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April is National Foot Health Awareness Month. By empowering patients to focus on prevention, podiatrists can help patients take control of their foot health. One method of prevention is to pay close attention to changes on your feet or ankles. It starts with a daily habit of inspecting your feet. The doctors at West Hartford Podiatry Associates want to help patients know the difference between what is considered normal and when it’s time to make an appointment. Here are three changes you shouldn’t ignore: 

Redness

Unless it’s toenail polish, red is not a color you want to see on your feet. Redness is often a sign of irritation or infection, especially for an ingrown toenail. It can sometimes come along with additional pain or swelling. If you notice this new color on your feet or ankles, schedule an appointment with your podiatrist.

Wounds

When our bodies are working their best, a scratch or a bruise will heal on its own. If you notice that your wound is still there, make an appointment with your podiatrist. Non-healing wounds or ulcers may be a sign of poor circulation issues or diabetes. Wounds that go unnoticed or without treatment can become infected. Act fast.

Pain

Contrary to popular opinions, foot or ankle pain is not normal. You don’t need to break in a pair of shoes by walking in pain. You won’t outgrow your pain either. Pain is alerting you that an area of your body needs attention. Don’t miss this sign and schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. A foot and ankle specialist may recommend a new pair of shoes, custom orthotics, physical therapy, and other treatment options.

At West Hartford Podiatry AssociatesHarvey Lederman, DPMMarc Lederman, DPM, and Kurt Rode, DPM treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprainsfracturesrunning injuriessports injuries, pediatric foot care, bunionshammertoesheel pain, and neuromas. We provide the best podiatric solutions to patients of all ages in Hartford County. Contact us at (860) 236-2564 for your foot and ankle needs. Our office is at 2531 Albany Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117.

Have you thought about how the foods you eat can lead to inflammation or even increase your risk for osteoporosis? Inflammation can contribute to forms of arthritis, including gout and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoporosis can increase your risk of fractures. March is National Nutrition Month, and the doctors at West Hartford Podiatry Associates want to encourage you to think differently about your food choices.

 Which foods increase the risk of inflammation? 

Excess sugar, refined grains, junk foods, saturated fats found in red meat, and many others may lead to increased inflammation. Polyunsaturated fats like Omega-6, common in vegetable oils, may also increase the risk if consumed in excess.

What are some examples of anti-inflammatory foods? 

Look for foods that are high in polyunsaturated fats, like Omega-3 and -6, including salmon and fish oil supplements. Balance the Omega-3 fats with the Omega-6 fats. Also, go green. Include green vegetables and fresh plant-based foods in your diet. 

Which foods can improve bone health? 

To boost your bone health, add more calcium and vitamin D to your diet. For additional calcium, choose dairy options like milk, cheese, and yogurt — or non-dairy options like green vegetables. For vitamin D, choose fatty fish such as tuna or salmon. 

Eating the right way helps your body feel its best and function its best. Other complications associated with high-sugar diets include peripheral neuropathy, diabetes, and  peripheral arterial disease

In the spirit of National Nutrition Month, make some changes to what you eat. We’re here to help you spring forward and reduce the risk of complications.

At West Hartford Podiatry AssociatesHarvey Lederman, DPMMarc Lederman, DPM, and Kurt Rode, DPM treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprainsfracturesrunning injuriessports injuries, pediatric foot care, bunionshammertoesheel pain and neuromas. 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.

Are you paying attention to your feet? Whether you’ve noticed slow-healing wounds or cold feet, poor circulation can be a sign of another condition: heart disease. February is American Heart Month, and the doctors at West Hartford Podiatry Associates are raising awareness about how circulation issues in your feet can signal heart disease.

What is circulation?

The simple answer is how blood moves around the body. As blood moves, it carries oxygen and nutrients to the body’s cells. It also takes away waste products. Proper blood flow is critical to a person’s health. Here are three ways to improve your circulation and reduce your risk for Peripheral Arterial Disease, which occurs when arteries become narrowed by plaque.

  1. Stop smoking

Did you know that smoking can thicken your blood, making it harder for your blood to carry oxygen? This complication is just one way that chemicals in tobacco smoke affect how well blood moves around your body. Smoking also increases your risk for heart disease and raises your blood pressure and heart rate. Both conditions make your heart work harder. Over time, smoking can contribute to atherosclerosis, which is a build-up of plaque in arteries.

  1. Start moving

Do you have an exercise schedule? Adding this healthy habit to your lifestyle improves circulation. Yoga is an example of a low-impact exercise. Jogging is an example of cardiovascular exercise. Research has shown that physical activity can improve how well the body takes in and uses oxygen.

  1. Switch eating habits

Add a healthy diet to your new exercise plan. Both will help you to maintain a healthy weight, which is another way to improve your circulation. When choosing food options, avoid saturated fats and processed foods.

We care about your heart health, and we know how it can impact your foot health, too. We encourage you to stop smoking, start moving, and switch eating habits. 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, athlete’s foot, bunions, diabetic wounds, fungal toenails, 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.

 



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