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With so many things going on in the world today, it can be easy to forget about our own needs. At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we encourage you to take a moment out of your day each week to check in with your feet. Have you noticed any changes in your feet or ankles? Are the changes external or internal, i.e. can you see it from the outside or can you only feel it happening below the surface? While Dr. Jeffrey S. Kahn, Dr. Craig M. Kaufman, Dr. Ayman M. Latif, and Dr. Raffaella R. Pascarella see many patients for common issues, sometimes the symptoms that alert us to needing a podiatrist don’t seem important to address. Here are 3 surprising reasons you need to see your foot doctor:
A larger footprint - We’re not talking about a carbon footprint here, people! We’re talking about your actual physical footprint. If you’ve noticed a larger or wider footprint, like when you’ve stepped out of the shower and leave a mark with your wet feet, it may be time to visit the foot doctor.
Discoloration - Obviously, if you see a huge patch of oddly colored skin on your foot that wasn’t there yesterday, definitely call your doctor! But when it comes to changes that are more subtle or maybe look like they ‘might’ be normal, it’s always worth checking out.
Stubborn pain - How often do you find yourself taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatories for foot or ankle related pain, discomfort, or fatigue? When it’s more than just once or twice per month, it’s time to see a podiatrist.
If any of these 3 surprising reasons to visit your foot doctor feel applicable to you, don’t hesitate to contact us today. Schedule an appointment with us at one of our locations in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, or Kensington, Connecticut. You would be surprised at what small signs and symptoms can lead to big diagnoses!
This winter has been an odd one for all of us in New England. Though our winter started off easy enough, the more recent blasts of icy air from the returning polar vortex have posed some difficulty for many of us! When the temps drop so low into the single digits or below, it’s hard to resist the urge to hibernate. This is especially true for those of us with foot or ankle conditions that seem to feel worse in cold weather or become more painful the less we keep moving on a regular basis. There are simple and easy ways to take care of yourself at home while paying attention to when and where your foot or ankles hurt.
It’s important to start out by considering whether or not your foot or ankle pain ever resolves with rest, or if it’s gone unaddressed by a podiatrist for longer than a few weeks. One out of every three people experience foot or ankle pain, yet only half of those experiencing pain seek help from a podiatrist. Dr. Jeffrey S. Kahn, Dr. Craig M. Kaufman, Dr. Ayman M. Latif, and Dr. Raffaella R. Pascarella encourage you to advocate for the health of your feet and ankles. If you’ve already addressed your foot issues with a foot doctor, the next step is to figure out what works and feels best for you to stay active.
What does ‘being active’ mean to you? When it comes to foot and ankle health, we don’t mean that you have to run triathlons on a monthly basis to be considered active. It’s hard to be active when it can be difficult enough to identify when, where, and why your feet or ankles hurt. Connecticut Foot Care Specialists want to offer a few easy ways to keep your feet moving and stay aware of what hurts:
- Sit in a chair and stretch your legs forward.
- Roll your ankles around clockwise, then counter-clockwise.
- Point your foot up and down, left to right, and in a circle.
- Repeat this, but while your toes are curled.
- Place your feet on the ground and point down to be on your toes.
During these exercises, pay attention to where it hurts and when. Write it down and share with our doctors at your consultation to get a step ahead of the game when dealing with your foot pain. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!
Well-tended feet are the essential foundation of the active lifestyle necessary for long-term health and well-being. Neglecting your feet can create unnecessary discomfort throughout your body. Here are ten tips from Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC to make sure that your feet remain pain-free for many years to come.
- Avoid ingrown toenails buy trimming them straight across with a clipper, rather than a razor.
- If you enjoy the occasional salon pedicure, make sure that the facility is clean and that instruments are sterilized. Do not allow the technician to use a razor on your feet at any time.
- Wash your feet daily with warm water and plenty of soap. Be sure to dry your feet well and pay attention to the spaces between your toes. Fungus thrives in moist environments.
- Wear shower shoes when you visit locker rooms and public pools. Bacteria abound in such environments.
- Minimize sweat and keep feet dry In wool or cotton socks. Change damp socks as soon as possible. Perspiration can create a moist environment hospitable to fungi.
- Check your feet weekly, noting problems or changes. If you have diabetes, check your feet more frequently, as diabetics experience foot sores and infections more frequently than others. Be alert to potential problems.
- Consider investing in new footwear. Shoes made of leather allow air to circulate so feet can “breathe.” Shoes made of newer mesh fabrics are a great option if you tend toward sweaty feet.
- Shoes that are too tight or too loose can lead to long-term foot problems. See a professional for a proper fitting. Choose a broad, wide shoe with a wide, low heel. Pointy shoes and stiletto heels are fashionable, but wearing them too often isn’t a good idea. They can squeeze your toes, causing ingrown toenails, bunions, and other problems.
- Don’t share shoes, socks, or other items that touch the feet. In situations where you must share, such as renting bowling shoes, be sure everything is treated with antibacterial spray.
- See a podiatrist when a problem arises. Your podiatrist has years of training and experience and is the best doctor to diagnose and treat all of your foot and ankle issues.
Dr. Jeffrey Kahn is a board-certified podiatrist with 40 years of experience. If you’re experiencing a foot or ankle issue, he can diagnose the source of your discomfort and work with you to determine the best course of treatment. Click here or call Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC today to schedule an appointment in one of our convenient offices in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, and Kensington.
According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, there are nearly 18,000 podiatrists currently practicing in the United States. A podiatrist is a specialized doctor who diagnoses and treats illnesses, deformities, and other conditions of the foot, ankle, and lower leg. He or she is uniquely qualified to care for this part of your body.
When you see the letters DPM after your doctor’s name, it indicates that he or she is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine and has completed years of challenging education and residency. Podiatric medical training is similar to the training of other doctors. Your podiatrist has completed four years of training in a podiatric medical school and followed it with three years of hospital residency. Some podiatrists have subspecialties, just like other doctors do. These can include foot and ankle surgery, sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics (children), and diabetic care. Without question, a podiatrist is the most qualified health care professional to care for your feet.
You should schedule an appointment to be seen by a podiatrist if there have been changes in the look or feel of your feet or if you are experiencing sudden or chronic foot and/or ankle pain. It’s also important to visit a podiatrist regularly for routine preventative care. This is critical if you have a chronic health condition such as Peripheral Arterial Disease, which can lead to problematic foot and ankle conditions.
- diabetic foot care
- skin conditions of the feet
- toenail fungus
- foot and ankle injuries
- heel pain/plantar fasciitis
- ingrown toenails
- corns and calluses
Podiatrists can usually perform surgery on the bones, ligaments, tendons and joints of the foot and ankle, depending on their certifications, state license, or credentials at a hospital. They often perform such surgeries as:
- plantar fascia release
- bunion correction
- ankle ligament reconstruction
- hammertoe reconstruction
- tarsal tunnel release
- excision of a neuroma
Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC is Connecticut’s preferred destination for foot and ankle care. Every day, Jeffrey Kahn, DPM and the friendly, professional staff see people just like you. Whether you have a specific concern in need of in need of diagnosis and treatment, or you simply want to maintain the good health of your feet and ankles, we’re here to help. Click here to schedule an appointment in one of our convenient offices in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, and Kensington.
The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) showcased the findings of their Today’s Podiatrist survey. The survey focused on one thousand adults and their attitudes towards podiatry. The study found that 77 percent of the people surveyed had some form of foot pain but only a third of those would actually seek the care of a podiatrist.
"It's not surprising to see how many people are affected by foot pain, when survey results show that we view our feet as the least important body part in terms of our overall health and wellbeing," said APMA President Frank Spinosa, DPM. "Our feet are literally and figuratively the furthest things from our minds." Foot pain can negatively affect your life, including restricting your activities.
What is a Podiatrist?
The branch of medicine that is focused on the treatment, diagnosis, and study of disorders of the lower leg, ankle and foot is referred to as podiatry. Someone would seek care in the field of podiatry when they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as: heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems etc.
A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:
- physical therapy
- perform surgery on lower extremity fractures
- orthotic inserts or soles
A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.
If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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