June 19, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

Hyperhidrosis, a condition that causes an excessive amount of sweat, affects approximately 5% of the population. A woman who suffers from the condition said, “I shower three times a day, wear only black clothes and avoid slip-on shoes, because my feet slide right out of them.” It is no secret that hyperhidrosis has the power to interfere with daily activities, and can be a bit embarrassing to those who have it. The core function of sweat is to cool down the body when its temperature rises due to hormones, physical activity, or our thermoregulatory centers. While normal amounts of sweat are necessary for our bodies to achieve homeostasis, an excessive amount should be treated with the assistance of a medical professional. If you suspect that you have hyperhidrosis it is best to seek the help of a podiatrist right away.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Illinois. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs. 

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By Advanced Foot And Ankle Specialists
June 16, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: bunion  

There are fast and easy ways to help get your bunion discomfort under control.bunions

Sometimes it doesn’t take much for your bunion pain to set in. When it does rear its ugly head, it can be painful to even wear shoes, let alone walk around or enjoy your day. If bunion problems are keeping you from doing what you love, then our Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley and Chicago, IL, podiatrists have some handy tips for keeping your issues under control.

Wear Proper Footwear

This is probably one of the most important habits that you will need to adopt if you want to prevent your bunion from getting worse. You can easily manage your bunion symptoms and keep pain away by wearing practical shoes. This means only wearing shoes that fit properly and provide thorough support.

If a pair of shoes causes your toes to bunch up, then you better believe it’s going to put too much pressure on your bunion (toss those shoes out!). Also, stick to flat shoes or shoes that have a very low heel, as high heels can also make a bunion worse.

Wear a Bunion Pad

This is yet another product you can pick up at your local pharmacy or drugstore. These non-medicated pads are the best way to prevent friction when wearing shoes. As you well know, when shoes rub against your bunion it hurts. Provide a little more protection by wearing a bunion pad before putting on shoes.

If you still aren’t finding the relief you need from your bunion pain then it’s time you turned to the foot care specialists serving the Chicagoland area, including Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley and the city of Chicago, IL. Call Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists today to learn more about other treatment options we offer to help crush foot pain.

June 12, 2017
Category: Foot Care

In order to get your feet ready for the summer, you should try out some new exercises. Your feet are critically important to your balance so it is important that you do exercises in order to strengthen them. A simple exercise you can do is toe yoga--a stretch that is performed by moving each one of your toes independently. Another exercise is to work on your feet by picking up marbles with your toes or scrunching a towel toward you. You can also try stretching the foot by standing with the middle of your foot on a step while dropping your heel down. This stretch will help your foot as well as your calf muscles. If you want help with improving the flexibility in your feet, do not hesitate to seek help from a podiatrist. 

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching Your Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Good ways to stretch your feet are:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Illinois. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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June 05, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: flat feet   foot conditions   flatfoot  

“About 20-30% of the population suffers from fallen arches in one or both feet.” Flat feet can be very problematic for runners. Those with flat feet have to be careful while training, stretching, and selecting running shoes. They have to know and pay attention to the warning signs of potential foot problems. Those with flat feet may also have a condition called plantar fasciitis, however stretching is the best way to prevent onset of this. Having shoes that fit properly is important for everyone, but it is especially important for those who have flat feet.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What are Flat Feet?

Flat feet are a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. Standing about 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – if you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  


Pain around the heel or arch area

Trouble standing on the tip toe.

Swelling around the inside of the ankle.

Flat look to one or both feet.

Having your shoes feel uneven when worn


If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Illinois. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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By Advanced Foot And Ankle Specialists
June 01, 2017
Category: Foot Care

The podiatrists at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists in Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley and Chicago, IL, often treat patients toenail funguswho have various stages of toenail fungus. This embarrassing yet common problem often develops when patients spend time in wet conditions, such as around a pool or at a beach, but then don’t clean and dry their feet properly afterward. Athletes also often have fungus issues (sweaty socks and shoes). Find out the benefits of choosing laser toenail fungus treatment.

The Problem with Toenail Fungus
Many patients are sensitive about the appearance and smell of their feet. Toenail fungus, also called onychomycosis, is one of those foot conditions that you definitely want to avoid or treat if you want to avoid embarrassment. It causes your toes to turn yellow, thick and brittle. The toenail may chafe and peel. The fungus can also cause an undesirable odor that is difficult to ignore. If it isn’t treated, the problem can propagate and spread to other toes.

Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment
There is a new treatment available for patients who have toenail fungus at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists in Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley or Chicago. It is a laser treatment that heats the toenail, effectively eliminating the infection. The laser is set to target the color of the fungus—it can’t survive the laser’s light. The rest of your toenail tissue (the good part) stays healthy.

Benefits Over Traditional Treatment
The usual treatment for toenail fungus is a topical cream that you apply as prescribed. With laser treatment, you’ll enjoy these benefits:

  • No need for messy creams or daily application
  • Laser treatment is quick and painless
  • The laser is most effective at targeting the fungus while preserving good tissue
  • The results are long lasting (with creams, the problem can reoccur often)
  • You’ll have your normal, pink, healthy toenails back sooner than with traditional creams

Laser Your Toenails Back to Good Health
If you have flaking, smelly toenails that you believe may be affected by a fungus, talk to a foot doctor at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists, which is located in Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley or Chicago, IL. Call one of the locations today to schedule an appointment to discuss laser toenail fungus treatment.

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