Podiatrist Blog

By Hartford Podiatry Group
August 15, 2018
Category: Proper Footwear

Many of Hartford Podiatry Group’s patients enjoy wearing flip-flops during the warm summer months. They’re comfortable, fashionable, and easy to slip on and off. However, flip-flops, which are usually made of cheap plastic or rubber and typically offer little or no cushioning and support, can lead to some long-term problems.

  • Wearing flip-flops daily can cause foot and ankle pain which can be referred to the knees, hips, or spine.
  • Driving in flip-flops can be dangerous.  A recent British survey found that wearing flip-flops can double the amount of time needed to move our foot from the accelerator to the brake pedal.
  • When you wear flip-flops day after day, you can cause a repetitive injury to the bones of the feet, leading to stress fractures. Unlike the more familiar sudden bone fractures that occur as the result of an accident or injury, a stress fracture begins as a hairline break that causes intermittent pain and grows gradually more severe.
  • The lack of support in flip-flops can also lead to damage to the soft tissues of the foot and ankles. Plantar fasciitis is common among those who wear them daily.
  • Because flip-flops offer so little coverage, cuts, scrapes, bug bites, sunburn, and other minor injuries can result from excessive usage.
  • Tripping and falling while wearing flip-flops is not unusual. Sprains and other foot and ankle injuries can result.

Dr. Eric Kosofsky and Dr. Robert Rutstein recommend that you protect your foot health by saving your flip-flops for occasional beach trips and special occasions. For everyday use, choose a pair of comfortable shoes with a wide, roomy toe box and plenty of arch support. Non-skid soles will provide additional stability and minimize the risk of falling.

If you suspect that your footwear choice has negatively impacted your feet, ankles, or lower legs, or if you have any other concerns about their health and well-being, click here or call Hartford Podiatry Group at 860-523-8026 to schedule a convenient appointment with Eric Kosofsky, DPM and Robert Rutstein, DPM in our comfortable offices in Hartford and Rocky Hill. Our doctors will conduct a thorough examination, arrive at an accurate diagnosis, and work with you to create an effective and individualized plan for treatment and follow up care. 

By Hartford Podiatry Group
August 08, 2018
Category: diabetes
Tags: diabetes   hammertoes   corns   calluses   ulcers  

diabetesSo often, people talk about diabetes as if it were an unavoidable, inconvenient part of aging, but it’s much more than that. Diabetes is a serious chronic illness that can have catastrophic effects on your foot health.

When you have diabetes, your body is unable to manufacture or properly use the hormone insulin. This impairs the body’s ability to convert sugars, starches and other foods into energy and results in elevated and uncontrolled levels of blood sugar. This is called hyperglycemia and its long-term effects can include damage to the feet, eyes, heart, kidneys, nerves and more.

Nearly 6 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, but are unaware of their condition. Are you one of them? Be alert to symptoms of hyperglycemia, which can include:

  • diminished sensation or a tingling feeling in the feet
  • wounds that are slow to heal, especially on the feet
  • fatigue
  • excessive thirst
  • frequent urination
  • extreme hunger
  • lack of appetite and unexplained weight loss
  • blurred vision

People who have any or all of these symptoms are at risk of diabetes. Like so many medical conditions, the earlier diabetes is diagnosed, the easier it is to manage. If you are concerned about your risk, please seek medical help immediately.

Because diabetes so often affects the ankles, feet, and toes, your podiatrist has undergone extensive education in treating these complications. She or he is prepared to help with neuropathy, ulcers, hammertoes, corns and calluses, and more. If you receive a diagnosis of diabetes, you should see your foot doctor immediately and return for care at least once a year or any time you sense a problem arising.

If you are concerned that you may have diabetes, or if you are worried about the ways in which your illness is affecting your podiatric health, click here or call Hartford Podiatry Group at 860-523-8026 to schedule a convenient appointment with Dr. Eric Kosofsky and Dr. Robert Rutstein in our modern, comfortable offices in Hartford and Rocky Hill. Our doctors will conduct a thorough examination of your feet, determine your risk factors for diabetes or diabetic complications, diagnose your issue, and work with you to create an individualized and effective plan for treatment and ongoing care.

 

By Hartford Podiatry Group
August 01, 2018
Category: podiatrist

Just like any other doctor, your podiatrist serves two primary functions for your health: preventative care and urgent care. It’s easy enough to manage preventative care, also called maintenance care or wellness care. Just visit the foot doctor once a year for a check-up, more often if you have diabetes or on your doctor’s recommendation. Understanding when to call the podiatrist’s office for an urgent visit can be a little trickier.

The decision to call a podiatrist starts with understanding exactly what a podiatrist does. Men and women who earn their Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) have gone through years of advanced classroom education and practical training to make them experts in treating foot and ankle conditions. Here are some good reasons to visit your podiatrist:

  • Pain in your foot, ankle, or lower leg. This might be dull pain that eases with rest but keeps coming back with activity, or sharp pain or shooting pain.
  • Suddenly diminished function or range of motion in your toe, ankle, or lower leg.
  • A change in the shape of your toe or foot, which can be a sign of a hammertoe or bunion developing.
  • Any injury to your foot or ankle, such as from a fall, an accident, or participation in sports.
  • Problems or discomfort standing or walking. This can often be corrected with the prescription of custom orthotics.
  • An ingrown toenail or a plantar wart – never try to treat these with home remedies or something you read about on the internet!
  • Thick calluses on the sole of your foot or corns on the toes.

If you’re dealing with any of these situations, or if you have a concern about the health or well-being of your feet or ankles, it’s a good idea to see the podiatrist. Call Hartford Podiatry Group at 860-523-8026 or click here to schedule an appointment with Eric Kosofsky, DPM and Robert Rutstein, DPM in our comfortable, modern offices in Hartford and Rocky Hill. Our doctors will help you with a thorough examination, accurate diagnosis, and individualized plan for your treatment and ongoing care.

 

By Hartford Podiatry Group
July 30, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: diabetic foot care  

What your foot doctors in Hartford and Rocky Hill want you to know

Diabetes is a serious, life-altering disease that affects your body in many ways. The disease compromises your immune, circulatory, and diabetic foot carenervous systems, causing harm to your body. Diabetes can dramatically affect your feet, so there are some tips you should know to take care of your feet when you are diabetic.

Dr. Robert Rutstein and Dr. Eric Kosofsky at Hartford Podiatry Group want to share the facts about diabetic foot care. They have two convenient office locations in Hartford and Rocky Hill, CT, to help you and your feet.

Immune system problems associated with diabetes can cause a simple blister or cut in your skin to get worse. The blister or cut may not heal, and can eventually turn into a painful, infected diabetic ulcer. Circulatory system changes can cause reduced blood flow to the extremities. A compromised nervous system from diabetes can result in loss of sensation. You can hurt your feet or toes and not even know it.

If you are diabetic, you need to pay some special attention to your feet. Take care of your feet by following these simple tips:

  • Thoroughly wash and dry your feet daily
  • Look for any injuries, cuts, blisters, or sores
  • Apply antibiotic cream and bandage any open wounds
  • Apply moisturizing cream or lotion daily
  • Stretch out your feet, toes, and ankles daily

Remember to also always trim toenails straight across with no rounded edges, to keep you from developing an ingrown toenail. Always wear appropriate footwear for your activity, and remove any objects from your floors which can cause you to trip or injure your feet. Avoid going barefoot to keep your feet protected from injury.

If you are one of the 29 million people suffering from diabetes in the United States, you need to protect your feet. Get help by calling your foot doctors at Hartford Podiatry Group, with offices in Hartford, and Rocky Hill, CT. Find out more about diabetic foot care by calling today!

By Hartford Podiatry Group
July 25, 2018
Category: foot injuries
Tags: bug bites  

Summer in Connecticut means beach trips, seafood, and fun outside. Unfortunately, it also means exposure to pesky biting and stinging insects. For the most part, insect bites are itchy and uncomfortable, but occasionally bites on the feet and ankles can lead to infection and other problems.

When you choose to wear sandals or go barefoot, your feet become an easy target for insects which often go undetected on the skin. Do what you can to prevent bug bites. Use insect repellent. Many options are available, ranging from natural options containing citronella to more commercial options made of DEET. Wear socks and closed shoes when in the woods or if you’re out at dawn or dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

If you get a bite, it’s important to treat it as soon as you notice it. That should take care of any itching and swelling. But, if you're allergic to an insect that's bitten you, side effects may occur. You should seek medical attention if no changes are noted within 24 hours. The best step that you can take to minimize your risk of infection is this: don’t scratch! There are some simple, at-home steps you can take to ease the discomfort of a bug bite on your feet or ankles.

  1. Apply over-the-counter itch medication such as hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion. Take an antihistamine or NSAID tablet if your doctor has approved them for your use.
  2. Prop your foot up above your heart. Rest on a couch or bed with a pillow under your shin.
  3. Reduce inflammation by applying a cold compress to the bite for at least an hour: 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off.

If your bite is not better within 24 hours, or if you notice signs of infection or allergic reaction such as fever, extreme redness or swelling, heat to the touch or discharge, seek medical attention.

Are you worried about a bug bite, or do you have any other concerns about the health and well-being of your feet, ankles, or lower legs? Call Hartford Podiatry Group at 860-523-8026 or click here to schedule a convenient appointment with Dr. Eric Kosofsky and Dr. Robert Rutstein in our comfortable Hartford and Rocky Hill offices. Our doctors will help you with a thorough examination, accurate diagnosis, and effective plan for treatment and ongoing care.





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