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By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
October 11, 2018
Tags: plantar fibroma   Orthotics  

Finding a lump on your foot can be a scary situation. You think back to all the activities you’ve done with your feet lately – did I step on it wrong? Was it the new shoes I bought? Don’t panic though! In most cases that we see here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers,a lump in the arch of your foot is a benign growth called plantar fibroma.

What is plantar fibroma?

A plantar fibroma is a nodule or fibrous knot which forms in the long band of tissue running along the bottom of your foot from your heel to your toe, known as your plantar fascia. Currently, there’s actually no known definitive cause of plantar fibroma. What we do know though, is that it won’t disappear without treatment. In fact, an untreated plantar fibroma could grow and make walking difficult or painful.

What if I find a plantar fibroma?

It’s important to give us a call today if you find any lumps in your foot. One of our trained podiatrists will examine your foot, manipulating the affected area to determine if the growth is a plantar fibroma. If needed, an MRI or biopsy might be performed to aid in diagnosis.

How is it treated?

Your doctor will work with you to determine the best route for treatment. Depending on the fibroma’s size and location, there are many non-surgical options available.

  • Steroid injections. Injecting corticosteroid medications directly into the mass could help relieve pain and shrink it. There is a chance the plantar fibroma could grow back though.
  • Orthotic devices. If the fibroma is staying the same size, custom orthotic devices could help distribute your weight away from the fibroma and relieve the pain.
  • Physical therapy. Pain can be managed through physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medication that is not directly injected.

When would I need surgery?

Non-surgical methods only relieve pain and discomfort, but ultimately do not remove the fibroma. If the mass continues to grow or the pain increases, there will be further evaluation and surgical methods may be recommended.

If you’ve found a lump in your foot, we’re here for you. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers 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
September 07, 2017
Category: Foot Injuries
Tags: Orthotics   brace   cast   torn ligaments  

Foot Injuries occur more frequently in athletes because they have an increased risk of hurting their feet. The elderly are also at a high risk for foot injuries because their muscles lose mass and their bones become more brittle. Take this opportunity to contact our office so that we can determine if you may be at a high risk of incurring a foot injury. 

 

Minimal foot injuries generally rebuild on their own with some home treatment. However, an acute injury occurs from a direct hit or a sudden movement of the foot in an abnormal manner. Your pain may be sudden and severe. Inflammation generally develops soon after sustaining a foot injury. Our team of 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 these and other foot injuries as discussed below 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. 

 

Overuse injuries occur when there is a great amount of stress put on your foot joint or other areas of the foot when proceeding with an activity in an overly obsessive manner. Treatment may include a brace, cast, orthotics, therapy, medications or surgery. Midfoot injuries occur when the midfoot bones break or the surrounding ligaments tear. Pain can range from minor to severe. These injuries need to be treated with caution as they could be falsely identified as sprains. Yet, these injuries are severe and will take numerous months to heal after potential surgery. Non-surgical treatment may be possible if there are no fractures or torn ligaments. The healing process for this type of treatment includes putting no weight on the injured foot for the duration of the healing time. If any weight is placed, there may be a need for surgical repair due to the seriousness of the injury. Therefore, it is imperative that foot injuries be identified correctly and quickly as complications and healing time could be impacted if not dealt with wisely. 

 
By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
August 27, 2017
Category: Arthritis

Arthritic Foot & Ankle care is of utmost importance for those individuals affected by it. The pain it causes in your feet and ankles gets worse as you age. If it is not treated, the nagging pain can grow into something so excruciating that you can no longer take a normal walk for a short amount of time. Arthritis is a condition that destroys the mechanisms of a joint and is a wear and tear of the cartilage that results in inflammation of the joint. Severe arthritis can stop your mobility from behaving normally. However, with the right treatment, arthritis can be slowed down so that it doesn’t hurt you early in life. Half of people past the age of 60 can have a form of arthritis of the foot. Severe traumas that lead to broken feet or a torn ligament can cause the joint to develop arthritis in the future. 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 treat this condition at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut. Contact us today to make an appointment. 

 

The best treatment of foot and ankle arthritis assaults the pain and joint abnormality. Since pain occurs when a joint is injured, it can lead to swelling caused by arthritis or from the loss of cartilage. If not treated right away, your foot or ankle could become deformed. Treatment for arthritis of the foot may include medications to reduce inflammation, steroidal injections, physical therapy, weight loss or even orthotics. However, if surgery is necessary, it may include a cleaning of the joint afflicted with arthritis, removing the sore motion of the joint or a replacement of the joint with an artificial joint. Recovery after surgery will necessitate a period where your foot might have to be put in a cast or use a special type of shoe to ensure that the arthritis does not return and cause pain in the recovering joint.  

 

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
August 27, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Calluses   Orthotics   blistering  

Calluses are caused by the buildup of lifeless skin cells that thicken on the skin of the foot and are generally found on the heel. They are caused by a reaction to friction. When you sustain consecutive injuries, the skin tries to protect itself from blistering and the skin cells surge in quantity to produce a denser layer of skin. Usual reasons for the formation of this condition are shoes with high heels, being overweight, deformities in the foot or even flat feet. Basically, the formation of calluses are a defense mechanism by the foot to defend the foot against high levels of stress. A dangerous form of treatment to reduce pain is when those afflicted with this condition try to cut or trim the callus with a sharp blade. This method of self-treatment could make the calluses worse and lead to further risk of unnecessary complications or injuries. Diabetics should absolutely avoid this form of self-treatment. Contact our offices to learn about proper ways to treat your calluses and how we can ensure a pain free solution. 

 

Orthotics can be used very effectively to reduce extreme amounts of pressure that cause callus formation, because they allow weight to be reallocated equally. This is done by orthotics transferring pressure away from the areas of high pain to allow the callus to heal by using materials that absorb the forces of pressure placed on the foot. Surgery is always the last option, but those who decide to neglect treatment will require it since calluses get worse with pressure focused on specific areas of the foot. 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 assist you with determining the right course of treatment and/or surgery at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut. Don’t forget that calluses are a defense mechanism and will usually form when an unequal amount of severe pressure focuses on a specific area of the foot. This is hard to avoid for those of you that stand on your feet for a great amount of time during the day. 

 

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.