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At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we find that many of our Hartford and Middlesex County patients don’t seek treatment for bunions in their early stages. While it’s true not all bunions are painful, it’s a mistake not to get them evaluated at one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices when you first notice a toe moving out of position. Bunions are a progressive condition and will not get better without treatment.
What Can be Done
Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. and Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. will start by conducting a complete examination of your toes and feet and also get a medical history from you. The most common cause of bunions is an inherited faulty foot structure. The foot doctor will most likely order x-rays of your toe to get a better picture of the deformity and also to use as a baseline for monitoring the progression of the bunion. Once the current status of the bunion is known, the podiatrist can employ one or more of the following treatment options.
- Footwear Modifications—wearing shoes that are too tight in the toe box and/or have high heels that force the foot forward can cause exacerbated bunions. You’ll want to find shoes made of soft material that has a wide and roomy toe box to minimize discomfort and not speed the progression of the bunion.
- Orthotics—custom orthotics may be employed to correct the position of the foot when walking and standing.
- Exercise—the podiatrist may recommend exercises aimed at maintaining joint mobility and preventing stiffness and other arthritic symptoms.
- Corn and Callus Control—a secondary problem that can develop along with bunions are corns and calluses due to the friction between the deformed digit and your shoes. The foot doctor may want to remove them and will often suggest protective padding to reduce friction and keep skin from getting irritated.
If a bunion does not respond to conservative measures or has already progressed to an advanced stage, surgery may be the best option. A bunionectomy will remove the bunion and realign the toe.
The best outcomes in patients with bunions occur when treatment begins early. If you believe you have a bunion, contact us as soon as possible.
Finding a lump on your foot can be a scary situation. You think back to all the activities you’ve done with your feet lately – did I step on it wrong? Was it the new shoes I bought? Don’t panic though! In most cases that we see here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers,a lump in the arch of your foot is a benign growth called plantar fibroma.
What is plantar fibroma?
A plantar fibroma is a nodule or fibrous knot which forms in the long band of tissue running along the bottom of your foot from your heel to your toe, known as your plantar fascia. Currently, there’s actually no known definitive cause of plantar fibroma. What we do know though, is that it won’t disappear without treatment. In fact, an untreated plantar fibroma could grow and make walking difficult or painful.
What if I find a plantar fibroma?
It’s important to give us a call today if you find any lumps in your foot. One of our trained podiatrists will examine your foot, manipulating the affected area to determine if the growth is a plantar fibroma. If needed, an MRI or biopsy might be performed to aid in diagnosis.
How is it treated?
Your doctor will work with you to determine the best route for treatment. Depending on the fibroma’s size and location, there are many non-surgical options available.
- Steroid injections. Injecting corticosteroid medications directly into the mass could help relieve pain and shrink it. There is a chance the plantar fibroma could grow back though.
- Orthotic devices. If the fibroma is staying the same size, custom orthotic devices could help distribute your weight away from the fibroma and relieve the pain.
- Physical therapy. Pain can be managed through physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medication that is not directly injected.
When would I need surgery?
Non-surgical methods only relieve pain and discomfort, but ultimately do not remove the fibroma. If the mass continues to grow or the pain increases, there will be further evaluation and surgical methods may be recommended.
If you’ve found a lump in your foot, we’re here for you. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers 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!
Foot Injuries occur more frequently in athletes because they have an increased risk of hurting their feet. The elderly are also at a high risk for foot injuries because their muscles lose mass and their bones become more brittle. Take this opportunity to contact our office so that we can determine if you may be at a high risk of incurring a foot injury.
Minimal foot injuries generally rebuild on their own with some home treatment. However, an acute injury occurs from a direct hit or a sudden movement of the foot in an abnormal manner. Your pain may be sudden and severe. Inflammation generally develops soon after sustaining a foot injury. Our team of 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 these and other foot injuries as discussed below 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.
Overuse injuries occur when there is a great amount of stress put on your foot joint or other areas of the foot when proceeding with an activity in an overly obsessive manner. Treatment may include a brace, cast, orthotics, therapy, medications or surgery. Midfoot injuries occur when the midfoot bones break or the surrounding ligaments tear. Pain can range from minor to severe. These injuries need to be treated with caution as they could be falsely identified as sprains. Yet, these injuries are severe and will take numerous months to heal after potential surgery. Non-surgical treatment may be possible if there are no fractures or torn ligaments. The healing process for this type of treatment includes putting no weight on the injured foot for the duration of the healing time. If any weight is placed, there may be a need for surgical repair due to the seriousness of the injury. Therefore, it is imperative that foot injuries be identified correctly and quickly as complications and healing time could be impacted if not dealt with wisely.
Arthritic Foot & Ankle care is of utmost importance for those individuals affected by it. The pain it causes in your feet and ankles gets worse as you age. If it is not treated, the nagging pain can grow into something so excruciating that you can no longer take a normal walk for a short amount of time. Arthritis is a condition that destroys the mechanisms of a joint and is a wear and tear of the cartilage that results in inflammation of the joint. Severe arthritis can stop your mobility from behaving normally. However, with the right treatment, arthritis can be slowed down so that it doesn’t hurt you early in life. Half of people past the age of 60 can have a form of arthritis of the foot. Severe traumas that lead to broken feet or a torn ligament can cause the joint to develop arthritis in the future. 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 treat this condition at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut. Contact us today to make an appointment.
The best treatment of foot and ankle arthritis assaults the pain and joint abnormality. Since pain occurs when a joint is injured, it can lead to swelling caused by arthritis or from the loss of cartilage. If not treated right away, your foot or ankle could become deformed. Treatment for arthritis of the foot may include medications to reduce inflammation, steroidal injections, physical therapy, weight loss or even orthotics. However, if surgery is necessary, it may include a cleaning of the joint afflicted with arthritis, removing the sore motion of the joint or a replacement of the joint with an artificial joint. Recovery after surgery will necessitate a period where your foot might have to be put in a cast or use a special type of shoe to ensure that the arthritis does not return and cause pain in the recovering joint.
Calluses are caused by the buildup of lifeless skin cells that thicken on the skin of the foot and are generally found on the heel. They are caused by a reaction to friction. When you sustain consecutive injuries, the skin tries to protect itself from blistering and the skin cells surge in quantity to produce a denser layer of skin. Usual reasons for the formation of this condition are shoes with high heels, being overweight, deformities in the foot or even flat feet. Basically, the formation of calluses are a defense mechanism by the foot to defend the foot against high levels of stress. A dangerous form of treatment to reduce pain is when those afflicted with this condition try to cut or trim the callus with a sharp blade. This method of self-treatment could make the calluses worse and lead to further risk of unnecessary complications or injuries. Diabetics should absolutely avoid this form of self-treatment. Contact our offices to learn about proper ways to treat your calluses and how we can ensure a pain free solution.
Orthotics can be used very effectively to reduce extreme amounts of pressure that cause callus formation, because they allow weight to be reallocated equally. This is done by orthotics transferring pressure away from the areas of high pain to allow the callus to heal by using materials that absorb the forces of pressure placed on the foot. Surgery is always the last option, but those who decide to neglect treatment will require it since calluses get worse with pressure focused on specific areas of the foot. 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., will assist you with determining the right course of treatment and/or surgery at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut. Don’t forget that calluses are a defense mechanism and will usually form when an unequal amount of severe pressure focuses on a specific area of the foot. This is hard to avoid for those of you that stand on your feet for a great amount of time during the day.