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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.

By Peter Y. Siroka, DPM
December 27, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Diabetic Foot Care  

Diabetes complicates even common foot problems such as ingrown toenails, bunions, dry skin, warts, and more, according to the Pharmacy Times. Accordingly, your Fairfield County foot doctor, Dr. Peter Siroka, emphasizes daily foot care and routine office check-ups for all patients who struggle with this common condition. Learn more here:

The danger of high blood sugars

For the lower extremities, diabetes poses foot and ankle problems such as:

  • Reduced nerve sensation (diabetic neuropathy)
  • Poor healing for wounds, cuts, abrasions, bacterial, yeast, and fungal infections and bruising
  • Acquired deformities such as hammertoes
  • Reduced peripheral circulation

Deep ulcers on the foot and ankles and amputations are some of the sad consequences of poor preventive care. Although this, of course, quite concerning, with the proper patient education, individualized care plans, and specialized treatments from our Fairfield County office, you can fortify your podiatric health.

Preventive care begins at home

Here's how you can be proactive about your diabetes and foot health:

  • Look are your feet carefully every day to discover sores, skin irritations, bruises, and cuts.
  • Wash and dry your feet daily using warm water and mild soap.
  • Dry your feet completely.
  • Wear clean, well-fitting socks, and change them daily.
  • Trim your nails with clean pedicure implements. Do not angle the corners of the nails, but cut straight across.
  • Wear properly fitting shoes with good arch support.
  • Avoid footwear which is too tight as it may cause pressure points and sores.
  • Break in new shoes gradually.
  • Take your diabetes medication as prescribed.
  • Monitor your blood sugars daily.
  • Moisturize your feet every day.
  • Never attempt to remove corns or calluses yourself.
  • Do not go barefoot—even in the house.
  • Keep your feet warm and dry, particularly in inclement weather.

Additionally, see routinely visit your foot doctor for check-ups, and report any problems as soon as possible.

Take care of your feet

You can control your diabetes with the help of your foot doctor, Dr. Peter Siroka. Call his Stamford, CT, office today for an appointment: (203) 614-8185.