Posts for: June, 2016
Have you suddenly developed pain in your heel and aren't sure what caused it? Dr. Peter Siroka, Your Stamford, CT, podiatrist, shares information on several common conditions that cause heel pain.
Heel pain causes
Your pain may be caused by one of these conditions:
- Stone bruise: If you've ever stepped on a rock or a stray Lego, you know how painful stone bruises can be. Although the pain eventually goes away on its own, it's no fun walking when you have a bruise. Stone bruises can also occur if you wear running shoes without enough padding, or you don't replace your worn running shoes often enough.
- Plantar fasciitis: Inflammation of the plantar fascia can cause heel pain. The fascia is a tough band of tissue that connects your heel to your toes.
- Heel spurs: Once you recover from plantar fasciitis, your pain may not end. It's not unusual to develop heel spurs at the site where your heel bone connects to your plantar fascia after a bout of plantar fasciitis. Though these calcium deposits can also develop even if you've never had the condition.
- Achilles tendinitis: This injury affects people who spend a lot of time on their feet and runners. If you have this injury, you may notice a bump on the back of your heel.
- Retrocalcaneal bursitis: Your retrocalcaneal bursa is a fluid-filled sac located at the spot where your Achilles tendon connects your heel to your calf muscle. Running, walking or jumping can cause inflammation of the bursa, particularly if you suddenly increase the duration or intensity of your workout.
How can a podiatrist help me?
Your Stamford foot doctor offers several types of treatments that will reduce your heel pain. Prescription pain medications and cortisone injections may provide pain relief while physical therapy is helpful in stretching and strengthening the muscles that support your heel and lower foot. Your podiatrist may recommend that you wear special shoe inserts that relieve pressure on the heel or a walking boot, depending on the severity of your problem. Although surgery generally isn't needed for heel injuries, in some cases, it's the best option.
When your heel pain doesn't go away on its own, it's time for a visit to your podiatrist. Call Dr. Siroka, your Stamford, CT, podiatrist, at (203) 614-8185 to schedule an appointment.
People with diabetes are prone to foot problems, often developing from a combination of poor circulation and nerve damage. Damage to the nerves in the legs and feet diminishes skin sensation, making it difficult to detect or notice pain or temperature changes. A minor sore or scrape on your foot may get infected simply because you don't know it is there. A decrease in blood flow makes it difficult for these injuries to heal. And when a wound isn't healing, it's at risk for infection. Left untreated, minor foot injuries can result in ulceration and even amputation.
Foot Care for Diabetics
Simple daily foot care can help prevent serious health problems associated with diabetes.
We recommend the following tips for keeping your feet healthy and preventing foot complications:
- Wash feet daily. Keep feet clean with mild soap and lukewarm water, and dry thoroughly.
- Moisturize. Moisturize daily to keep dry skin from cracking, and avoid putting lotion between your toes as this may cause infection.
- Trim your toenails carefully. Cut straight across, avoiding the corners; visit our office for assistance
- Never treat corns or calluses on your own. Visit your podiatrist for treatment.
- Protect your feet from hot and cold.
- Keep the blood flowing in your feet and legs. Elevate your feet when sitting, don't sit cross-legged, and stay active.
- Inspect your feet every day. Check your feet for cuts, redness, swelling and nail problems. Contact our practice if you notice anything unusual, even the slightest change.
- Avoid smoking. Smoking restricts blood flow in the feet
- Wear comfortable, supportive shoes and never walk barefoot
- Visit our practice for regular exams. Seeing a podiatrist at our office regularly can help prevent diabetic foot problems.
At our practice, we understand that living with diabetes can be challenging. Let's discuss simple ways you can reduce your risk of foot injuries. We'll work with you to create a treatment plan that fits your lifestyle and gets you back on your feet so you can enjoy the things you love. Remember to inspect your feet every day. If you detect an injury, no matter how small, come in for an exam right away.