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Imagine you were recently diagnosed with diabetes. Your doctor tells you all about what life changes to make, in addition to your new medical treatments, to help reduce the negative side effects of diabetes and decrease your vulnerability to other conditions that can be easily developed when you have diabetes. What if there were simple steps you could take to not only help maintain your diabetes better but also reduce your risk of developing other issues and diseases associated with diabetes? One of those diseases is called gout, which is a form of arthritis that more commonly affects people with diabetes.
As a disease, gout is triggered by excessive amounts of uric acid in your body. Gout causes uric acid to turn into crystals that form in and around the joints in our bodies. Most often, these crystals are formed within the joints of our feet, ankles, and toes. Uric acid crystals cause inflammation that leads to swelling and painfulness in the affected joint, leaving it tender and warm to the touch.
Even with diabetes, there are three simple things you can do on a daily basis to not only help manage your diabetes but decrease your susceptibility to developing gout as well!
Drink More Water - This seems like a no brainer, yet almost everyone forgets to drink enough water on a daily basis. Drink what feels right for you, but be consistent. Staying hydrated helps prevent the build-up of uric acid by breaking it down before it can form.
Drink Less Alcohol - We get it, alcohol is fun! This isn’t to say you can’t drink once in a while, but when it comes to drinking alcohol a few times per week, you run into trouble. Alcohol is not only high in calories but it can actually reduce our ability to fight off inflammatory uric acid buildup in our bodies.
Exercise More Often - For most people, a simple mile-long walk around your neighborhood or a local park will do. Change it up and go to different locations with more difficult walking paths! Exercise keeps your joints mobile and lubricated, reducing your risk of building up uric acid.
Don’t forget to check in with Dr. Jeffrey S. Kahn, Dr. Craig M. Kaufman, Dr. Ayman M. Latif, or Dr. Raffaella R. Pascarella at your next visit to Connecticut Foot Care Centers when you notice any new symptoms or foot problems arising. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our six locations across Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, and Kensington, Connecticut!
Toenail fungus can be an unsightly and a potentially serious condition if left untreated. 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 help to treat this condition 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. Moreover, please review our Patient Education section to learn more about this condition if you should have any further concerns after reviewing the information below.
Fungal Toenails are a common problem that can affect people of all ages, although it most commonly affects individuals who are older. This condition can start as athlete’s foot and eventually make it under the nail where it develops and causes changes to the nail. These changes can be seen as the nail turns yellow, thickens and becomes deformed. Fungus tends to thrive in warm and damp areas and can attack the toenails by way of small cuts nearby the nail.
This condition may not be painful at first; however, can cause complications if left untreated and allowed to spread, which eventually causes significant pain. If the infection becomes painful, it may become hard to wear shoes due to the deformity it may cause. Factors that can increase the chances of having this condition include:
- Diabetes which can damage the toenail and thereby cause an increased risk of infection
- Increased age
- Walking barefoot in public pools or locker rooms
Preventative measures include:
- Using proper footwear with wide toe boxes (not older shoes that can contain fungal spores), socks allowing the foot to stay cool.
- Refraining from using the same nail clippers for nails that have become infected with healthy ones.
- Use of antifungal pills or nail polish.
Treatment may include surgical methods via removing the infected nail which allows for the fungal infection to be healed and avoids the distorted nail from returning. So, please contact us so that we can help with your toenail fungus today!
Foot Wounds are as serious as they sound because they can turn a small injury or infection into a large one in a short amount of time. Take this opportunity to contact us so that we can treat your foot wound with the utmost care and ensure a painless recovery period. Foot wounds generally include ulcers and puncture wounds. Foot ulcers are breaks in the skin of the foot, that form as a result of a decreased amount of circulation to the feet and are slow to heal. The best way to manage foot ulcers are through antibiotics, dressings, proper footwear and specialized orthotics. Diabetics are prone to getting ulcers on their feet. A bone in the foot can become infected underneath the ulcer and lead to severe complications.
Puncture wounds are also as dangerous as ulcers and have small entries which are caused by a piercing object. Since puncture wounds are comprised of small holes, they may disguise serious injuries underneath. These wounds generally occur in warm weather since people tend to walk barefoot at that time. 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 treat all types of foot wounds at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut. If puncture wounds are not correctly treated, severe complications can arise. This is why it is important to treat these wounds within the first day since they can carry foreign materials under the skin of the foot. Our office can clean this type of wound correctly and screen the healing process. The primary goal with puncture wounds is to prevent the onset of complications, which can arise from a lack treatment allowing for foreign bacteria to remain in the wound. Antibiotics may be prescribed if the type of wound necessitates it. It is important to check your temperature on a regular basis to watch for signs of a spreading infection. Such symptoms may include redness, swelling or a fever.
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!
Diabetic Foot Care should be treated with the urgency that it deserves. Diabetes is a dangerous disease because of the way it can put your feet in danger. This is not an overstatement, since a small cut can make for dangerous concerns. It can result in nerve damage to your feet, taking sensations and feeling away from your feet. Diabetes can also hinder the flow of blood to feet, which makes it much more difficult for your feet to heal after an injury. The lack of feeing could mean that diabetics don’t realize when their feet are injured. When infections are not noticed during their early stages, they have trouble healing thereafter and diabetics may have to go through an amputation of the infected foot. This is why diabetics must inspect the top and bottoms of their feet on a daily basis. Diabetics should take precaution not to use hot products on their feet, such as a hot water bottle. Since diabetics have high blood sugar levels that can lead to nerve issues, they should never leave ingrown toenails or any other foot condition alone since the risk of infection greatly increases with them.
If you are a diabetic and have pain in your feet, please contact our office for an appointment as soon as possible. Our 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 your feet at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut.
It should be noted that diabetics must take appropriate steps not to generally walk barefoot and to insulate their feet from extreme temperatures. Diabetics should check for blisters, cuts or dry skin on their feet and should never remove corns from their feet on their own. Another useful tip for diabetics to avoid sitting in a crossed leg position or in one position for an extended amount of time. You should have on comfortable shoes with a large toe box. Dry socks are also good.