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Ankle injuries are among the most common injuries we treat. If you are wondering why, think of how easy it is to move your ankle the wrong way. Whether you are playing a sport or simply walking across the room, there is a chance to make the wrong move. The type of injury occurs when the ankle moves unnaturally. While it is pretty common, it is also undertreated or even diagnosed. A minor ankle pain should still be a reason to visit the podiatrist.

The West Hartford Podiatry Associates doctors are the experts in treating ankle pain. Do you know there are many different ways you can injure your ankle? We’re here to share a bit more information and how you can prevent your ankles from taking the wrong turn. We can’t stress enough how important it is to seek medical help. Never ignore an ankle injury.

As you read below, you may notice similar symptoms that alert you of trouble. With the similarities, it can be difficult to name your ankle injury. Visiting a podiatrist can help. They can ask specific questions and take X-rays if necessary.

Ankle sprains

An ankle sprain is when one of your ligaments is injured. Remember, a wrong twist or turn can cause your ankle to move unnaturally. There is not a one-size-fits-all diagnosis for sprains. For some, the sprain may require more attention and time for recovery. 

Ankle strain

You may be diagnosed with an ankle strain if you stretch or tear your muscle or tendon. Again, the severity can differ. Consider what caused the strain. Beware of a tear, which can cause more pain. Rest is best for ankle injuries, including this one. 

Ankle fracture

A fracture is another word for a broken bone. To sound like a broken record, this type of injury also has many levels of severity. The break can be slight or so severe that the bone has broken through the skin. An X-ray is the best way to determine which fracture has occurred. 

Here is the bottom line: If you have an ankle injury, we are the ones to call. With similar symptoms and varying possibilities for severity, it’s best to connect with the experts. 

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 injuriespediatric foot carebunionshammertoesheel 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.

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If you’ve been running this summer, then you know the injuries that may come your way. For a runner, these injuries can be discouraging. Depending on the severity of the condition, you can be off the treadmill, road, or track for longer than you’d like. We’re here to help you stay the course this summer. There are things you can do today to protect your feet and ankles. It’s not too late.

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The doctors at West Hartford Podiatry Associates know the common problems that can face patients. Even better, they also have prevention tips and treatment options. Of course, we always start with your shoes. Make sure you are training with the proper shoes.

Here are some helpful tips for common injuries:

Ankle sprains

It only takes a twist or a wrong turn for an ankle sprain to become your new reality. This injury is often ignored and undiagnosed. When your ankle moves unnaturally, watch for symptoms like swelling or pain. Ignoring the symptoms can lead to prolonged problems.

Prevention: Choose shoes with ankle support

Treatment: Rest, use ice, apply compression, and elevate your leg; then, contact a podiatrist

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a form of heel pain. It occurs when we overload our plantar fascia, which also provides arch support. This is a condition that is telling you to let your body rest. Many people will notice pain first thing in the morning.

Prevention: Stretch and slowly increase your intensity

Treatment: More arch support, orthotics, ice, and rest

Achilles tendonitis

We have another overuse injury here, so runners beware. A burst of intensity or sudden pressure can be the cause. For runners, this means sprinting or continued running or training. We know that many runners encounter these scenarios, but there are ways to stay safe.

Prevention: Stretch and take training slowly

Treatment: Rest, begin physical therapy, or consider surgery (only if necessary)

We don’t want your training to take a different turn this season. Take these steps now to protect your feet and ankles.

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 injuriespediatric 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.

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.

Cozy Feet

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

Footjoy Tour X

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

Oofos

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

Jills Gels

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

Dr Remedy

Give your toes the salon look with Dr. Remedy Nail Polish. Also check out their Nourishing Anti-Fungal Treatment.

For the Tootsies

Allbirds Kids

Kiddie feet in your family will enjoy the softness and breathability of Smallbirds Wool Runners  by Allbirds.

For the Winter Feet

 

Gormel Cream

To keep your feet beach ready, consider using Gormel Cream to prevent dryness and cracks. (*Available at WHP)

For the Smelly Feet

Bombas Socks

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 !

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