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By Peter Y. Siroka, DPM
January 14, 2021
Category: Foot Conditions

Be able to spot the telltale signs of plantar fasciitis.

If you are a dedicated runner, or if you simply spend most of the day on your feet, then you may find yourself dealing with achy, sore feet. Of course, heel pain is a frequent complaint. While there are many things that could be to blame for heel pain, one of the most common causes our Stamford, CT, podiatrist Dr. Peter Siroka sees is an inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis.

If you’re dealing with heel pain here in Stamford, CT, you may wish to read on to find out more about the signs and symptoms of plantar fasciitis.

You have flat feet or high arches

People with flat feet or incredibly high arches are more at risk for dealing with plantar fasciitis related heel pain. Imbalances or structural abnormalities in the foot can put more stress on the plantar fascia, leaving you prone to developing plantar fasciitis at some point during your lifetime.

Those with flat feet or high arches should talk with their podiatrists about types of footwear that can support both the heel and arches of the foot properly to prevent heel pain.

Your feet pain is worse in the morning

If you have plantar fasciitis, then you’ll most certainly be reminded of it in the morning. The first few steps once getting out of bed can cause a sharp, stabbing pain. That’s because the inflamed tissue stiffens while you are sleeping and walking around stretches them out. You will notice the pain subsiding as you continue to move around throughout the day.

Your pain eases with activity

Once the plantar fascia is stretched out you may notice heel pain improving; however, this is not a sign that you should get back to your daily workout. While you may find that the heel pain doesn’t bother your physical activities (for the most part), you will notice pain coming back with a vengeance as soon as you stop. If you have heel pain the best thing you can do is rest and avoid physical activity until the plantar fascia has fully healed.

Your pain radiates to the arches of your feet

The plantar fascia run the length of the feet from the heel bone to the toes and it also provides the arches of the feet with support, so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the pain you feel at the bottom of the heel may also radiate to the arches of the feet. It’s particularly important that you wear supportive shoes (even around the house) to provide additional cushioning and support for your feet at this time.

Dealing with heel pain for the first time? Not sure if you are dealing with plantar fasciitis? Don’t worry; our Stamford, CT, podiatry team can give you the answers and care you’re looking for. Simply call us at (203) 614-8185 to schedule an evaluation.

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 26, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions

Don’t let heel pain get the better of you—come to our Stamford office for help!

Plantar Fasciitis Foot PainAre you noticing a sudden, stabbing pain in the bottom of your heel? If so, then you may be dealing with a condition known as plantar fasciitis. Often an acute issue, this foot problem leads to inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick tissue that runs from the toes to the heel bone. Read below to learn more about plantar fasciitis and when you should turn to an expert such as Stamford, CT, podiatrist, Dr. Peter Siroka, to treat your heel pain.

Signs of Plantar Fasciitis

Even though heel pain is the most common symptom associated with plantar fasciitis, there are many things that can cause heel pain, which may leave you wondering how to differentiate your symptoms. Those with plantar fasciitis may notice that their pain comes about gradually over the course of a day or more. Usually, if you go for your run or move around, you may notice a slight pain that eventually gets worse later on.

Here are some characteristics of plantar fasciitis,

  • Stabbing, sharp heel pain
  • Pain that radiates to the arches of the foot
  • Pain after physical activity
  • Stiffness and tenderness in the heel
  • Pain after resting

 

Those with plantar fasciitis may limp to try and reduce the amount of pressure they are putting on their heels while moving around. While most people will only develop plantar fasciitis in one foot, it is possible to develop this problem in both feet. If you are dealing with any of these symptoms, you may want to point the finger at plantar fasciitis.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

This condition will usually go away on its own, so the most important thing is to manage your symptoms to reduce recovery time. Usually, simple home care is all that’s needed to help your foot heal. It’s important to rest and avoid any strenuous activities such as running, which can slow healing and make pain worse. Other ways to ease symptoms include,

  • Stretching your feet to prevent the plantar fascia from tightening up
  • Wearing supportive shoes that cushion your arches
  • Wearing shoe inserts or arch supports to provide additional support
  • Icing your feet up to 15 minutes at a time, 2-3 times a day

If the pain is severe, a night splint may be recommended to help stretch out the fascia while you sleep to reduce pain and stiffness. If home treatment isn’t working for you, it's important to seek medical attention.

Give Us a Call!

If you are looking for a foot care specialist in Stamford, CT, to help treat your heel pain, it’s time to call Dr. Siroka at (203) 614-8185 to schedule an evaluation. We offer a full range of podiatric services that cater to everything from diabetic foot problems to bunions and pain. Call us today to learn more!

By Peter Y. Siroka, DPM
August 09, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain   arch pain  

About 77 percent of Americans say that they have had trouble with foot pain according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. heel painPlantar fasciitis is the primary cause of heel and foot pain in podiatry patients. It inspires about one million visits to the doctor each year according to a study published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. These are some of the signs that you may have plantar fasciitis, and information on how it can be remedied by Dr. Peter Siroka, a podiatrist serving foot patients in Stamford, CT.

About Plantar Fasciitis 
Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition that causes pain and inflammation underneath the foot. A band of tissue called the plantar fascia reaches from the front of the foot to the heel, keeping your foot properly arched and supported. When it is stretched and irritated from wearing shoes that don’t fit properly or overpronation (rolling the foot inward too much) it causes heel and arch pain. This condition is also called heel spur syndrome because plantar fascia damage could cause painful bone growths to form on the heel.

Signs You Have Plantar Fasciitis
Know the signs of plantar fasciitis (heel spur syndrome) so that you can save your feet from debilitating pain and avoid the need for invasive surgery in the future. These are some of the potential signs to discuss with your Stamford foot doctor: 

- Sharp pain at the heel that causes you to avoid stepping or standing on it.
- Limping while walking.
- Flattening of the foot.
- Redness or bruising at the heel.
- Feeling a small growth of hard tissue on the heel bone (heel spur).

Repairing the Plantar Fascia Ligament
To successfully treat plantar fasciitis, the ligament needs healing, rest, and therapy. Treatments are usually conservative and non-invasive, including icing the foot, wearing custom orthotic inserts, and participating in regular physical therapy visits. Anti-inflammatory medication helps with the discomfort you feel when you walk. An advanced treatment called Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) can stimulate healing by delivering waves of energy to the plantar fascia.

Treating Heel and Arch Pain
If you think that your foot pain may be related to plantar fasciitis, Dr. Siroka can help remedy this condition using effective, conservative foot treatments. Call (203) 614-8185 today to schedule a visit to his office in Stamford, CT.

By Peter Y. Siroka, DPM
October 03, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Your heel pain has gotten out of control. Your foot is swollen, and just putting it on the floor in the morning hurts. Likely, your discomfort is heel painplantar fasciitis, and your podiatrist, Dr. Peter Siroka, can help with innovative treatments that relieve heel pain in Stamford, CT. Learn here about heel pain and what you can do to keep moving.

Why your heel hurts

Plantar fasciitis affects the connective tissue that extends from your heel bone (calcaneus), across the bottom of your foot and to the base of your toes (metatarsal bones). Repetitive motion, obesity, poorly supporting footwear and just being on your feet too long can cause this inflammatory condition. Additionally, people who overpronate, or roll their feet inwards as they walk or run, develop heel pain.

Often co-existing with plantar fasciitis is a small projection called a heel spur. Growing off the front of the heel bone, a spur compounds the discomfort and inflammation of plantar fasciitis.

What to do

See your foot doctor in Stamford if you have persistent heel pain. Dr. Siroka will examine your foot and take X-rays and other imaging as needed. If he feels that plantar fasciitis is behind your discomfort, he may suggest:

  • Over the counter pain medication
  • Cortisone injections
  • Customized shoe orthotics
  • Simple rest
  • Better fitting and more supportive footwear
  • Stretching before a gym workout or running

For more severe and persistent cases, Dr. Siroka offers two innovative treatments which alleviate heel pain comfortably, with limited downtime and without surgery. One is PRP Therapy, or Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, in which the patient's own blood platelets are injected into the painful area. Platelets stimulate growth factors which boost the body's ability to heal and increase metabolisn and blood flow.

Another treatment is Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology or EPAT. Cleared by the FDA, EPAT sends measured acoustic waves into the tendon, muscle or other affected area. While it requires some mild anesthesia, this heel pain treatment works effectively and quickly. The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society says that this therapy also helps Achilles Tendonitis, a common malady affecting the ankle and heel.

Do you have heel pain?

Get it evaluated and treated by one of Connecticut Magazine's Top Docs, Dr. Siroka. His 35 years of podiatric expertise will get you the relief you deserve. Call today for an appointment in Stamford, CT: (203) 614-8185.