Posts for category: Foot Treatment
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!
Treating an array of problems of the foot and ankle at our practice, we put the best of technology to work in diagnosing many biomechanical injuries and abnormalities that cause pain and discomfort when walking or running.
After extensive research and new advances in podiatric technology, there are now faster and more accurate ways to asses a patient's feet and administer the most appropriate treatment. In fact, many foot problems can be treated most effectively by addressing their mechanical function, and at our practice, we offer our new Computerized Gait Analysis technology that helps us identify biomechanical faults faster and more accurately than ever.
Assessing Your Gait
Our Computerized Gait Analysis is an advanced method used to assess the way an individual walks or runs to highlight biomechanical abnormalities. While many of these common problems are treatable with modern medicine, assessing motion, and more specifically how you walk, has been limited until the recent development of the Computerized Gait Analysis.
A Computerized Gait Analysis uses pressure mapping technology to identify pressure points in the feet as a patient walks or runs. We can observe and analyze the way an individual moves, looking in particular at the feet, ankles, knees and hips to determine the problem. This can then be relayed to a computer screen where slow motion and freeze frames can be used to carefully assess your running or walking style. By assessing the condition in the actual environment that causes that particular problem, we can actually identify what is happening while you walk and give you the best treatment for your condition based on this data.
By analyzing the mechanics of a patient's stance, postural alignment and flexibility of the hips and back, recommendations can be made for orthotics, shoe modifications or a course of physical therapy designed to strengthen core muscles. Many times, with the right treatment, surgery can be avoided, thus diminishing the recovery time from a variety of injuries or disorders. With the new foot pressure measurement technology, our office can identify foot abnormalities more accurately than ever before.