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By contactus@ctfootcare.com
April 02, 2019
Category: Uncategorized

Are you wondering if what you’re experiencing might be some form of tendinitis? When it comes to Achilles tendinitis, the signs and symptoms can be achingly clear to those who develop this problem. Our Achilles tendon is a band of tissue connecting your heel bone to your calf muscles, stretching along the backside of our legs. 

Achilles tendinitis is characterized by three common symptoms:

  • Experiencing pain after physical activity, like stair climbing, running, or jumping
  • Delayed onset of pain after trying a new activity or increasing the intensity of a previous activity you frequently engaged in
  • Feeling an aching pain above the back of your heel and/or up along the back of your leg

These types of symptoms can occur as a result of repetitive injury or overuse of the Achilles tendon. Some folks are more vulnerable to developing Achilles tendinitis than others for various different reasons:

 

  • Frequently running or jogging
  • Being obese or out of shape
  • Developing fallen arches or flat feet
  • Starting an intense exercise regimen too quickly
  • Spending most of your week being sedentary, but a day or two being very active
  • Aging or being over 30 years of age
  • Having a combination of the risk factors previously mentioned

Often, Achilles tendinitis is easily treated at home. In rare cases, Achilles tendinitis becomes severe enough that it might completely rupture, which requires surgical correction. In the event that your Achilles tendinitis bothers you longer than a few weeks or persists even after rest and treatment at home, you’re officially overdue for a visit to the podiatrist. With the help of Dr. Jeffrey S. Kahn, Dr. Craig M. Kaufman, Dr. Ayman M. Latif, or Dr. Raffaella R. Pascarella at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, you can learn about easy ways to treat and prevent Achilles tendinitis. Most importantly, this includes reducing your high impact activities, taking it slow when starting a new exercise regimen, and making sure your shoes are supportive and foot-friendly. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment at one of our 6 locations in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, and Kensington, Connecticut.

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
December 27, 2017
Category: Arch Conditions
Tags: Flat Feet  

When feet fall flat, it can cause an imbalance in your stride and lead to an unnecessary situation. 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 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. Please also check out our Patient Education library for more detailed information.

Flat Feet occur when the arches of the feet do not constrict correctly. Since those tendons have not developed correctly, there’s no proper arch to support the foot and without it, a larger than normal surface area of the foot hits the floor, which may lead to injuries and complications. Arches can fail due to normal wear and tear over years. This weakens the tendon of your ankle, which seriously hinders support of your arch. Factors that contribute to the formation of flat feet include aging, medical conditions such as obesity or diabetes and severe injuries. Playing sports when having this condition can be painful because the ankles move inwards. This inward rotation can lead to abnormal angles in the ankle and surrounding joints. Inflammation is likely to occur around the ankle due to the foot’s surface area hitting the ground unevenly, causing abnormal pressure distribution points.

Treatment includes well-fitting shoes, stretching, relaxation, physical therapy, walking barefoot and losing weight. Complications can occur if flat feet become worse. When your walk becomes abnormal and your foot’s balance is compromised, the use of orthotics will help as they can simulate the arch support that is likely missing in those who suffer from flat feet. Physical therapy can be used to help diminish the rotation of the ankles from going inwards, which in turn helps to correct an abnormal stride.

This condition does not have to get to the point of being painful if treated timely. So, please contact us as early as possible to receive treatment that can bring back the arch in your feet!

 

 

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
October 25, 2017
Tags: Flat Feet  

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 experience necessary to diagnose and treat flat feet in its many stages. 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 is another valuable tool for finding further information about flat feet and other conditions that can affect your overall foot and ankle health.

Flat Feet often goes undiagnosed for a while because those who begin to develop it do not experience increased pain at its onset. These individuals generally complain about pain in their calf, knee or back. However, those pains originate from flat feet. One form of this condition is rigid flat foot whereby the arch becomes rigid and produces pain whether the foot is bearing weight or is in a relaxed state. Those with this type of condition get exhausted easily.

Infants generally have flat feet as their arches are still developing and also because of an increased amount of fat in that area. As they grow older however, flat feet are not common and can cause complications. Flat feet that are acquired at an adult age are generally due to severe trauma or a continued amount stress on them. This condition can also be caused by genetic ailments, injuries, being over-weight, growth spurts or an unusual amount of stress placed on the arches of the foot

Treatment for this condition includes the use of appropriate foot wear and orthotics to support the arch. In cases where rigid flat foot causes a deformity, surgery may be required to fuse joints together to promote arch structure. Because flat feet can cause many complications such as in the knees, hips or back, it is important to seek treatment at its earliest stages to prevent other problems from occurring. Please contact us at today so that we can check your feet for signs of this condition and provide quality treatment sooner rather than later.

 

 

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
August 26, 2017
Category: foot deformities
Tags: Orthotics   Flat Feet  

It’s no secret that every human being is slightly different from the other. Our eye color, shape, race, sex, can all differ from person to person. The same can be said about out feet. At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Newington, Glastonbury, Middletown, and Kensington, Connecticut, Jeffrey Kahn, DPM  has seen all kinds of feet. He has seen deformed feet, athletic feet, blistered feet, broken feet, high arched feet, and even flat feet.

Pancake feet or flat feet, are very common among all types of people. The foot usually forms an arch a little after two years old. Sometimes, due to growth, genetics, or poor footwear, the foot develops without an arch and stays that way permanently. Flat feet can cause a person a lot of pain, especially if they are constantly on their feet and staying active. 

What constitutes a flat foot?

A podiatrist has seen the “average foot” many times and often uses it as a comparison when looking at the arch. If the arch seems to align similarly to the “average” foot then it is not considered flat. If there is a more significant arch than the “average” foot than it is considered to have a high arch. If the arch is much lower than the “average” foot than it is considered to be flat.

What difference does a flat foot make?

Previously, if you had flat feet it could disqualify you from becoming a soldier in the United States Military. Recently, that rule has lifted and flat feet are not considered a disqualifier any longer. Flat feet can also cause pain to athletes, nurses, and other people who are constantly using their feet. It will make them tired, achy, and can cause deformities if not properly treated.

How can I help my flat feet?

Properly fitting footwear is key to surviving flat feet. Make sure that the shoes you buy have a lot of stability, support, and fit snugly, but not too tight. This will allow the foot to move comfortably without adding any extra unnecessary pressure to the foot. 

Orthotics can also be beneficial to those who suffer from flat feet. A small device that is custom made for your specific foot and ailment can be inserted into your shoe and provide the stability and comfort that you may otherwise be lacking. 

Do you think an orthotic will help your flat feet? Do your feet constantly ache and you don’t know why? Call 860-563-1200 or make an appointment online today. We are dedicated to your foot and ankle care.

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!