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By contactus@ctfootcare.com
February 18, 2019
Category: Proper Foot Care

Can you imagine what life would be like if we had to walk on our hands? Structurally, our hands have evolved to hold, grip, and manipulate objects in our external environment. In comparison, our feet have developed to be able to endure bearing the weight of our entire bodies plus what the physics of gravity adds onto it with every movement. There’s a good reason why our hands look so different from our feet!

With so many parts responsible for keeping our feet and ankles in working condition to carry us around, it’s no surprise that one out of every three people has experienced some sort of foot injury, pain, or discomfort throughout their lifetime. What are some of the many reasons why you would benefit from checking in with a foot doctor like Dr. Jeffrey S. Kahn, Dr. Craig M. Kaufman, Dr. Ayman M. Latif, or Dr. Raffaella R. Pascarella?

Family - One of the easiest ways to know if you would benefit from seeing a podiatrist is to take a close look at the feet in your family. Do they have any chronic issues? Flat feet, bunions, or heel pain? Many of these issues can be hereditary and passed on to you. Catch them before they’re an issue!

Recurring Issues - Remember that one time in the 6th grade you developed warts after playing with that toad by the pond? Or maybe in your adult life, you’re finding that stubborn corns and calluses, ingrown toenails, or blisters keep popping up or not easily resolving. Recurring foot problems like these are a podiatrists’ specialty!

Injuries - If you played sports as a kid and broke a toe once or twice, or if you’ve sprained your ankle multiple times, chances are these injuries will impact you into your adult life. Multiple breaks and sprains can lead to the development of arthritis and make you vulnerable to repeating your injury. Strengthen your feet and ankles by seeing a podiatrist!

Shockingly, only about half of those affected will ever seek the care of a trusted podiatry team. Our doctors at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC want to help spread awareness about how important and easy it is to establish care with a podiatrist. Be part of the percentage that gets help before your foot problems worsen. Call us today to schedule an appointment at one of our locations across Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, and Kensington, Connecticut!

By contactus@ctfootcare.com
January 15, 2019

Do you wince at the first steps out of bed every morning from excruciating heel pain? You’re likely living with a very common condition called plantar fasciitis. There is a ligament in your foot, the plantar fascia, which connects your heel to your toes and supports your foot’s arch. When the plantar fascia ligament becomes inflamed or suffers small tears, it can cause great pain in your heel – especially first thing in the morning.

Can I minimize the pain of plantar fasciitis?

Luckily, plantar fasciitis pain can be managed and minimized with some simple stretches that you can do even before you get out of bed. This is a great way to start your day! Try these stretches to ease the pain and start the day right:

  • First things first, it’s always important to warm up before any exercise – even stretching. Wake your feet up by tracing the alphabet in the air with your toes.
  • Next, try to point your toes and flex each of your ankles 10 times.
  • Roll both ankles simultaneously in one direction, then the other. Repeat 10 times.
  • Pretend that you’re trying to pick up a pen or small object with your foot by crunching your toes towards your sole. Hold for up to 15 seconds and release. Repeat 10 times with each foot.
  • Finally, sit on the edge of your bed and place your heel on the floor. Use your hand to pull your big toe towards you. Hold that for 15 to 30 seconds, then release. Repeat this four times on each leg.

Having a nice cushy pair of slippers waiting for you when you first step out of bed can also be a huge help for comfort, as can wearing supportive footwear the rest of the day. If your plantar fasciitis continues to flare up, and ice, rest, and over the counter anti-inflammatory medication are not helping, it’s time to check in with a podiatrist.

If you are dealing with painful heels, it’s time to call us. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in caring for your heels or any foot or ankle issue. 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
August 26, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

Plantar fascia is the ligament that connects toes to your heel. If left untreated, it can tear and get seriously painful. 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.

 

Plantar Fasciitis is the everyday cause of heel pain because it involves swelling of the thick group of tissues that routes along the bottom of your foot and connects your toes to your heel bone. The plantar fascia and other foot muscles work with the arch. But when there is stretching in this area, it results in inflammation at the base of the heel. This condition commonly results in a sharp throbbing pain that occurs with your first steps when you wake up. As you move more, the pain decreases but then returns after standing for a long time.

 

Treatments such as electrotherapy and ultrasound are used to relieve symptoms as well as a good massage. Stretching and shoe inserts are great at reducing pain. Anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen helps in the early stages of this condition. Stretching is very helpful as it acts to alleviate weight off your foot until the original inflammation goes away. Applying ice to the inflamed area for a half hour can also drastically reduce symptoms if done multiple times a day. It’s very important to follow these guidelines as failure to do so may result in an injury that is only fixable through surgery, which can have a very long recovery time based on the seriousness of this condition.  

 

If heel pain is left undiagnosed, it can spell the beginning of severe foot pain, especially for those who stand on their feet for extended periods of time. If you are experiencing heel pain, please contact our office today for an appointment as soon as possible. We will make sure that your pain is significantly reduced, if not completely, and will have you on the road to using your feet the way they were meant to be used!  

    

 

By contactus@ctfootcare.com
May 16, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions

Wesley Johnson of the Los Angeles Clippers had to miss the game against the Jazz due to plantar fasciitis in both feet. Johnson was experiencing pain when he ran and jumped, possibly why he was also sat out in the game against the Lakers. Johnson was dealing with “pain in both feet at various points earlier this season,” so Johnson’s status was then currently unknown.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, consult with one of our podiatrists of Connecticut Foot Care Center, LLC. Our doctors will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

·      Excessive running

·      Non-supportive shoes

·      Overpronation

·      Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

·      Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices

·      Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis

·      Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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.

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By contactus@ctfootcare.com
November 30, 2015
Category: Foot Conditions

A new study shows that practicing yoga helps to alleviate the symptoms and pain associated with arthritis. Up until about 20 years ago, exercise was shunned by people with arthritis and those trying to help manage their symptoms because of the fear of pain associated with these exercises. However, it is now being realized that exercise actually has a positive effect on the symptoms, and in this study with yoga in particular, the pain associated with arthritis was much better managed.  

Understanding where RA starts will help treat and prevent the condition. If you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, contact one of our podiatrists of Connecticut Foot Care Center, LLC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Severe pain and immobility are caused by an inflammation of the lining of your joints, and in worse cases the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone can occur.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, many cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area. Pain will often initially present in the toes before the condition worsens and spreads throughout the entire foot.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of the feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that your podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor may ask you about your medical history and lifestyle to help determine possible causes of your RA.

Treatment

Unfortunately, there is no cure for RA, so treatment options are designed to specifically target the symptoms of it, most notably the pain it causes. Two types of anti-inflammatory drugs – non-steroidal or NSAIDs and corticosteroids – may be prescribed by your doctor. In some severe cases where the joints are too badly damaged, surgery may be an option. As always, speak with your podiatrist to help determine the appropriate treatment options available to you.

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.

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