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Most people with problems with their feet or ankles don’t see a podiatrist for two reasons. One, they don’t know who to call for help. Two, they think regular foot pain is normal. If you have any ongoing concerns about your feet, it’s time to call your podiatrist. A podiatrist is a doctor who specializes in caring for your foot and ankle issues. Because our feet carry us and walk us through life, it’s important to take care of them. Here are five signs you should give a podiatrist a call. Podiatrist

Swelling, pain, or numbness

Occasional pain or swelling after a long day of walking is normal. But persistent problems with your foot or ankle, especially if it interferes with your daily life, is a sign you need to see a specialist. Heel pain is especially common and has a lot of root causes.

Breaks

Think you’ve fractured or broken a bone? Calling a podiatrist for help is crucial in avoiding further complications.

Diabetes

If you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, you’re at a higher risk for developing foot problems. Poor circulation, numbness, and nerve damage are very common. Working with a podiatrist to prevent any injury or complications is recommended.

Nail Fungus

Dealing with nail fungus isn’t fun. But with better technology, treating nail fungus is getting easier and more efficient. If you suspect you have a case of nail fungus, call a podiatrist near you, and schedule an appointment.

Bunions

If you have a painful, bony bump on the joint of your big toe, chances are you’re dealing with a bunion. Ignoring your bunion will only worsen, as they tend to get bigger and more painful without treatment.

When it comes to your feet, if you’re experiencing any pain or discomfort or notice anything unusual, it’s time to call your podiatrist.

At West Hartford Podiatry AssociatesHarvey Lederman, DPMMarc 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

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.

spotting signs

April is National Foot Health Awareness Month, and we want to help you spot the signs of common foot conditions as soon as possible. One of the biggest things we highlight during this month is the importance of regular foot inspections. It is empowering to know the current condition of your feet and ankles. The knowledge allows you to be in the best position to alert us of any changes. It may feel overwhelming because people often underestimate the value of knowing their bodies.

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The doctors at West Hartford Podiatry Associates care about your concerns and questions. We want to know about changes — even if they seem small to you. If you notice a new mole or new pain, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Together, we can decide the next steps. Here are three common conditions and their signs.

  1. Blisters

Blisters are fluid-filled pockets that can develop on your feet. They can become painful over time, and they may also burst.

  • Blisters form in response to friction and moisture
  • Leave blisters alone, and do not pop them
  • If a blister pops on its own, keep it clean to avoid infection
  1. Calluses

If you have a callus, it is calling your attention to your shoes. The problem is friction. A callus forms as a rough, thick area of skin. Your skin is trying to protect itself from further irritation.

  • Shop for shoes that have a roomy toe box
  • Use padding or cushion to ease the discomfort
  • Soak your feet in warm, soapy water to soften the callus
  1. Ingrown toenails

When your toenail begins to grow into your skin, you have developed an ingrown toenail. The condition is painful and can worsen with the wrong pair of shoes. Talk to your podiatrist for the next steps.

  • Ingrown toenails are common on your big toe; look for redness or swelling
  • If your toenail breaks the skin, clean the surface to avoid infection
  • If you have recurring ingrown toenails, talk to your doctor about permanent solutions

We have only shared a few conditions that you can spot with daily foot inspections. There are so many more. Practice makes perfect, too. The more regularly you perform inspections, the more comfortable you will become in noticing changes.

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.

EPAT

Are you tired of finding new ways to manage your pain? Surgery isn’t your only option. Shockwave therapy may be the solution you’re seeking for your foot and ankle injuries and pain. If you’re unfamiliar with this FDA-cleared therapy, we’re here to give you more details. Shockwave therapy is also known as Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Therapy or EPAT. We recommend this option to our patients because it is safe, effective and has minimal down time.

EPAT

The doctors at West Hartford Podiatry Associates consider and present their patients with all available treatment options. Surgery is the last resort as with it comes downtime and interruptions to day-to-day activities. Below is a brief explanation of the EPAT process:

  1. Apply gel

The doctor applies gel to the treatment area, which could be your heel, your Achilles tendon or ankle ligaments. The gel helps to transmit the waves and increase the effectiveness of the therapy.

  1. Release the waves

Applicator is used to releases the EPAT sound waves and is moved systematically, in a circular motion, about the targeted treatment area.

  1. Begin the regenerating

As the waves are released through the applicator, the healing process begins. The waves cause increase in blood flow and gradually, damaged tissue begins to regenerate.

  1. Back to business

On average, each session lasts 20-25 minutes. Time may vary with each patient. Once finished, there is no downtime. Patients can enjoy the benefits of a non-invasive procedure and return to normal activities.

EPAT or Shockwave Therapy is used around the world. This form of therapy can help reduce how much time it takes to recover and eliminates the complications that can come with traditional forms of surgery. If you are tired of managing your pain from conditions like ankle sprains, heel pain, Achilles tendonitis, bursitis, and even shin splints, contact us today. We’re here to help patients find safe, fast, and effective ways to return to regular activities.

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.

circulation

Do you know how well blood blows from your heart to other parts of your body? Changes in the appearance of your feet and ankles can be an indication of a circulation problem. February is American Heart Month, and poor circulation is one of the complications that can impact your heart health — and overall health. There are other risk factors, too.

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This month, the doctors at West Hartford Podiatry Associates want to share a few tips to help you improve your circulation. Proper blood flow allows you to feel your best. Follow these five tips to make some heart-healthy changes.

  1. Stop smoking

Consider this an urgent, time-sensitive request from our team of doctors. Smoking is one of the most harmful habits that can impact your health. Most importantly, it plays a major role in reducing blood flow throughout the body.

  1. Get active

Adding daily exercise to your routine can be a fun way to boost your circulation. Exercise is more fun when you are with others, whether a part of a class or in a group chat for accountability. Find an exercise that is best for you. Consult a doctor before beginning something new.

  1. Prioritize your plate

Choose heart-healthy foods that will help you avoid surprises during your next checkup. We’re talking about proteins and vegetables instead of processed foods. Pay attention to portion sizes, too. Are you hungry, or is eating at a certain time a habit?

  1. Help with hydration 

There is a chance that you are not drinking as much water as you should. Stay hydrated with clear beverages that are low in sugar. Avoid sugary sports drinks and alcohol. While exercising, hydration helps you perform at your best, too. When you see sweat, remember that you need to replenish your liquids.

  1. Practice measuring your blood pressure

Do you know how to measure your blood pressure? If heart disease runs in your family, taking control can start at home. Ask your doctor how to measure your blood pressure. Create a regular schedule and contact your doctor if you notice any changes.

Poor circulation has consequences. Blood flow plays a significant role in healing. People with poor circulation may experience slow-healing wounds or wounds that don’t heal at all. The results could be an infection or even amputation. 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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Winter is here, and we have seen some freezing temperatures — literally. As we bundle up and wonder if another round of snow is coming, we can’t put our foot hygiene routine to the side. During the winter, there are a few tips that can make sure your feet will be summer ready. From moisturizing regularly to using caution with heat, we’re sharing 10 tips to carry you through the winter season. Bundle up and take notes.

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Throughout the season, the doctors at West Hartford Podiatry Associates have noticed common foot conditions that affect patients. Sometimes, the conditions remain untreated and may worsen over time.

Here are your 10 winter tips:

  1. Moisturize daily: Wash and dry your feet, but don’t forget to add moisture. Winter weather can bring on dry skin. Ask your doctor if a cream or a lotion is best for your skin.
  2. Warm with wisdom: Never place your feet near direct heat. While trying to stay warm, dress in layers.
  3. Keep your feet moving: Don’t forget to exercise! Circulation is important during winter, too.
  4. Wear clean, dry socks: Who wants stinky feet in the winter? Always wear clean, dry socks and avoid pairs with holes.
  5. Let your shoes dry: Sweaty shoes? Give them time to dry.
  6. Don’t dismiss dry, cracked heels: Watch dry skin and address it quickly. Contact your podiatrist.
  7. Don’t take a break on your podiatry appointments: Don’t reschedule or push appointments to the spring or summer. Stay on top of maintenance.
  8. Wear the right shoes for the weather: Winter weather can cause injuries. From snow to rain, wear shoes to give you the best traction.
  9. Watch out for changes: We keep our feet covered often during the winter, but don’t take a break on daily foot inspections.
  10. Support matters every season: From winter boots to rain boots, shop with comfort and support in mind.

Do you have any winter tips? Share these tips with a friend. We hope these recommendations keep your feet healthy and warm and ready for the warmer seasons ahead. We’re here to help you navigate the winter season.

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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