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By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
December 03, 2018
Tags: Bunions   custom orthotics  

Shoe shopping can be tough even when you have perfectly normal feet, but buying shoes for bunions can be excruciating! Shoe stores can have too many options and salespeople can be pushy with the latest trends – it can be overwhelming. Shoes are extremely important to keep your feet healthy and safe, though. Therefore, it’s important to take the time to educate yourself on the best type of shoes that your individual feet need. Wearing the right shoes for your feet can prevent a whole host of foot and ankle problems.

Bunions are very common foot conditions that affect many people, especially women. They typically manifest as bony protrusions on the edge of the big toe joint and can cause your toes to bend out towards your pinky toes. Pressure from a too-tight shoe or other uncomfortable situation can gradually cause bunions to grow worse. As bunions get worse, so does the pain and discomfort associated with them. One way to prevent them worsening is to ensure you always wear shoes that fit right and prevent additional pressure on the toes. That’s why we put together some shoe shopping tips for bunions.

Look for these qualities when shoe shopping with bunions:

  • Flexible shoe material: Shoes should be made from a breathable material like mesh or canvas. These materials offer more flexibility which can accommodate your bunion, rather than adding more pressure.
  • Wide toe boxes: Make sure you have enough room in your toe area when you try on shoes. This will prevent adding pressure to the already-enlarged joint.
  • Larger sized shoes: Trying on a half-size up can create a little extra space for your bunion and make room for any orthotics or other inserts your podiatrist might prescribe.

If you’ve got a bunion forming, it’s time to call a podiatrist who can help examine and assess your condition. A podiatrist might recommend a custom orthotic made for your foot that can help correct any abnormalities in your foot mechanics. They might also suggest physical therapy, stretches, or – in really advanced cases that don’t respond to conservative methods – reconstructive surgery might be the only option.

Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in caring for your bunion or any foot or ankle issue. We provide the best in foot and ankle care and utilize 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!

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
October 20, 2017
Tags: Bunions   Neuromas   Metatarsalgia  

Bunions happen when the big toe moves in the direction of the second toe because of a change in bone structure resulting in a rigid and bony bump at the bottom of the large toe, which is the location of where it connects to 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 many years of experience treating bunions and can provide you with the proper care you need to stop bunions before they get out of control. You can reach us 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 section has further information about this and many other conditions.

Medical professionals may choose to have you undergo an x-ray to diagnose a bunion if they suspect it could be present. This method shows the distance that the big toe joint has travelled from the other toes. An MRI may also be utilized if the bone deformity is so advanced that it may cause other complications, such as fractures or nerve swelling. MRI’s are especially useful since they work through a magnetic field and wireless waves to generate multi-dimensional images of the injured foot.

Complications from this condition result in misalignment and thereafter metatarsalgia (swelling of the ball of the foot) or neuromas (swelling of a nerve between feet and toes). Those with this condition may not be able to where their usual shoes due to toes overlapping. Therefore, prompt treatment is required to prevent this condition from progressing to a point where normal shoes cannot be worn.

Early treatment of this condition can prevent later complications. When bunions get to an advanced state, they can severely hinder mobility and cause pain during normal routine activities. For these and many more reasons, please contact us at your convenience if you suspect that you may be developing a bunion and we will do our best to make sure that your bunion doesn’t stop you!

 

 

 

 

 

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
September 27, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions   Diabetics  

Bunions have become common occurrences due to the fact that popular fashion trends bring tight and uncomfortable shoes, which in turn cause the big toe to point towards its adjacent toe. Since women tend to wear different types of shoes that are narrow and have high heels, they have a higher chance then men do of developing bunions. This condition can also be hereditary as abnormal bone growth can make certain individuals better candidates for developing bunions. If bunions are not cared for after forming, they can become filed with fluid and become very painful or hinder mobility due to the difficulty in wearing shoes that fit properly.

Preventative measures for this condition include wearing shoes with wide toe boxes that are comfortable, wearing special pads on the area of the foot where bunions are most likely to form or wearing spacers to cause a separation in the first two toes. Taking these steps will help to stop unnecessary friction from occurring on the toes most susceptible to developing bunions.

When the steps measured above are not enough to stop the onset of bunions and thereafter infection, surgery will be used to further reduce pain. Surgery will also likely be required for diabetics who develop bunions due to complications and dangers associated with their particular condition. It’s also important to note that although surgery is very helpful, it will not guarantee that you can go back to wearing tight fitting shoes or performing physical activities that place intense amounts of stress on feet. Please visit the Patient Education section of our website for more information about this surgical procedure and contact us to schedule a visit.

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., can deliver lasting treatment for this condition. Please give us a call to learn more or come see us 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.

 

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
August 26, 2017
Category: podiatry

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, there are nearly 18,000 podiatrists currently practicing in the United States. A podiatrist is a specialized doctor who diagnoses and treats illnesses, deformities, and other conditions of the foot, ankle, and lower leg. He or she is uniquely qualified to care for this part of your body.  

 

When you see the letters DPM after your doctor’s name, it indicates that he or she is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine and has completed years of challenging education and residency. Podiatric medical training is similar to the training of other doctors. Your podiatrist has completed four years of training in a podiatric medical school and followed it with three years of hospital residency.  Some podiatrists have subspecialties, just like other doctors do. These can include foot and ankle surgery, sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics (children), and diabetic care. Without question, a podiatrist is the most qualified health care professional to care for your feet.

 

You should schedule an appointment to be seen by a podiatrist if there have been changes in the look or feel of your feet or if you are experiencing sudden or chronic foot and/or ankle pain.   It’s also important to visit a podiatrist regularly for routine preventative care. This is critical if you have a chronic health condition such as Peripheral Arterial Disease, which can lead to problematic foot and ankle conditions.

 

A podiatrist like Dr. Jeffrey Kahn and the other doctors at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC can provide medical diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle problems, including, but not limited to: 

  • diabetic foot care
  • skin conditions of the feet
  • toenail fungus
  • foot and ankle injuries
  • bunions
  • hammertoes
  • heel pain/plantar fasciitis
  • warts
  • ingrown toenails
  • corns and calluses

 

Podiatrists can usually perform surgery on the bones, ligaments, tendons and joints of the foot and ankle, depending on their certifications, state license, or credentials at a hospital. They often perform such surgeries as:

  • plantar fascia release
  • bunion correction
  • ankle ligament reconstruction
  • hammertoe reconstruction
  • tarsal tunnel release
  • excision of a neuroma

 

 

Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC  is Connecticut’s preferred destination for foot and ankle care. Every day, Jeffrey Kahn, DPM and the friendly, professional staff see people just like you. Whether you have a specific concern in need of in need of diagnosis and treatment, or you simply want to maintain the good health of your feet and ankles, we’re here to help. Click here to schedule an appointment in one of our convenient offices in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, and Kensington.

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
August 26, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions  

Bunions can be painful and unsightly. 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.

 

Bunions act to misalign the big toe and generally affect the inside of the foot adjacent to the big toe.  They are painful and bony and most common in women because shoes generally cause the condition and those shoes tend to be tight and narrow. The toe can become swollen because these tight-fitting shoes force toes to bend in unnatural ways and push inwardly. Although they start out small, bunions can get larger over time. This is exasperated when wearing narrow fitting shoes. The bigger the bunion gets, the more painful and harder it will be to walk.

 

The more Bunions get larger and deformed, the harder it will become to treat them without surgery. Shoes with wider toe boxes are a simple yet reliable solution because the extra space stops the toes from bending inward and scuffing against each other. Pads placed in your shoes can ensure that bunions don’t return post-surgery. Medicines are especially helpful such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories which can help reduce pain and swelling. Surgery for a bunion will be required when pain makes it very difficult to walk even though new shoes and medicines are being taken. Surgery will act to realign the bone, ligaments, tendons and/or nerves so that the big toe can move back to its correct location. Surgery is a major solution; however, it will be necessary for those of you with bunions who don’t take precautionary measures timely. Recovery can last up to a year in severe situations. 

    

If you have bunions that are large and causing pain, contact our office today for an appointment as soon as possible. You will have a better quality of life for doing so since treating bunions earlier on is of utmost importance for your general foot and ankle health.