Next Step: Foot Care In Connecticut
By contactus@ctfootcare.com
December 11, 2018
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Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night with a shooting or burning intense pain in your big toe? You could have been suffering from gout. Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in your blood stream.

How does gout develop?

Your body forms uric acid as it breaks down purines – a substance found in rich meats like steak or organ meats, in rich sauces, and in alcohols. Uric acid is typically transported to the kidneys and passed through urine, but for people with an excess, it can lead to gout. That excess can be a result of low kidney function or excess uric acid production from too many purines. Dehydration is also a huge trigger for gout.

What symptoms come with gout?

A typical gout flare-up will come with sudden pain, inflammation, redness, and irritation in the joints of the big toe. This pain can last for hours and hours. Without treatment, it can recur in months and will eventually damage the joint.

How is gout treated?

While waiting for your podiatry appointment, the following can help ease symptoms:

•    Medications to decrease pain and inflammation

•    Icing and elevating the affected foot

•    Drinking fluids

Your doctor will likely suggest one or a combination of the following to reduce your risk of gout attacks:

•    Maintain a healthy weight

•    Exercise regularly

•    Reduce intake or avoid intake of alcohol, red meats, sugars, and shellfish

•    Eat a balanced diet of veggies, whole grants, and plenty of fluids

•    Wear shoes that fit right and try custom orthotics

 

If you are dealing with gout, 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 gout or 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!

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
December 03, 2018
Tags: Bunions   custom orthotics  

Shoe shopping can be tough even when you have perfectly normal feet, but buying shoes for bunions can be excruciating! Shoe stores can have too many options and salespeople can be pushy with the latest trends – it can be overwhelming. Shoes are extremely important to keep your feet healthy and safe, though. Therefore, it’s important to take the time to educate yourself on the best type of shoes that your individual feet need. Wearing the right shoes for your feet can prevent a whole host of foot and ankle problems.

Bunions are very common foot conditions that affect many people, especially women. They typically manifest as bony protrusions on the edge of the big toe joint and can cause your toes to bend out towards your pinky toes. Pressure from a too-tight shoe or other uncomfortable situation can gradually cause bunions to grow worse. As bunions get worse, so does the pain and discomfort associated with them. One way to prevent them worsening is to ensure you always wear shoes that fit right and prevent additional pressure on the toes. That’s why we put together some shoe shopping tips for bunions.

Look for these qualities when shoe shopping with bunions:

  • Flexible shoe material: Shoes should be made from a breathable material like mesh or canvas. These materials offer more flexibility which can accommodate your bunion, rather than adding more pressure.
  • Wide toe boxes: Make sure you have enough room in your toe area when you try on shoes. This will prevent adding pressure to the already-enlarged joint.
  • Larger sized shoes: Trying on a half-size up can create a little extra space for your bunion and make room for any orthotics or other inserts your podiatrist might prescribe.

If you’ve got a bunion forming, it’s time to call a podiatrist who can help examine and assess your condition. A podiatrist might recommend a custom orthotic made for your foot that can help correct any abnormalities in your foot mechanics. They might also suggest physical therapy, stretches, or – in really advanced cases that don’t respond to conservative methods – reconstructive surgery might be the only option.

Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in caring for your bunion or 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!

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
November 27, 2018
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As winter rapidly approaches, it feels like we have to switch up our care routine to prevent a whole new batch of issues that can occur with our feet! One of those common winter afflictions is a condition called chilblains. If you’ve ever rushed inside from the cold to warm up your feet and experienced a burning or itching sensation in your toes and feet, you’ve likely experienced chilblains.

What are chilblains?

Chilblains are an inflammatory response to a tissue injury caused by cold and humidity. The cold can damage your skin’s capillary beds, which can become irritated. Chilblains are often associated with the following:

  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Blisters
  • Inflammation

Typically chilblains occur alone, but can sometimes be a manifestation of a more serious condition. A history of chilblains might point to connective tissue disease, so check in with your podiatrist if you experience them often.

How can I prevent chilblains?

It’s no doubt that chilblains can be uncomfortable! Luckily, they are mostly preventable. Follow these steps:

  • Dress properly for the cold, including enclosed shoes and warm socks
  • Avoid tight-fitting socks or shoes
  • Try to avoid sustained contact with the cold outdoors
  • When coming back in, gradually warm up your feet
  • Improve blood circulation through regular exercise

If you have diabetes or another condition coupled with poor circulation, it’s important to consult your podiatrist for other treatment and prevention options.

I got chilblains, now what?

If seen by a podiatrist, chilblains will heal within a week or two. Here’s how they’re treated:

  • Keeping the area warm
  • Applying a topical steroid cream
  • Taking vitamin D and calcium supplements

If left untreated, chilblains can lead to skin ulceration, cracked or broken skin, and infection.

If you’re suffering from chilblains, or any other foot or ankle issue, call us today. 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!

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
November 20, 2018
Category: diabetic foot care
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Diabetes is a debilitating disease that causes a whole range of short-term and long-term effects on anyone who is dealing with it. Since November is National Diabetes Month, we here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers are taking time to discuss the disease with our patients as much as possible. If you’re one of the 29 million people in America who are dealing with diabetes daily, you know the effects are many and varied.

Short-term effects of diabetes

There are several things that happen to individuals with diabetes when their bodies’ blood sugar levels are outside of normal range. Here are a few:

  • Lack of energy
  • Blurred vision
  • Excessive thirst
  • Excessive hunger
  • Increased need to urinate
  • Feeling lethargic
  • Weakness
  • Shaking
  • Nervousness
  • Sense of confusion

Long-term effects of diabetes

If you’ve been suffering from diabetes for many years, your risk for the long-term effects or complications are increased. Those effects include:

  • Kidney disease
  • Retina damage
  • Blindness
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Blood vessel damage 
  • Nerve damage

How diabetes affects your feet

Nerve damage, or neuropathy, and blood vessel damage, or peripheral arterial disease, are two common long-term effects that concern podiatrists the most. Nerve damage can rapidly lead to numbness, which can make it tough for a diabetic patient to detect a foot injury or laceration. If you do suffer a scratch, cut, or abrasion to your foot as a diabetic with blood vessel damage, then the wound will heal much more slowly than it would in a non-diabetic foot. Wounds that do not heal can rapidly progress to becoming infected. In worst-case-scenarios, an infection in the foot of a patient with diabetes will result in amputation of a toe, foot, or even the entire lower leg.

If you have diabetes, the good news is that those who take concrete steps to improve their health and blood sugar levels can delay these long-term effects. If you have diabetes and have not had a podiatric checkup in a while, call us today. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in caring for diabetic feet. 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!

By contactus@ctfootcare.com
November 13, 2018
Category: diabetic foot care
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Diabetes affects millions of Americans each year, causing issues with their bodies all the way down to their feet. November is National Diabetes Month. If you have diabetes, you know how tough it can be to balance nutrition, weight, and exercise along with all the potential health issues you’re on the lookout for. One of the main issues to keep up on is foot health care. We know how much of a balancing act that can be here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers! That’s why we’ve put together a handy list of what to look for and how to properly care for your feet to take the guesswork out.

Follow these four tips for diabetic foot care

  1. Keep up with podiatry checkups. Your podiatrist is medically trained to care for your feet and ankles, including training to work with patients with diabetes. Regular visits to your podiatrist are a must for diabetic patients to adequately monitor your feet and note any changes in your health. These visits could make the difference in having to amputate a limb.
  2. Do daily foot checks. Sometimes you forget to check in with your feet when you’re busy. Pencil in time every day to look at your feet thoroughly. Make sure you have no ulcers, wounds, or cuts that are headed towards infections. Those can be detrimental to diabetic feet.
  3. Choose the right footwear. Shoes that fit improperly can rub and cause blisters. Due to nerve issues associated with diabetes, a blister that is left untreated could lead to a wound that could potentially become infected. It’s important to wear comfortable shoes that fit right.
  4. Trim your nails correctly. Always make sure to cut your toenails straight across and not too close. This will help to prevent ingrown toenails that can grow into a nasty infection.

If you are a patient with diabetes who has not had a podiatric checkup in a while, call us today. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in caring for diabetic feet. 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!





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