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Tuesday, 24 January 2023 00:00

Flat Feet and Skateboarding

Skateboarding is better achieved with healthy feet. Since the activity requires the feet to balance on the board and perform tricks, the feet must be in good shape. Many individuals with flat feet wonder how this condition affects skateboarding. Flat feet develop when the entire bottom of the foot, or sole, rests flush against the floor. In other words, people with flat feet have no arch. Interestingly, individuals with flat feet can ensure that this condition does not affect their ability to ride a skateboard when they wear supportive footwear. Additionally, wearing supportive devices such as insoles can make skateboarding easier for individuals with flat feet. If you are someone that has flat feet and enjoys skateboarding, contact a podiatrist today for more information on how you can best engage in that activity. Podiatrists are foot specialists that can identify and treat a range of different foot conditions.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. Gordon Fosdick from Affiliated Foot Care Center. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Middlefield and Wallingford, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 17 January 2023 00:00

Flip Flops May Be Dangerous to Wear

Many people enjoy wearing flip flops in the summer months. These types of shoes are constructed with a soft sole, and straps on top of the shoe are held together by a thin piece of material, which is worn between the first and second toe. This is necessary in keeping the shoe on the foot, and their simplicity and numerous colors can make flip flops desirable to wear. Conversely, studies have shown that the more flip flops are worn, the greater the possibility of having aching feet. This may be from flip flops having minimal support, and the gait or walking style may be altered from the lack of cushioning. This generally provides adequate shock absorption as walking is done throughout the day, and heel pain may occur when this is missing from the shoe. Additionally, the toes may hurt from gripping the top of the shoe to keep it on the foot, and the arch may begin to hurt. If you would like more information about how frequently wearing flip flops can affect your feet, please consult a podiatrist who can guide you toward wearing shoes that are solidly constructed.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Gordon Fosdick from Affiliated Foot Care Center. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are There Injuries Associated with Flip-Flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like Wearing Flip-Flops. Are There Safe Alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high-quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more but will also last longer as a result.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Middlefield and Wallingford, CT .  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 11 January 2023 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Tuesday, 10 January 2023 00:00

Benefits of Children Walking Barefoot

Research has shown there may be a connection of walking barefoot and increased cognitive abilities. When children walk barefoot, they may become more aware of different textures that are walked on, which may contribute to understanding spatial awareness. There are numerous nerves in the feet, and when shoes are frequently eliminated, the opportunity to grow new neural connections may increase. The skin on the bottom of the feet will become tougher, and walking in environments with grass or sand may help to increase a sense of freedom. Toxic stress may be decreased, and walking in these types of environments may help to regulate the nervous system. Studies have shown that babies feet are preferred receptors, and emotions may possibly be regulated when children can walk barefoot while outside. If you would like more information about the benefits of having your child walk barefoot, please speak with a podiatrist who can address any concerns you may have.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Gordon Fosdick of Affiliated Foot Care Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Middlefield and Wallingford, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 03 January 2023 00:00

Various Reasons for Foot Pain

Our feet provide us with the mobility to walk, run, and complete daily tasks. It is important to take proper steps in taking care of our feet, and this may help in preventing foot pain. Despite this information, research has indicated that approximately one out of three people who are over 65 years old will have foot pain. Heel pain is common, and may be a sign of plantar fasciitis. This can happen when the plantar fascia becomes inflamed from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. Athlete’s foot can be uncomfortable and unsightly. This can develop from a fungal infection, and it may be prevented by wearing appropriate shoes while frequenting public swimming pools and locker rooms. A pain or ache in the back of the leg may indicate an Achilles tendon injury has developed, and it may come from increasing speed or distance too quickly while running. Any type of foot pain can wreak havoc on the day’s activities, and it is advised that you speak to a podiatrist who can determine what the cause is and treat your foot pain accordingly.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Gordon Fosdick from Affiliated Foot Care Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Middlefield and Wallingford, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 27 December 2022 00:00

Who Gets Toenail Fungus?

Toenail fungus can become painful and turn into an infection. This condition usually starts as white or yellowish spots on the tips of the toenails, eventually causing unsightly thickening, discoloration, and crumbling. Anyone can get toenail fungus, but some populations are more at risk than others. For example, those over 60 are more apt to suffer from this condition because as they age, their nails become drier, more brittle and cracked and fungi can sneak through. Those who sweat more than usual have a prime breeding ground for toenail fungus. Wearing tight shoes and thick socks can make feet sweat more and invite fungus to grow inside. If one has had toenail fungus before, there is a high likelihood of getting it again. Walking barefoot in humid and wet public places, such as swimming pools or locker rooms, can cause toenail fungus to spread. If you have signs of toenail fungus, seek the counsel of a podiatrist as soon as possible so that the condition will not worsen or spread to others.

For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Gordon Fosdick of Affiliated Foot Care Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Middlefield and Wallingford, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 20 December 2022 00:00

Ankle Stretches May Help Ankle Pain

Ankle pain is common and it often hinders the ability to complete daily activities. It can throw a wrench in trying to walk from point A to point B. Performing specific stretches may help to ease the pain. It is beneficial to warm up the muscles before stretching them. This can be done by cycling, slowly walking, or by using an elliptical. An effective stretch can be done while sitting in a chair with your legs crossed. When the ankle is over the opposite knee, rotate the ankle clockwise. After repeating on the other leg, it is time for the next stretch. While the ankle is in the same position, it can feel good to gently pull the ankle toward you, and then repeat on the other leg. The heels and ankles can become stronger when heel and toe raises are practiced. This is done by sitting in the same chair with both feet on the ground, followed by lifting the toes first, then the heels. There are several additional stretches that can help to relieve ankle pain. If you would like more information about this, please consult with a podiatrist.

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dr. Gordon Fosdick from Affiliated Foot Care Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Middlefield and Wallingford, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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One of the most common things noticed by pregnant women is their swollen feet and ankles. It is a normal occurrence during pregnancy because of the excess fluid that the body produces for the growing fetus. The swelling may worsen as the due date approaches and may cause extreme discomfort during warmer weather. There are effective methods that can be implemented to help minimize existing swelling during pregnancy. These can include elevating the feet as often as possible, wearing support stockings during the day, and avoiding standing for extended periods. Additionally, it may help to lie on the left side when sleeping as well as drink plenty of water daily to help release some of the fluid. Some women find comfort in swimming or standing in a pool and exercising regularly. If you are pregnant and have extremely swollen feet, please consult with a podiatrist who can provide effective relief methods.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Dr. Gordon Fosdick from Affiliated Foot Care Center. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Middlefield and Wallingford, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 12 December 2022 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

Tuesday, 06 December 2022 00:00

What Can Cause Morton’s Neuroma?

The foot condition that is known as Morton’s neuroma can cause debilitating pain and discomfort. This is an ailment that affects the nerve which lies between the third and fourth toes, causing it to become thickened and irritated. It is a condition that can be common among women who frequently wear high heels. These types of shoes generally have little area in the toe box, prohibiting the toes to move freely. Patients who have Morton’s neuroma often liken the pain in their feet to having a pebble or marble in their shoe. Additionally, there may be a burning sensation in the ball of the foot, as a result of extreme inflammation. There may be existing conditions affecting the feet which can lead to getting this condition, including bunions, flat feet, or high arches. A proper diagnosis consists of pressing on specific areas of the affected foot, and an X-ray may be taken to rule out fractures or arthritis. The discomfort from this ailment is difficult to ignore, and if you are afflicted with this type of pain, please schedule an appointment with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can help you to find relief.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Dr. Gordon Fosdick of Affiliated Foot Care Center. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Middlefield and Wallingford, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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