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By contactus@ctfootcare.com
February 11, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot care   podiatrist   foot pain   Ankle Pain  

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!

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
August 26, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Ankle Pain   Orthotics   Flat Feet   foot arches  

Flat feet are bad for your health because they do not allow your feet to touch the floor in the right manner. If the arches that hold your feet in the right way don’t set in the right way, pain and flat feet tend to occur. Thankfully, our team of doctors, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., can help to treat this condition. Come visit us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut.

 

Flat feet occurs because the tendons that hold the joints of your foot get loose. The tendons are supposed to tighten and form an arch as you grow older. This normally starts happening in children from 2 or 3 years old. As long as this process continues, adults have normal arches; but, the arch doesn’t develop normally in some people. People with this condition get tired easily. Unfortunately, it’s contributing cause is tight fitting shoes. Treatment includes medicines to reduce swelling or special orthotics. Kids can have foot or ankle pain when they have flat feet and should be tested by a doctor if this happens. On the other hand, symptoms in adults can include tired feet subsequent to standing or playing sports for extended periods of time.

 

For a diagnosis, you will likely be asked to stand on your toes to determine if an arch forms or if the foot is at all flexible. Surgery may be required to mend the bones in the ankles together. Painful flat feet must be looked at by a doctor to be given the correct form of treatment, which depends on the cause of the flat feet. Depending on the cause, treatment could potentially begin with a cast. In other situations, treatment may merely involve rest and stretching exercises to rebuild the tendons. Surgery may be needed if pain does not improve.

 

If you have flat feet, please contact our office today for an appointment. We can help and make sure your pain goes away in no time! 

    

By contactus@ctfootcare.com
October 27, 2016

The Pokémon Go app has garnered the attention of many people across the country. The mobile game leads people to go outside and explore their neighborhoods in order to collect Pokémon and battle other players. The game allows teens and young adults to live out their childhood fantasies of playing with Pokémon in real life. However, there are some people who have become too absorbed in the game. There have been reports of people bruising their shins and breaking their ankles while trying to catch Pokémon. 

Broken ankles require immediate treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists of Connecticut Foot Care Center, LLC. Our doctors will attend to your foot and ankle needs.

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  • Swelling around the area
  • Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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By contactus@ctfootcare.com
October 27, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: foot pain   Ankle Pain   Flat Foot  

 Flat feet may be the source of your foot and ankle pain. The reason that our feet have arches is to help evenly distribute the weight of our bodies. Having flat feet brings an excess amount of pressure on the heel and arch of the foot. Fortunately, there are ways that you can temporarily alter your foot in order to reverse the negative effects of having flat feet. Flexibility and strengthening exercises can help those who struggle with flat feet, and so can bracing. These methods can help eliminate foot, hip, knee, and lower back pain.

Having flat feet can create a myriad of foot and ankle problems. For assistance, contact one of our podiatrists of Connecticut Foot Care Center, LLC. Our doctors will provide quality care for your feet.  

What are Flat Feet?

Flat feet is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – if you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms:

Pain around the heel or arch area

Trouble standing on the tip toe.

Swelling around the inside of the ankle.

Flat look to one or both feet.

Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment:

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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By gary@ctfootcare.com
May 28, 2015
Category: Foot Injuries

After suing New York City for $5 million after spraining her ankle on a Soho street crack, Dominique Sharpton proved her ankle may not have been as severely injured as she claimed. Dominique had posted pictures to Instagram showing that she had finished a difficult mountain climb in Bali, Indonesia. Her suit, however, had claimed that “she still suffers” horrible pain after twisting her ankle. Dominique did not seem to realize that sharing her mountaineering success would undermine her legal statements.

Ankle sprains are very pain and inconvenient. If you have any concerns about your foot and ankle needs contact one of our podiatrists from Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits can aid in prevention

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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