Posts for category: Podiatry
Playing sports helps your physical condition, self-confidence, cardiovascular health, and more. Unfortunately, the downside is injury, particularly stresses to the feet and ankles. At Advanced Foot Center in Ridgefield, CT, your foot doctor, Dr. Allan Rosenthal, diagnoses and treats many sports-related issues so that his patients can stay in the game.
Sudden or repetitive
At Advanced Foot Care Center in Ridgefield, CT, Dr. Allan Rosenthal is not just a foot doctor. He is an avid athlete himself and a noted sports injury expert, innovator, and speaker. If your feet and ankles hurt, swell, have a limited range of motion, or cannot bear weight, call the office right away for a consultation.
Dr. Rosenthal will examine your feet, ask you about your symptoms and perform an X-ray screening or other specialized imaging as needed. He formulates conservative treatment plans, reserving laser treatments and foot/ankle surgery for more complex injuries.
Common sports injuries
Ankle sprains and fractures are the most frequent sports injuries in the US, says the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). Rest, ice, compression with an elastic bandage, and elevation of the affected limb above heart level all provide important first aid. These interventions, also called the RICE protocol, can be performed at home before visiting our Ridgefield office.
RICE also delivers immediate help for other athletic problems such as:
- Achilles tendinitis, an overstretching of the thick cord of connective tissue between the calf muscle and the heel. This inflammatory condition responds to consistent stretching and physical therapy.
- Athlete's foot, or Tinea pedis, a fungal infection of the skin of the foot. Clean socks, well-ventilated shoes, and anti-fungal medications manage this stubborn problem.
- Ankle sprains, a tearing of the ligaments on the sides of the ankle. The swelling, pain, and limited range of motion subside with RICE, but severe and repeated sprains may require surgery to stabilize the ankle joint.
- Plantar fasciitis, a swelling of the band of connective tissue between the heel bone and the base of the toes. To relieve the substantial discomfort, your foot doctor may recommend customized shoe inserts, cortisone injections, and stretching exercises, particularly in the morning.
Find out more about sports injuries
Call Advanced Foot Center in Ridgefield, CT, today by dialing (203) 431-0048.
Whether exercising, standing, or stuffing them into shoes, we put our feet through a lot every day, and sometimes all that wear, tear, and pressure can result in ailments or infections. One of the most common afflictions to feet are warts. Caused by a viral infection and frequently found on areas of the foot where friction occurs, warts are unsightly, uncomfortable, and can linger if not properly treated. Fortunately, at Advanced Foot Care Center in Ridgefield, CT, our foot doctors can set you up for success in remedying your warts.
What causes warts?
Warts develop through the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can be transmitted through the use of public showers or develop due to skin trauma or a poor immune system.
How do I know if I have warts?
While we often think of warts as protruding, warts on your feet may be flat due to the pressure of standing. These warts may appear rough, scaly, thick, or bumpy and sometimes are comprised of dark spots. Clusters of warts may appear to form a pattern, and typically show up on the heel and ball of your foot.
How do you treat warts?
At our Ridgefield office, your foot doctor will help you determine the best treatment for your warts. Often times, warts can be treated at home by soaking the feet, exfoliating and applying an over-the-counter salicylic acid product. If the warts fail to show improvement within a couple of weeks, your foot doctor may opt to perform treatment in our Ridgefield office. Methods of wart removal may include burning off the wart with the application of a mild acid, using a prescription paste to held dissolve the wart before shaving it down, or administering a topical ointment. Your foot doctor may also advise freezing off the wart with liquid nitrogen or use a laser to destroy it.
Need care? Give us a call
If you are bothered by foot warts, contact your foot doctor at our Ridgefield office for an examination and consultation. Call 203-431-0048 today!
Hammertoes ae a common foot deformity affecting millions of adult Americans. Painful and progressive, hammertoes require accurate treatment. In Ridgefield, CT, Dr. Allan Rosenthal is the foot doctor to consult. He treats a long list of podiatric issues, including hammertoes, at Advanced Foot Care Center.
How hammertoes happen
Hammertoes affect the second through fifth toes. Basically, they are malformations occurring at the first toe joint, making the toe look like a claw or V.
Some hammertoes are flexible, at least early on in their development. Many are, or become, rigid, seriously impacting patients with pain, redness, swelling, corn and callus formation, and eventually, impaired range of motion and mobility.
These factors create the conditions conducive to hammertoe formation:
- Tight, narrow, high-heeled shoes (women tend to develop hammertoes more often than men do, says the American Podiatric Medical Association)
- Muscular imbalances in the foot, especially toeing-in and other gait problems
- Trauma to the foot
Diagnosis and treatment
At the first sign of pain and development of other symptoms, Dr. Rosenthal asks patients to come in for a podiatric examination and X-rays at Advanced Foot Care Center. With a definite diagnosis, he will develop a treatment plan to relieve symptoms and increase mobility and range of motion in the affected toe.
Interventions may include:
- Over the counter ibuprofen for pain
- Wider shoes with lower heels and roomier toe boxes
- Corn and callus pads
- Cortisone injections to relieve inflammation
- Customized shoe orthotics (inserts) to stabilize foot motion and balance musculature
Some patients require foot surgery, relieving the contracture and bony bump on the first toe joint. Additionally, hammertoes often co-exist with other foot deformities such as bunions. Your foot doctor may recommend repairing both problems with one surgery.
Find out more
If you're experiencing foot pain and see the shape of a toe or toes changing, please contact Dr. Allan Rosenthal at Advanced Foot Care Center in Ridgefield, CT. His sharp diagnostic skills and compassionate care will relieve your pain and keep you moving comfortably. Call for an appointment at (203) 431-0048.
Treatments for Athlete's Foot
Dr. Allan Rosenthal of Advanced Foot Care Center, in Ridgefield, CT, offers treatments for athlete's foot. Read on to learn about treatment options for athlete's foot.
1. Wash and dry your feet.
If you have athlete's foot, keep your feet as clean and dry as possible. Wash your feet every day with antibacterial soap and water. Fungi grow best in moist areas. Dry your feet thoroughly.
2. Change your shoes often.
Don't wear the same pair of shoes every day. Rotating your shoes is better for your feet. This will help your shoes stay dry and fungus-free. If your feet get very sweaty, change shoes a few times a day.
3. Apply an antifungal cream.
Your podiatrist may have you apply a cream that contains medicine that kills fungus. Apply the cream as directed to the toes and foot. This should make you feel better in a couple of days. You may need to use the antifungal cream for up to a month to get rid of the athlete's foot completely.
4. Use antifungal powder.
Your podiatrist may have you apply a topical antifungal powder on your feet and toes every day. Apply the antifungal powder to the affected area as directed by your podiatrist. Do not apply this more often than prescribed. Antifungal powders are effective at managing the infection.
5. Take prescription medication.
In severe cases of athlete's foot, your podiatrist may prescribe an oral antifungal, like itraconazole (Sporanox) or fluconazole (Diflucan). Oral antifungals clear the infection more quickly than topical drugs. Use medicines safely. It's important to follow your podiatrist's directions when taking medicine.
Say hello to healthy and happy feet! If you want to treat your athlete's foot quickly, call Advanced Foot Care Center at (203) 431-0048 today to schedule an appointment in Ridgefield, CT. We will help you achieve relief from athlete's foot with little expense or trouble.