Posts for: June, 2018
Standing desks are on the tip of wellness experts’ tongues. They’re recommending them to clients to drastically improve their life, even going as far as to say that sitting at a desk all day is as bad for you as smoking. Is your office chair really sending you to an early grave? Would switching to a standing desk really make that big of a difference in your health? Read on to see what the experts say.
Why should I get a standing desk?
- Stay more active. Standing desks increase the likelihood that you’ll be moving throughout your workday. Sedentary lifestyles can lead to a myriad of health issues, including diabetes. If you’re already in a standing position, you’re more apt to take a quick walk around the office, stretch out, or at least roll your ankles than you would be if you were sitting.
- Have more focus. Standing desk enthusiasts regularly reported that they were much more focused on their work throughout the day. They also said they were more energetic and excited about the work they were doing.
- Reduce back pain. Sitting for the majority of an 8-hour workday will often lead to slumping and bad posture. Standing more with good posture, allows you stretch your back out and prevents that back pain caused by slumping.
Why should I avoid a standing desk?
- Bad posture can lead to bad backs. If you’re standing hunched over a keyboard, or just leaning on your desk clicking away for hours at a time, it might not actually be great for your back.
- Standing on your feet all day can be painful. Everyone has different feet with different needs. That means, that everyone will need different support underneath them if they’re standing. Orthotic cushions or plush standing mats can do the trick for some, but for people with conditions like plantar fasciitis, bunions, or Achilles tendonitis, it can be really painful.
So is a standing desk right for you in your workplace? That’s something you can always chat about with your podiatrist. The professionals here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers are here to chat about any foot or ankle issues revolving around office-life or any other aspect. We can help assess your feet and get you on a healthy track. Click here to schedule an appointment or call one of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices today!
Have you been enjoying the World Cup? It’s such a blast to get together with friends and family and cheer as the best of the best face off against one another on the field. If watching those talented players has inspired you to get out and shoot some goals of your own, please read on!
As with any sport, there are numerous injuries that soccer players can incur. Even the star team players have to sit out a game or a whole season if they’re not careful! For example, the Brazilian team took a blow when Dani Alves had to bow out of the World Cup due to a knee injury.
If your World Cup inspiration has you out on the field, we here at Connecticut Foot Care Centerswant to make sure you stay safe. Read on to learn what the most common injuries we see in soccer players are:
- Ankle sprains– A sharp twist or turn during a quick play could lead to anything from a mild to a severe injury of the ligaments in the ankle. Running, jumping, twisting, tripping, or even a collision with another player could cause a sprain.
- Fractures– Repeated stress on the feet or ankle bones or a sudden traumatic impact can cause stress fractures or a broken bone. Stress fractures are tiny hairline cracks on the bone that are typically caused by repetitive actions.
- Plantar Fasciitis– Pain in your plantar fascia, the tissue that connects your toes to the heel bone, can be caused by overuse. Stretch properly to prevent this pain in the heel.
- Achilles tendonitis– Overuse of the calf muscles can cause inflammation in your Achilles tendon, which connects your heel to your calf area.
- Sever’s Disease– This is one to watch for in your children. A sports injury or sudden impact can cause problems with the heel bone’s growth plate. Keep your kids safe by equipping them with proper safety gear and knowledge of the game!
If you’ve pushed yourself too far on the field and have sustained any of the above, or any other foot or ankle injury, our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers are here to help. We provide the best in foot care and can help ensure your feet and ankles are healthy and ready to hit the pitch again! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!
Diabetes can come with a myriad of issues. Luckily, there are also a number of ways to help ensure a long, healthy, happy life for our diabetic patients. One safe and heartily recommended way to help lower blood sugar and reduce weight for diabetic patients is to engage in regular exercise. If you’re not used to being active, it can seem like a huge step to all of a sudden incorporate exercise into your daily life. Thankfully, we’ve put together several tips that can help you improve your health and your diabetes.
Follow these tips for safe, effective exercise:
- Start with realistic goals – Write down your goals in a journal or on a to-do list. This will set a great visual reminder or what you want to accomplish.
- Begin with walking – Start your exercise off slow with 10 minutes of walking a day. Build from there.
- Use a pedometer – Monitoring your daily activity is a great way to know if you’re reaching your goals. Keep up with your progress in a journal.
- Increase activity where you can daily – Start taking the stairs instead of the elevator or walk or bike to run chores at nearby areas instead of driving.
- Start stretching exercises – Yoga and Pilates can help keep your joints and muscles limber. Try to find a beginner’s class in your area.
- Do some balancing exercises – Attempt standing on one leg or walking backwards. These simple exercises can help improve your balance overtime.
- Have a workout pal – It’s easier to stay motivated when you have a friend working towards similar goals.
- Watch your blood sugar – Regular monitoring of your blood glucose will help you see the results your exercise is having and help to keep you motivated
- Stay hydrated – Drink plenty of water before, during, and after exercise. This helps with circulation and prevents any other complications that come with dehydration.
Before beginning a brand new exercise regimen, it is important to ensure your body is ready for what you’re about to set upon. A podiatrist can help ensure your feet are healthy and that there are no underlying foot conditions that need addressing.
Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers provide the best in foot care to all of our diabetic patients. We can help ensure your feet and ankles are healthy and ready to embark on a new exercise journey! We encourage all of our patients to stay fit and healthy. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!
When we think of skin issues, we don’t always consider our feet. They’re usually not in sight, typically tucked away safely in shoes and socks. But any of us who have dealt with skin issues on our feet know that, while they might be out of sight, they’re definitely not out of mind!
One common skin issues on the feet is psoriasis. Psoriasis is a chronic condition that stems from an overactive immune system and can affect the feet and toenails. Read more to find out what causes psoriasis and how we here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers can help ease any pain and discomfort.
Psoriasis is a condition related to your immune system that causes your skin cells to grow abnormally fast. This results in:
- Cracking and/or bleeding
- Patches of red skin covered in dry, flaky scales
- Cracked, brittle, and discolored toenails
Often, the symptoms of psoriasis mirror those of Athlete’s Foot, and can be difficult to distinguish. Even the discolored toenails are sometimes mistaken for a fungal infection of the toenails. A professional podiatrist can help make a proper diagnosis. The majority of patients – about 80% – are diagnosed with plaque psoriasis, but some develop pustular psoriasis. Pustular psoriasis causes light blisters on the soles that leave brown spots on your skin when they heal. Psoriasis flare-ups are often triggered by stress, smoking, drinking alcohol, medications, injuries, and even weather.
Management, prevention, and treatment
Psoriasis symptoms can come and go. If you’re suffering from psoriasis or trying to prevent another outbreak, here are some tips for treatment and prevention:
- Use lukewarm water when you shower. Hot water can dry your skin out.
- Always moisturize your skin after a shower
- Always apply sunscreen
- Stress can exacerbate symptoms, seek emotional support or counseling during stressful times
- Cut alcohol and smoking out
If you’re dealing with an outbreak currently, there are many ways to help treat the pain:
- Over the counter topical creams and ointments help manage discomfort
- Your podiatrist can prescribe medications as well
- Light therapy
If you notice any of the typical psoriasis symptoms, you should consult a medical professional. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers can help manage your psoriasis and mitigate any pain or discomfort. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!
June 6thmarks Global Running Day! There are so many benefits to running: it can bring your heartrate up and your stress down, it can strengthen your lungs and your legs, you’ll burn calories and prevent high blood pressure, the list goes on and on. However, running injuries are commonplace amongst athletes. Here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we want you to stay safe and on your feet. That’s why we have compiled our top tips for preventing injuries.
Follow these tips every time you hit the track and stay injury-free:
- Keep your growth gradual. Experts recommend only increasing mileage by 10% each week. If your body is pushed and stressed in only small increments, it grows stronger. The opposite is true if it is pushed too far – your body can actually start to break down and you’ll miss out on the benefits that come with running.
- Switch up your routine. Follow hard workouts with easier ones. Your body needs to recharge. Phasing in easier workouts to your training program will allow you to stay active and fit while your body rests and repairs itself.
- Add weights to your workout. Strength training has been proven to reduce running injuries. Proper strength training – adding weights to your running regimen – strengthens the connective tissues that support your joints.
- Listen to your body. Regular self-checks are important to stay safe. Pay attention to what your muscles or joints are telling you. Are you aching or straining? Anything that feels a little off might be a sign you’re pushing yourself too hard.
- Keep a training log. This will help with self-checks and staying on track. Use the training log to note how you feel during or after a run. If you often note fatigue or pain, that could be a red flag that your body is trying to signal.
- Deal with pain ASAP. If you feel pain during or following a run, follow the acronym RICE. That stands for rest, ice, compression, elevation. Place a cold pack or ice on the affected area and elevate it. Between icings, apply a compression wrap and stay off the leg for several hours. If the pain persists, give us a call immediately.
- Don’t “tough it out.” Walking, or worse, running it out could be detrimental to the health of your feet. Pain is your body’s way of telling you there’s something wrong. Don’t ignore that!
If you’re a runner here in Connecticut, our professional, board-certified team of foot doctors can help ensure you’re taking all the right steps for proper foot health. If you’re looking for some solid running tips, or if you’ve sustained an injury out there on the track, don’t hesitate to make an appointment today at one of our six conveniently located locations.