Bunions are deformities of the feet that don’t go away on their own—in fact, they usually worsen without treatment. They change the way you walk and how your feet fit inside of your shoes. Get help from a podiatrist at Advanced Foot Care Center in Ridgefield, CT, so that you can have your bunions treated and get your feet back to their proper alignment.
How Bunions Form
In its normal state, the inside of your foot is relatively straight from the top of the toe to the heel. When you have a bunion, there is a large lump at the base of the toe called hallux valgus that looks like an unnatural growth. But it’s not a growth—it's the toe joint pushing outward, causing the toe to move inward. This is usually caused by wearing shoes that squeeze the toes together, like pointed high heels or restrictive dress shoes. Bunions are common in athletes and people who work on their feet for most of the day. Some patients have a family history of bunions and joint weakness.
Dealing with Bunions
Living with bunions is a challenge because of how they look and how they make your feet feel when you’re wearing shoes. They also affect the way you walk, because you may be trying to compensate for the pain. If you continue to maintain the same habits that caused the bunions to form, they will continue to get worse. Your best bet is to consult with a Ridgefield podiatrist so that you can get X-rays and talk about solutions.
Your bunions may be treatable. Non-surgical methods include realigning the foot by taping it or creating a custom orthotic device. Placing padding between the toes can also retrain them into the right position, and also reduce pain. Depending on the severity of the bunion, you may need to wear an orthopedic shoe until it heals. To help with pain your podiatrist may administer a corticosteroid injection or prescribe anti-inflammatory medication. Surgery, also called a bunionectomy, will repair and realign the joint.
Your Podiatrist Can Help
Some people look at their unsightly, painful bunions and assume that this foot condition is irreversible. But there may be treatments that can help you. Call (203) 431-0048 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Allan Rosenthal at Advanced Foot Care Center in Ridgefield, CT.
Worried about that hammertoe? Hammertoe is a deformity that causes the toe joint to bend. If you have a hammertoe, you should see a podiatrist. The sooner you seek treatment, the likelier it is that the problem won't get worse. Dr. Allan Rosenthal at Advanced Foot Care Center in Ridgefield, CT, offers treatments for hammertoes. Read on to learn about the top six treatment options for hammertoes.
1. Padding/Taping- Padding and taping is often the first step in a treatment plan for a hammertoe. Padding and taping the affected toe will keep it in a normal position. Padding and taping the hammertoe reduces pain and allows the patient to continue a normal, active life.
2. Toe Splint- A toe splint may be applied by your Ridgefield podiatrist to realign your bent toe. Wear the toe splint for as many hours as possible and gradually build up your tolerance. By the second week of treatment, you should be able to wear the toe splint for at least 12 hours a day.
3. Orthotic Device- Custom orthotics are used to treat a variety of foot problems and medical issues. An orthotic device (shoe insert) placed in your shoe may help control the muscle and tendon imbalance. An orthotic device can reposition your bent toe and relieve pressure and pain.
4. Exercises- The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society recommends doing toe exercises to strengthen toes and prevent pain. All shoe wearers will benefit from doing toe exercises. Your doctor might suggest toe exercises to strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. Toe exercises may help early on when the deformity is flexible.
5. Medication- Steroid injections are sometimes used to reduce pain and swelling caused by the deformity. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are also prescribed to reduce pain and swelling. Be safe with medicines. It's important to follow your podiatrist's directions when taking medicines.
6. Surgery- If non-surgical treatments don't help, your foot doctor might recommend surgery to straighten your toe. In some cases, usually, when the affected toe has become rigid, surgery is required to alleviate the pain caused by the hammertoe. Your podiatrist will discuss the options and select a plan tailored to your needs.
Life always offers another chance to get back on track. It's called today. Call Advanced Foot Care Center at 203-431-0048 today to schedule an appointment in Ridgefield, CT. Our hammertoe treatments will ease your pain and help you get back to a normal, happy, and healthy life.
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.
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