Posts for tag: Foot Health
At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we find that many patients don’t think much about their feet until they’re not working properly. We want to encourage our patients to be proactive in the care of their feet and not wait until something goes wrong. One simple way to ensure good podiatric health is by regularly examining your feet to detect potential problems. Below are five checkpoints:
- Skin and toenails—look for any signs of skin irritation such as blisters, redness, calluses or corns. Bruises, lumps, discoloration or changes in existing moles or freckles are all possible indicators of a foot condition. Toenails that appear to be getting thicker or have a yellowish, brownish discoloration or any crumbling at the edges might be a sign of a fungal infection.
- Circulation—good blood flow is essential for healthy feet and wound healing. Try this simple test: press down on the nail of your big toe until it looks white. Let go and see how long it takes for the blood flow to come back to your toe and it returns to normal color. On average this should take about two to five seconds. A blue, red or purple tinge to toes may also be a sign of poor circulation.
- Sensation—using a pencil eraser, lightly run it around the top, bottom and sides of both of your feet. You should be able to feel it equally on all parts of your feet. Neuropathy or nerve damage is associated with diabetes and can result in loss of feeing in your feet. Pain is never a “normal” sensation in your feet.
- Flexibility—you should be able to flex your feet without pain or discomfort. Try picking up a marble or dish towel with your toes. Test ankle flexibility by hanging your heel off a stair and allowing it to drop below the level of the stair. Flexibility can be improved with exercises and regular physical activity.
- Balance—good balance is a key factor in preventing fall injuries. Balance may decrease with age. To assess your balance, stand on one foot with your arms out to the side and your eyes closed. You should be able to hold this stance for 15 seconds if you are under 30, 12 seconds between 30 and 40, 10 seconds between 40 and 50 and 7 seconds if you are over 50.
If you find anything concerning or abnormal when conducting a self-exam, contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices to make an appointment. Our podiatrists Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. or Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. will examine your feet and determine if there is a problem that needs treatment.
Summer is an easy season for implementing and maintaining an outdoor fitness regimen. At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we know that being active has several benefits for your feet, including:
- Increasing flexibility and range of motion
- Maintaining a healthy weight which in turn reduces stress on your feet and ankles
- Improving circulation
However, there are certain conditions in the summer months that require some extra precautions. Below are some do’s and don’ts for a healthy summer workout.
Don’t: plan to exercise during the hottest time of the day. Late afternoon or early evening and early morning are usually safer time slots, especially during particularly hot stretches.
Do: always have plenty of water with you. Not only do you sweat more during hot weather, but your risk of edema or painful swelling of the feet and ankles is increased. Drinking lots of water will help flush excess fluid from your body.
Don’t: exercise if you don’t have the proper shoes. While it might be tempting to join in an impromptu softball game at a family barbeque, if the only shoes you have are sandals or flip flops sit the game out. Wearing non-supportive footwear to play sports is likely to result in an ankle sprain or other injuries.
Do: find a cool place to cool down after your workout. Inflammation and swelling will be worse if you stay out in the heat after you’re done exercising. Be sure to engage in some static stretches of your quads, hamstring, calves and other large muscle groups—these types of stretches are best done on muscles that are warmed up, not before you start.
Do: stop exercising if you feel lightheaded, start to cramp or experience any foot or ankle pain. If the pain persists even after you stop, contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices today for an appointment so that one of our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. or Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. can examine you and determine if a sports injury has occurred.
It’s hard to not be aware of the societal issue of weight gain and obesity in today’s culture. Sometimes, this makes it hard to be aware of our own issues regarding weight and obesity, which can prevent us from addressing those issues for the benefit of our health.
Did you know that many doctors today are actually prescribing exercise as a therapeutic treatment for various health conditions? Exercise is not only great for boosting your mood but it keeps your muscles, joints, and tendons lubricated and flexible. In turn, this can help slow down the progression of age-related issues and some of the symptoms from foot and ankle conditions like plantar fasciitis or arthritis.
While weight gain can worsen or trigger the development of these issues, did you know that untreated foot and ankle problems can also lead to weight gain by keeping you less active due to pain? Out of all the podiatry issues you could imagine, these are the top three ways weight gain can affect your feet:
- Losing the arch in your feet - when we’re overweight, this puts extra pressure on our feet. Over time, this pressure can cause the irreversible flattening of the arches of our feet. This potentially could lead to instability on your feet that can make you vulnerable to injuring your feet or ankles.
- Pain in your heel - conditions that cause heel pain such as heel spurs or plantar fasciitis can develop or worsen due to weight gain. Conditions like plantar fasciitis often hurt the most in the morning and after a long day of being on your feet, which can make getting to the gym after work nearly impossible.
- Slowing down due to arthritis - while there are several types of arthritis, osteoarthritis is most commonly developed due to excess weight wearing down the cartilage in our joints. Arthritis can lead to stiff and painful joints which can prevent you from feeling up to exercising.
You don’t have to deal with the pain and give up on getting fit! Our podiatrists are here to help: Dr. Jeffrey S. Kahn, Dr. Raffaella R. Pascarella, Dr. Craig M. Kaufman, and Dr. Ayman M. Latif. With locations throughout Hartford and Middlesex Counties, as well as Greater Hartford and Bristol, our doctors at Connecticut Foot Care Center, LLC lead the podiatry scene. Call us today to schedule an early morning or late evening appointment!
Patients in the Northeast Colorado area interested in diabetic foot care benefited from a webinar broadcasted at the end of October. The webinar was fourth in a series of diabetes related webinars. These webinars have been allowing people to learn about a plethora of topics while interacting live with the professionals presenting the information. This diabetes related webinar was presented by Dr. Thomas Hecker, who discussed how to identify skin conditions and deformities that can increase the risk for diabetes. He also gave advice on footwear and socks that reduce diabetic complications.
Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent any complications. If you have diabetic foot concerns, consult with one of our podiatrists of Connecticut Foot Care Center, LLC. Our doctors will provide quality care for your diabetic feet.
Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.
The Importance of Caring for Your Feet
- Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
- Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.
Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels because blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.
It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.
If you have any questions, please contact our offices located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
A recent community-based study has showed that an increase in fat mass index (FMI) and not body mass index (BMI) is associated with both current and future foot pain. The study’s authors shared, “The clinical implications of our findings are that FMI but not BMI is associated with both prevalent and the development of foot pain after multivariable analysis in adults age > 50 years. Given the association of FMI with future foot pain, patients with increased fat are at risk of developing foot pain and should be counselled as such, particularly given increased fat mass is modifiable and should not be considered as a chronic condition.”
Anyone can wind up suffering from heel pain. If your heel is hurting consult with one of our podiatrists from Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.
Causes of Heel Pain
- Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.
- Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.
- Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.
Why Might Heel Pain Occur?
- Wearing ill-fitting shoes
- Wearing non-supportive shoes
- Weight change
- Excessive running
Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a thing of the past.
With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.
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.