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The holiday season is near! From gathering with loved ones to tasting your favorite dishes, there is much to look forward to and enjoy. Do you know what we also observe during November? Raising awareness about diabetes. November is American Diabetes Month. Now is also the time to schedule a check-up. Prediabetes is a condition that can alert you to rising blood sugar levels. The doctors at West Hartford Podiatry Associates want to share three reasons why it’s important to regularly check your blood sugar levels.

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Moderation is Key

We all want to relax a bit during the holiday season, but we must also choose our dishes wisely. Mismanaging blood sugar levels can have serious consequences. Remember, a level that is too low or too high should cause concern. On big days like Thanksgiving, start the day with a healthy breakfast choice. Then, monitor and adjust throughout the day.

Knowledge is power

By checking your blood sugar levels often, it is easier to know where you stand. Should you get another serving? Are your portions too large? Follow the rules of regular sugar checks to stay in control of your health this holiday season. If you are adjusting to a recent diabetes diagnosis, reach out to a family member or friend to help with accountability.

Know the risks

Do you know the common complications that can come along with diabetes? Neuropathy and poor circulation are examples. Unfortunately, high blood sugar levels can often be the culprit. Living life without regular checks can be concerning for a patient with diabetes. If you have questions about how to manage this condition, we’re here to help.

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 have diabetes, the doctors at West Hartford Podiatry Associates would love to be a part of your care team. What does this have to do with your quality of care? Well, working together with other specialists, we do our part to help with your foot and ankle health. Common podiatric conditions include peripheral neuropathy, foot ulcers, poor circulation, and more.

How can a podiatrist help?

A podiatrist specializes in treating foot and ankle conditions. With an understanding that complications can come along with diabetes, a podiatrist helps patients stay steps ahead. Healthy tips include encouraging regular glucose checks, joining an exercise program, or switching to more supportive shoes.

Who else is on the team?

We’re here to support you, and that includes partnering with other medical professionals. Together, we’re on a mission to help you live a healthy life while managing your diabetes. From your primary care physician to even a physical therapist, there’s a team working for you.

Which conditions most impact feet?

  • Neuropathy–Peripheral neuropathy is a common form of nerve damage that impacts patients with diabetes. It affects the ability to feel sensations, including heat or cold.
  • Foot and Ankle Fractures–Diabetic patients who suffer from neuropathy are more likely to sustain foot and ankle fractures. Limited sensation and poor circulation, make treatment and recovery more complex.
  • Ulcers–Foot ulcers can become slow-healing wounds. They are common in patients with poor circulation, which impacts the body’s ability to heal properly. Ulcers can become infected if not treated properly. An infection can lead to an amputation of a toe or even a foot.

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 injuries, pediatric 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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Summer is here, but don’t put foot and ankle safety on the sidelines. The doctors at West Hartford Podiatry Associates are here to help you enjoy this season while reducing your risk for foot and ankle injuries and conditions. Here are three tips for prioritizing your foot and ankle safety this summer.

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Keep your feet covered

Wearing socks and the right shoes is one of the best ways to protect your feet and ankles and avoid ankle sprainsfracturesrunning injuries, and sports injuries. As temperatures rise, you might opt for flip-flops but do so only when heading to the pool or the beach. While such footwear protects your feet from hot pavement and sharp objects, it lacks sufficient arch and ankle support. Going barefoot is not advised, especially for patients with diabetes, who may develop an infection from a cut or a scratch which can lead to further complications.

Don’t share shoes

Did you know that plantar warts are contagious? One of the ways they are passed along is when people share shoes, including shower shoes, beach flip-flops, and more. Sharing toenail clippers and other personal hygiene products are common ways for spreading fungus, too.

Don’t skip the sunscreen

We often forget our feet when applying sunscreen. Protect all of your skin this summer by adding sunscreen to your feet and ankles. Don’t forget the sides of your feet, the tops of your toes, and other places that we often ignore. Avoid adding sunblock between your toes as that is the ideal location for fungus growth. Keep watch and notify your podiatrist of any changes on your feet, including color or shape changes to moles. We’re here to help.

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 injuries, pediatric 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.

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:

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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.

Wounds

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.

Pain

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 AssociatesHarvey Lederman, DPMMarc Lederman, DPM, and Kurt Rode, DPM treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprainsfracturesrunning injuriessports injuries, pediatric foot care, bunionshammertoesheel 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? 

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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 AssociatesHarvey Lederman, DPMMarc Lederman, DPM, and Kurt Rode, DPM treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprainsfracturesrunning injuriessports injuries, pediatric 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.

Are you paying attention to your feet? Whether you’ve noticed slow-healing wounds or cold feet, poor circulation can be a sign of another condition: heart disease. February is American Heart Month, and the doctors at West Hartford Podiatry Associates are raising awareness about how circulation issues in your feet can signal heart disease.

What is circulation?

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The simple answer is how blood moves around the body. As blood moves, it carries oxygen and nutrients to the body’s cells. It also takes away waste products. Proper blood flow is critical to a person’s health. Here are three ways to improve your circulation and reduce your risk for Peripheral Arterial Disease, which occurs when arteries become narrowed by plaque.

  1. Stop smoking

Did you know that smoking can thicken your blood, making it harder for your blood to carry oxygen? This complication is just one way that chemicals in tobacco smoke affect how well blood moves around your body. Smoking also increases your risk for heart disease and raises your blood pressure and heart rate. Both conditions make your heart work harder. Over time, smoking can contribute to atherosclerosis, which is a build-up of plaque in arteries.

  1. Start moving

Do you have an exercise schedule? Adding this healthy habit to your lifestyle improves circulation. Yoga is an example of a low-impact exercise. Jogging is an example of cardiovascular exercise. Research has shown that physical activity can improve how well the body takes in and uses oxygen.

  1. Switch eating habits

Add a healthy diet to your new exercise plan. Both will help you to maintain a healthy weight, which is another way to improve your circulation. When choosing food options, avoid saturated fats and processed foods.

We care about your heart health, and we know how it can impact your foot health, too. We encourage you to stop smoking, start moving, and switch eating habits. 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, athlete’s foot, bunions, diabetic wounds, fungal toenails, 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.

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