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Thursday, 13 June 2024 00:00

For diabetic patients, optimum foot health is vital, as complications can lead to serious consequences. Custom-made orthotics emerge as invaluable tools in the management and prevention of diabetic foot issues. By providing cushioning and support, orthotics help distribute pressure evenly across the foot, reducing the risk of ulcers and injuries. Additionally, orthotics can correct imbalances and alleviate discomfort associated with conditions like neuropathy and poor circulation, promoting improved mobility and quality of life. The tailored design of custom orthotics ensures a precise fit, minimizing friction and reducing the likelihood of skin breakdown. Additionally, orthotics serve as preventive measures, helping diabetic patients maintain good foot health and avoid complications that could lead to amputation. If you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you manage this condition and discuss whether custom-made orthotics are right for you.

If you are experiencing discomfort in your feet and would like to try custom orthotics, contact one of our podiatrists from Preferred Footcare, LLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Custom Orthotics?

Custom orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain. 

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Shoe inserts come in a wide variety and are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality, custom inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you're experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibility of using custom orthotics or shoe inserts. A podiatrist can determine which type of custom orthotic or shoe insert is right for you and help you take the first steps toward being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Stamford, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 12 June 2024 00:00

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Children’s footwear plays a significant role in the development of their feet and the way they walk, known as their gait. Shoes that are ill-fitted or lack proper support may lead to many foot conditions, such as flat feet, hammertoe, or even issues with posture and balance. Investing in properly fitting shoes helps children's feet grow correctly, supports a natural gait, and aids in maintaining good body alignment. Shoes that are too tight or too loose, can lead to discomfort, or possible long-term health issues. Children’s feet are still developing, and their bones, muscles, and ligaments are not fully formed. Wearing unsupportive footwear during these stages of life can cause permanent damage and affect their ability to participate in daily activities. Quality shoes should have a flexible sole to allow natural movement, plenty of room for the toes, and good arch support to encourage proper foot mechanics. If any issues regarding your child’s foot health arise, it is suggested to visit a podiatrist for a thorough exam and appropriate treatment.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact one of our podiatrists of Preferred Footcare, LLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Stamford, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

For basketball players, the Achilles tendon stands as a vital yet vulnerable component of their anatomy, often susceptible to injury due to the demands of the sport. The explosive movements, sudden changes in direction, and repetitive jumping place significant stress on this tendon, increasing the risk of strain or rupture. To prevent such injuries, athletes must prioritize proper conditioning and strengthening exercises, focusing on calf muscles and Achilles tendon flexibility. Incorporating dynamic warm-up routines and gradual progression in training intensity can also lower the risk of tendon overuse. Footwear plays a pivotal role, with supportive basketball shoes providing stability and shock absorption to lessen the strain on the Achilles tendon. Maintaining adequate hydration and nutrition aids in tissue health and recovery, further reducing the likelihood of tendon injuries. If you are a basketball athlete or a weekend warrior and have endured an Achilles tendon injury, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can determine the right treatment for you.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Preferred Footcare, LLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Stamford, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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