Podiatrist Blog

By Hartford Podiatry Group
October 16, 2018
Category: Foot Health

Are you looking forward to a vacation this winter? Don’t let a foot health issue interfere with your good time. Here are some tips from Dr. Eric Kosofsky and Dr. Robert Rutstein to keep feet healthy and happy before, during and after your next trip.

Before You Go:

  • Pack the right footwear: Make sure that you bring comfortable, cushioned footwear for daily use. Don’t plan on wearing brand new, unworn shoes for long days of walking. If you get a fresh pair, wear them around the house before you leave. Save those high heels for evening wear or, even better, leave them home entirely.
  • Create a “Foot First Aid Kit” for your trip. Include bandages, antibiotic ointment, moleskin for blisters, nail clippers, and a pair of tweezers.
  • Assess your feet. Check for nicks and cuts that could lead to problems. Visit your podiatrist if you’re experiencing foot pain.

On Your Trip:

  • Prevent dangerous Deep Vein Thrombosis. Break up long airplane flights or car rides by getting up and walking around periodically.
  • Don’t go barefoot. Protect yourself from fungal infections with a pair of inexpensive shower sandals. Wear them on the pool deck and in locker rooms. Wear slippers in hotel rooms.
  • Prevent foot and ankle injuries. Watch where you’re walking as you see the sights.

After You Return:

  • Treating your tired feet to a salon pedicure? Make sure you observe excellent hygiene practices and be sure to bring your own tools to prevent the transmission of bacteria and other germs, including the virus that leads to plantar warts.  Don’t let the nail tech use a razor or grater to remove corns and calluses. These should be handled by your foot doctor.

If you’re experiencing a foot health issue, your podiatrist is the best-qualified medical specialist to help you. Schedule a visit with Eric Kosofsky, DPM and Robert Rutstein, DPM in our Hartford and Rocky Hill offices today. Call Hartford Podiatry Group at 860-523-8026 or click here to get started today.

By Hartford Podiatry Group
October 11, 2018
Category: Proper Footwear
Tags: Orthotics  

Summer is over and many parents find themselves needing to purchase shoes, sneakers, or winter boots for kids. Before you head to the store, here are a few tips from Dr. Eric Kosofsky and Dr. Robert Rutstein to keep in mind:

  1. Don’t purchase shoes for kids online. It’s important that your son or daughter try on each new pair to ensure proper fit.
  2. Bring your child with you to the shoe store. It’s important that they be part of the process to let you know what’s comfortable.
  3. Shop in the late afternoon, when feet are slightly larger, in order to get the best possible fit.
  4. Be sure to bring whatever socks your child will use while wearing the new shoes. Use them as she or he tries on options. If your child uses orthotics, be sure to tuck those in your bag as well.
  5. Have young children’s feet professionally sized with each new shoe purchase. They grow quickly! Once a year is usually adequate for older teens.
  6. Don’t purchase used shoes for children. Consignments shops are a great way to save money on clothing, but used shoes often have no support or cushioning left.
  7. Be sure to choose shoes that are neither too stiff nor too firm. Children’s shoes should bend in the middle.
  8. Never let a shoe salesperson convince you to buy shoes that need to be “broken in.” Shoes should be comfortable right out of the box.

The best way to ensure that your child experiences excellent foot health and maximum comfort wearing shoes is with an annual foot and ankle check-up. Your podiatrist is a specialist who treats men, women, and children of all ages. Call Hartford Podiatry Group at 860-523-8026 or click here to schedule appointments with Dr. Eric Kosofsky and Dr. Robert Rutstein in our Hartford and Rocky Hill offices today.

By Hartford Podiatry Group
October 02, 2018
Category: Proper Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics   shoes  

Chances are that, by now, someone has told you that, “Sitting is the new smoking,” meaning that sitting all day is as bad for you as smoking cigarettes. It is true that people who sit all day at work and then relax on the couch at home in the evening are at increased risk of health problems, and that those issues are directly related to their sedentary lifestyle.

Some people are choosing to reduce their risk by opting for new standing desks at work. These are desks that require the user to stand to work or even, in the case of treadmill desks, to walk at a slow pace while getting their job done.

Should you consider transitioning to a standing desk? It’s important to note that, while these desks do reduce the risk of health issues caused by sitting, they create risks of their own as follows:

  • Standing for long periods of time can increase fatigue and can lead to edema, swelling in the foot, ankles, and lower legs.
  • The risk of falling increases when you stand for long periods of time, especially when you’re trying to do too many things – standing, walking, working, talking on the phone – at once.
  • Many people compensate for discomfort while standing by shifting their weight, slouching, or leaning. This can cause referred pain in the knees, hips, and low back. It’s important to wear a pair of comfortable, supportive shoes with a wide, roomy toe box, low heels, and rubber soles. A pair of custom orthotics may be appropriate for you.

If you do choose to transition to a standing desk, make the change slowly. As with all changes that can affect your foot health, a visit to the podiatrist is recommended. Your foot doctor will conduct a thorough examination to identify any existing or potential problems and treat them before you start standing at work. Call Hartford Podiatry Group at 860-523-8026 or click here today. Our friendly staff will be happy to help you schedule a convenient visit with Eric Kosofsky, DPM and Robert Rutstein, DPM in our comfortable, modern offices in Hartford and Rocky Hill.

By Hartford Podiatry Group
September 26, 2018
Category: ankle injuries
Tags: Orthotics   ankle sprains  

Ankle sprains are common injuries. They occur frequently as a result of athletic activities, but everyone is at risk. Prompt treatment can help reduce the severity and duration of an ankle sprain.

Your ankle joint is made up of several bones held together by ligaments, stretchy bands of tissue that stabilize joints and enable them to function properly. When an ankle is sprained, one or more ligaments may be stretched, partially damaged, or completely torn.

If you sprain your ankle during exercise or a fall, you will likely experience sudden pain, probably accompanied by discoloration and swelling. It may be uncomfortable to bear weight on the affected leg. This is the moment to call your podiatrist. With years of specialized training and experience, your foot doctor is the best-qualified medical professional to diagnose and treat your sprain or any other issue related to the health and well-being of your feet, ankles, or lower legs.

When you see your podiatrist, she or he will conduct a thorough examination of your injury, possibly including imaging test such as x-rays, and will determine whether you do, indeed, have a sprained ankle. If so, your doctor will classify it as Type 1, Type 2, or Type 3, depending on the severity of your injury.

Immediate and long-term treatment options for your sprained ankle can include:

  • RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) treatment
  • over-the-counter and prescription medication for pain and inflammation
  • immobilization with a cast or boot
  • crutches to help you bear weight while walking
  • surgery, but only in the most severe cases
  • physical therapy to aid in your recovery
  • custom orthotics for cushioning and support to prevent re-injuring your ankle

Have you injured your ankle? Dr. Eric Kosofsky and Dr. Robert Rutstein can help. Call Hartford Podiatry Group at 860-523-8026 or click here to schedule a convenient appointment in our comfortable Hartford and Rocky Hill offices.

By Hartford Podiatry Group
September 18, 2018
Category: foot injuries
Tags: Orthotics   ankle sprains   fractures  

Have you heard of a love fracture? You might think the term refers to a high school student moping around the house after a breakup, but it’s actually a serious medical condition: a fracture of the calcaneus, your heel bone.

How Do Love Fractures Occur?

Relatively simple podiatric injuries such as ankle sprains or fractures like broken toes are common and often result from tripping or falling. Calcaneal fractures are more complex. They caused by high-impact and high-energy collisions, such as falling off a ladder or being struck by a car.

Are All Love Fractures the Same?

There are several types of calcaneus fractures:

  •  A stable fracture is the simplest type.  The broken ends of bones remain aligned and in place and do not cause internal injuries.
  • In a closed fracture, broken bones don’t break the skin but they do cause damage to internal soft tissues.
  • An open fracture is an injury in which broken bones go through the skin and also cause damage to other muscles and ligaments. This is a painful injury that takes quite some time to heal.

Any fracture can require surgery to repair, especially when the bones are displaced (the ends of the bones do not remain in place) and/or comminuted (the bone breaks into multiple pieces).

How Will My Podiatrist Diagnose and Treat a Love Fracture?

After a traumatic incident, you should be vigilant. Symptoms of love fractures include pain and discomfort, swelling, discoloration, challenges when walking, and deformity in the shape of the heel.  If you notice any of this, you should call your podiatrist immediately. She or he will examine your foot and will probably order imaging tests such as x-rays.

If your heel bone is fractured, immediate treatment will include medication for pain and swelling and immobilization with a cast or boot. Depending on the severity of the fracture, surgery is a possibility in many cases. Long-term follow up will likely include physical therapy and possibly custom orthotics for cushioning and support.

Are you concerned about a possible love fracture, or about anything else related to the health of your feet, ankles, or lower legs? Dr. Eric Kosofsky and Dr. Robert Rutstein are board-certified podiatrists and are experts in providing the assistance you need. Call Hartford Podiatry Group at 860-523-8026 or click here to schedule a convenient appointment in our Hartford or Rocky Hill offices today.

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