Though it often begins mildly and without much pain, untreated heel pain can develop into a much more painful, frustrating condition. Ignoring your heel pain can bring with it serious foot-related conditions requiring much more complex treatments than they would in their earliest stages. Find out more about heel pain, when to see a doctor, and how your podiatrist Dr. Allan Rosenthal at Advanced Foot Care Center in Ridgefield, CT can help.
What causes heel pain?
The causes of heel pain can vary greatly depending on many different factors. From the type of foot you inherited from your parents to past injuries, many things can cause your foot to hurt. However, some causes of heel pain are more common than others, including:
- injury or trauma to the foot
- sprain or break
- Achilles tendonitis
- plantar fasciitis
- tarsal tunnel syndrome
- underlying conditions like flat feet
- ill-fitting shoes
- corns and calluses
- hammertoe or mallet toe
When should I see a doctor for my heel pain?
Some foot pain can be treated at home with methods like rest, or special exercises or stretches to help rebuild the muscles. However, if you experience severe pain, swelling, are unable to put weight on the foot or walk, you should seek medical care. Swelling lasting two or more days, pain that does not go away after two or more weeks, or have any burning pain, tingling, or numbness along the bottom of your foot, you should schedule an appointment with your podiatrist as soon as possible.
Heel Pain Treatments in Ridgefield, CT
If you suffer from heel pain, your podiatrist can help you manage your symptoms and even cure the condition causing them. A foot examination gives both your and your foot doctor the chance to assess your symptoms, go over any questions or concerns you have, and develop an effective treatment plan. You may be able to find relief from heel pain with Laser Therapy.
For more information on heel pain and its treatments, please contact Dr. Allan Rosenthal at Advanced Foot Care Center in Ridgefield, CT. Call (203) 431-0048 to schedule your appointment for a foot examination with Dr. Rosenthal today!
Your Ridgefield, CT podiatrist, Dr. Allan Rosenthal, takes special interest in aging feet. Yes, our feet do change over the years, but with routine podiatric exams, in-office care as needed and regular attention to our ankles and feet at home, we all can keep walking and enjoying happy lives. Read here about how to care for your feet as you age.
Our lower extremities literally carry us through life. The US National Center for Health Statistics says that neglected foot care leads to immobility in a vast number of elderly people, and unfortunately, immobility impacts overall health and well-being.
So it's vital for all of us to pay attention to our feet and ankles on a daily basis, looking for typical foot conditions that the senior population experiences:
- Deformities such as hammertoes and bunions
- Decreased thickness of the natural padding on the soles of the feet
- Brittle nails
- Dry skin
- Corns and calluses
- Decreased circulation related to peripheral artery disease and diabetes
- Heel pain (plantar fasciititis and heel bone spurs)
- Ankle instability related to sprains and fractures
What your Ridgefield podiatrist advises
Dr. Rosenthal asks his patients to practice good foot care at home, including:
- Washing and drying your feet daily
- Wearing clean socks and well-fitting, supportive shoes
- Trimming the toenails straight across with a clean clippers (to avoid ingrown nails)
- Applying moisturizer such as lanolin to the feet, toes and ankles
- Not self-treating ingrown nails, corns, warts or calluses (come to Advanced Foot Care Center)
- Wearing quality shoes with ample room in the toes and good arch support
- Limiting heel height to 2 inches or less
- Observing and reporting any changes in skin color, texture and temperature or in the shape or color of toenails
- Exercising every day (simple walking or swimming is great)
- Elevating your feet above heart level when they feel tired
- Not sitting with your legs crossed as this impedes circulation
- Not going out of doors barefoot
- Wearing flip flops or shower sandals poolside or in the gym locker room to avoid injuries, athlete's foot fungus and the virus which causes plantar warts
Come see us
Whatever your health status, a regular podiatric exam is key to keeping your lower extremities strong for years to come. To arrange your routine check-up with your Ridgefield podiatrist, call Advanced Foot Care Center at (203) 431-0048.
Have you tried every anti-fungal product in the drugstore yet still have toenail fungus? No matter how faithfully you use over-the-counter products, your toenails may still be thick and yellow. Laser therapy offers an effective way to eliminate the fungus and improve the appearance of your toenails. Our Ridgefield, CT, podiatrist, Dr. Allan Rosenthal of Advanced Foot Care Center, explains how laser treatment works.
The problem with over-the-counter anti-fungals
Painting a topical medication on your toenails can be helpful if you have a mild case of toenail fungus. Unfortunately, if you have a moderate to severe fungal infection, the product may not be effective no matter how long you use it. Unfortunately, topical medications reach the very top layers of your nails, but can't reach the fungus that lurks under the nail.
Laser therapy offers a better treatment option. The light from the laser can easily penetrate the layers of your nails to reach the source of your infection. Laser therapy targets the pigment that gives toenail fungus its yellow color. Exposure to laser light heats the fungus and destroys the pigment, eliminating your infection. Because the laser only targets the fungus, healthy tissue surrounding the infected area isn't damaged.
You won't notice an immediate change in your toenail after your laser treatment. It will take a few months for the yellowed section of your toenail to grow out and a totally clear nail to emerge.
Effective, not painful
Although laser light is strong enough to kill your fungal infection, the treatment isn't particularly painful. Short bursts of laser light are the key to preventing pain caused by the warming effect of the laser. Although the laser light is strong enough to heat the pigment in the fungus, the short bursts prevent heat from building up in your tissues. During your treatment, your toe may tingle, and you'll probably feel a little warmth. After your treatment at our Ridgefield office, you'll be able to immediately return to work or your usual activities.
Get rid of toenail fungus for good with laser therapy. Call our Ridgefield, CT, podiatrist, Dr. Rosenthal of Advanced Foot Care Center, at (203) 431-0048 to schedule an appointment.
Ankle sprains are one of the most common orthopedic and podiatric injuries. Whether you play sports or simply lose your footing or twist your ankle walking down the street, an ankle sprain can happen at any time. Sprains can range in severity from mild to severe, and treatment depends on the type of sprain. Dr. Allan Rosenthal, a podiatrist in Ridgefield, CT, treats a range of foot and ankle conditions like sprains and fractures.
Foot and Ankle Treatment in Ridgefield, CT
Ankle sprains typically result from an abnormal twisting or bending of the ankle. Mild strains can cause temporary pain and swelling which usually clear up on their own with rest and icing. Moderate to severe sprains can result in strains or tears to the ligaments in the ankle, causing more extensive symptoms and requiring an accurate diagnosis and treatment by a podiatrist. The most common signs and symptoms of an ankle sprain include:
- A popping or snapping sound when your ankle twists or bends at an abnormal angle
- Swelling and/or bruising around the ankle that persists beyond one or two weeks
- Difficulty putting weight on the ankle
- Numbness or tingling in the toes
- Limited range of motion/difficulty moving the ankle
Sprained Ankle Treatment
The treatment and recovery period for an ankle sprain will depend on the degree of the sprain and whether there is additional damage to the soft tissue in and around the ankle. Conservative treatment involves rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Moderate to severe ankle sprains are typically diagnosed with an exam and imaging tests like X-ray or an MRI. If the sprain does not heal with conservative treatment, your podiatrist may recommend treatment with medication, physical therapy, and supportive devices. In very rare cases, surgery may be necessary to repair the damage.
Find a Podiatrist in Ridgefield, CT
If you are suffering from heel, foot or ankle pain, contact the Advanced Foot Care Center by calling (203) 431-0048 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosenthal today.
Don’t let heel pain tell you what you can and can’t do with your days.
Whether you are an avid athlete or someone who just got a Fitbit® to start tracking their daily steps, anyone can face foot problems along the way. If you have started to notice that heel pain has taken over, this can really put a damper on your day’s plans. Our Ridgefield, CT, podiatrist, Dr. Allan Rosenthal, is here to tell you ways to quell that pain and when you should seek proper medical care.
Take a Break
The last thing you need to be doing is running or performing any activities that will only make heel pain worse. Stay away from high-impact activities until your pain has completely gone away. In the meantime, opt for swimming, the stationery bike or other low-impact activities if you want to stick with your workout plan.
Stretch it Out
Our Ridgefield foot doctor is happy to show you some stretching exercises you can do every day to help ease inflamed ligaments and tissues while also strengthening the muscles around the foot to provide better support. The best part is that you can perform these exercises daily from wherever you are.
Wear the Proper Footwear
While your foot heals it’s important that it’s getting the support and cushioning it needs. This means wearing shoes and not going around barefoot. Feet that are already injured will not be able to absorb shock as well. Make sure that the shoes you do wear don’t have heels, won’t bunch up your toes and will provide a lot of stability and support.
If pain hasn’t gone away in two weeks, if pain has gotten worse or if you can’t put weight on the foot then it’s certainly time you called the foot specialists at Advanced Foot Care Center in Ridgefield, CT. Our goal is to get you back on your feet.
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