Frequently Asked Questions
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How can I prevent plantar fasciitis?
You can prevent plantar fasciitis by taking steps to support your foot, which will relax the ligament and condition your feet to better handle stress. Wear shoes with sufficient arch support and cushioning for your heels. If you have an especially low or high midfoot, you may need an orthotic to help stabilize your arch. Stretch your feet and your calves regularly, too. Massaging the sole of your foot with a small ball or frozen water bottle is particularly good for this. Strengthening the foot with physical therapy exercises can help you absorb shock better and also prevent some irritation in the foot.
If you’re already struggling with heel pain from plantar fasciitis, don’t ignore the issue and hope it will get better on its own. This condition needs treatment to relieve the strain on your feet. The sooner you catch the condition, the better—plantar fasciitis is easier to remedy when addressed early. Request more information or an appointment from Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C., to take care of your heels. Call either of our two offices, (203) 288-4055 for Hamden and (203) 876-7736 for Milford or find us on Facebook.
What is the Painful, Red Bump on the Outside of My Foot?
You may wonder, what is a tailor’s bunion, or bunionette? Much like a traditional bunion, this bump develops at the base of a toe when the digit and its metatarsal become displaced from their normal positions. Instead of the big toe, however, a tailor’s bunion is the misalignment of the smallest digit, on the outside of your foot. It develops because of biomechanical issues that allow the toe to slide out of its natural place and create that bulge. Occasionally, the bump can also be a spur growing out of the joint.
As the bulge enlarges, it rubs uncomfortably against your footwear. The friction can make it difficult to wear many shoes may even make it uncomfortable to walk around as the problem progresses. You need to have the problem addressed sooner rather than later, because the deformity will only worsen with time. Early conservative treatment, however, can significantly slow its progression. Contact Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. for more information or to book an appointment. Use our website contact page or call either of our two office locations to reach us: (203) 876-7736 for our Milford office, or (203) 288-4055 for our Hamden location.
How do I trim toenails correctly?
If you trim toenails correctly, it can help prevent ingrown nails and other problems. It’s easiest to do this when your nails are dry, since moisture makes them more likely to tear. Use straight-edged clippers to trim the hard keratin flat across. The corners on either side should be intact. Don’t clip the tissue too short. That could leave you more vulnerable to infection. If you use a file to smooth down the tip, drag the emery board in just one direction; this grinds down rough edges without straining the tissue. Avoid cutting your cuticles, too. You need them intact to help protect your toes from infections.
If you’re struggling to trim toenails correctly, or have a condition like diabetes that increases your risk of infection, contact Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. in Milford and Hamden, CT, for help. Use our online contact form or call us to make an appointment or request more information: (203) 876-7736 for the Milford office, or (203) 288-4055 for the Hamden location.
What non-surgical treatments are there for bunions?
A variety of non-surgical treatments for bunions are available to you. Icing your bunion lowers the inflammation in the joint. Padding the bony bulge will help keep it from rubbing painfully against your footwear. Taping the toe in the correct position helps realign the foot and slow damage. Shoe changes can reduce the stress on the ball of the foot. Custom orthotics can also work to keep your foot in the correct position so the condition doesn’t worsen. Stretches and exercises can help strengthen the muscles and connective tissues that maintain your foot’s alignment. You may still need medication to deal with the inflammation and discomfort.
If you’re struggling with bunion pain, don’t fear that surgery will be your only option keep you from seeking help. The sooner you treat your condition, the less likely you’ll need an invasive procedure to relieve your pain. Contact Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. here in Milford and Hamden, CT, by calling either office: (203) 876-7736 for our Milford location, and (203) 288-4055 for our Hamden office. You can also make an appointment by using our website contact form.
Why do I have intense heel pain in the morning?
Heel pain in the morning is a very common symptom of plantar fasciitis. As the plantar fascia swells and tightens, walking on the affected foot pulls on the tissue and causes micro-tears. Continuing to walk on the foot stretches out the plantar fascia and relieves some of the pain. However, when you’re off your feet for too long, the ligament swells and tightens again. While you sleep over night, your body tries to repair the little tears. Those first few steps in the morning forcibly stretch it out again and re-injure the tightened tissue, causing that sharp pain.
This problem tends to only get worse the longer it goes untreated. Fortunately, conservative treatment is very successful at eliminating the problem. Don’t suffer with heel pain in the morning. Seek treatment from Dr. Sanjay Patel at Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. in Hamden and Milford, CT. You can reach our office by calling either of our two locations, (203) 288-4055 for our Hamden office or (203) 876-7736 for the Milford location. You can also make an appointment or contact us through our website.