What you need to know about orthotics

If you have foot pain, you owe it to yourself to try custom-made orthotics. You should pamper your feet because they hold you up orthoticsthroughout your life. Aging, injury, diseases like diabetes, and everyday wear and tear can take a toll on your feet. Custom-made orthotics are designed to cushion your feet and help heal them of various painful foot conditions. Your podiatrists at West Hartford Podiatry in West Hartford, Connecticut want to introduce you to the world of orthotics and what they can do for you.

Custom made orthotics shouldn’t be confused with the generic orthotics you can purchase in the grocery store. Your podiatrists at West Hartford Podiatry want you to know that professional orthotics require exact measurements, impressions and casting, and they are created with the use of computer technology.

There are three main types of orthotics available at West Hartford Podiatry, each designed for a specific purpose. Your podiatrist may suggest:

Soft orthotics to act as shock absorbers, help with balance and take some of the pressure off of your sore feet. They are perfect for diabetic foot problems, arthritic or deformed feet. They are made from cushioned materials and encompass the entire sole of your foot.

Semi-rigid orthotics to improve balance for playing sports and walking; they are also used to treat flatfoot in children. This type of orthotic is made of layers of both cushioned and rigid materials.

Rigid orthotics to limit the motion of joints in your foot, giving you relief from strained tendons, and muscle aches and pains in your legs, thighs and lower back. They are made from hard plastic and designed to be worn for walking or dress shoes.

Foot pain can make you miserable and keep you from your daily activities. If you have foot pain, don’t suffer! It’s time to get some help with a simple phone call. Call your podiatrists at West Hartford Podiatry in West Hartford, Connecticut. They can help you take care of your feet and get back to your life. Call today!

Caring for your feet can prove to be difficult, especially after suffering an injury or chronic heel pain from conditions like plantar fasciitis. shockwave therapyHowever, shockwave therapy has proven to successfully treat these conditions and more. Learn more about shockwave therapy and what it can do for you with your podiatrists at West Hartford Podiatry in West Hartford, CT. 

What is shockwave therapy? 
Shockwave therapy benefits patients suffering from severe or chronic heel pain. This state-of-the-art procedure uses vibrations aimed at the affected area to stimulate the body’s own natural self-healing tendencies to encourage faster and stronger healing. This treatment reduces heel pain in order to help you get you back on your feet. Often, shockwave therapy can benefit patients who have not found relief with other treatments like orthotics, injections, physical therapy or medication.

What can shockwave therapy do for me? 
Shockwave therapy can help reduce or eliminate heel pain. However, heel pain comes from many sources, including:

  • plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • tendonitis
  • bursitis
  • nerve damage
  • bone spur
  • sprain
  • arthritis
  • stress fracture
  • injury

If you suffer from heel pain, no matter what the cause, shockwave therapy may help you and your condition. Your podiatrist at West Hartford Podiatry is your best source for information and treatment plans regarding your heel pain.

Shockwave Therapy in West Hartford, CT
Shockwave therapy takes place right in your podiatrist’s office. The machine itself has a special wand used to direct the shockwaves into the affected area. First, a special gel applied to the foot helps the shockwaves penetrate the skin. The frequency of the shockwave pulses is increased gradually. The treatment takes about 15 minutes and produces virtually zero side effects though some patients feel a slight tingle or numbness which resolves itself quickly.

For more information on shockwave therapy, please contact Dr. Harvey Lederman, Dr. Marc Lederman and Dr. Kurt Rode at West Hartford Podiatry in West Hartford, CT. Call (860) 236-2564 to schedule your appointment with your podiatrist today!

What your podiatrists in West Hartford want you to know

If you have a large, bony bump next to your big toe, chances are it’s a bunion. Bunions can be caused by wearing shoes that don’t have bunionenough toe room, causing your toes to be pushed together. This causes the toe joint in your big toe to protrude and rub against the inside of your shoe.

Women suffer the most from bunions, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. That’s because women often wear shoes that are too narrow in the toes and high heels, which cause your toes to be thrust forward. Your podiatrists at West Hartford Podiatry in West Hartford, CT want to share their expertise about bunions and how they can help you get relief from the pain of bunions.

There are some things you can do at home to help ease bunion pain. You should try:

  • Taping your foot to cushion the bunion and add support to your foot
  • Wearing wide, comfortable, more supportive shoes
  • Wearing shoe inserts or padding
  • Taking over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medications

For stubborn pain and large bunions, it’s best to visit your podiatrist. Your podiatrists at West Hartford Podiatry will do a full exam and take x-rays to see how much bone is involved and how your toe movement is affected. After your exam, your podiatrist will know the best course of action to treat your bunion. Depending on the size and characteristics of the bunion, possible treatment options include:

  • Cortisone injections around the bunion
  • Prescription-strength medications for pain and inflammation
  • Custom footwear, orthotics or inserts
  • Surgical solutions including joint fusion, straightening your toe or removal of excess tissue

If you are suffering from a painful bunion, it’s time to get some help from the experts. Get back on your feet by calling your podiatrists at West Hartford Podiatry in West Hartford, CT. Take care of your feet by calling today!

Welcome to the Blog of West Hartford Podiatry

Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a podiatrist in the West Hartford area, we’re excited you are here. With the podiatric industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.

As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote good foot health as a vital part of your healthy lifestyle. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including podiatry news, advancements in podiatric treatments, practical foot, and ankle health advice, and updates from our practice. 

We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging, and informational to ensure your best foot and ankle health. 
As always, feel free to contact West Hartford Podiatry with any questions or concerns.

-- The Podiatry Team at West Hartford Podiatry

Think there's nothing you can do about heel pain but learn to live with it? Fortunately, there's no reason to unnecessarily suffer. Foot doctors Harvey D. Lederman, DPM; Marc A. Lederman, DPM; and Kurt W. Rode, DPM, AACFAS, of West Hartford Podiatry, share several heel painheel pain treatment options with West Hartford area residents.

Metatarsalgia

Metatarsalgia occurs when you develop a painful bruise, commonly called a stone bruise, on the ball of the foot. A stone bruise can develop if you step on something hard, such as a rock, or can occur from running, jumping, or wearing shoes that don't fit well.

Treatment: Resting your foot will help tissues heal. Avoid high-impact sports and exercises until your symptoms subside. Ice packs and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen, can help reduce pain and inflammation. Podiatrists often recommend arch supports, metatarsal pads, or shock-absorbing insoles to reduce pain and prevent problems in the future.

Plantar fasciitis + Heel Spur Syndrome

A thick band of tissue called the plantar fascia runs under the bottom of your foot and connects your toes to your heel. If this band becomes inflamed, heel pain can occur. You may be more likely to experience plantar fasciitis if you participate in a sport that involves running or jumping, but the cause of the condition can't always be identified.

Treatment: Stretching your arch, Achilles tendon, and lower calf muscles can help reduce plantar fasciitis symptoms. Your West Hartford foot doctor may recommend night splints to stretch the arch and muscles and shoe inserts called orthotics to decrease pressure on your heel. Steroid shots and extracorporeal shock wave therapy can help if the pain persists. In some cases, surgery is also an option.

Retrocalcaneal bursitis

Overdoing your workout or suddenly increasing the intensity of your fitness routine can cause pain and inflammation in your retrocalcaneal bursa. The retrocalcaneal bursa is located at the spot where your Achilles tendon connects your heel to your calf muscle.

Treatment: Rest, ice, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication can be helpful if you have retrocalcaneal bursitis. Stretching exercises and physical therapy can also help, as can ultrasound therapy to reduce inflammation. If your pain continues, a corticosteroid injection may be recommended to reduce the inflammation.

Is pain stopping you from doing the things you enjoy? If heel pain is a problem, and you live in the West Hartford, CT area, call West Hartford Podiatry at (860) 236-2564 and schedule an appointment today. Get back on your feet with a visit to your podiatrist!





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