Posts for category: Foot Conditions

By Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists
February 14, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Foot Pain  

Are you dealing with foot or ankle pain? Is your quality of life changing? At Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists in Schaumburg, Chicago, foot painElgin, Crystal Lake, and Huntley, Illinois, your team of five expert podiatrists can help, and treatment may be simpler than you think. Read here about some painful foot and ankle conditions.

 

When it hurts...

Make an appointment with Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Your podiatrist will inspect your feet and ankles, note their skin texture and color and observe any areas of soreness, deformity, blistering or other problems. As needed, he will take digital X-rays or other special imaging to visualize internal structures, and he may do a gait analysis, too, to understand your balance and how you place your feet as you walk.

 

Foot and ankle pain

Many times, foot and ankle pain results from overuse. You simply are on your feet too long throughout the day, or perhaps as an avid athlete, you have overtrained, causing stress fractures, tendonitis, or other inflammatory conditions which are acute and limited. Other uncomfortable problems involve the skin and toenails: toenail fungus, athlete's foot, corns, calluses and ingrown toenails are prime examples.

Additionally, poorly structured footwear causes foot and ankle pain. Good arch support, ample room in the toe box and heels of a sensible height (no higher than two to two and a half inches, says the American Podiatric Medical Association) keep your lower extremities comfortable and protected from injury.

Other foot and ankle pain comes from deformity and disease. These problems include:

  • Diabetic neuropathy-cramping, tingling, burning pain in the feet
  • Bunion, a bulging of the metatarsophalangeal joint at the base of the big toe
  • Arthritis, particularly "wear and tear" arthritis
  • Heel spurs--often associated with bunions
  • Neuromas, an enlargement of a nerve bundle typically between the third and fourth toes
  • Ankle sprains and fractures
  • Ankle instability (resulting from untreated sprains)
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome (compression of the nerves in the feet)

 

Relieving pain

Your podiatrist at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists will ensure you receive competent compassionate care--whether it's something as simple as customized orthotics (shoe inserts) and casting to laser toenail fungus treatment and advanced foot and ankle surgeries.

If you're in pain, please don't wait. The team at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists will uncover the problem, formulate treatment and get you on your feet again. Call one of our five locations today for a convenient appointment.

  • 847-468-1994 for Elgin
  • 815-356-0500 for Crystal Lake
  • 847-352-0200 for Schaumburg
  • 815-356-0500 for Huntley
  • 773-836-9900 for Chicago
By Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists
January 21, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions  

Foot BunionHow your podiatrists in Schaumburg, Chicago, Elgin, Crystal Lake, and Huntley, IL, can help with bunion pain

Are you dealing with annoying bunions? If so, you are probably having difficulty putting on your shoes, experiencing trouble when walking or standing, and may be experiencing recurring foot pain on top of it all. However, when bunions start to disrupt your life, you can turn to your local podiatrist for help! The foot doctors at Advanced Foot And Ankle Specialists can help you and your feet feel better when you visit one of our office locations in Schaumburg, Chicago, Elgin, Crystal Lake, and Huntley, Illinois!

 

More about Bunions

So, how do you know if you have a bunion? It will show up as a hard, bony bump next to your big toe. It may be painful, especially when you wear shoes and put weight on your foot. You are also more likely to get a bunion if you wear tight, narrow shoes or high heels. Narrow shoes cause your toes to crush together, and your big toe will rub against the inside of your shoe, causing a bunion.

If you have a small, nonpainful bunion, you can try a few simple home therapies like these:

  1. Icing the bunion for 15 minutes several times during the day
  2. Taping the bunion to add support and cushioning
  3. Wearing padding or inserts in your shoes
  4. Changing to wider shoes
  5. Taking over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medications

 

Large bunions, on the other hand, should be treated by your podiatrist. At Advanced Foot And Ankle Specialists, our foot doctors offer several effective treatments to get rid of your bunion. They may suggest:

  • Custom-fit orthotics and footwear to support and realign your foot
  • Exercises to increase and maintain joint mobility
  • Removing calluses or corns to reduce friction
  • Night splints to help realign your toe and foot
  • Surgical therapy for severe bunion cases

 

Give us a Call!

If you are suffering from bunion pain, you and your feet can feel better. All it takes is a simple phone call to the podiatrists at Advanced Foot And Ankle Specialists! Contact one of our offices today:

  • 847-468-1994 for Elgin
  • 815-356-0500 for Crystal Lake
  • 847-352-0200 for Schaumburg
  • 815-356-0500 for Huntley
  • 773-836-9900 for Chicago
By Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists
August 13, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: corns   Corn Removal  

Corn RemovalDo you have corns? The American Podiatric Medical Association says that about five percent of Americans do. Bothersome and irritating, these circular lesions of hardened skin resemble the vegetable we call corn. Unfortunately, they can really hurt and impede the activities of daily living. Your team of foot doctors at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists in Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley, and Chicago, IL, recommend in-office removal of corns. Learn the answers to frequently asked questions about these benign foot lesions.

FAQS about corns

1. What is a corn? This round piece of hard, irritated skin on the toe or another area of the foot grows suddenly and can last indefinitely. Sprouting in areas of irritation, such as where a shoe or poorly fitting sock is rubbing against the skin, a corn also can be soft and rubbery in texture. Either way, people who are diabetic, have circulatory or mobility problems or other serious health issues should see a podiatrist in Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley, and Chicago for in-office removal.

2. Who gets corns? Anyone can, particularly if they stand on their feet a lot during the day, wear shoes which fit too snugly (women's shoes typically are too narrow and tight) or wear poorly fitting socks which bunch up in their shoes.

3. Should I remove them at home? Sometimes gentle rubbing with a pumice stone will remove a corn. However, much depends on the size, location, and number of corns and on the health of the person who has them. Never cut into your skin with a razor or nail trimmers.

4. What does in-office removal involve? At Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists, your podiatrist will examine your corn carefully and help you decide on the right treatment. The doctor likely will apply a moderately concentrated salicylic acid medication to lift the corn from the surface of the foot. He also may use a scalpel to trim excess skin from the area around the corn. You may go home with a prescription for antibiotics or salicylic acid patches.

5. Do corns return? Yes, they can, and they do. So, be sure to wash and dry your feet daily, wear well-fitting shoes and socks, and avoid walking barefoot. Moisturize every day with an over-the-counter foot cream, and see your podiatrist every year, or as needed, for a check-up.

Love your feet

Take good care of them to avoid annoying and debilitating skin, bone, circulatory and gait issues. If you're developing corns, please call one of the five convenient locations of Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists in Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley, and Chicago, IL. Our doctors provide excellent basic care and also are highly skilled in the latest diagnostic and treatment techniques for a myriad of podiatric issues. 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.

While most fungal infections of the foot, such as athlete’s foot, are non-serious conditions, they can cause red, itchy, dry feet. This can be very uncomfortable; however, it can be prevented. Keeping your feet clean and dry can prevent fungus from developing. Use talcum powder if your feet get very sweaty. Socks and stockings should be changed daily and should be breathable to prevent sweat. It is advised to change your shoes every couple of days. Shoes that are roomy and allow the feet to breathe are also recommended. Avoid going barefoot in public bathrooms, locker rooms, and changing rooms since these places can harbor fungus. Fungal infections are no fun, but they can be prevented. If you think you have a fungal infection on your foot, see a podiatrist for a diagnosis.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily treated if done properly. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of athlete’s foot, as well as helping you figure out which treatment options are best 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.

Read more about Athlete’s foot

Many people experience heel pain, stiffness, and swelling from plantar fasciitis. Yet choosing the right footwear can help ease the pain. First off, make sure that the shoes you wear are your size and properly fit your foot. Next check to see that your toes can move freely and aren’t cramped. Also choose shoes that have a good amount of heel cushioning. Socks are also important and they shouldn’t be too big. They should be breathable and thinner so as not to take up too much shoe space. Shoes with removable soles allow you to swap it out for one that fits better. Arch support is vital and can help prevent plantar fasciitis. Elevated heels in shoes can help distribute body weight away from the back of the foot. Taken together, these tips can help ease the pain of plantar fasciitis. It is important to see a podiatrist who can provide more tips for selecting shoes and alleviating plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

·      Excessive running

·      Non-supportive shoes

·      Overpronation

·      Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

·      Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices

·      Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis

·      Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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.

Read more about Plantar Fasciitis



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