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By Peter Y. Siroka, DPM
May 25, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Doctor   Podiatrist  

Visiting your Stamford, CT, foot doctor, Dr. Peter Siroka, offers a few advantages you may not have considered. Among the long-term benefits of podiatric care are:

Reduced risk of chronic foot and ankle problems

It's easy to overlook pain in your foot or ankle, hoping that the problem will get better if you just give it another week or month. Unfortunately, the longer you ignore pain or difficulty walking, the more likely you are to develop arthritis in a joint or chronic pain.

Treating injuries and foot and ankle conditions promptly will help you avoid a lifetime of pain or decreased mobility. If you already have arthritis or another foot or ankle condition, regular visits to the foot doctor may help slow the progression of the condition.

No more annoying hip, back, or leg pain

Your hip, back, or leg pain could actually be related to a foot issue. Your feet support your weight and help keep your bones, joints, and muscles properly aligned and balanced. If your feet roll inward or outward when you walk, you may soon feel aches and pains in your hips, legs, or lower back.

Fortunately, your Stamford podiatrist can offer a simple solution for the common problem. He'll design custom shoe inserts called orthotics that properly support your foot, improve alignment, and reduce motion.

Better sports performance

Foot imbalances and other issues can affect your sports performance or increase your risk of injuries. Your foot doctor can analyze your gait and recommend the best type of shoes for your activity. He may also recommend orthotics. In addition to supporting and aligning your foot, the shoe inserts provide a little extra cushioning that makes running, walking, and jumping more comfortable.

Without podiatric treatment, you may spend years wondering why you keep getting hurt or can't break through a plateau, despite making changes to your training routine.

Lower risk of complications if you have diabetes

A broken blister or cut on your foot is much more than a minor annoyance if you have diabetes. Any break in the skin, no matter how small, can quickly become infected. The disease slows healing, increasing the risk that the infection will spread to your foot and leg.

Visiting your podiatrist as soon as you notice open sores, burst blisters, or signs of infections, such as redness, pus, or changes in skin color or sensation can help you protect your feet and legs. Prompt treatment can help you avoid an amputation, which could change your life dramatically.

Are you ready to improve your foot and ankle health with a visit to Dr. Peter Siroka? Call (203) 614-8185 to schedule an appointment with your foot doctor in Stamford, CT.

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!