Have you explored treatment options for your pain? The doctors at West Hartford Podiatry Associates offer a safe and effective treatment to help patients find relief from common conditions like Achilles tendonitis and heel pain. They are here to answer questions about EPAT, a fast and non-invasive solution. Schedule an appointment to see if this treatment is right for you.
What is EPAT?
Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Therapy or EPAT is also known as shockwave therapy. The FDA has approved the treatment, and it is used all around the world. Patients can expect each treatment session to last about 15 minutes.
How does the treatment work?
First, the podiatrist will apply an ultrasound gel to the treatment area. Then, the treatment begins as pressure waves are applied to the skin. An applicator moves around the problem area in a circular motion. As the applicator delivers pressure waves to the skin, the goal is for the regeneration of new tissue.
How can shockwave therapy help?
Shockwave therapy or EPAT can help treat the following conditions, among others:
- Heel pain—Plantar fasciitis is a common form of heel pain. Patients feel the most discomfort first thing in the morning or after a time of seated rest.
- Achilles tendonitis—Inflammation or thickening of the Achilles tendon is the cause of pain for this condition. For more severe cases, a podiatrist may recommend surgery.
What are the benefits?
Patients most love how they can treat their pain without surgery. Since shockwave therapy is a non-invasive procedure, there’s no downtime. Resume day-to-day activities without waiting.
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, fractures, running injuries, sports injuries, pediatric foot care, bunions, hammertoes, heel 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.
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:
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.
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.
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 Associates, Harvey Lederman, DPM, Marc Lederman, DPM, and Kurt Rode, DPM treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprains, fractures, running injuries, sports injuries, pediatric foot care, bunions, hammertoes, heel 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 Associates, Harvey Lederman, DPM, Marc Lederman, DPM, and Kurt Rode, DPM treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprains, fractures, running injuries, sports injuries, pediatric foot care, bunions, hammertoes, heel 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.
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 a extended amount of time, small blood vessels may constrict, cutting off blood flow and causing damage to tissues.
Make sure you 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, West Hartford Podiatry Associates, located at 2531 Albany Ave., West Hartford, CT 06117. Our number is 860 236-2564.
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:
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.
This holiday season show your feet some love. Due to COVID-19 you and your loved ones have probably been on your feet quite a bit. You might have taken up running or have become an avid walker.
To keep you going, the doctors of West Hartford Podiatry, with some suggestions from their fellow podiatrists in New York, Virginia, North Carolina and Canada, have compiled this 2020 Holiday Foot Wish List. Happy giving!
For the Feet in Search of Hole in One
Whether playing nine holes or going for the long haul of an eighteen hole course, slip on a pair of Footjoy Tour X which combine support, stability, comfort, and are also waterproof.
For Hard Training Feet
Athletes and active lifestylers will enjoy kicking back in a pair of OOFOS recovery shoes after work-out or hike. P.S. Also great for anyone with plantar fasciitis.
For the Fashionable Feet
Your feet will thank you for using Dr. Jill’s Gel Ball of Foot Cushions when working high, block and kitten heels. (*Available at WHP)
For the Pedicure Loving Feet
Give your toes the salon look with Dr. Remedy Nail Polish. Also check out their Nourishing Anti-Fungal Treatment.
For the Tootsies
Kiddie feet in your family will enjoy the softness and breathability of Smallbirds Wool Runners by Allbirds.
For the Winter Feet
To keep your feet beach ready, consider using Gormel Cream to prevent dryness and cracks. (*Available at WHP)
For the Smelly Feet
Feet are the body part with most sweat glands, so this holiday season keep them fresh and dry with Bombas Merino Socks.
For Your Feet
After you finish your holiday shopping, walk your achy feet over for a visit at West Hartford Podiatry Associates !
Are you one of the many West Hartford residents currently suffering from a painful or debilitating musculoskeletal condition such as Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis or tennis elbow? If so, the doctors at West Hartford Podiatry have a new and exciting treatment that may be just right for you: Shockwave Therapy.
What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy is a noninvasive therapy that uses high-pressure shock waves to treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. The procedure is fast and gentle, and it works with the body to activate the body’s own self-healing responses.
What Conditions is Shockwave Therapy Used to Treat?
Shockwave therapy can be used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, including Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, heel spur syndrome, shin splints and various types of pain. Speak to your doctors at West Hartford Podiatry to find out if Shockwave therapy can be used to help treat whatever condition you are currently dealing with.
What are the Benefits of Shockwave Therapy?
An exciting new treatment option for individuals with various painful musculoskeletal conditions, Shockwave therapy offers an impressive number of benefits, especially compared to the risks and drawbacks.
Shockwave therapy is a fast, gentle, safe and effective outpatient procedure. Each treatment only takes about 15 minutes, and you may see improvement as soon as the first treatment. Shockwave therapy typically causes virtually no symptoms, and it may help you avoid surgery.
For these reasons and others, many West Hartford residents have already decided that Shockwave therapy is the best treatment choice for them. Talk to your doctors at West Hartford Podiatry to determine if Shockwave therapy might be the ideal solution for you as well.
Who Should Not Get Shockwave Therapy?
Unfortunately, however, there are a few individuals who may not be eligible to receive this therapy. These individuals include some children, pregnant women and individuals who take blood thinners, those who have open sores and those who have certain heart conditions or a history of seizures. Individuals who have poor sensation or a heightened sensation in the target area may not qualify as well. Speak with your doctors at West Hartford Podiatry to find out more.
Do you have a painful or debilitating musculoskeletal condition? Would you like to find relief once and for all? If so, Shockwave Therapy from West Hartford Podiatry may be just right for you. Call for more information and to set up an appointment for a consultation today.
What you need to know about orthotics
If you have foot pain, you owe it to yourself to try custom-made orthotics. You should pamper your feet because they hold you up
throughout your life. Aging, injury, diseases like diabetes, and everyday wear and tear can take a toll on your feet. Custom-made orthotics are designed to cushion your feet and help heal them of various painful foot conditions. Your podiatrists at West Hartford Podiatry in West Hartford, Connecticut want to introduce you to the world of orthotics and what they can do for you.
Custom made orthotics shouldn’t be confused with the generic orthotics you can purchase in the grocery store. Your podiatrists at West Hartford Podiatry want you to know that professional orthotics require exact measurements, impressions and casting, and they are created with the use of computer technology.
There are three main types of orthotics available at West Hartford Podiatry, each designed for a specific purpose. Your podiatrist may suggest:
Soft orthotics to act as shock absorbers, help with balance and take some of the pressure off of your sore feet. They are perfect for diabetic foot problems, arthritic or deformed feet. They are made from cushioned materials and encompass the entire sole of your foot.
Semi-rigid orthotics to improve balance for playing sports and walking; they are also used to treat flatfoot in children. This type of orthotic is made of layers of both cushioned and rigid materials.
Rigid orthotics to limit the motion of joints in your foot, giving you relief from strained tendons, and muscle aches and pains in your legs, thighs and lower back. They are made from hard plastic and designed to be worn for walking or dress shoes.
Foot pain can make you miserable and keep you from your daily activities. If you have foot pain, don’t suffer! It’s time to get some help with a simple phone call. Call your podiatrists at West Hartford Podiatry in West Hartford, Connecticut. They can help you take care of your feet and get back to your life. Call today!
Caring for your feet can prove to be difficult, especially after suffering an injury or chronic heel pain from conditions like plantar fasciitis.
However, 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
- nerve damage
- bone spur
- stress fracture
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!
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
enough 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!
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