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By Peter Y. Siroka, DPM
November 05, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: orthotics   Custom Orthotics  

Do you suffer from foot, ankle, leg or back pain? Custom orthotics provided by your Stamford, CT, podiatrist, Dr. Peter Siroka, may offer the solution to your problem.

What are orthotics?

Your feet must be perfectly aligned and balanced to properly support the weight of your body. Even minor issues can affect foot balance, alignment and stability and lead to foot, leg or back pain. Your arches might be too high or too low, your feet may turn in or out when you walk, or you may have a foot injury or deformity. Your orthotics are custom-designed for your feet and your specific foot condition.

Orthotics don't just offer arch support, although that's certainly an important function. The prescription shoe inserts also keep your feet properly aligned, prevent excessive foot motion and absorb shock. Thanks to the cushioning effect they offer, orthotics can reduce the risk of sores and blisters if you have diabetes or help you avoid common running injuries like shin splints, runner's knee and tendonitis.

What types of orthotics are available?

During your visit to the Stamford podiatry office, your foot doctor may recommend one of these orthotic types:

  • Rigid Orthotics: These full-length inserts are made of rigid plastic or carbon. They can be helpful if you have leg pain, flat feet, back pain, different leg legs, an abnormal gait, or if you overpronate (turn your feet in when you walk.)
  • Semi-Rigid Orthotics: Semi-rigid orthotics also extend from your heels to your toes, but consist of a layer of softer materials over a rigid core. The orthotics provide a little cushioning and also help control balance and foot movement. They may be recommended if your child's toes turn in or out, or you have foot pain. Semi-rigid orthotics are a good choice for athletes too.
  • Soft Orthotics: Made of softer, more flexible materials than the other full-length orthotics, soft orthotics absorb shock, reduce pressure on the feet and offer ample cushioning. Soft orthotics may be a good option for you if you have diabetes, arthritis, bunions or hammertoes.
  • Heel Cups: Heel cups fit in the heel area of your shoes and offer extra cushioning that can reduce the pain of Achilles tendonitis, thinning fats pads under the heels, plantar fasciitis or heel spurs.

Orthotics offer a simple solution to pain and discomfort. Call your podiatrist in Stamford, CT, Dr. Siroka, at (203) 614-8185 to schedule your appointment.

By Peter Y. Siroka, DPM
August 19, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

While many people think that bunions are just pesky bumps on the side-bottom portion of their big toe, they can be really serious since they change the affected toe’s anatomy, and in turn, the whole foot. Bunions develop over time, and what starts out as a big toe pointing directly towards the adjacent toe will gradually end up permanently altering the alignment affected foot’s bones.

This is why prompt diagnosis and treatment from your foot doctor, Dr. Peter Siroka of Peter Y. Siroka, DPM in Stamford, CT and serving Fairfield County, is critical to prevent your bunion’s progression.

Why You Have a Bunion

Bunions could be genetic or caused by constant and prolonged wearing of ill-fitting and unsupportive footwear. They likewise worsen when wearing footwear that is too small, fit improperly, and too tight. In some cases, arthritis and other inflammatory diseases could also result in bunions.

How a Bunion Feels Like

Most individuals don’t feel bunion symptoms during the early stages of its development. As the bunion grows, however, they may feel these telltale symptoms:

  • Physical pain or discomfort in the affected toe
  • Swelling, redness, and/or a burning sensation in the area
  • Walking difficulties
  • Possible numbness in the affected toe

Non-Surgical and Conservative Bunion Treatment Options

  • Wear properly-fitted footwear with sufficient toe space.
  • Have your footwear stretched professionally to provide room for the toes.
  • Cushion the bunion with pads to minimize pain.
  • Avoid things that lead to pain, including standing too long.
  • Wear customized orthotic devices as recommended by your foot doctor in Stamford, CT.

Surgical Bunion Treatment

Your podiatrist might recommend surgical intervention if after trying all the recommended non-surgical methods, you still feel pain and are having issues with walking. The specific type of bunion surgery you’ll need to undergo will be based on your age, the extent of deformity, your activity level, and overall health.

Bunion surgery is used for correcting the big toe’s anatomical position. It entails putting back the bones, nerves, tendons, and ligaments in their proper positions, and the removal of the bunion. It’s usually an outpatient procedure, and the recovery time would vary based on the procedures performed on the bunion.

Ready to Get Much-Needed Relief From Your Bunion? We Can Help

Arrange an evaluation with your foot doctor here at Peter Y. Siroka, DPM in Stamford, CT and serving Fairfield County, Dr. Peter Siroka, by dialing (203) 614-8185.

By Peter Y. Siroka, DPM
April 13, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Diabetic Foot  

Diabetes can have an effect on your health in a variety of ways. While it's well-known that watching your diet helps to manage the effects of diabetes, not everyone is aware that foot health is also an important component of diabetic care. Fortunately, by following these simple steps to prevent injury and infection, keeping your feet healthy isn't difficult.

Dr. Peter Siroka, your foot doctor in Summer St. Stamford, CT, is committed to working alongside his diabetic patients to educate them about the best ways to care for their feet.

Why foot health matters to diabetics

Diabetes doesn't just affect the way the body processes sugar; it can also damage the blood vessels and the way nerves receive pain signals, particularly those in the feet since they are the extremity that is furthest away from the heart. So, when a foot or ankle injury occurs, even a minor blister or scrape, it can be difficult to heal and may lead to an unnoticed open wound that is subject to infection. The lack of blood circulation to the feet compounds this problem because the healing process is diminished. Severe cases of diabetes-related foot ulcers can result in systemic infection, gangrene, or amputation.

How diabetic people can care for their feet

Foot doctors like Dr. Peter Siroka in Summer St. Stamford are an invaluable resource for people with diabetes. They can quickly diagnose and prescribe treatment for potential problems, as well as educate their patients about the steps needed to avoid foot wounds. These include:

  • Wash your feet every day. Use a mild soap, soft sponge, and lukewarm water to keep your feet clean. Dry them completely afterward.
  • Inspect your feet daily. Use a handheld mirror to visualize any areas that are difficult to reach. Any cuts, blisters, scrapes, or nail issues, no matter how small, should be reported to your podiatrist.
  • Wear clean, dry socks. Change your socks daily and consider wearing socks and footwear designed for diabetic people.
  • Never go barefoot. Even indoors, make sure to wear close-toed shoes or slippers.
     

If you've been diagnosed with diabetes, consult your foot doctor in Summer St. Stamford, CT, should be near the top of your to-do list. Call our podiatry office at (203) 614-8185 to make an appointment with Dr. Peter Siroka.

By Peter Y. Siroka, DPM
April 09, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Foot Doctor  

Dr. Peter Siroka, your Stamford, CT, foot doctor, provides a variety of services for people suffering from serious podiatric issues—read on to learn of some instances when you should seek relief for your problem.

When should you visit your podiatrist?

  • Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is painful nerve damage in legs and feet that may lead to serious health complications. Numbed peripherals result in damaged nerves that make it difficult to detect temperatures and pain. You need to visit your foot doctor if you suffer from neuropathy and follow a healthy regimen when at home. Always keep feet warm, dry, and away from heat, and wear loose socks overnight.
     
  • Plantar fasciitis is heel and arch pain that results from inflammation on the bottom of the foot. Overpronation is a common cause of plantar fasciitis, and it refers to when the foot rolls inward when walking, an action that flattens the foot, lengthens the arch, and adds tension to the bottom.
     
  • Heel Spur Syndrome can be successfully treated by using anti-inflammatory medications, ice packs, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, and physical therapy. If it's treated unsuccessfully at home, you may visit your doctor for Extracorporeal Shock Wave.
     
  • Orthotics are devices that are inserted into a shoe to support feet while standing, walking, and running. Although over-the-counter orthotics are available, it's best to speak with your Stamford foot doctor about custom-made orthotics. There are three types of orthotics: hard, soft, and semi-rigid that all come in many shapes, sizes, and materials.
     
  • Bunions are foot deformities that cause recurring or chronic inflammation, irritation, and pain. Bunions make walking, running, and other daily activities difficult, so speak with your podiatrist about all of your treatment options.

Need to speak with your foot doctor?

If you would like to speak with a Stamford, CT, foot doctor, don't hesitate to call Dr. Peter Y. Siroka by dialing (203) 614-8185 today!

By Peter Y. Siroka, DPM
January 10, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Pain  

Have you been struggling with heel pain? Stemming from a number of causes, including plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, tendonitis, arthritis, nerve irritation, injuries, and being overweight, heel pain can lead to deep mobility issues if left untreated, consequently requiring complicated therapy. Fortunately, your foot doctor, Dr. Peter Siroka DPM offers full-service, state-of-the-art podiatric care to patients residing in the Fairfield County area. Read on to learn about treatment options for heel pain.

1. Night Splints - A type of brace that attaches to the foot and lower leg, these devices are worn when you go bed and are designed to hold the feet in a neutral position to gently stretch the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia. This gentle stretching helps to reduce muscle contracture, pain, and swelling.

2. Orthotics - Podiatrist-prescribed orthotic devices (e.g. shoe inserts) are often used to treat heel pain. These inserts provide arch support and cushioning for shock absorption, comfort, and protection. Many studies have shown that orthotic devices improve function and reduce foot pain.

3. Injections - Depending on the reason for your heel pain, your podiatrist may use a minimally invasive injection of corticosteroids to relieve swelling and pain. This provides relief for months on end and even permanently.

4. Stretches - Mounting research has shown that stretching exercises reduce foot pain, decrease swelling, and improve function. With guidance from your foot doctor, you should perform stretching exercises daily to keep foot pain at bay.

5. Medicine - Your doctor may suggest taking painkillers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen to reduce your pain. Prescription topical pain relievers can be used to treat heel pain. Topical pain medications are available in cream, gel, or lotion form. Prescription medications that contain opioids such as codeine are also useful for treating pain that can't be relieved by OTC medicines. Consult with our Fairfield County office to find out which medication is right for you.

Don't ignore your heel pain. If you need fast pain relief, call Dr. Peter Siroka DPM at (203) 614-8185 right now to schedule a consultation in Stamford, CT. We offer many highly effective, non-surgical solutions to heel pain for those in the Fairfield County area.





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