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By Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists
July 25, 2018
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: bunion  

BunionsWhat happened to your foot? It hurts when you walk, especially when you first get out of bed. Plus, you notice a reddened bump at the bottom of the big toe. At Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists in Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley, and Chicago, IL, your podiatrist sees many of these bony bumps. They are a common foot problem called bunions, and they can be corrected so you can stay active and feel comfortable.

Diagnosing a bunion

Bunions aren't unusual. A full 36 percent Americans develop bunions, and while gender (women get them more often), age (the older you get the more likely you are to get one) and heredity (bunions run in families) play significant roles in their development, bunions can happen to anyone at any stage of life. And, they are nothing to be ignored because they cause significant pain, deformity and even immobility.

What tells your podiatrist you have a bunion? Physical examination easily reveals the condition. A bunion is an obvious inward deviation of the first metatarsal bone of the foot and a pronounced bump at the base of the big toe at the metatarsophalangeal joint. Frequently, bunions lead to deformities called hammertoes and to Hallux Valgus, a crossing of the big toe toward the second and even third toes. Arthritis and bursitis may accompany bunions, leading to significant discomfort and stiffness.

If you come to Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists, your podiatrist will inspect your foot, watch you walk and take X-rays. This information helps him diagnose a bunion and to decide what treatment options are best.

Treatment for bunions

Some bunions are so severe they require a surgical procedure called a bunionectomy which removes the bump and properly aligns the metatarsophalangeal bone. Some bunions, however, respond well to more conservative interventions such as:

  • A change in shoes to ones with wider toe boxes and better arch support
  • Custom-made orthotics, or shoe inserts
  • Shoe padding (moleskin)
  • In-office removal of any corns and calluses formed from the friction between the bunion and the shoe
  • Stretching exercises and physical therapy
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Cortisone shots
  • Night splints (usually for adolescents whose bones and joints are growing)
  • Staying within a normal weight range

You and your bunion

You can look forward to better mobility and an end to your discomfort with precise bunion treatment at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. We have five locations to serve you. Call 847-468-1994 today to schedule an appointment in Elgin, IL. Call 815-356-0500 to schedule an appointment in Crystal Lake, IL. Call 847-352-0200 to schedule an appointment in Schaumburg, IL. Call 815-356-0500 to schedule an appointment in Huntley, IL. Call 773-836-9900 to schedule an appointment in Chicago, IL.

An ingrown toenail is one of the most common foot conditions to develop, particularly among adolescents, though for unknown reasons. In more common cases, an infection caused by an ingrown toenail may be treated by prescription antibiotics. But while this may clear the immediate infection, if the nail continues to cut into the flesh the infection can return. In extreme cases, the entire toenail may need to be removed. Consult with your podiatrist to determine the best treatment for your case.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, 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.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right 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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If your feet feel cold, this is because it is your body’s natural response for conserving heat when it is too cold. Your body “tries to maintain its internal temperature by constricting small blood vessels under the surface of the skin. This allows more blood to move deeper in the body, so your core stays warm.” However, this leads to your body’s extremities, like the feet, receiving poor blood circulation. When taking care of your cold feet, try to wear warm, breathable socks that help wick away moisture. Opt for wool in place of cotton. Other methods include warming your feet up in warm water, drinking hot liquids, moving around to get your blood circulation going, and investing in shoe inserts to help insulate the insides of your shoes.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. This can restrict the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development.

It can also cause:

  • muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness   
  • numbness  or cramping in the legs
  • skin discoloration
  • slower nail & hair growth
  • erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those who are over 50. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always see a doctor as they will help try and fit a regime that suits you. A doctor will also prescribe you medication which will help for PAD.  

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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Heel pain is a condition that plagues many people, and chronic cases of the condition can be especially difficult to endure. For many common cases of chronic heel pain, plantar fasciitis is the underlying culprit; plantar fasciitis affects all types of people, though most commonly active men between the ages of 40 and 70. Plantar fasciitis pain manifests in various ways. For some people, it can be described as a dull pain; in other cases, people feel it as a sharp pain or a burning sensation or ache that extends outward from the heel. There are various factors that can contribute to plantar fasciitis; to determine the cause of your heel pain and the best way to treat it, consult with your podiatrist.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Causes of Heel Pain

● Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

● Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

● Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

- Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  

- Wearing non-supportive shoes

- Weight change           

- Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a thing of the past.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically. 

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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iStock_000012647395SmallobesityfeetA report from the CDC revealed that one in five U.S. teenagers is obese. Researchers found that weight loss surgery might offer pain relief particularly in the feet and increase mobility for teenagers who are obese. The procedure, which is called bariatric surgery, has been found to also lower heart rate in those who have had it done.This shows that the surgery can improve cardiovascular fitness. Getting rid of excess weight can have long lasting health benefits for teens so it is important for them to make lifestyle modifications in order to achieve a healthy weight.

Any additional problems in the feet of those with obesity can be detrimental to foot health. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Obesity and your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling. Being overweight is one of the main contributors to foot complications.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight – Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet. As your weight increases, your balance and body will shift, creating new stresses on your feet. This uneven weight distribution can cause pain, even while doing the simplest tasks, such as walking.

Diabetes– People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has a drastic impact on the health of your feet. As you get older, your diabetes might worsen, which could lead to loss of feeling in your feet, sores, and bruises. You could also become more prone to various infections.

Solutions 

Footwear – Specially made footwear that supports your joints, arches, and ankles, and allows room for good circulation is a great option to mitigate pressure and pain. A podiatrist will help you decide what works best for your specific needs.

Exercise – Exercise will help alleviate the pain and give your feet the strength it needs to support your body. Exercise also increases blood flow to your feet, allowing them to remain healthy and strong.

Most importantly, seek the help of a podiatrist for foot care if something is wrong or doesn’t seem to be working. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed.

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

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