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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!
When you’re a new parent, it can be tempting to dress your tiny baby in the most adorable infant-sized versions of adult sneakers or shoes. The experts say putting shoes on an infant could be bad for development, though. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends infants only start wearing shoes after they begin walking. Babies could have a pretty tough time taking their first steps in inflexible shoes with potentially slippery soles.
Why keep babies barefoot?
Barefoot walking is the healthiest option for feet that are still forming. Babies’ ligaments and muscles are still developing, and their arches are trying to strengthen up. Babies’ foot bones start as soft, very flexible cartilage that gradually turn to bone. Therefore, their feet only need covering for warmth and protection. Both of these needs can be met with cotton socks. Make sure socks aren’t too snug or too loose for baby’s feet!
Infants learning to walk also love the feeling of their bare feet connecting to the ground. Walking barefoot keeps them in tune with the surface they’re walking on and can contribute to good posture.
How to choose the first shoes for baby
Once your baby does begin walking, it is a great time to invest in a sturdy shoe that offers solid protection. Here are some recommendations:
- Visit a shoe store that is reputable and specializes in kids’ shoes.
- Have both feet measured. Toddlers’ feet grow about 2 sizes every year until they’re 4, so measure them every 6 to 8 weeks.
- Leave plenty of room in the toe area – enough to fit your pinkie finger between the shoe’s lip and the end of the toes. Make sure the toes lay flat in the shoe and aren’t bunched up.
- Check for brands that offer half sizes and varying widths to get a proper fit. If the heel slips, it could be dangerous.
- Choose flexible, lightweight, and breathable materials that still offer support and protection, like canvas.
We also recommend you avoid hand-me-down shoes for your child’s growing feet. It’s great to reuse and recycle; however, you might also be recycling shoes that have molded themselves to a previous child’s feet. It’s best to buy shoes that fit your growing child’s individual feet
If you notice anything off with your babies’ feet as they start to walk, 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 feet of any age. 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!
Any shift in color of your body parts can be cause for alarm, especially when they’re turning blue. Persistent blue coloration of the extremities is called Acrocyanosis. Typically, acrocyanosis does not require medical treatment, but could be a sign of something more serious going on.
What causes acrocyanosis?
The underlying cause for this condition is unknown, but it is linked to your body’s arteries. The oxygen-carrying arteries suffer spasms, which blocks blood flow to the extremities. That lack of oxygen-rich blood supply causes the skin to be a dark blue or purple color.
Should I be worried if I have blue feet?
Acrocyanosis is generally benign, but it can be indicative of a serious medical illness such as cardiovascular or connective tissue disease. If your feet are blue due to prolonged periods of exposure to the cold, that could be a dangerous emergency condition called frostbite. Frostbite often hurts, which is different than the rarely painful acrocyanosis. If you have sudden blue coloration of your skin, you should see a doctor immediately. Your podiatrist will look at your medical history and conduct a thorough examination to help figure out why your feet are turning blue.
How do I know what’s causing blue feet?
As stated, you’ll need to get to the podiatrist as soon as you can. The following are some common symptoms of acrocyanosis:
- Persistently cold feet at any temperature
- Blue skin discoloration
- Sweaty or moist skin
Can I beat acrocyanosis?
The disorder itself can’t be remedied, but luckily it does not worsen over time. To relive this disorder, a podiatrist will focus on keeping your feet warm and your blood circulating at a normal rate. This might include wearing special footwear like polypropylene liner socks under thick, insulated boots or an insulated sock.
If you are dealing with blue feet, 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 to care for your heels or any foot or ankle issue. Our doctors stay up-to-date with 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!
Did the holidays run your feet ragged this year? It might be time to treat yourself to an at-home pedicure! Running from Christmas party to party and rushing around shopping for gifts for everyone on your list can be tough on your feet. An at-home pedicure is a great way to start the New Year on the right foot (pun intended!). It prevents fungal infections by ensuring that the tools touching your toes are properly sanitized and up to your hygiene standards, plus it’s a great way to relax.
Follow these tips for a satisfying and relaxing at-home pedicure:
- Remove any existing nail polish from your toes using cotton balls and a dab of nail polish remover.
- Soften and clean your toes and feet by soaking them in warm, soapy water. Gently scrub them with a cloth and rinse them off.
- Use a pumice stone or a file to gently exfoliate layers of dead skin from your heel and the ball of your foot.
- Trim your toenails properly to avoid ingrown toenails, cutting them close but not too close and straight across. A good length is approximately as long as the nail bed. Use a file to smooth out rough edges.
- Push or trim overgrown cuticles. Be extra careful not to tear or scrape them to avoid any cuts that could lead to infection. If you’re a patient with diabetes, it might be best to skip this step to be cautious!
- Moisturize your feet with your favorite lotion. Spend extra time massaging tense areas. A great way to do this is to roll a tennis ball or water bottle under your foot.
- Lastly, remove excess moisture from your nails and apply your nail polish of choice. Make sure you leave plenty of time for the polish to dry before putting on shoes and socks.
An at-home pedicure party is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon with your friends too!
If you notice anything off with your feet during an at-home pedicure, 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 any foot or ankle issue. We 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!
As winter weather sets in, it can bring with it a myriad of unpleasant symptoms, one of which being cracked heels. Colder temperatures often lead to dry, parched skin that can be uncomfortable and unsightly. Your heels are especially susceptible to cracks, especially if you have other underlying conditions like diabetes.
What causes heels to crack?
- Cold, dry climates
- Standing for extended periods of time
- Increased weight, either through obesity or a temporary gain such as through pregnancy
- Poor circulation
- Walking barefoot everywhere or wearing only open-backed shoes
- Skin conditions like fungal infections or psoriasis
- An unhealthy diet deficient in the proper minerals and vitamins
How can I relieve these symptoms of cracked heels?
Typically, a home remedy can improve minor cracked heels, but if you’re experiencing severe or recurring conditions, or if you have diabetes, you should consult with your foot care specialist for the best treatment options. If you are experiencing cracked heels this winter, try these tips:
- Moisturize your heels with a thick ointment or an oil-based balm twice daily
- Rub the thickened areas on your heel with a pumice stone
- Stay hydrated and make sure you’re eating a healthy diet
- Increase your intake of essential fatty acids
- Protect your feet with socks
Cracked heels left untouched can quickly become infected and painful. If you notice your heels bleeding or if they’re not healing after trying some home remedies, it’s time to call in the professionals. A podiatrist can help you recover more quickly, and can check for any underlying issues. Podiatrists can help by removing excess skin that might be contributing to your heels cracking, and can suggest proper topical creams that will help keep your skin moist and crack-free!
If you are dealing with recurring or painful cracked 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 doctors stay up to date with 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!