Posts for: January, 2018
Hammertoes begin when abnormalities in the utility of the foot trigger the tightening of tendons and ligaments, resulting in the joints of the toe bending in an unusual way. This bending forces the toe to point upwards and in turn keeps the joint in a downward position. Hammertoes are also a serious issue for diabetics because of their poor circulation and because they have a higher risk of developing complications and foot ulcers.
Treatment for this condition involves:
- Wearing shoes that have large toe boxes.
- Refraining from wearing high-heels.
- Avoid wearing loose-fitting shoes if possible.
- Use of padding to reduce pain or taping to relieve pressure.
- Use of anti-inflammatories to reduce swelling that may be caused by joint deformities from your hammertoe.
- Orthotics are also used to alleviate pain and stop the hammertoe from getting worse.
- Surgical procedures may be required when hammertoes get too stiff and stuck in the bent position. Surgery will accomplish the removal of the bone in the toe that is sticking out and put it back into its proper position, allowing the joint to heal for several weeks thereafter.
Hammertoes can grow into significant issues when not treated timely, such as an increase in rigidity, requiring surgery to fix the resulting deformity. The deformities this condition can cause will act as a severe hindrance to mobility. For these reasons, please contact us now so that we can help your toes become hammertoe free! Here at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860) 563-1200, Bristol (860) 582-0747, Middletown (860) 346-5226, Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut, our podiatrists, 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 assist with providing top-notch treatment for your hammertoes before they become insurmountable. So, make an appointment today by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above and please take a moment to visit our Patient Education library to dive deeper into what you need to do in order to maintain optimal foot and ankle health now and in the future.
Ankle sprains can be a nagging and painful condition. Our podiatrists, 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 you get a grip on this condition at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860) 563-1200, Bristol (860) 582-0747, Middletown (860) 346-5226, Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut. Our Patient Education section can also shed more light on this and many other foot and ankle conditions.
Ankle Sprains are unfortunately common and can more often than not be serious injuries. They usually occur when moving in a rapid fashion, causing the ankle to roll outward as the foot goes inward. As this twisting occurs, ligaments on the outside or the inside of the ankle may stretch or tear. Mild sprains may involve the ankle being tender or inflamed and severe sprains include bruising of the ankle, making a routine movement like walking painful.
Those with repetitive injuries of this nature can acquire long-term joint issues, commonly referred to as ankle instability. When this happens, the ankle feels unstable and may give out easier than usual.
Symptoms accompanying this condition include:
- Inflammation and bruising
- Tenderness to the touch
- Not being able to bear weight on the injured ankle
Treatment is important in preventing continuing ankle problems and the underlying ankle sprain. Rest, ice treatment, compression and keeping the ankle elevated are very important in treating this condition. Using pain relievers like ibuprofen can assist in reducing pain and inflammation. Physical therapy through appropriate exercises helps to strengthen the ankle so that it can heal correctly and prevent the ankle joint from becoming unstable or developing long-lasting pain. Taping and utilizing a brace can also help to protect the ankle. When these methods do not stabilize the ankle sufficiently and the ligament remains severely damaged, surgical procedures may become necessary to repair the torn ligaments.
Timely treatment of ankle sprains is paramount to ensure that the ankle does not get re-injured. We recommend that you contact us when you experience an ankle sprain so you can receive vital treatment to keep your ankles stabilized permanently!
Metatarsalgia can be a painful condition as it affects the ball of the foot. Our podiatrists, 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., have the requisite experience to treat this condition with expertise at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860) 563-1200, Bristol (860) 582-0747, Middletown (860) 346-5226, Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut. Our Patient Education library also has helpful information you can review about this and many other foot and ankle conditions.
Metatarsalgia can happen from high intensity activities, arthritis or wearing bad fitting shoes that are too narrow or have high-heels. The metatarsals bone connects the toes to the ankles. Symptoms of this condition include the feeling of walking on pebbles, a sharp scorching pain in the ball of the foot or numbness in the toes.
Factors that increase the chances of acquiring this condition also include:
- Foot deformities such as high arches, calluses, bunions, or hammertoes.
- Obesity, which can place extra pressure on the feet.
- Diseases such as arthritis, gout, neuromas or stress fractures.
Preventative measures involve using correctly fitting foot wear that do not have high-heels, are not narrow, have extra cushioning and have wide toe boxes. Losing weight is another helpful method as the added weight places abnormal amounts of pressure on the feet that can be a contributing cause to this condition.
Treatment includes utilizing ice, anti-inflammatories, elevating the foot, getting plenty of rest and metatarsal pads to decrease pressure from the metatarsal bones to help absorb shock and reduce pressure. In situations where these methods are not helpful, steroid injections may be necessary to diminish pain and inflammation.
Failing to timely treat this condition can lead to avoidable complications such as pain spreading to other parts of the foot or body due to the body’s attempt to manage the discomfort. We therefore recommend that you contact us as soon as you can to treat your Metatarsalgia and contain it before it causes lasting consequences.
Poor circulation in feet can cause many problems. Our podiatrists, 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 treat this condition by targeting the source of the poor circulation at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860) 563-1200, Bristol (860) 582-0747, Middletown (860) 346-5226, Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut. Our Patient Education section is another helpful tool for your use in identifying other potentially serious foot and ankle conditions.
Poor Circulation in feet can cause them to feel cold, swell up and cramp. Proper blood flow is an important part of the body and this condition is generally a sign of obesity, high blood pressure or diabetes. A common cause of poor circulation is peripheral vascular disease, which limits blood flow to and from the heart, causing severe inflammation and skin yellowing. Poor circulation also causes blood clots and thereafter severe pain. These blood clots may form in the legs, obstruct blood vessels and can then become displaced and travel to the lungs, causing immense and serious complications. These dangers become worse as age increases, obesity is present and poor circulation occurs on a daily basis.
Treatment for poor circulation includes:
- Maintaining blood pressure and cholesterol levels in a healthy range.
- Exercising daily such as aerobics to increase blood flow.
- Not spending long periods of time while immobile.
- Elevating the legs which can lead to better circulation.
- Losing extra weight as obesity can cause severe constrictions to blood flow.
- Utilizing comfortable foot wear.
- Cessation of smoking, which can improve overall bodily functions.
- Decreasing the amount of salt intake which can have a positive effect on blood vessels.
Although poor circulation can cause severe complications, it can be reduced in seriousness by following the above suggestions. It’s important to contact us if you notice symptoms associated with this condition so that you can proactively reduce any potential complications. We hope to treat your poor circulation so that the blood flow to your feet can be as vigorous as possible!