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By Peter Y. Siroka, DPM
December 15, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Bunions don’t always have to be painful. Find out how to best manage your symptoms.

Bunions are more common than you may think. Whether an injury to your foot or wearing high heels over the years has caused your bunionsbunion, our Stamford, CT podiatrist Dr. Peter Siroka, is here to provide you with the best options for managing your symptoms.

When it comes to treating your bunion, a lot will depend on the severity of your condition and the symptoms. Many minor to moderate issues can easily be addressed with simple and conservative at-home measures such as taking over-the-counter pain relievers. Those suffering from more severe pain may not be able to alleviate their pain through these commercial products in which case our Stamford foot care specialist can prescribe stronger pain medications.

Sometimes patients want to tackle their pain and swelling without medications. Many people experience more comfort and relief through a warm footbath or by applying a heating pad.

If you caught your bunion early enough that you aren’t experiencing consistent pain then often times changing out the type of shoes you wear may be all you need. You can apply a bunion pad over the bunion to provide additional protection so the skin doesn’t rub against your shoes and cause irritation. Of course, wearing shoes that are properly fitted and don’t scrunch up your feet will go a long way to making sure that your bunion doesn’t get worse.

When you come in for a consultation we can also determine whether you can benefit from orthotics, which are shoe inserts that can take pressure off certain joints in the foot, improve alignment and reduce pain.

If these interventions don’t work this is when we will sit down and discuss the next course of action. Sometimes corticosteroid injections can help alleviate severe and persistent pain and swelling. In rare cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the joint but only when all other treatment options have been exhausted without achieving the pain management you require.

Here at our Stamford, CT podiatry office we believe that people should lead a pain-free life. If moving around causes foot pain then we want to do something about it. Call us today if you are having trouble treating your bunion symptoms.

By Peter Y. Siroka, DPM
December 02, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Ingrown ToenailsIngrown toenails, also known as onychocryptosis, can be annoying and painful. This common condition occurs when the surrounding skin on one or both sides of the nail grows over the edges of the nail, or when the nail itself penetrates the skin. As the nail digs into the skin, redness, swelling, and pain are often the result.

People develop ingrown toenails for various reasons. Poor nail-trimming is the most common cause, as this encourages the skin to fold over the nail. Other causes include trauma, such as stubbing a toe, or skin conditions, such as fungal infections or nails that are simply too large. In some cases, the condition may even be inherited. Poor fitting shoes generally aggravate the condition, making it worse.

Many cases of ingrown toenails may be prevented by:

  • Wearing well-fitted shoes and socks
  • Protecting feet from trauma when possible
  • Trimming toenails straight across and avoiding repeated trimming of the nail borders
  • Keeping feet clean and dry to prevent infection

If an infection is not suspected of your ingrown, it can usually be safely treated from home by soaking your foot in warm water. Avoid "bathroom surgery" and repeated cutting of the nail as this will only make the condition worse.

When attempts to reduce your symptoms from home fail, or when pain, inflammation, swelling or discharge accompany your ingrown, the toenail is most likely infected and should be treated by a podiatrist at our office. People with diabetes, nerve damage or poor circulation should always seek care immediately if an ingrown nail is detected, regardless of the severity.

A podiatrist can examine the affected toe and determine the best treatment for your condition. For an infection, an antibiotic may be prescribed. Other treatments may involve trimming or removing the infected nail with a minor in-office surgical procedure.

Ingrown toenails may be annoying, but rest assured that they can easily be prevented and treated with the help of your podiatrist. If you think you have an ingrown toenail, visit  our practice for quick and easy treatment.