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By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
March 24, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Exercise   Family Health  

At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we hope that all of our Middlesex and Hartford County patients are staying healthy during this uncertain time of the Coronavirus. We are hearing that many families are getting a little stir crazy. We’d like to suggest a way to help the health of your feet (and the rest of your body) and restore some family sanity: exercise.

Being Active Has Multiple Benefits

Chances are your children are less active with the cancellation of school and the spring sports season. With limited places open and many adults unable to go into their offices, everyone is definitely low on steps and physical movement.

Exercise can be helpful in many ways:

  • Helps maintain a healthy weight (or aids in a weight loss program)
  • Improves circulation
  • Keep legs, ankles and feet flexible
  • Decreases stress
  • Reduces blood sugar
  • Lowers the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease

Get Physical

Although social distancing is the rule of the day, there are several ways you and your family can still be active and reap the benefits of exercise.

  • Get the yard in shape. Its spring clean-up time. Rake leaves, pick up sticks, turn over gardens and trim bushes and shrubs.
  • Set up the backyard Olympics. Create stations such as high jump, 50-foot dash, push-ups, pull-ups on the swing set, etc. and have each family member complete the circuit. Keep score and award prizes for best in individual categories and overall.
  • Dance it out. Remember those old dance video games? Get them out! Or just turn on a good rock station and have your own dance party.
  • Create an obstacle course. Find cones, bikes, and other objects in the garage and make your own obstacle course. Go thru by two’s or time one another to see who can get through the fastest.

Of course, even with seemingly unstructured physical fun, it’s important to wear the appropriate athletic shoes to keep feet safe. If you or a family member experiences heel pain or other podiatric discomforts while participating in fitness activities, be sure to contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices and get your feet evaluated by our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. and Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M.

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
March 03, 2020
Category: Bunion Treatment

At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we find that many of our Hartford and Middlesex County patients don’t seek treatment for bunions in their early stages. While it’s true not all bunions are painful, it’s a mistake not to get them evaluated at one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices when you first notice a toe moving out of position. Bunions are a progressive condition and will not get better without treatment.

What Can be Done

Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. and Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. will start by conducting a complete examination of your toes and feet and also get a medical history from you. The most common cause of bunions is an inherited faulty foot structure. The foot doctor will most likely order x-rays of your toe to get a better picture of the deformity and also to use as a baseline for monitoring the progression of the bunion. Once the current status of the bunion is known, the podiatrist can employ one or more of the following treatment options.

  • Footwear Modifications—wearing shoes that are too tight in the toe box and/or have high heels that force the foot forward can cause exacerbated bunions. You’ll want to find shoes made of soft material that has a wide and roomy toe box to minimize discomfort and not speed the progression of the bunion.
  • Orthoticscustom orthotics may be employed to correct the position of the foot when walking and standing.
  • Exercise—the podiatrist may recommend exercises aimed at maintaining joint mobility and preventing stiffness and other arthritic symptoms.
  • Corn and Callus Control—a secondary problem that can develop along with bunions are corns and calluses due to the friction between the deformed digit and your shoes. The foot doctor may want to remove them and will often suggest protective padding to reduce friction and keep skin from getting irritated.

Bunion Surgery

If a bunion does not respond to conservative measures or has already progressed to an advanced stage, surgery may be the best option. A bunionectomy will remove the bunion and realign the toe.

The best outcomes in patients with bunions occur when treatment begins early. If you believe you have a bunion, contact us as soon as possible.

By contactus@ctfootcare.com
March 19, 2019
Category: Sports

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.

By contactus@ctfootcare.com
November 09, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Exercise   Running   Barefoot  

 Thanks to the book “Born to Run” and its spin-off movie, barefoot running became a trending form of exercise. Hundreds of runners began to support the belief that naturally landing on the bare forefoot would lessen impending running injuries. With the trend came “barefoot shoes” that attempted to emulate the feeling of running barefoot without actually having to do so. While the excitement over barefoot running has died down, barefoot exercises are still being heralded for their ability to strengthen the foot and improve flexibility. Benefits also include better gait patterns, fall prevention for the elderly, and the rehabilitation of knee and hip pain. 

If you have any questions about barefoot running, contact one of our podiatrists from Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Barefoot Running

Barefoot running is a fairly popular trend in the running world. More than just simply ‘running without shoes,” barefoot running affects the way your feet hit the ground and your overall posture. Barefoot runners land on the front part of their feet as opposed to those who wear shoes, who usually strike their heel as they hit the ground.

Barefoot running contains many advantages, including:

  • A lower risk for ankle and foot injuries
  • Improvement in balance and body  posture
  • Strengthens muscles in the lower legs, ankles and feet that are not normally worked when wearing shoes

There are also some disadvantages to barefoot running, which include:

  • Lack of shoes increases the risk of incurring blisters, scrapes, bruises and cuts
  • Risk of Achilles tendonitis as a result of landing on the front of your feet constantly
  • Needing time and transition to adjust as the switch cannot be automatic

Start on even, flat surfaces and consider investing in minimalist running shoes. Minimalist running shoes provide the ‘feel’ of barefoot running while affording the same protection you get from wearing shoes. Barefoot running can be safe and enjoyable with the proper planning and transition.

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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Schools in Richmond, Virginia celebrated International Walk to School Day on October 8th by encouraging students to walk to school. To celebrate the benefits of exercise children, parents, and school teachers were invited to participate in the day’s activities, which included showing students safe walking routes to school and the importance of pedestrian safety. The promotion of physical health and activity was a theme of the day’s various events. In addition to participating in International Walk to School Day, Linwood Holton Elementary hosted a Mini-Wellness Fair that encouraged children to follow healthy lifestyles.

Exercising the feet is a habit that is best practiced at a young age so that it can be followed into adulthood. For more information about exercising the feet, consult with one of our podiatrists of Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. Our doctors will provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment and answer any of your related questions.

Exercise for Your Feet

If you spend most of your time on your feet, or don’t either way your feet should deserve attention. There are many people who exercise regularly and still don’t spend enough time to care for their feet. Your foot does get exposure that requires maintenance since your health has a lot to do with footing.

Exercises

Toe rise – this exercise involves standing on the tip-toes for a count of 15 seconds, then resting your feet on ground. This exercise should be repeated three times a day to strengthen the feet.

Toe Pick-ups – the toes are exercises that are done by picking up small items using your toes. This helps strengthen the muscles on the upper part of the feet. Three sets along with 15 seconds being held should be completed. Small items like marbles or stationary will work.

Ankle Pump – can be performed upwards or downwards. The workout can be completed both ways at the same time. This involves flexing the foot either towards the shin or to the ground. This makes the foot work very well, working large parts of the muscles.

For more information about Exercise for Your Feet, follow the link below.

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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