Posts for: March, 2019
Being diagnosed with arthritis by your podiatrist can be scary. When it comes to learning how to navigate your life with the development of arthritis, you’re never alone at Connecticut Foot Care Centers. Our doctors find that education and preparation are the best way to ensure a happy and healthy future with arthritis.
The term arthritis is actually an umbrella term for several different types of conditions and diseases that affect the bones and joints in our bodies. Looking at the big picture, there are over 100 different types of arthritis. This makes it even more important to prepare and educate yourself on what arthritis is, how it affects the body, what puts you at risk of developing arthritis, and how to get diagnosed. Considering arthritis impacts almost 40 million people in the United States alone, chances are someone you walked by today has arthritis. Gaining a support system to tackle arthritis is easy when you’re under the care of Dr. Jeffrey S. Kahn, Dr. Craig M. Kaufman, Dr. Ayman M. Latif, or Dr. Raffaella R. Pascarella.
As a condition, arthritis causes pain and swelling of the joints within our bodies. Most often, arthritis affects our extremities such as our hands and feet. When it comes to our feet, the big toe is most often affected, second our other toes and our ankles. Being diagnosed with arthritis can be discouraging at first, but there are plenty of methods and treatments offered today to help manage arthritis. What are some easy ways we can approach managing arthritis?
Cold Therapy - Inflammation that causes pain and discomfort can be quickly relieved by applying ice packs for 10-15 minutes at a time.
Compression Sleeves - Keeping your circulation flowing will ensure proper nutrients are being sent to where they’re needed most!
Low-Impact Exercises - Daily movement has actually been proven to reduce many symptoms of arthritis by keeping the joints lubricated and flexible.
Our doctors are here to help you along the way. If you want to look into other ways to treat your symptoms of arthritis, including steroid injections and the removal of fluid buildup, contact us today to schedule an appointment. We have six locations throughout Connecticut in Bristol, Rocky Hill, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, and Kensington.
Spring is officially here! It feels like New Year’s Eve was centuries ago, and our resolutions are a faded memory. If you’ve been keeping up with your own resolutions, good for you! For those of us who might have fallen behind, don’t worry. All of us at Connecticut Foot Care Centers believe it’s never too late to get off to a safe, slow start when it comes to achieving your fitness goals. No need to wait until the end of the year – today is the perfect day! Those around us may seem to be getting more and more active, but it’s important to focus on your own goals and fulfilling your potential.
What’s keeping you from getting fit? If you’re like most Americans, some sort of bodily pain or discomfort is preventing you from feeling inspired to get active. Nearly one in five people will experience foot pain or discomfort in their lifetime, yet only one-third of those affected will ever seek professional attention for their problems. Whether it’s painful heels, sore ankles, fallen arches, tender toes, or swelling and fatigue all over, foot pain is inarguably debilitating.
What are some ways you can start to get active today without putting added stress on your feet?
- Cycling or Biking - Although cycling and biking rely on your feet to pedal you forward, the frame of your bike takes the majority of your body weight off of your feet and ankles.
- Yoga - A gentle alternative to more intense exercises, yoga can help you lengthen and strengthen your muscles without putting intense pressure on your feet.
- Swimming - Arguably one of the best forms of exercise for anyone with bodily pain! Let the water take the weight off your muscles and tendons while you focus on a good workout.
Our doctors want to stress the importance of starting off slow. Dr. Jeffrey S. Kahn, Dr. Craig M. Kaufman, Dr. Ayman M. Latif, and Dr. Raffaella R. Pascarella are here to help. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and you can’t achieve your goals without taking it one step at a time. Make it a priority to address that nagging foot or ankle pain today by contacting us to schedule an appointment at one of our six locations throughout Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, and Kensington, Connecticut.
You may not be sure what’s wrong, but all you know is that your feet hurt! The pain seems to be mostly in your toes, however, and it’s becoming more and more difficult to flex them like you used to. Maybe you stubbed your toe or haven’t quite recovered from that night out in super high heels. Or perhaps you have a bunion on your big toe that somehow seems to be causing pain in your other toes. While bunions only affect your big toe, discomfort and loss of flexibility in your other toes can be a telltale sign of a similar but different issue. How can you tell if you have hammertoes or are at a higher risk of developing them?
- Your foot pain tends to localize specifically to your toes.
- Your toes, besides your big toe, tend to scrunch or tense up even when relaxed.
- It’s uncomfortable or painful to stretch or stand on your tippy-toes.
- You’ve noticed sores, corns, calluses, or irritation on the tip or ‘knuckles’ of your toes where they tend to rub against your shoes.
- There is little to no space in your shoes for your feet to stretch or flex.
- You often wear shoes with heels that are one inch or higher.
- You develop blisters, corns, or calluses elsewhere on your feet that might indicate excessive tension, friction, or irritation from your shoes.
While hammertoes can be painful and difficult to deal with, they are far from impossible to treat. Connecticut Foot Care Centers is here to help! The worst cases may require surgical correction but it doesn’t have to get to that point! The earlier you address the problem with Dr. Jeffrey S. Kahn, Dr. Craig M. Kaufman, Dr. Ayman M. Latif, or Dr. Raffaella R. Pascarella, the better your chances are of overcoming this uncomfortable foot issue. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our six locations across Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, and Kensington, Connecticut!
With so many things going on in the world today, it can be easy to forget about our own needs. At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we encourage you to take a moment out of your day each week to check in with your feet. Have you noticed any changes in your feet or ankles? Are the changes external or internal, i.e. can you see it from the outside or can you only feel it happening below the surface? While Dr. Jeffrey S. Kahn, Dr. Craig M. Kaufman, Dr. Ayman M. Latif, and Dr. Raffaella R. Pascarella see many patients for common issues, sometimes the symptoms that alert us to needing a podiatrist don’t seem important to address. Here are 3 surprising reasons you need to see your foot doctor:
A larger footprint - We’re not talking about a carbon footprint here, people! We’re talking about your actual physical footprint. If you’ve noticed a larger or wider footprint, like when you’ve stepped out of the shower and leave a mark with your wet feet, it may be time to visit the foot doctor.
Discoloration - Obviously, if you see a huge patch of oddly colored skin on your foot that wasn’t there yesterday, definitely call your doctor! But when it comes to changes that are more subtle or maybe look like they ‘might’ be normal, it’s always worth checking out.
Stubborn pain - How often do you find yourself taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatories for foot or ankle related pain, discomfort, or fatigue? When it’s more than just once or twice per month, it’s time to see a podiatrist.
If any of these 3 surprising reasons to visit your foot doctor feel applicable to you, don’t hesitate to contact us today. Schedule an appointment with us at one of our locations in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, or Kensington, Connecticut. You would be surprised at what small signs and symptoms can lead to big diagnoses!
Have you been considering orthotics? For many people, orthotics can be quite an investment. Some people, however, can’t afford not to invest in orthotics because of the state their feet and ankles are in! True orthotics are custom-designed to your feet and your feet only. When compared to shoe inserts sold as orthotics in regular stores, you may be spending less money - but at what cost? When you’re stuck considering whether or not the investment is worth it, consider these facts:
Shoe inserts sold in regular stores typically come in just a few different types or sizes. Considering there are over 7 billion people on our planet, it is highly unlikely that 1 or 2 different types of inserts will truly help your individual foot problems. These inserts are commonly made with lower-quality materials that can fade fast and lose their generic supportiveness.
Trying to fix your foot issues yourself using shoes advertised as ‘supportive,’ or with store-bought inserts without a diagnosis, can sometimes lead to worsening the problem. For example, shoes modeled after ballerina flats are widely used as a comfortable and convenient option for everyday use. However, flats are called flats for a reason - they have little to no support for your feet. This can lead to several issues: wearing flats can lead to flat feet and fallen arches.
No two sets of feet are the same! Your friend may have very well resolved their mild plantar fasciitis by resting and getting store-bought shoe inserts, but this doesn’t mean you will have the same results. Inserts alone can’t treat or improve plantar fasciitis caused by bone spurs or repeated injuries, for example, and that’s where the professionals come in.
While there are plenty of seemingly quick fixes available ‘over the counter’ for your foot problems, not all of them are guaranteed to work for your unique and individual concerns. Start off on the right foot when it comes to your health. Contact Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey S. Kahn, Dr. Craig M. Kaufman, Dr. Ayman M. Latif, or Dr. Raffaella R. Pascarella at our six different locations throughout Hartford Country and surrounding areas in Connecticut.