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By Peter Y. Siroka, DPM
April 13, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Diabetic Foot  

Diabetes can have an effect on your health in a variety of ways. While it's well-known that watching your diet helps to manage the effects of diabetes, not everyone is aware that foot health is also an important component of diabetic care. Fortunately, by following these simple steps to prevent injury and infection, keeping your feet healthy isn't difficult.

Dr. Peter Siroka, your foot doctor in Summer St. Stamford, CT, is committed to working alongside his diabetic patients to educate them about the best ways to care for their feet.

Why foot health matters to diabetics

Diabetes doesn't just affect the way the body processes sugar; it can also damage the blood vessels and the way nerves receive pain signals, particularly those in the feet since they are the extremity that is furthest away from the heart. So, when a foot or ankle injury occurs, even a minor blister or scrape, it can be difficult to heal and may lead to an unnoticed open wound that is subject to infection. The lack of blood circulation to the feet compounds this problem because the healing process is diminished. Severe cases of diabetes-related foot ulcers can result in systemic infection, gangrene, or amputation.

How diabetic people can care for their feet

Foot doctors like Dr. Peter Siroka in Summer St. Stamford are an invaluable resource for people with diabetes. They can quickly diagnose and prescribe treatment for potential problems, as well as educate their patients about the steps needed to avoid foot wounds. These include:

  • Wash your feet every day. Use a mild soap, soft sponge, and lukewarm water to keep your feet clean. Dry them completely afterward.
  • Inspect your feet daily. Use a handheld mirror to visualize any areas that are difficult to reach. Any cuts, blisters, scrapes, or nail issues, no matter how small, should be reported to your podiatrist.
  • Wear clean, dry socks. Change your socks daily and consider wearing socks and footwear designed for diabetic people.
  • Never go barefoot. Even indoors, make sure to wear close-toed shoes or slippers.
     

If you've been diagnosed with diabetes, consult your foot doctor in Summer St. Stamford, CT, should be near the top of your to-do list. Call our podiatry office at (203) 614-8185 to make an appointment with Dr. Peter Siroka.

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!

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 27, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Diabetic Foot Care  

Diabetes complicates even common foot problems such as ingrown toenails, bunions, dry skin, warts, and more, according to the Pharmacy Times. Accordingly, your Fairfield County foot doctor, Dr. Peter Siroka, emphasizes daily foot care and routine office check-ups for all patients who struggle with this common condition. Learn more here:

The danger of high blood sugars

For the lower extremities, diabetes poses foot and ankle problems such as:

  • Reduced nerve sensation (diabetic neuropathy)
  • Poor healing for wounds, cuts, abrasions, bacterial, yeast, and fungal infections and bruising
  • Acquired deformities such as hammertoes
  • Reduced peripheral circulation

Deep ulcers on the foot and ankles and amputations are some of the sad consequences of poor preventive care. Although this, of course, quite concerning, with the proper patient education, individualized care plans, and specialized treatments from our Fairfield County office, you can fortify your podiatric health.

Preventive care begins at home

Here's how you can be proactive about your diabetes and foot health:

  • Look are your feet carefully every day to discover sores, skin irritations, bruises, and cuts.
  • Wash and dry your feet daily using warm water and mild soap.
  • Dry your feet completely.
  • Wear clean, well-fitting socks, and change them daily.
  • Trim your nails with clean pedicure implements. Do not angle the corners of the nails, but cut straight across.
  • Wear properly fitting shoes with good arch support.
  • Avoid footwear which is too tight as it may cause pressure points and sores.
  • Break in new shoes gradually.
  • Take your diabetes medication as prescribed.
  • Monitor your blood sugars daily.
  • Moisturize your feet every day.
  • Never attempt to remove corns or calluses yourself.
  • Do not go barefoot—even in the house.
  • Keep your feet warm and dry, particularly in inclement weather.

Additionally, see routinely visit your foot doctor for check-ups, and report any problems as soon as possible.

Take care of your feet

You can control your diabetes with the help of your foot doctor, Dr. Peter Siroka. Call his Stamford, CT, office today for an appointment: (203) 614-8185.

By Peter Y. Siroka, DPM
October 01, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Athletes Foot  

Are your toes itchy and covered in a red rash? You may have tinea pedis, but don't be alarmed—that's just the official name for athlete's athlete's footfoot, a common condition regularly treated by your Fairfield County foot doctor, Dr. Peter Siroka. Although athlete's foot is annoying, it is very treatable. Read on to learn more!

 

What is athlete's foot?

The fungus that causes athlete's foot is the same one that causes jock itch or ringworm, all conditions that are characterized by an itchy, red, sometimes blistered rash. Athlete's foot usually starts between the toes, but it can spread to other areas on the foot, as well. It's also a contagious condition that thrives in damp, warm environments, so people who walk barefoot in public places like locker rooms or gymnasiums are at a higher risk for picking it up. If you have naturally sweaty feet or routinely wear dirty socks and tight-fitting shoes, the fungus is more likely to thrive on your skin. Your Fairfield foot doctor can usually recognize athlete's foot on sight—no diagnostic tests are typically needed to confirm.

 

How is athlete's foot treated?

There are a number of over-the-counter and home remedies available to manage the symptoms of athlete's foot, but they aren't always effective at killing the fungus completely. You're also at risk for re-infection if you don't properly clean all the surfaces and laundry that your feet may have come into contact with. Prescription medication, whether it's topical or oral, is only available through your Fairfield County foot doctor. Seeking the help of a podiatrist is especially important if you're diabetic, if the rash has ulcerated/looks infected, or if you think the fungus may be affecting your toenails as well.

 

Contact us

If you think you may have a case of athlete's foot, contact the office of Dr. Peter Siroka, your Fairfield County foot doctor, for an evaluation and treatment. We are available at (203) 614-8185.





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