Posts for category: Foot Treatment
Let’s start with simple lifestyle changes for protecting hammertoes from getting worse.
While bunions often get the most recognition when it comes to foot deformities, it’s also just as important to recognize that the joints of the smaller toes can also become deformed. If you notice that your smaller toes are curled downwards, you could be dealing with a foot deformity known as a hammertoe. From the office of our Danbury, CT, podiatrists Dr. Joseph Treadwell, Dr. Christian Davis, and Dr. Rihamary Jimenez, here’s how to get a hammertoe under control.
I think I have hammertoes now what?
If you can force your toe straight, then the good news is that you have a flexible hammertoe. At this point, it’s incredibly important that you practice good foot care to prevent the hammertoe from getting worse. Some ways to protect your hammertoes from getting worse include,
Wearing appropriate footwear: Wearing shoes that crowd and bunch up your toes is going to be a big no-no. We are particularly shaking our fists at high heels and shoes with pointed toes. If you want to prevent hammertoes from getting worse, it’s important that you only wear shoes with wide toe boxes that give toes ample room.
Keep feet active: It might sound strange but just as you exercise the rest of the joints, muscles, and ligaments in your body to keep them limber and strong, you should also do the same for your toes. Daily exercises that involve extending and curling the toes can help to strengthen the muscles to prevent the joint from getting worse.
Use a non-medicated pad: A bent joint can make it more likely for a corn or callus to form due to friction with shoes. If you find that even the best-fitted shoes still rub against the deformed toe joints, you can apply a non-medicated pad to the area to prevent pressure and irritation.
Apply ice: Ice is a great way to reduce both pain and swelling. If you find toe pain or inflammation flaring up, you may just want to apply a towel-wrapped ice pack to the foot for up to 15 minutes to ease symptoms.
Is surgery necessary for a hammertoe?
The goal is to avoid surgery whenever possible, and the good news is that most people won’t require surgery to correct a hammertoe if caught and treated properly. Your Danbury, CT, podiatrist may only recommend surgery for a hammertoe if,
- You aren’t experiencing relief from your symptoms with nonsurgical treatment options
- Your hammertoe causes severe pain and swelling
- You have trouble with your daily routine or with certain activities due to your hammertoe
- Your hammertoe is affecting your quality of life
Foot & Ankle Specialists of Connecticut has offices in Plainville, Danbury, and New Milford, CT, and is proud to serve the New Britain, Bristol, Southington, Farmington, New Fairfield, and Ridgefield, CT, areas. If you are dealing with hammertoes and want to see a podiatrist for treatment, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment by calling (203) 748-2220, (860) 355-3139, or (860) 747-2200.
How your podiatrists in Danbury, CT, can help with heel pain
If you have ever suffered a sharp, stabbing pain in your heel, you already know how uncomfortable heel pain can be. The truth is, there are many causes of heel pain. The podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Connecticut can help you get relief from heel pain. They have three convenient office locations in Danbury, New Milford, and Plainville, CT, to help you and your feet feel better.
Heel pain can come on suddenly, with little or no warning. This sudden type of heel pain can be caused by a heel bruise, from stepping on sharp objects. You may also experience sudden heel pain from a heel spur, caused by excess calcium deposits on your heel.
Heel pain can also be gradual, growing steadily worse over time. This type of heel pain can become chronic, causing lasting discomfort. One of the most common causes of this type of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. You suffer from plantar fasciitis when the large, thick band of tissue known as the plantar fascia, becomes inflamed. You can get plantar fasciitis from standing or walking on hard surfaces for extended periods of time, from being flat-footed, being a runner, or from rolling your feet (overpronating) when you walk.
If you are suffering from heel pain, there are several home remedies you can try which can give you relief. Consider:
- Placing ice packs on your heel several times during the day
- Taking over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication
- Resting and elevating your feet to relieve foot stress
- Changing to supportive, comfortable shoes with good support
For stubborn heel pain, it’s best to visit an expert, your podiatrist. At Foot & Ankle Specialists of Connecticut, they offer several effective treatments for heel pain relief. They may recommend:
- Custom footwear and orthotics
- Foot exercises and physical therapy
- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT)
- Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medication
You don’t have to let heel pain control your life and keep you from enjoying your daily activities. It’s time to get up off the couch and call the podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Connecticut, with offices in Danbury, New Milford, and Plainville, CT. Call now and help your feet!
Are you dealing with foot pain that’s persistent and affects your day-to-day life? While there are some forms of foot pain that can be managed with at-home care it’s important to understand what’s causing your pain and when you may need more comprehensive treatment in order to eliminate your symptoms and improve the health of your foot and ankle.
Arthroscopy, sometimes referred to as keyhole surgery, is a surgical technique that allows foot surgeon Dr. Joseph Treadwell to be able to evaluate the joints within the foot or ankle to detect a problem, as well as to perform surgery on these damaged joints to repair them.
What makes Small Joint Arthroscopy ideal is that the camera and equipment needed to examine and treat the joint is so small that there is no need for large incisions that are often required for open surgical procedures. In essence, arthroscopy is far less invasive than traditional surgery and can prevent the need for more invasive surgeries in the future.
Just as the name suggests, our foot specialists are able to look through an incision the size of a keyhole to both diagnose and treat conditions of the joints in your feet and ankle, making it both a great diagnostic and treatment tool to handle a variety of conditions. Plus, since incisions are small, this means fewer post-surgical side effects and a much faster and easier recovery period for the patient.
Arthroscopic incisions will heal within a few days as compared to traditional surgical incisions, which can take up to a week or more. Plus, patients can return to their daily routine after a few days, with full joint function occurring within a few weeks.
It’s also important to understand who can benefit from small joint arthroscopy. Those dealing with cartilage damage, bone spurs, scar tissue that limits mobility, posterior ankle pain, joint damage due to arthritis and other conditions that affect the health and functionality of your foot or ankle joints could benefit from this simple procedure.
Foot & Ankle Specialists of Connecticut offers comprehensive foot care to the New Britain, Bristol, Southington, Farmington, New Fairfield and Ridgefield, CT, areas. If you have questions about small joint arthroscopy and whether it could treatment your joint pain call our Plainville, Danbury or New Milford, CT offices today.
Wearing shoes can become a painful experience if you suffer from hammertoes. Luckily, your Danbury, New Milford and Plainville, CT, podiatrists, Drs. Joseph Treadwell, Christian Davis, and Rihamary Jimenez of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Connecticut offer treatments that can ease your pain.
What can I do about my hammertoe?
Hammertoe causes the joints of your second, third, fourth or fifth toes to bend. If you look at your toe from the side, you'll notice that it resembles a hammer. Like most health conditions, hammertoes are easier to treat when you first notice the symptoms. Initially, you may be able to straighten your toe momentarily by pressing on it. If you don't receive treatment, the toe may become rigid and inflexible.
These strategies and treatments can be helpful if you have a hammertoe:
- Visit the Shoe Store: The shoes you usually wear may press on your hammertoe, increasing pain and causing the formation of corns and calluses. Replacing your usual shoes with roomier footwear is a good idea if you have a hammertoe. Look for shoes that offer high, roomy toe boxes that don't press on your hammertoe.
- Give Your Toe a Workout: A few simple exercises may prevent your toe from becoming rigid. Try scrunching a towel with your toes or attempt to pick up marbles with your toes.
- Add a Little Cushioning: Reduce pain and pressure on your toe by applying corn and callus pads.
- Reduce Corns and Calluses: Use a pumice stone to gradually remove layers of hardened skin. Don't attempt to treat corns and calluses at home if you have diabetes, as home treatment could increase your risk of an infection.
- See Your Danbury, New Milford, or Plainville, CT, Foot Doctor: Your foot doctor offers a variety of treatments that can improve your comfort, including splints that help realign your toe and prescription orthotics that control muscle and tendon imbalances. If your pain doesn't get better after using over-the-counter medication, your podiatrist may recommend a corticosteroid injection. Surgery may be the best option if your toe is painful or rigid.
Don't let your hammertoe disrupt your life. Schedule an appointment with podiatrists Drs. Joseph Treadwell, Christian Davis, and Rihamary Jimenez of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Connecticut by calling (203) 748-2220 for the Danbury, CT, office, (860) 355-3139 for the New Milford office, or (860) 747-2200 for the Plainville office.
That large, bony bump by the side of your big toe is probably a bunion. So, should you seek treatment? If you want to eliminate the bunion, seeking treatment from a professional is your best option. Your podiatrist can help. The podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Connecticut offer effective treatment for bunions. They have several convenient office locations in Plainville, Danbury, and New Milford, Connecticut to help you and your feet feel better.
Bunions can keep you off of your feet and make it difficult to put on shoes or find shoes that are comfortable. Small bunions that aren’t too painful can be relieved using a few simple tricks you can do at home. You can try:
- Wearing inserts or padding to cushion the bunion
- Cushioning or taping the bunion for added support
- Taking over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication
- Changing to wider, more supportive shoes with more toe room
If your bunion is large, painful, and makes it difficult to wear shoes, you need to seek treatment from your podiatrist. At Foot & Ankle Specialists of Connecticut, the podiatrists offer several effective treatments to get relief from bunions. They may recommend:
- Custom-fit orthotics and footwear
- Corticosteroid injections around the bunion
- Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medications
There are several effective ways to eliminate bunions surgically. Your podiatrist may recommend fusing your big toe joints, surgically straightening your big toe, and removing soft tissue or bone. Surgical treatment may be necessary if your bunion causes:
- Severe foot pain that affects walking or wearing shoes
- Chronic inflammation and swelling of your big toe
- Bone deformity and stiffness in your big toe
Don’t suffer from bunion pain when help is just a phone call away. If you are dealing with bunions, seek out treatment from the experts and get rid of your bunions for good. For more information about bunion treatment, call the podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Connecticut, with offices in Plainville, Danbury, and New Milford, Connecticut. Call today!