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By contactus@ctfootcare.com
April 30, 2019
Category: Foot Fungus

As the weather in Connecticut starts to warm up, we at Connecticut Foot Care Centers expect to start seeing more patients with fungal toenails. Patients may have a fungal toenail for a long time and not do anything about it because it may not cause any pain or discomfort. They are, however, unsightly. Fungal toenails are usually discolored, thick, brittle and crumbly at the edges. When it’s time for open-toed shoes and sandals, that’s when many patients decide to contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices. 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 toenails and determine the source of the problem. We offer the latest, cutting-edge laser treatment for fungal toenails which can quickly restore your nail to its natural beauty. To avoid fungal toenails in the future, follow these suggestions:

DO: practice good podiatric hygiene. Wash feet daily with soap and dry completely.

DO: keep toenails trimmed straight across and do not allow them to extend beyond the tip of your toe.

DON’T: go barefoot in public places such as pools, beach changing areas and rest rooms, gyms, nail salons or anyplace else where people may walk with bare feet. Use shower shoes or flip flops.

DON’T: wear shoes or socks that are too tight. Choose breathable materials and look for socks made of synthetic fibers that wick away moisture from your feet.

DO: check that your nail salon sanitizes whirlpool foot baths and all nail tools properly after each customer.

DON’T: share emery boards, nail clippers, socks, shoes, towels or any other items that touch another person’s foot or toe.

If you suspect you may have a fungal toenail infection, it’s important that you get it diagnosed and treated. Fungal infections can spread to other parts of your body and may also lead to secondary infections in the nail bed. Contact us today to make an appointment.

By contactus@ctfootcare.com
January 09, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions   Prevention   Foot Disorder  

Up to 60 percent of older adults are affected by a foot disorder, including bunions. Known as one of the more common foot disorders, bunions form as a bony bump on the side of your foot, near the base of the big toe. Bunions can be caused by genes or by wearing ill-fitting tight shoes for long periods of time. Preventing the progression of your bunions involves wearing properly-fitting shoes that accommodate your toes, are not too high in heels, and have good arch support.

Bunions can be very troublesome if they are not treated correctly. If you are having problems with your bunions contact one of our podiatrists of Connecticut Foot Care Center, LLC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why do Bunions Form?

  • Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary
  • Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can cause bunions to form

How are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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By contactus@ctfootcare.com
December 26, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails   Causes   Prevention  

Ingrown toenails can occur when too much pressure is exerted on the toenails, typically on the big toenail. Ingrown toenails, if left untreated, are painful and can potentially lead to infection. Understanding your daily routine is vital to prevention. If you exercise often or wear high heels, take heed of your shoes. Improperly-fitting shoes and socks can contribute to the development of ingrown toenails. Make sure to take proper care of your toenails, keep your cuticles intact and cut your toenails straight across.

Ingrown toenails can be an easy fix if treated properly. If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, contact one of our podiatrists of Connecticut Foot Care Center, LLC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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