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By Peter Y. Siroka, DPM
October 18, 2016
Category: Foot Care

The foot has 107 ligaments, 26 bones, 33 joints, and countless muscles and tendons. This incredibly complex part of the human body plantar fasciitismakes up about a quarter of the bones in the entire body. Due to all of these moving parts, diagnosing heel pain can often be more tricky than one would think. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. With help from your Stamford, CT podiatrist Dr. Peter Siroka, you can manage your plantar fasciitis pain and get back on your feet for good.

Do I have plantar fasciitis? 
Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia, the ligament which runs underneath your foot from heel to toe, becomes inflamed. Plantar fasciitis has several tell-tale symptoms, including:

  • heel pain which is worst in the morning with the first steps of the day or after sitting down for long periods of time
  • heel pain which gets better after light activity
  • heel pain which gets worse with heavy activity
  • difficulty climbing stairs due to tendon stiffness

Who is at risk for plantar fasciitis? 
Many things can cause this painful condition though some are more common than others. Individuals who are overweight, are on their feet most or all of the day, or who are female are more prone to develop plantar fasciitis than others. Avid and long distance runners and those who regularly engage in heavy physical activity are also susceptible to plantar fasciitis.

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment in Stamford, CT
Treating plantar fasciitis varies from patient to patient and depends heavily on lifestyle, family and medical history, and activity level. Staying off of your feet and icing the sore foot several times daily can help reduce symptoms of plantar fasciitis and gives the body a chance to heal. Corticosteroid injections have proven to be very effective in treating plantar fasciitis. Prescription orthotics help distribute the body’s weight evenly onto the feet, helping reduce pain and inflammation.

For more information on plantar fasciitis treatments in the Stamford, CT area, please contact Dr. Peter Siroka. Call (203) 614-8185 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Siroka today!

By Peter Y. Siroka, DPM
October 03, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Growing Pains  

Growing PainsIf your child has ever complained of not being able to sleep at night due to leg pain, he or she may be experiencing what many people refer to as growing pains. They are common for kids during their growth and development years.

Growing pains are often characterized by a sharp, throbbing pain in the leg muscles, usually occurring during the night and sometimes late afternoon without an apparent cause. While there is no evidence that a child's growth is painful, these pains often occur during an active day of running, jumping or swimming.

Whenever a child is afflicted by episodes of recurrent leg pain, it is always best to have them evaluated. Other more serious foot and leg conditions should be ruled out before a diagnosis of growing pains is made.

Consult with a physician or a podiatrist if aching legs are a chronic complaint, or if the pain is so severe it interferes with the child's daily activities. Persistent pain and other unusual symptoms may indicate a more serious problem. The following symptoms are not due to growing pains and should be evaluated by a doctor:

  • Persistent pain
  • Swelling or redness in one specific area or joint
  • Limping
  • Fever
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Abnormal behavior

There are no treatments or medications available for growing pains, but parents can help ease the pain with simple home remedies.

  • Massage and rub the child's ache until the pain passes
  • Stretch your child's legs throughout the day and before bed
  • Heating pads or warm baths can help soothe sore muscles
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers (always consult with physician first)

While growing pains are commonly seen in young children during the growth and development years, lower extremity pain can also be caused by mechanical misalignments and structural imperfections. A thorough evaluation is crucial in order to determine the exact cause of your child's leg pain. If growing pains are the cause of your child's discomfort, rest assured that the pain is only temporary and will pass with time.