A hammertoe develops when you have an imbalance in a ligament and muscle surrounding your toe joint. This results in the buckling of your toe’s middle joint, which then causes it to get stuck in a bent and awkward position. Irritation and rubbing on the bent toe’s top portion is the most common side effect of a hammertoe. Here at Advanced Foot Care Center in Ridgefield, CT, our podiatrist Dr. Allan Rosenthal can perform a thorough examination of your condition to determine if you have a hammertoe and suggest a proper treatment plan for it.
Home Remedies for Hammertoes
If you have yet to see your podiatrist for your hammertoe, meanwhile, you could take certain measures to alleviate your discomfort and pain:
- Only wear shoes that have a broad and high toe area. In general, there must be at least a half-inch space between the shoe’s tip and your longest toe, which could either be your second toe or big toe.
- Always wear the appropriate footwear for the specific activity you’re doing.
- Refrain from wearing shoes that have heels higher than two inches.
- Massage the affected toe to ease the pain.
- Consider purchasing non-medicated footpads for hammertoes. These fit around your toe joint’s top portion correctly to help reduce undue pressure on the area. Some products even come with a gel lining to help prevent irritation on the toe from the shoe. Additionally, OTC metatarsal pads may help when placed correctly.
Medical Treatments for Hammertoe
If you have a more severe hammertoe, your Ridgefield podiatrist may recommend the following treatments depending on the severity of your hammertoe:
- Medications that treat inflammation could ease swelling and pain. For more severe cases, doctors usually recommend cortisone injections.
- Your podiatrist may likewise recommend that you wear customized shoe inserts to prevent your hammertoe from worsening and alleviate your pain.
- Splinting the affected toe may also help relieve discomfort and pain.
- Your podiatrist may also teach you foot exercises for restoring your muscle balance.
If these medical treatments still fail to fix your hammertoe, your podiatrist may recommend surgical intervention. Surgeries to treat hammertoes are done on an outpatient basis. Doctors use different surgical procedures for treating hammertoes.
Need Relief from Hammertoe?
Call (203) 431-0048 to book your consultation date with our podiatrist, Dr. Allan Rosenthal, here at the Advanced Foot Care Center in Ridgefield, CT.
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!
Your podiatrist in Ridgefield, CT, can help your feet feel better
If your heels are hurting, there is a chance that things could become much worse. Heel pain can be debilitating, keeping you from walking or standing for long periods of time. Fortunately, your podiatrist can do a lot to help you get relief from heel pain. Here at Advanced Foot Care Center in Ridgefield, CT, Dr. Allan Rosenthal offers heel pain treatment to help keep you and your feet strong and healthy. Read on to learn how he can help you too!
More about Heel Pain
Heel pain can be caused by a few common issues. For example, if you step on a sharp object, you can get a heel bruise, or if you have excessive deposits of calcium, it can cause a heel spur. Out of all the causes of heel pain, however, plantar fasciitis is perhaps the most common.
Plantar fasciitis occurs when the thick band of tissue running across your heel, known as the plantar fascia, becomes inflamed. Runners and joggers commonly suffer from plantar fasciitis, but you don’t have to be an athlete to develop the condition—everyday activities can cause it as well. For example, if you roll your foot when you walk (a condition called overpronating) you may eventually suffer from plantar fasciitis. If you walk or stand on hard surfaces for long periods of time, you can also develop it plantar fasciitis. Other risk factors include being flat-footed and carrying extra weight.
To get relief from plantar fasciitis pain, you can try a few easy home remedies. Consider:
- Placing ice packs on your heel several times during the day
- Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication
- Resting and taking weight off of your feet
- Wearing over-the-counter heel inserts or cushions
If you suffer from moderate to severe heel pain that isn’t relieved with home therapies, it’s best to visit your podiatrist. At Advanced Foot Care Center they may recommend:
- Custom-fit orthotics or footwear to cushion and support your feet
- Prescription-strength anti-inflammatories to decrease swelling
- Physical therapy and stretches to maintain flexibility
- Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT)
You can do a lot to prevent heel pain by always wearing the appropriate, supportive shoes for the activity you are doing. Also, remember to stretch your arches daily and try to maintain a healthy weight. You might also try changing to lower impact activities like swimming.
Need Relief? Give Us a Call
You and your feet deserve the services of your skilled podiatrist. To find out more about heel pain treatment and other foot care services, call Dr. Allan Rosenthal of Advanced Foot Care Center in Ridgefield, CT, today by dialing (203) 431-0048.
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.
Not having success treating your fungal infection? A podiatrist can help.
Nail fungus is a common occurrence, particularly one that occurs more often as we get older. If you notice that one of your toenails is yellow, brittle, crumbling or thickening then chances are that you are suffering from a toenail fungus. What should you? Well, you have a few options. Here are some ways to get your toenail fungus under control, as well as when to turn to your Ridgefield, CT, podiatrist, Dr. Allan Rosenthal at Advanced Foot Care Center for treatment.
Will a fungal infection go away by itself?
No. An infection is an infection, plain and simple and it needs to be treated to prevent it from spreading and causing permanent damage to your toenails. Those who have diabetes or nerve damage in their feet are particularly prone to toenail fungal infections and should seek treatment from their Ridgefield, CT, foot doctor right away if they suspect that they might have a fungal infection.
Of course, most people choose to treat a fungal infection with simple at-home treatments. While there are over-the-counter antifungal creams that are designed for toenail fungal infections, they aren’t often the most effective option. Why? Well, unfortunately, this medicated ointment or nail polish won’t be able to penetrate inside or under the nail where the fungus lives. Therefore, if antifungal creams aren’t working, it’s best to see Dr. Rosenthal who can help.
How will a podiatrist treat a fungal toenail infection?
There are two popular ways to treat a fungal infection. Instead of applying a cream or nail polish to the affected nail, we will prescribe a medication that you will take orally. This medication will work throughout the body to kill the fungal infection. This is usually an ideal option for those who’ve dealing with a minor or one-time fungal infection.
Those with recurring or severe toenail infections may want to consider laser fungal therapy. During this painless treatment, a laser is directed over the nail where it will heat up and destroy the fungus that lies within and under the nail. One session is usually all that’s needed to kill the fungus; however, it will still take about 6 months or longer for the nail to grow out clear after treatment. Laser fungal treatment is highly effective and can be ideal for those dealing with persistent infections.
Whether you are dealing with a toenail fungus or you have questions about the foot and ankle care we offer here in Ridgefield, CT, don’t hesitate to call Advanced Foot Care Center at (203) 431-0048 to find out what we can do for you.
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