Participating in winter sports is a fun way to stay in shape as the temperatures drop outside. Whether you’re skiing, ice skating, or taking a cold morning run, the doctors at West Hartford Podiatry Associates want to help you reduce your risk of injury and avoid an unscheduled visit to the podiatrist.
Common winter injuries include ankle sprains and ankle fractures. An ankle fracture occurs when the ankle rolls inward or outward and there is a break in the bone. An ankle sprain occurs when ligaments are injured. Here’s what you can do to avoid these injuries:
Warming up is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of a foot or ankle injury while playing a winter sport. Allow your body the proper time to warm-up and prepare for exercise. Rushing into an activity can lead to injuries that can put you on the sidelines for the rest of the season. While it’s important to warm up before you play a sport, don’t forget to cool down too.
Wear the right shoes
Does the shoe fit? Ask this question when thinking about the size of your feet as well as the sport. Different sports require specific styles of shoes to provide maximum support and the best performance experience. Re-evaluate your shoes often and look for signs of wear and tear.
Watch the weather
Layer up when the temperatures dip to avoid frostbite. We also suggest choosing the right shoes for slippery or dangerous weather conditions and keeping your feet dry. Reduce your risk of developing a fungal infection.
Follow our suggestions to avoid bumps, bruises, sprains, and fractures. We’re here to help you prevent a winter sports injury this season. At West Hartford Podiatry Associates, Harvey Lederman, DPM, Marc Lederman, DPM, and Kurt Rode, DPM treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprains, foot and ankle fractures, Achilles raptures, bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, neuromas, and warts. We provide the best podiatric solutions to patients of all ages in Hartford County. Contact us for your foot and ankle needs. Our office is at 2531 Albany Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117.
The weather outside can be frightfully cold, so make sure to dress warmly from head to toe.
Our feet and toes are the parts of the body that are most likely to suffer from frostbite. When exposed to extreme cold for an extended period of time, small blood vessels may constrict, cutting off blood flow and causing damage to tissues.
Wear waterproof boots that fit well, allowing enough room for thick, warm socks. Keep in mind that wearing warm socks and waterproof boots will make your feet sweat, and may cause athlete's foot. Therefore, always opt for moisture-wicking socks.
Dry, cracked heels are common due to low humidity in our warm homes. Apply rich moisturizing cream daily, rather than a lotion, to your feet and stay hydrated.
Avoid placing cold feet in hot water or near direct heat, as this can result in swelling and inflammation. Instead, slowly warm your feet by changing socks and covering them with a blanket.
If you have any foot or ankle related concerns, contact our office .
2020 Holiday Foot Wish List
This holiday season show your feet some love. Due to COVID-19 you and your loved ones have probably been on your feet quite a bit. You might have taken up running or have become an avid walker.
To keep you going, the doctors of West Hartford Podiatry, with some suggestions from their fellow podiatrists in New York, Virginia, North Carolina and Canada, have compiled this 2020 Holiday Foot Wish List. Happy giving!
For the Feet in Search of Hole in One
Whether playing nine holes or going for the long haul of an eighteen hole course, slip on a pair of Footjoy Tour X which combine support, stability, comfort, and are also waterproof.
For Hard Training Feet
Athletes and active lifestylers will enjoy kicking back in a pair of OOFOS recovery shoes after work-out or hike. P.S. Also great for anyone with plantar fasciitis.
For the Fashionable Feet
Your feet will thank you for using Dr. Jill’s Gel Ball of Foot Cushions when working high, block and kitten heels. (*Available at WHPA)
For the Pedicure Loving Feet
Give your toes the salon look with Dr. Remedy Nail Polish. Also check out their Nourishing Anti-Fungal Treatment.
For the Tootsies
Kiddie feet in your family will enjoy the softness and breathability of Smallbirds Wool Runners by Allbirds.
For the Winter Feet
To keep your feet beach ready, consider using Gormel Cream to prevent dryness and cracks. (*Available at WHPA)
For the Smelly Feet
Feet are the body part with most sweat glands, so this holiday season keep them fresh and dry with Bombas Merino Socks.
For Your Feet
After you finish your holiday shopping, walk your achy feet over for a visit at West Hartford Podiatry !
What your podiatrists in West Hartford want you to know
If you have a large, bony bump next to your big toe, chances are it’s a bunion. Bunions can be caused by wearing shoes that don’t have enough toe room, causing your toes to be pushed together. This causes the toe joint in your big toe to protrude and rub against the inside of your shoe.
Women suffer the most from bunions, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. That’s because women often wear shoes that are too narrow in the toes and high heels, which cause your toes to be thrust forward. Your podiatrists at West Hartford Podiatry in West Hartford, CT want to share their expertise about bunions and how they can help you get relief from the pain of bunions.
There are some things you can do at home to help ease bunion pain. You should try:
- Taping your foot to cushion the bunion and add support to your foot
- Wearing wide, comfortable, more supportive shoes
- Wearing shoe inserts or padding
- Taking over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medications
For stubborn pain and large bunions, it’s best to visit your podiatrist. Your podiatrists at West Hartford Podiatry will do a full exam and take x-rays to see how much bone is involved and how your toe movement is affected. After your exam, your podiatrist will know the best course of action to treat your bunion. Depending on the size and characteristics of the bunion, possible treatment options include:
- Cortisone injections around the bunion
- Prescription-strength medications for pain and inflammation
- Custom footwear, orthotics or inserts
- Surgical solutions including joint fusion, straightening your toe or removal of excess tissue
If you are suffering from a painful bunion, it’s time to get some help from the experts. Get back on your feet by calling your podiatrists at West Hartford Podiatry in West Hartford, CT. Take care of your feet by calling today!
Caring for your feet can prove to be difficult, especially after suffering an injury or chronic heel pain from conditions like plantar fasciitis. However, shockwave therapy has proven to successfully treat these conditions and more. Learn more about shockwave therapy and what it can do for you with your podiatrists at West Hartford Podiatry in West Hartford, CT.
What is shockwave therapy?
Shockwave therapy benefits patients suffering from severe or chronic heel pain. This state-of-the-art procedure uses vibrations aimed at the affected area to stimulate the body’s own natural self-healing tendencies to encourage faster and stronger healing. This treatment reduces heel pain in order to help you get you back on your feet. Often, shockwave therapy can benefit patients who have not found relief with other treatments like orthotics, injections, physical therapy or medication.
What can shockwave therapy do for me?
Shockwave therapy can help reduce or eliminate heel pain. However, heel pain comes from many sources, including:
- plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
- nerve damage
- bone spur
- stress fracture
If you suffer from heel pain, no matter what the cause, shockwave therapy may help you and your condition. Your podiatrist at West Hartford Podiatry is your best source for information and treatment plans regarding your heel pain.
Shockwave Therapy in West Hartford, CT
Shockwave therapy takes place right in your podiatrist’s office. The machine itself has a special wand used to direct the shockwaves into the affected area. First, a special gel applied to the foot helps the shockwaves penetrate the skin. The frequency of the shockwave pulses is increased gradually. The treatment takes about 15 minutes and produces virtually zero side effects though some patients feel a slight tingle or numbness which resolves itself quickly.
For more information on shockwave therapy, please contact Dr. Harvey Lederman, Dr. Marc Lederman and Dr. Kurt Rode at West Hartford Podiatry in West Hartford, CT. Call (860) 236-2564 to schedule your appointment with your podiatrist today!
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