Posts for: February, 2019
Can you imagine what life would be like if we had to walk on our hands? Structurally, our hands have evolved to hold, grip, and manipulate objects in our external environment. In comparison, our feet have developed to be able to endure bearing the weight of our entire bodies plus what the physics of gravity adds onto it with every movement. There’s a good reason why our hands look so different from our feet!
With so many parts responsible for keeping our feet and ankles in working condition to carry us around, it’s no surprise that one out of every three people has experienced some sort of foot injury, pain, or discomfort throughout their lifetime. What are some of the many reasons why you would benefit from checking in with a foot doctor like Dr. Jeffrey S. Kahn, Dr. Craig M. Kaufman, Dr. Ayman M. Latif, or Dr. Raffaella R. Pascarella?
Family - One of the easiest ways to know if you would benefit from seeing a podiatrist is to take a close look at the feet in your family. Do they have any chronic issues? Flat feet, bunions, or heel pain? Many of these issues can be hereditary and passed on to you. Catch them before they’re an issue!
Recurring Issues - Remember that one time in the 6th grade you developed warts after playing with that toad by the pond? Or maybe in your adult life, you’re finding that stubborn corns and calluses, ingrown toenails, or blisters keep popping up or not easily resolving. Recurring foot problems like these are a podiatrists’ specialty!
Injuries - If you played sports as a kid and broke a toe once or twice, or if you’ve sprained your ankle multiple times, chances are these injuries will impact you into your adult life. Multiple breaks and sprains can lead to the development of arthritis and make you vulnerable to repeating your injury. Strengthen your feet and ankles by seeing a podiatrist!
Shockingly, only about half of those affected will ever seek the care of a trusted podiatry team. Our doctors at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC want to help spread awareness about how important and easy it is to establish care with a podiatrist. Be part of the percentage that gets help before your foot problems worsen. Call us today to schedule an appointment at one of our locations across Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, and Kensington, Connecticut!
This winter has been an odd one for all of us in New England. Though our winter started off easy enough, the more recent blasts of icy air from the returning polar vortex have posed some difficulty for many of us! When the temps drop so low into the single digits or below, it’s hard to resist the urge to hibernate. This is especially true for those of us with foot or ankle conditions that seem to feel worse in cold weather or become more painful the less we keep moving on a regular basis. There are simple and easy ways to take care of yourself at home while paying attention to when and where your foot or ankles hurt.
It’s important to start out by considering whether or not your foot or ankle pain ever resolves with rest, or if it’s gone unaddressed by a podiatrist for longer than a few weeks. One out of every three people experience foot or ankle pain, yet only half of those experiencing pain seek help from a podiatrist. Dr. Jeffrey S. Kahn, Dr. Craig M. Kaufman, Dr. Ayman M. Latif, and Dr. Raffaella R. Pascarella encourage you to advocate for the health of your feet and ankles. If you’ve already addressed your foot issues with a foot doctor, the next step is to figure out what works and feels best for you to stay active.
What does ‘being active’ mean to you? When it comes to foot and ankle health, we don’t mean that you have to run triathlons on a monthly basis to be considered active. It’s hard to be active when it can be difficult enough to identify when, where, and why your feet or ankles hurt. Connecticut Foot Care Specialists want to offer a few easy ways to keep your feet moving and stay aware of what hurts:
- Sit in a chair and stretch your legs forward.
- Roll your ankles around clockwise, then counter-clockwise.
- Point your foot up and down, left to right, and in a circle.
- Repeat this, but while your toes are curled.
- Place your feet on the ground and point down to be on your toes.
During these exercises, pay attention to where it hurts and when. Write it down and share with our doctors at your consultation to get a step ahead of the game when dealing with your foot pain. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!
It’s hard to not be aware of the societal issue of weight gain and obesity in today’s culture. Sometimes, this makes it hard to be aware of our own issues regarding weight and obesity, which can prevent us from addressing those issues for the benefit of our health.
Did you know that many doctors today are actually prescribing exercise as a therapeutic treatment for various health conditions? Exercise is not only great for boosting your mood but it keeps your muscles, joints, and tendons lubricated and flexible. In turn, this can help slow down the progression of age-related issues and some of the symptoms from foot and ankle conditions like plantar fasciitis or arthritis.
While weight gain can worsen or trigger the development of these issues, did you know that untreated foot and ankle problems can also lead to weight gain by keeping you less active due to pain? Out of all the podiatry issues you could imagine, these are the top three ways weight gain can affect your feet:
- Losing the arch in your feet - when we’re overweight, this puts extra pressure on our feet. Over time, this pressure can cause the irreversible flattening of the arches of our feet. This potentially could lead to instability on your feet that can make you vulnerable to injuring your feet or ankles.
- Pain in your heel - conditions that cause heel pain such as heel spurs or plantar fasciitis can develop or worsen due to weight gain. Conditions like plantar fasciitis often hurt the most in the morning and after a long day of being on your feet, which can make getting to the gym after work nearly impossible.
- Slowing down due to arthritis - while there are several types of arthritis, osteoarthritis is most commonly developed due to excess weight wearing down the cartilage in our joints. Arthritis can lead to stiff and painful joints which can prevent you from feeling up to exercising.
You don’t have to deal with the pain and give up on getting fit! Our podiatrists are here to help: Dr. Jeffrey S. Kahn, Dr. Raffaella R. Pascarella, Dr. Craig M. Kaufman, and Dr. Ayman M. Latif. With locations throughout Hartford and Middlesex Counties, as well as Greater Hartford and Bristol, our doctors at Connecticut Foot Care Center, LLC lead the podiatry scene. Call us today to schedule an early morning or late evening appointment!
If you’ve been in and out of winter boots, ice skates, or ski boots this winter, you may have found yourself with a painful blister. These pesky podiatric problems are a result of friction or rubbing against the foot. This rubbing causes the outer layers of skin to rub together, separate, and fill with fluids. Here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we often see blisters at the point of infection and that are causing mass amounts of pain. You can avoid this state by learning a bit about blisters.
Never pop one!
It can be so tempting to pop them, but all that does is create an opening into the skin where bacteria can get in. This can easily lead to infection. Eventually, your body will reabsorb the liquid. The best solution is to cover the blister with a bandage and avoid wearing the boots or shoes that caused it until it fully disappears.
How to prevent blisters
Here are some great ways to prevent blisters:
- Wear moisture-wicking socks that help pull perspiration away from your feet and help to reduce friction. Bring a backup pair of socks with you and change socks as soon as you notice they are damp.
- Wear shoes that fit properly. Improperly-fitting shoes are the number one cause of blisters. There’s no such thing as a “breaking in period” for shoes – don’t fall for that one. Shoes should fit well and feel comfortable from the moment you walk out of the shoe store with them. Get your feet professionally measured and take the time to try on both shoes. Take them for a spin in the store on multiple types of surfaces if possible. Your feet tend to swell throughout the day, so it’s a great idea to shoe shop at the end of the day when your feet are their largest. Check the inside of the shoes for loose stitching or any stiff areas that might rub on your foot and cause a blister.
- Try a foot powder throughout the day that will help reduce sweating and keep your feet dry, especially if you’re going to be active!
If you’re dealing with a blister, 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 diagnosing and treating your feet or ankle issues. 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!