Foot injuries can quickly slow down even the busiest of individuals. Properly dealing with your foot injury, whether due to trauma from a big game or simple overuse, is important in ensuring that the injury heals properly and does not cause any future issues. Learn more about properly healing common foot injuries with Dr. Allan Rosenthal at Advanced Foot Care Center in Ridgefield, CT.
Common Foot Injuries
Your feet take the brunt of your body’s weight, making them susceptible to various injuries and conditions. Some of the most commonly treated foot injuries include:
- ligament injuries
- tendon injuries
- pulled or strained muscles
- broken bones/fractures
- sprained joints
- puncture wounds
Diagnosing Foot Injuries in Ridgefield, CT
If your injury comes on slowly and gradually builds in severity over time, it may be a symptom of an underlying condition like a bunion, hammertoes, or plantar fasciitis. However, no matter the cause of your injury, your podiatrist will use a physical examination and, if necessary, imaging techniques like x-rays to successfully diagnose your condition. While broken bones or dislocations are often quickly found on an x-ray, other injuries may require some further investigation. Once you find out the cause of your injury, your foot doctor will work with you to determine the best treatment plan.
Treating Foot Injuries with Advanced Foot Care Center
Treatment for foot injuries varies from patient to patient. While many injuries require simply staying off of the foot to allow the body to heal on its own, more complex injuries may require a brace or cast. Physical therapy’s specialized exercises and stretches or corticosteroid shots may also help in the healing process. Prescription pain medications and anti-inflammatories can help decrease your pain and discomfort. In some cases, your doctor may suggest surgery to correct the injury.
For more information on foot injuries or their treatments, please contact Dr. Allan Rosenthal at Advanced Foot Care Center in Ridgefield, CT. Call (203) 431-0048 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Rosenthal today!
At Advanced Foot Care Center in Ridgefield, CT, podiatrist, Dr. Allan Rosenthal, sees a variety of foot-related problems. Foot fungal infections affect many people, and Dr. Rosenthal has the experience and training necessary to diagnose and treat the problems associated with fungal growth. Two of the most common infections - toenail fungus and athlete's foot - are discussed here.
Known as onychomycosis, toenail fungal infections are usually caused a strain of fungi known as dermatophytes. Nails infected with this fungi usually become thick, brittle and discolored. While not initially painful, toenail fungus is unsightly and can produce uncomfortable lesions on the skin if allowed to progress. This is of particular concern for your Ridgefield foot doctor's diabetic patients, as their reduced blood circulation can make healing very difficult. After an examination, Dr. Rosenthal will determine the best way to reduce your toenail fungus; topical or oral medication may be prescribed, the affected portion of the nail may be removed, or the nail may be treated with laser light therapy.
This contagious fungal infection, which thrives in warm, damp environments like locker rooms, is clinically known as tinea pedis; the itching it produces is unmistakable. Athlete's foot usually develops between the toes but can spread to other parts of the feet and even the hands in severe cases. It can appear dry and scaly or ulcerated, depending on the type of fungi and the severity of the infection. Your Ridgefield foot doctor typically diagnoses athlete's foot on sight, although viewing a sample under a microscope can confirm it. Treatment typically consists of topical medication and a strict hygiene routine; this can take two to six weeks to resolve the infection. A recurrence of athlete's foot can be prevented by keeping the feet dry, changing into clean socks often, and wearing sandals in locker rooms or public pool areas.
Ringworm and yeast can also affect your podiatric health. If you think you might be dealing with one of these fungal infections, please contact Advanced Foot Care Center in Ridgefield, CT, to schedule an appointment with your foot doctor, Dr. Rosenthal.
How your podiatrist in Ridgefield can help
If you play sports, you know how your feet can suffer. When you play sports, you are at risk for injuries to your feet and ankles that can put you on the sidelines of your own life. Fortunately, help is just a phone call away. Dr. Allan Rosenthal at Advanced Foot Care Center in Ridgefield, CT wants you to know about some common sports injuries and how to get relief.
Plantar fasciitis and heel pain are common in runners. Plantar fasciitis is caused from inflammation of the thick band of tissue running across your heel, called the plantar fascia. You may experience sharp, severe pain around your heel and the side of your foot. To get relief from plantar fasciitis, Dr. Rosenthal wants you to:
- Rest and get off of your feet
- Ice your heel for 15 minutes several times each day
- Take over-the-counter pain medications like Tylenol or ibuprofen
- Do arch stretches several times each day
Shin splints are characterized by swelling, pain or soreness along the large bone in the front of your leg called the tibia. You can get shin splints from overworking and overstressing the muscles, tendons and bones in your lower leg. To get relief from shin splints, Dr. Rosenthal wants you to:
- Rest and apply ice packs for 15 minutes several times each day
- Take over-the counter pain relieving medications like Tylenol
- Try low impact exercises like swimming until you heal
Foot fractures and ankle fractures can also happen, especially if you play contact sports. You may have a fracture if you have throbbing pain and swelling that gets worse if you put weight on it. Fractures need treatment by a medical professional. When you visit Dr. Rosenthal, he may suggest these treatments: to promote healing and increase strength and flexibility:
- Placing your foot or ankle in a cast while it is healing
- Prescribing medication to reduce inflammation and pain
- Recommending physical therapy exercises
- Recommending surgery for severe foot or ankle fractures
Remember no matter what sport or activity you undertake, always wear the appropriate supportive footwear to protect your feet and ankles. If you are trying a new sport or activity, go slow, especially if you haven’t been exercising and always stretch for several minutes before any activity.
For more information on types of sports injuries, call Dr. Rosenthal at Advanced Foot Care Center in Ridgefield, CT. Protect yourself and your feet by calling today!
Find out what could be to blame for your hammertoe and what we can do to help.
How often do you examine your feet? Most people would say “never” or “rarely”. Of course, inspecting your feet is just one way of pinpointing a problem when it first appears. If our Ridgefield, CT podiatrist, Dr. Allan Rosenthal, has said that you have a hammertoe you may be a bit confused about this condition and why it has happened to you. Find out more about why hammertoes happen and what you can do to treat it.
Why do I have a hammertoe?
There are two joints that make up a toe. These joints allow your toe to move and bend. If the middle joint is dislocated, this can cause a hammertoe. This joint dislocation can be due to arthritis, having very high arches, trauma to the toe, tight ligaments in the foot or from wearing poorly fitted shoes.
Are there any risk factors?
There are certain factors that may predispose you to develop a hammertoe, including:
- Wearing tight-fitted shoes or shoes with a pointed toe
- A bunion, corn or callus, which is more likely to cause friction and pressure on the feet
What are the signs and symptoms of a hammertoe?
Many people only experience mild pain when walking or when trying to stretch out the affected toe. You may also notice that the toe is bent and that a corn or callus has formed on it.
What are my treatment options?
When you come in to visit our Ridgefield foot doctor the first thing we will do is examine your feet to make a definitive diagnosis. From there we can determine the severity of your hammertoe and how to properly treat it. Mild treatment options include wearing toe pads, shoe inserts and appropriately fitted shoes. We can also show you effective stretching exercises that you can do to help reposition the toe and alleviate any pain.
If the hammertoe is so severe that you can’t move the toe the only way to realign the bone and tendons is with surgery.
If you ever have questions about your hammertoe or other foot issues, don’t hesitate to reach out to Advanced Foot Care Center in Ridgefield, CT.
Could your heel pain be due to plantar fasciitis? Find out now from your Ridgefield podiatrist!
Are you currently dealing with heel pain? If your Ridgefield podiatrist has told you that you are suffering from plantar fasciitis isn’t it time you found out more about this condition and what you can do to eliminate your symptoms?
Q. What is plantar fasciitis?
A. This foot problem is one of the most common causes of heel pain and occurs when the thick band of tissue, known as the plantar fascia, become inflamed. The plantar fascia connects the heel bone to your toes and also provides support for the arches of your feet.
Q. What causes this inflammatory condition?
A. While you may not know exactly what’s caused your plantar fasciitis, your foot doctor may be able to pinpoint the direct cause. Plantar fasciitis usually appears when someone has changed their physical activity. So, instead of running five miles you may decide you suddenly want to run 10 miles. Or perhaps you’re used to a low-impact elliptical but decided to change up your routine and start running on the beach. Any sudden and drastic change either to the duration or intensity of your physical routine can sometimes lead to plantar fasciitis.
Q. What are the symptoms?
A. The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain. The pain is persistent but may wax and wane throughout the day. You may notice the most severe pain happening in the morning when you first start moving around. Over time the pain may lessen, but become exacerbated when standing for long periods of time or getting up after sitting for a while.
Besides pain, those with plantar fasciitis may also notice swelling, stiffness and limited range-of-motion and mobility due to the discomfort.
Q. How is plantar fasciitis treated?
A. You’ll be happy to hear that this condition usually goes away on its own with time. Of course, there are certain things you can do to help provide some much-needed relief. Here are some of the best ways to handle your plantar fasciitis:
- Rest: Try to stay off your feet as much as possible. Avoid high-impact activities and if you really need to workout, then you’ll want to change your routine to only include low-impact exercises.
- Wear the proper shoes: It’s also believed that some people develop plantar fasciitis because the shoes they were wearing didn’t provide the proper support and stability needed. Remember that your workout shoes need to be replaced about at least once a year.
- Stretching and strengthening exercises: There are some exercises you can incorporate into your daily routine to help provide some relief from your plantar fasciitis symptoms. Talk to your podiatrist about which exercises can help reduce your pain and improve mobility.
- Orthotics: Sometimes your foot doctor can prescribe orthotics to provide additional shoe support and stability to eliminate your plantar fasciitis. We would be happy to help you determine which kind of orthotics is right for you.
Your Ridgefield podiatrist is always here to provide the care and treatment you need to get back on your feet again and pain-free. Turn to us for all of your foot-care needs.
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