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Tips for Treating Compartment Syndrome

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Staying active is more enjoyable when you’re being adventurous at the same time. Milford has many places to explore, but few have the history and ghostly mythology as Charles Island. Although it may be too cold to walk around the island this late in the fall, you can enjoy seeing it from a stroll up and down Milford’s beaches. However, any exercise may be challenging if you have compartment syndrome. Fortunately, there are conservative ways of treating compartment syndrome that can help you get back to enjoying your excursions without pain.

Chronic exertional compartment syndrome is a problem with excessive pressure inside your muscles, and can feel similar to shin splints. Swelling or bleeding occurs within a muscle compartment, where there isn’t stretchy tissue to accommodate increased pressure. The strain eventually damages blood flow and nerves, potentially causing permanent damage.

Treating compartment syndrome is important for restoring your lower limbs to full health and strength, and a number of conservative therapies can be beneficial. Rest is the most important step. Take a break from the activities that cause you pain so the swelling and irritation in your muscles can subside. Physical therapy to stretch out tightened tissues may help relieve some of the strain as well.

Orthotics and changes in shoes may help accommodate injuries that contributed to the original problem. Our Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. staff may also recommend anti-inflammatory medication to relieve inflammation. Conservative therapies can reduce a lot of the stress and symptoms in your lower limbs, but it might not be enough. If your condition isn’t resolving, you may need surgery to release the pressure in your muscles.

The trick to treating compartment syndrome is to address the problem before it advances too far. Let Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. help you alleviate the pain and restore your lower limbs to health. Make an appointment with us to take care of the condition sooner than later. You can call our two offices in Connecticut—(203) 876-7736 for the one in Milford, or (203) 288-4055 for the one in Hamden—or use the website to reach us.

 

Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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