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By Peter Y. Siroka, DPM
January 14, 2021
Category: Foot Conditions

Be able to spot the telltale signs of plantar fasciitis.

If you are a dedicated runner, or if you simply spend most of the day on your feet, then you may find yourself dealing with achy, sore feet. Of course, heel pain is a frequent complaint. While there are many things that could be to blame for heel pain, one of the most common causes our Stamford, CT, podiatrist Dr. Peter Siroka sees is an inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis.

If you’re dealing with heel pain here in Stamford, CT, you may wish to read on to find out more about the signs and symptoms of plantar fasciitis.

You have flat feet or high arches

People with flat feet or incredibly high arches are more at risk for dealing with plantar fasciitis related heel pain. Imbalances or structural abnormalities in the foot can put more stress on the plantar fascia, leaving you prone to developing plantar fasciitis at some point during your lifetime.

Those with flat feet or high arches should talk with their podiatrists about types of footwear that can support both the heel and arches of the foot properly to prevent heel pain.

Your feet pain is worse in the morning

If you have plantar fasciitis, then you’ll most certainly be reminded of it in the morning. The first few steps once getting out of bed can cause a sharp, stabbing pain. That’s because the inflamed tissue stiffens while you are sleeping and walking around stretches them out. You will notice the pain subsiding as you continue to move around throughout the day.

Your pain eases with activity

Once the plantar fascia is stretched out you may notice heel pain improving; however, this is not a sign that you should get back to your daily workout. While you may find that the heel pain doesn’t bother your physical activities (for the most part), you will notice pain coming back with a vengeance as soon as you stop. If you have heel pain the best thing you can do is rest and avoid physical activity until the plantar fascia has fully healed.

Your pain radiates to the arches of your feet

The plantar fascia run the length of the feet from the heel bone to the toes and it also provides the arches of the feet with support, so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the pain you feel at the bottom of the heel may also radiate to the arches of the feet. It’s particularly important that you wear supportive shoes (even around the house) to provide additional cushioning and support for your feet at this time.

Dealing with heel pain for the first time? Not sure if you are dealing with plantar fasciitis? Don’t worry; our Stamford, CT, podiatry team can give you the answers and care you’re looking for. Simply call us at (203) 614-8185 to schedule an evaluation.

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
October 01, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Athletes Foot  

Are your toes itchy and covered in a red rash? You may have tinea pedis, but don't be alarmed—that's just the official name for athlete's athlete's footfoot, a common condition regularly treated by your Fairfield County foot doctor, Dr. Peter Siroka. Although athlete's foot is annoying, it is very treatable. Read on to learn more!


What is athlete's foot?

The fungus that causes athlete's foot is the same one that causes jock itch or ringworm, all conditions that are characterized by an itchy, red, sometimes blistered rash. Athlete's foot usually starts between the toes, but it can spread to other areas on the foot, as well. It's also a contagious condition that thrives in damp, warm environments, so people who walk barefoot in public places like locker rooms or gymnasiums are at a higher risk for picking it up. If you have naturally sweaty feet or routinely wear dirty socks and tight-fitting shoes, the fungus is more likely to thrive on your skin. Your Fairfield foot doctor can usually recognize athlete's foot on sight—no diagnostic tests are typically needed to confirm.


How is athlete's foot treated?

There are a number of over-the-counter and home remedies available to manage the symptoms of athlete's foot, but they aren't always effective at killing the fungus completely. You're also at risk for re-infection if you don't properly clean all the surfaces and laundry that your feet may have come into contact with. Prescription medication, whether it's topical or oral, is only available through your Fairfield County foot doctor. Seeking the help of a podiatrist is especially important if you're diabetic, if the rash has ulcerated/looks infected, or if you think the fungus may be affecting your toenails as well.


Contact us

If you think you may have a case of athlete's foot, contact the office of Dr. Peter Siroka, your Fairfield County foot doctor, for an evaluation and treatment. We are available at (203) 614-8185.

By Peter Y. Siroka, DPM
July 09, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunion  

A bunion is a commonly acquired foot deformity in which the big toe turns toward the second toe. Termed Hallux Valgus in the medical Bunionscommunity, bunions also features a substantial bump on the inside of the foot, often causing pain and discomfort. Fortunately, your foot doctor in Fairfield County, Dr. Peter Siroka, treats dozens of bunions, most of them through conservative means. However, some people with more serious bunion conditions need surgical intervention. Read on to learn more about this treatment (termed bunionectomy) and what it can do for you.


How bunions happen

Heredity plays a large role in bunion formation. If your mother or grandmother had bunions, you will likely develop them, too, due to inherited foot structure. Add age (over 40), injury, overuse, and high-heeled, narrow-toed shoes, and you have the perfect blueprint for Hallux Valgus.


Treating bunions

With milder bunions, simply wearing wider, roomier often shoes reduces the pain and swelling—even stopping the progression of the deformity. Shoe orthotics can also correct any gait issues, decrease friction, and reduce callus/corn formation. Rest, ice, and over the counter pain relievers ease symptoms, too.


Bunion surgeries

However, some bunions are complex and require surgery. Called a bunionectomy, this podiatric procedure aims to remove the bony bump and straighten the big toe. Sometimes, the doctor fuses the big toe joint.

In general, our Fairfield County office performs two kinds of bunionectomies: head surgeries and base procedures. A head surgery involves removing the bony bump and re-aligning and pinning the big toe so it is straight. A base procedure addresses more complicated bunions--both the bones and the controlling tendons and ligaments of the foot. Dr. Siroka often uses the innovative Merette Locking Plate for bunions which require fusion of the big toe.

The details of your case determine both the extent of your surgery and your recovery protocol. All treatments involve some suturing. Simpler procedures happen in the office with local anesthesia while more involved surgeries occur in the local hospital with the benefit of twilight sedation or general anesthesia.


Don't prolong the pain and deformity. Call our foot doctor today

Halt the progress of your bunion with caring and accurate treatment from the most qualified foot doctor in Fairfield County—Dr. Peter Siroka. Call today for your one-on-one consultation: (203) 614-8185 .

By Peter Y. Siroka, DPM
May 01, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions  

Bunions are a common foot problem. Although they tend to become more common as people age, anyone can develop a bunion. The Bunionsmost common symptom is a bony bump at the base of the big toe, which can become painful and make it difficult to fit into certain shoes and even affect mobility in some cases. You should discuss your symptoms with your podiatrist to avoid potential damage to the joint and other symptoms. Dr. Peter Siroka, a podiatrist in Stamford, CT, offers diagnostic and treatment options for bunions and other foot and ankle problems.


Diagnosis and Treatment Options for Bunions in Stamford, CT

Anyone can develop bunions, but there are some factors that can increase the risk and make some people more likely to develop them than others, including:

  • Age (they tend to be more common in older adults aged 65 and up)
  • Gender (they tend to be more common in women than in men in some cases)
  • Family history (if someone in your family has a bunion you may have a higher risk of developing them as well)
  • Arthritis or joint damage/injuries
  • Wearing high heels or uncomfortable, ill-fitting shoes that are too narrow and crowd the toes


What to Do if You Have a Bunion

Many people continue to function with bunions without difficulty, but they can be painful, uncomfortable, and lead to other problems like corns and calluses from friction between the bunion and your shoes, swelling and inflammation in the joint (bursitis), and pain/inflammation in other parts of the foot.


Treatment Options for Bunions

The best way to protect your feet from bunions is to wear comfortable shoes that fit well and provide adequate support for your foot type and level of activity. The typical treatment options for bunions include:

  • Medication
  • Splints
  • Orthotics
  • Surgery


Find a Podiatrist in Stamford, CT

For more information about finding relief and treatment options for your bunion symptoms, contact our office by calling (203) 614-8185 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Siroka today.