FOR RELEASE: 8/27/2011Contact: John Cappiello, (203) 384-3637

Former Fairfield school superintendent gets help for foot pain from the experts at Bridgeport Hospital

Career educator Ann Clark of Fairfield learned one of her most valuable lessons not from a book but from her footwear.

“I wore high heels for years, without knowing how much they could injure my feet,” Ann says.

The retired Fairfield Superintendent of Schools underwent foot surgery in March 2011 to treat foot pain brought on by wearing high-heeled shoes. The procedure, performed by Bridgeport Hospital Chief of Podiatric Surgery Howard Harinstein, DPM, brought long-awaited relief to Ann’s foot pain.

“A high-heeled shoe points the foot in a downward position, placing an increased amount of pressure on the forefoot, explains Dr. Harinstein. “This increased pressure may lead to pain or foot deformities such as hammer toes, bunions and growths of nerve tissue known as neuromas.

Fortunately, thanks to her care at Bridgeport Hospital, Ann says she’s getting around a lot better now.

“I’m doing really well,” Ann says. “And it’s a lot easier to buy shoes now that I can fit into them more easily.” About the care she received at Bridgeport Hospital, Ann says, “When Dr. Harinstein performs your surgery and you do what he tells you, there’s no pain afterward.”

Dr. Harinstein and fellow Bridgeport Hospital podiatric surgeon Ceasar Irby, DPM, will discuss the causes and treatments for a variety of foot conditions during the first part of a free two-night lecture series on Thursdays, Sept, 8 and 15, 7:00 p.m., at the Trumbull Marriott. During the second lecture, vascular surgeon Brian King, MD and Chief of Endocrinology Sachin Majumdar, MD, will discuss diabetes-related foot problems. To register for one or both lectures, call toll free 1-888-357-2396.

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Part of Yale New Haven Health System, Bridgeport Hospital is a 383-bed acute care hospital (plus 42 beds licensed to Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital) serving parts of Fairfield and New Haven counties. The hospital admits more than 18,000 patients and receives more than 240,000 outpatient visits annually.