Posts for category: Podiatry

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:

Warm-up

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 .

By West Hartford Podiatry Associates
January 25, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: bunions  

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 bunionenough 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!

By West Hartford Podiatry Associates
November 15, 2016
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Shockwave Therapy  

Caring for your feet can prove to be difficult, especially after suffering an injury or chronic heel pain from conditions like plantar fasciitis. shockwave therapyHowever, 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
  • tendonitis
  • bursitis
  • nerve damage
  • bone spur
  • sprain
  • arthritis
  • stress fracture
  • injury

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!

By West Hartford Podiatry Associates
September 15, 2016
Category: Podiatry
Tags: ankle sprain  

Think you’re dealing with an ankle sprain? Find out how to treat your condition to get you back on your feet again.

 

Injuries can happen anywhere, from a simple accident in your home to out on the football field. If you have sustained an ankle injury you ankle painmay be wondering whether it’s a strain, sprain or break. Discover the symptoms of an ankle sprain, as well as helpful hints from our West Hartford podiatrists Dr. Harvey Lederman, Dr. Marc Lederman and Dr. Kurt Rode about how to treat your condition.

In many cases, the RICE method is an effective way to treat ankle sprains. While we will still need to examine your ankle and make sure that your symptoms are a sign of an ankle sprain and not something worse, common treatment options for managing your symptoms include:

  • R (REST): As you may have already guessed, one of the best things you can do for an injured ankle is to stay off it as much as possible. This means avoiding physical activities until you have fully healed. If the sprain is bad enough one of our West Hartford foot doctors may recommend using crutches until it doesn’t hurt to move around.
  • I (ICE): For at least the first three days after the injury you’ll want to apply an ice pack to the injured ankle for about 10-20 minutes every couple of hours to help reduce swelling.
  • C (COMPRESSION): You can also choose to wear compression bandages around the ankle for the first day or two after your injury. These bandages or wraps can be helpful for managing any swelling. A more protective ankle brace should be worn if you plan to bear weight on the injured ankle.
  • E (ELEVATION): While resting as much as you can will certainly go a long way to promoting faster healing, you’ll also want to consider elevating your ankle above your heart for a couple hours a day.

By following these at-home tips for caring for your sprained ankle, as well as performing any rehab exercise that we show you, you will be well on your way to recovery.

West Hartford Podiatry is here to make sure your feet and ankles get the specialized care they deserve. Whether you are experiencing symptoms of an ankle sprain or you have questions about foot health turn to the West Hartford foot care specialists.



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