By West Hartford Podiatry Associates
March 02, 2016
Category: Podiatry
Tags: orthotics  

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!

By West Hartford Podiatry Associates
January 26, 2016
Category: Podiatry
Tags: heel pain  

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 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!

By West Hartford Podiatry Associates
December 01, 2015
Category: Podiatry
Tags: sports injuries  

Aches and pains aren't unusual after a weekend game of softball or a successful run in the local 5K. Unfortunately, those twinges can sports injuriessometimes be more than just a temporary annoyance. Doctors Harvey D. Lederman, DPM, Marc A. Lederman, DPM, and Kurt W. Rode, DPM, of West Hartford Podiatry treat a variety of sports-related foot and ankle injuries. They share some of the more common sports injuries West Hartford athletes experience.

Sprains and strains

Sprains and strains are the most common type of sports injuries and usually occur when you overuse or overstretch a muscle. Strains happen when the tendons or muscle fibers are injured, while sprains occur because the ligaments, the bands of connective tissues that attach muscles to bones, are stretched or torn. Podiatrists often treat sprains in the big toe joint, midfoot area and ankle.

Toenail injuries

Toenail injuries can be a problem when you participate in a sport. Although these injuries can occur if your shoes are too tight, simply wearing shoes while you exercise may cause the problem, particularly if you play a sport that requires quick movements that push your toes against the ends or tops of your shoes. Toenails can eventually turn black or separate from the toe.

Tendon injuries

Painful tendon injuries occur due to intense exercise, sprains, trauma and muscle imbalances. These injuries may affect your arch, heel, the Achilles tendon, the extensor tendon on the top of your foot or the peroneal tensdon on the side of your foot.


Trauma to your foot or ankle can cause painful, debilitating fractures. Although it's often obvious that you have a serious injury after a fracture, stress fractures aren't quite as dramatic but can be just as painful. Stress fractures occur when your overworked muscles can no longer absorb shock and transfer the load to your bones, which results in a small crack. Stress fractures are common in upper inside part of your foot and the ball of your foot.

When should you call your podiatrist?

Ice and rest can be helpful for many sports injuries, but sometimes a prompt visit to your podiatrist can help you avoid further damage to your foot or ankle. Call your podiatrist if you experience:

  • Bruising or bleeding at the site of an injury
  • Extreme swelling
  • Difficulty walking
  • Black toenails that pull away from the toe
  • Persistent or extreme pain

Still suffering from your weekend sporting event? Call Doctors Harvey D. Lederman, DPM, Marc A. Lederman, DPM, and Kurt W. Rode, DPM, of West Hartford Podiatry at (860) 236-2564. The West Hartford foot doctors treat a full range of sports injuries and other foot and ankle conditions.

By West Hartford Podiatry Associates
September 11, 2015
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Shockwave Therapy  

Are you one of the many West Hartford residents currently suffering from a painful or debilitating musculoskeletal condition such as Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis or tennis elbow? If so, the doctors at West Hartford Podiatry have a new and exciting treatment that may be just right for you: Shockwave Therapy.Shockwave Therapy

What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave therapy is a noninvasive therapy that uses high-pressure shock waves to treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. The procedure is fast and gentle, and it works with the body to activate the body's own self-healing responses.

What Conditions is Shockwave Therapy Used to Treat?

Shockwave therapy can be used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, including Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, heel spur syndrome, shin splints and various types of pain. Speak to your doctors at West Hartford Podiatry to find out if Shockwave therapy can be used to help treat whatever condition you are currently dealing with.

What are the Benefits of Shockwave Therapy?

An exciting new treatment option for individuals with various painful musculoskeletal conditions, Shockwave therapy offers an impressive number of benefits, especially compared to the risks and drawbacks.

Shockwave therapy is a fast, gentle, safe and effective outpatient procedure. Each treatment only takes about 15 minutes, and you may see improvement as soon as the first treatment. Shockwave therapy typically causes virtually no symptoms, and it may help you avoid surgery.

For these reasons and others, many West Hartford residents have already decided that Shockwave therapy is the best treatment choice for them. Talk to your doctors at West Hartford Podiatry to determine if Shockwave therapy might be the ideal solution for you as well.

Who Should Not Get Shockwave Therapy?

Unfortunately, however, there are a few individuals who may not be eligible to receive this therapy. These individuals include some children, pregnant women and individuals who take blood thinners, those who have open sores and those who have certain heart conditions or a history of seizures. Individuals who have poor sensation or a heightened sensation in the target area may not qualify as well. Speak with your doctors at West Hartford Podiatry to find out more.

Do you have a painful or debilitating musculoskeletal condition? Would you like to find relief once and for all? If so, Shockwave Therapy from West Hartford Podiatry may be just right for you. Call for more information and to set up an appointment for a consultation today.


Distinguished Service Citation: Harvey D. Lederman, D.P.M.


APMA Immediate-past President Dr. Caporusso presented Harvey D. Lederman, D.P.M., with the Distinguished Service Citation, the association's highest honor. It is reserved for individuals whose contributions to the profession are long-term, outstanding, and of national significance.


Dr. Lederman was nominated by his son, Marc Lederman, D.P.M., and seveal colleagues. Dr. Harvey Lederman, D.P.M. Has served as Connecticut Podiatric Medical Association persent, a leader of the American Academy of Podiatric Practice Mangement (AAPPM), and vice-chair of the APMAPAC board. Dr. Marc Lederman referred to his father as “a true champion of podiatric medicine” and underscored by the many hours his father devoted to the profession during 50 years in practice. Ross Taubman, D.P.M., president and chief medical officer of the Podiatry Insurance Company of America, agreed that Dr. Harvey Lederman is “truly a trailblazer,” and Hal Ornstein, D.P.M., chair of AAPPM, said, “Our profession has its giant, but few [who] are so passionately committed.”


Dr. Lederman expressed his thanks, saying the citation”is something I will treasure the rest of my days.”


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