Imagine you were recently diagnosed with diabetes. Your doctor tells you all about what life changes to make, in addition to your new medical treatments, to help reduce the negative side effects of diabetes and decrease your vulnerability to other conditions that can be easily developed when you have diabetes. What if there were simple steps you could take to not only help maintain your diabetes better but also reduce your risk of developing other issues and diseases associated with diabetes? One of those diseases is called gout, which is a form of arthritis that more commonly affects people with diabetes.
As a disease, gout is triggered by excessive amounts of uric acid in your body. Gout causes uric acid to turn into crystals that form in and around the joints in our bodies. Most often, these crystals are formed within the joints of our feet, ankles, and toes. Uric acid crystals cause inflammation that leads to swelling and painfulness in the affected joint, leaving it tender and warm to the touch.
Even with diabetes, there are three simple things you can do on a daily basis to not only help manage your diabetes but decrease your susceptibility to developing gout as well!
Drink More Water - This seems like a no brainer, yet almost everyone forgets to drink enough water on a daily basis. Drink what feels right for you, but be consistent. Staying hydrated helps prevent the build-up of uric acid by breaking it down before it can form.
Drink Less Alcohol - We get it, alcohol is fun! This isn’t to say you can’t drink once in a while, but when it comes to drinking alcohol a few times per week, you run into trouble. Alcohol is not only high in calories but it can actually reduce our ability to fight off inflammatory uric acid buildup in our bodies.
Exercise More Often - For most people, a simple mile-long walk around your neighborhood or a local park will do. Change it up and go to different locations with more difficult walking paths! Exercise keeps your joints mobile and lubricated, reducing your risk of building up uric acid.
Don’t forget to check in with Dr. Jeffrey S. Kahn, Dr. Craig M. Kaufman, Dr. Ayman M. Latif, or Dr. Raffaella R. Pascarella at your next visit to Connecticut Foot Care Centers when you notice any new symptoms or foot problems arising. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our six locations across Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, and Kensington, Connecticut!
Are you wondering if what you’re experiencing might be some form of tendinitis? When it comes to Achilles tendinitis, the signs and symptoms can be achingly clear to those who develop this problem. Our Achilles tendon is a band of tissue connecting your heel bone to your calf muscles, stretching along the backside of our legs.
Achilles tendinitis is characterized by three common symptoms:
- Experiencing pain after physical activity, like stair climbing, running, or jumping
- Delayed onset of pain after trying a new activity or increasing the intensity of a previous activity you frequently engaged in
- Feeling an aching pain above the back of your heel and/or up along the back of your leg
These types of symptoms can occur as a result of repetitive injury or overuse of the Achilles tendon. Some folks are more vulnerable to developing Achilles tendinitis than others for various different reasons:
- Frequently running or jogging
- Being obese or out of shape
- Developing fallen arches or flat feet
- Starting an intense exercise regimen too quickly
- Spending most of your week being sedentary, but a day or two being very active
- Aging or being over 30 years of age
- Having a combination of the risk factors previously mentioned
Often, Achilles tendinitis is easily treated at home. In rare cases, Achilles tendinitis becomes severe enough that it might completely rupture, which requires surgical correction. In the event that your Achilles tendinitis bothers you longer than a few weeks or persists even after rest and treatment at home, you’re officially overdue for a visit to the podiatrist. With the help of Dr. Jeffrey S. Kahn, Dr. Craig M. Kaufman, Dr. Ayman M. Latif, or Dr. Raffaella R. Pascarella at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, you can learn about easy ways to treat and prevent Achilles tendinitis. Most importantly, this includes reducing your high impact activities, taking it slow when starting a new exercise regimen, and making sure your shoes are supportive and foot-friendly. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment at one of our 6 locations in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, and Kensington, Connecticut.
Being diagnosed with arthritis by your podiatrist can be scary. When it comes to learning how to navigate your life with the development of arthritis, you’re never alone at Connecticut Foot Care Centers. Our doctors find that education and preparation are the best way to ensure a happy and healthy future with arthritis.
The term arthritis is actually an umbrella term for several different types of conditions and diseases that affect the bones and joints in our bodies. Looking at the big picture, there are over 100 different types of arthritis. This makes it even more important to prepare and educate yourself on what arthritis is, how it affects the body, what puts you at risk of developing arthritis, and how to get diagnosed. Considering arthritis impacts almost 40 million people in the United States alone, chances are someone you walked by today has arthritis. Gaining a support system to tackle arthritis is easy when you’re under the care of Dr. Jeffrey S. Kahn, Dr. Craig M. Kaufman, Dr. Ayman M. Latif, or Dr. Raffaella R. Pascarella.
As a condition, arthritis causes pain and swelling of the joints within our bodies. Most often, arthritis affects our extremities such as our hands and feet. When it comes to our feet, the big toe is most often affected, second our other toes and our ankles. Being diagnosed with arthritis can be discouraging at first, but there are plenty of methods and treatments offered today to help manage arthritis. What are some easy ways we can approach managing arthritis?
Cold Therapy - Inflammation that causes pain and discomfort can be quickly relieved by applying ice packs for 10-15 minutes at a time.
Compression Sleeves - Keeping your circulation flowing will ensure proper nutrients are being sent to where they’re needed most!
Low-Impact Exercises - Daily movement has actually been proven to reduce many symptoms of arthritis by keeping the joints lubricated and flexible.
Our doctors are here to help you along the way. If you want to look into other ways to treat your symptoms of arthritis, including steroid injections and the removal of fluid buildup, contact us today to schedule an appointment. We have six locations throughout Connecticut in Bristol, Rocky Hill, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, and Kensington.
Spring is officially here! It feels like New Year’s Eve was centuries ago, and our resolutions are a faded memory. If you’ve been keeping up with your own resolutions, good for you! For those of us who might have fallen behind, don’t worry. All of us at Connecticut Foot Care Centers believe it’s never too late to get off to a safe, slow start when it comes to achieving your fitness goals. No need to wait until the end of the year – today is the perfect day! Those around us may seem to be getting more and more active, but it’s important to focus on your own goals and fulfilling your potential.
What’s keeping you from getting fit? If you’re like most Americans, some sort of bodily pain or discomfort is preventing you from feeling inspired to get active. Nearly one in five people will experience foot pain or discomfort in their lifetime, yet only one-third of those affected will ever seek professional attention for their problems. Whether it’s painful heels, sore ankles, fallen arches, tender toes, or swelling and fatigue all over, foot pain is inarguably debilitating.
What are some ways you can start to get active today without putting added stress on your feet?
- Cycling or Biking - Although cycling and biking rely on your feet to pedal you forward, the frame of your bike takes the majority of your body weight off of your feet and ankles.
- Yoga - A gentle alternative to more intense exercises, yoga can help you lengthen and strengthen your muscles without putting intense pressure on your feet.
- Swimming - Arguably one of the best forms of exercise for anyone with bodily pain! Let the water take the weight off your muscles and tendons while you focus on a good workout.
Our doctors want to stress the importance of starting off slow. Dr. Jeffrey S. Kahn, Dr. Craig M. Kaufman, Dr. Ayman M. Latif, and Dr. Raffaella R. Pascarella are here to help. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and you can’t achieve your goals without taking it one step at a time. Make it a priority to address that nagging foot or ankle pain today by contacting us to schedule an appointment at one of our six locations throughout Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, and Kensington, Connecticut.
You may not be sure what’s wrong, but all you know is that your feet hurt! The pain seems to be mostly in your toes, however, and it’s becoming more and more difficult to flex them like you used to. Maybe you stubbed your toe or haven’t quite recovered from that night out in super high heels. Or perhaps you have a bunion on your big toe that somehow seems to be causing pain in your other toes. While bunions only affect your big toe, discomfort and loss of flexibility in your other toes can be a telltale sign of a similar but different issue. How can you tell if you have hammertoes or are at a higher risk of developing them?
- Your foot pain tends to localize specifically to your toes.
- Your toes, besides your big toe, tend to scrunch or tense up even when relaxed.
- It’s uncomfortable or painful to stretch or stand on your tippy-toes.
- You’ve noticed sores, corns, calluses, or irritation on the tip or ‘knuckles’ of your toes where they tend to rub against your shoes.
- There is little to no space in your shoes for your feet to stretch or flex.
- You often wear shoes with heels that are one inch or higher.
- You develop blisters, corns, or calluses elsewhere on your feet that might indicate excessive tension, friction, or irritation from your shoes.
While hammertoes can be painful and difficult to deal with, they are far from impossible to treat. Connecticut Foot Care Centers is here to help! The worst cases may require surgical correction but it doesn’t have to get to that point! The earlier you address the problem with Dr. Jeffrey S. Kahn, Dr. Craig M. Kaufman, Dr. Ayman M. Latif, or Dr. Raffaella R. Pascarella, the better your chances are of overcoming this uncomfortable foot issue. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our six locations across Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, and Kensington, Connecticut!
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