Posts for tag: Arthritis
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.
Metatarsalgia can be a painful condition as it affects the ball of the foot. Our podiatrists, 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., have the requisite experience to treat this condition with expertise at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860) 563-1200, Bristol (860) 582-0747, Middletown (860) 346-5226, Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut. Our Patient Education library also has helpful information you can review about this and many other foot and ankle conditions.
Metatarsalgia can happen from high intensity activities, arthritis or wearing bad fitting shoes that are too narrow or have high-heels. The metatarsals bone connects the toes to the ankles. Symptoms of this condition include the feeling of walking on pebbles, a sharp scorching pain in the ball of the foot or numbness in the toes.
Factors that increase the chances of acquiring this condition also include:
- Foot deformities such as high arches, calluses, bunions, or hammertoes.
- Obesity, which can place extra pressure on the feet.
- Diseases such as arthritis, gout, neuromas or stress fractures.
Preventative measures involve using correctly fitting foot wear that do not have high-heels, are not narrow, have extra cushioning and have wide toe boxes. Losing weight is another helpful method as the added weight places abnormal amounts of pressure on the feet that can be a contributing cause to this condition.
Treatment includes utilizing ice, anti-inflammatories, elevating the foot, getting plenty of rest and metatarsal pads to decrease pressure from the metatarsal bones to help absorb shock and reduce pressure. In situations where these methods are not helpful, steroid injections may be necessary to diminish pain and inflammation.
Failing to timely treat this condition can lead to avoidable complications such as pain spreading to other parts of the foot or body due to the body’s attempt to manage the discomfort. We therefore recommend that you contact us as soon as you can to treat your Metatarsalgia and contain it before it causes lasting consequences.
Poor Foot Circulation is a condition that is categorized as the precursor to many other complications to your overall foot and ankle health. It can cause many other health conditions or make worse the ones you already have. Poor foot circulation can occur because of obesity, no exercise or a poor nutritional lifestyle. Such activities can allow for arteries that carry blood and nutrients around the body to become ailing. A reduced blood flow causes a reduction in oxygen to be delivered to all parts of the body. This can slow down the body’s ability to fight off infections and diseases such as diabetes or high cholesterol. Nerve damage (highly prevalent in diabetics) can cause foot deformities that place abnormal amounts of pressure on all parts of the foot. This unequal amount of pressure leads to sores or even ulcers. Poor circulation also hinders injuries from healing in a normal amount of time. Poor circulation, not timely tackled, can cause serious disorders in the feet.
Our team of doctors are experienced in treating problems with circulation. 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., will help to ensure that any risks of further complications are prevented through a regimented treatment schedule. Visit us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut. Visiting us is important since your body’s circulation system is accountable for routing blood, oxygen, and nutrients to all parts of your body. As mentioned above, if blood flow to your body is reduced, you will have poor circulation and thereby develop complications in your feet. It’s important to treat the underlying causes of poor circulation and not just the symptoms. It’s also helpful to get rid of risks for poor circulation such as failing to exercise, smoking on a regular basis and gaining a large amount of weight. Also, people who suffer diabetes must make sure they control their blood sugar levels to ensure they have proper circulation. Don’t forget to contact us to take back control of your foot health!
It can become hard for the elderly to bend over and ensure that their feet are in top health. Some foot disorders common for the elderly include ingrown nails, diabetic ulcers, arthritis, fungal infections and corns. Symptoms of worsening conditions include a changing of color of feet to a bluish tint, a reduced sensation for pain, injuries that do not heal in a normal amount of time, numbness or cramping in your feet while walking or even while sitting for long periods of time.
Geriatric Foot Care is the care that elderly individuals must take for their feet because they are predisposed to a variety of foot complications. Some of these conditions can leave individuals in a disabled state if they do not prevent it from becoming more serious. Proper foot care will reduce common problems for the elderly and ensure that they are able to enjoy a quality of life that they originally expected to be able to experience. The elderly face a decrease in the quality of their bodily circulation. The decreased circulation is more difficult when the elderly have other conditions. Since geriatrics are less active, they have difficulties keeping their feet healthy. This is why geriatrics should inspect their feet on a daily basis to help them discover any abnormalities. They should avoid walking barefoot and keep their feet clean and dry by using creams or powder prescribed by their doctor. Toenails should be trimmed in a straight line. Geriatrics should practice sitting in a manner that prevents their knees from being crossed because it further cuts circulation. Our team, 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 geriatrics with determining the best mode of treatment at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut. Contact us today to find out about advanced geriatric foot car. This should be thought of as a daily routine rather than a now and then type of occurrence. Our treatment is designed to keep our geriatric patient’s health in top shape.
Arthritis occurs as swelling and inflammation of the body’s joints, leading to symptoms such as rashes, itchiness, fever, weight loss, and trouble breathing, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease. Arthritis results when the body’s immune system begins mistakenly attacking healthy cells, particularly in the joints. The different forms of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia and gout.
Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Connecticut Foot Care Center, LLC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.
Arthritic Foot Care
Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves inflammation of different joints in your body, such as in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. On top of this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.
In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.
Alleviating Arthritic Pain
- Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
- Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
- Massages can help to temporarily alleviate pain.
It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.
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 and ankle needs.