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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.

spotting signs

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.

circulation

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.

winter

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.

winter

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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