, 2018
Category: Proper Foot Care
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As you age, your feet can seem to take a beating over the years! It’s important to show them you appreciate all the standing, walking, running, dancing, and everything else they’ve carried you through in life. Here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we put together a list of ways to keep your feet healthy and happy as you age. 

Follow these tips for happy, healthy feet at any age:

  • Do daily foot checks – look your feet over for any changes. This is especially important for diabetic patients, but this is good practice for everyone. Check for bruises, blisters, cuts, and abrasions, and treat them as needed with antibiotic ointment and bandages. Look over your nails for fungal infections or ingrown toenails. If you have bunions or hammertoes, note if they have progressed at all. Early treatment of any of these issues can help to lessen their severity.
  • Keep your feet clean and dry – wash your feet every day with soap and warm water. Next, dry them completely, paying special attention to the areas between the toes. That’s where moisture can get trapped and attract bacteria and fungus.
  • Trim your nails correctly – always trim your toenails in a straight line and make sure they’re not too short. Improper toenail trimming will lead to ingrown toenails.
  • Wear shoes that fit well – Your shoes should have plenty of room in the toe box so your toes can move around comfortably and should provide ample arch support. Your podiatrist can even perform a gait analysis to help you determine what type of foot support you might need. This can also help determine if you’re a good candidate for custom orthotics. Check out our shoe buying guide here.

If you are looking for great ways to treat your feet, call us today. 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. 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!


By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
November 01, 2018
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There are so many tiny, intricate parts of your foot and seemingly, any one of them can cause you trouble depending on your lifestyle! One issue that a tiny structure in the tendons of your feet can cause is Sesamoiditis. The two pea-sized bones in your feet, called sesamoids, are tiny, but they have a big job. They act as pulleys, making it possible for your big toe to move and push off when you’re walking. 

Who suffers from sesamoiditis?

If you’re a ballet dancer, tennis player, golfer, sprinter, or baseball player, you’ve likely heard about sesamoiditis. Both professionals and amateur participants of these sports are often afflicted because of the amount of weight they place on their big toe joint throughout a dance or a game. Sesamoiditis can be caused by tightness in the toe flexors. To offset tightness in that area, stretch the toe and those tendons four times a day for 2 minutes.

Sesamoiditis signs

One of the first signs of sesamoiditis is a dull ache under your big toe. Other symptoms include:

  • Tenderness in the ball of your foot
  • Swelling underneath the big toe joint
  • Bruising underneath the big toe joint
  • Pain when moving your big toe joint 
  • Inability to put weight on the joint

How is Sesamoiditis treated?

Sesamoiditis is a condition that patients often self-misdiagnose since the symptoms are similar to other conditions. It’s important to have one of our trained podiatrists examine your feet to evaluate. A foot doctor may take x-rays or utilize other imaging studies to see what is happening internally.

If the podiatrist does determine a case of sesamoiditis, they will recommend one of many non-surgical treatment options. If it’s very painful, they might prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to ease walking. Other treatments include:

  • RICE method (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
  • Physical therapy
  • Orthotics to reposition the foot
  • Brace the joint or tape it to keep it bent downward, relieving tension
  • Steroid injections near the painful joint

If you are experiencing pain in the ball of your foot, or any other foot or ankle issue, call us today. 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. 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!