Posts for: January, 2019
Bunions might seem like an issue relegated only to the elderly, or maybe to women who wore high-heels their wholes lives. However, here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, our podiatrists treat patients of all ages and walks of life who are seeking relief from bunion pain.
What are bunions?
When your big toe’s bone or tissue is pushed against the next toe, a bump called a bunion begins to form at the outer joint. This abnormal pressure could be caused by your shoe choice, your gait, arthritis, or a trauma to the foot. While bunions themselves are not considered genetic, foot shape is passed down which can lead to a bunion.
How are they treated?
The first step is to visit your podiatrist for proper diagnosis. Your podiatrist will likely ask about your foot history, examine the shoes you wear, and maybe take an x-ray to see how far the bunion has progressed. Our podiatrists’ first treatment options are always conservative and non-invasive methods, such as:
- Icing and rest to alleviate inflammation and soreness.
- Changing your shoe style to a more comfy shoe that doesn’t squeeze your toes.
- Anti-inflammatory medications that reduce inflammation and pain.
- Cortisone injections to reduce swelling and pain.
- Taping and padding the area to reduce stress upon the bunion.
- Padded shoe inserts to help redistribute pressure on your foot.
- Custom orthotics to alleviate pain and prevent bunion growth.
When surgery is an option
If your ability to walk or participate in normal activities is limited even after conservative treatments were attempted, your podiatrist will likely discuss a surgical option. Bunion surgery helps to return your big toe to its normal position to alleviate pain and discomfort. Bunion surgery is typically done on an outpatient basis.
We’re here for you
If you’re dealing with bunion pain every day, we are here to help you. Here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, our team of foot doctors is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in caring for whatever is ailing your feet or ankles. 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!
Do you wince at the first steps out of bed every morning from excruciating heel pain? You’re likely living with a very common condition called plantar fasciitis. There is a ligament in your foot, the plantar fascia, which connects your heel to your toes and supports your foot’s arch. When the plantar fascia ligament becomes inflamed or suffers small tears, it can cause great pain in your heel – especially first thing in the morning.
Can I minimize the pain of plantar fasciitis?
Luckily, plantar fasciitis pain can be managed and minimized with some simple stretches that you can do even before you get out of bed. This is a great way to start your day! Try these stretches to ease the pain and start the day right:
- First things first, it’s always important to warm up before any exercise – even stretching. Wake your feet up by tracing the alphabet in the air with your toes.
- Next, try to point your toes and flex each of your ankles 10 times.
- Roll both ankles simultaneously in one direction, then the other. Repeat 10 times.
- Pretend that you’re trying to pick up a pen or small object with your foot by crunching your toes towards your sole. Hold for up to 15 seconds and release. Repeat 10 times with each foot.
- Finally, sit on the edge of your bed and place your heel on the floor. Use your hand to pull your big toe towards you. Hold that for 15 to 30 seconds, then release. Repeat this four times on each leg.
Having a nice cushy pair of slippers waiting for you when you first step out of bed can also be a huge help for comfort, as can wearing supportive footwear the rest of the day. If your plantar fasciitis continues to flare up, and ice, rest, and over the counter anti-inflammatory medication are not helping, it’s time to check in with a podiatrist.
If you are dealing with painful heels, it’s time to call us. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in caring for your heels or any foot or ankle issue. 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!
When you’re a new parent, it can be tempting to dress your tiny baby in the most adorable infant-sized versions of adult sneakers or shoes. The experts say putting shoes on an infant could be bad for development, though. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends infants only start wearing shoes after they begin walking. Babies could have a pretty tough time taking their first steps in inflexible shoes with potentially slippery soles.
Why keep babies barefoot?
Barefoot walking is the healthiest option for feet that are still forming. Babies’ ligaments and muscles are still developing, and their arches are trying to strengthen up. Babies’ foot bones start as soft, very flexible cartilage that gradually turn to bone. Therefore, their feet only need covering for warmth and protection. Both of these needs can be met with cotton socks. Make sure socks aren’t too snug or too loose for baby’s feet!
Infants learning to walk also love the feeling of their bare feet connecting to the ground. Walking barefoot keeps them in tune with the surface they’re walking on and can contribute to good posture.
How to choose the first shoes for baby
Once your baby does begin walking, it is a great time to invest in a sturdy shoe that offers solid protection. Here are some recommendations:
- Visit a shoe store that is reputable and specializes in kids’ shoes.
- Have both feet measured. Toddlers’ feet grow about 2 sizes every year until they’re 4, so measure them every 6 to 8 weeks.
- Leave plenty of room in the toe area – enough to fit your pinkie finger between the shoe’s lip and the end of the toes. Make sure the toes lay flat in the shoe and aren’t bunched up.
- Check for brands that offer half sizes and varying widths to get a proper fit. If the heel slips, it could be dangerous.
- Choose flexible, lightweight, and breathable materials that still offer support and protection, like canvas.
We also recommend you avoid hand-me-down shoes for your child’s growing feet. It’s great to reuse and recycle; however, you might also be recycling shoes that have molded themselves to a previous child’s feet. It’s best to buy shoes that fit your growing child’s individual feet
If you notice anything off with your babies’ feet as they start to walk, it’s time to call us. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in caring for feet of any age. 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!
Any shift in color of your body parts can be cause for alarm, especially when they’re turning blue. Persistent blue coloration of the extremities is called Acrocyanosis. Typically, acrocyanosis does not require medical treatment, but could be a sign of something more serious going on.
What causes acrocyanosis?
The underlying cause for this condition is unknown, but it is linked to your body’s arteries. The oxygen-carrying arteries suffer spasms, which blocks blood flow to the extremities. That lack of oxygen-rich blood supply causes the skin to be a dark blue or purple color.
Should I be worried if I have blue feet?
Acrocyanosis is generally benign, but it can be indicative of a serious medical illness such as cardiovascular or connective tissue disease. If your feet are blue due to prolonged periods of exposure to the cold, that could be a dangerous emergency condition called frostbite. Frostbite often hurts, which is different than the rarely painful acrocyanosis. If you have sudden blue coloration of your skin, you should see a doctor immediately. Your podiatrist will look at your medical history and conduct a thorough examination to help figure out why your feet are turning blue.
How do I know what’s causing blue feet?
As stated, you’ll need to get to the podiatrist as soon as you can. The following are some common symptoms of acrocyanosis:
- Persistently cold feet at any temperature
- Blue skin discoloration
- Sweaty or moist skin
Can I beat acrocyanosis?
The disorder itself can’t be remedied, but luckily it does not worsen over time. To relive this disorder, a podiatrist will focus on keeping your feet warm and your blood circulating at a normal rate. This might include wearing special footwear like polypropylene liner socks under thick, insulated boots or an insulated sock.
If you are dealing with blue feet, it’s time to call us. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources to care for your heels or any foot or ankle issue. Our doctors stay up-to-date with 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!