Posts for category: Foot and Ankle Injuries

By Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists
December 04, 2018
Tags: foot injury  

Foot InjuryWomen’s winter boots with high, spiked heels and narrow, pointed toes may seem like the epitome of haute couture, but these boots can make feet and ankles unstable on snow- and ice-covered surfaces.

Falls from high-heeled winter boots can lead to a number of injuries, depending on how you lose your balance. If your ankles roll inward or outward, they can break. If your ankles twist, ligaments can be stretched or torn, causing an ankle sprain. Slipping or falling in high-heeled boots can also cause broken toe,
metatarsal and heel bones.

Opt for a low-heeled boot this winter, and be sure to scuff up the soles of new boots or buy adhesive rubber soles to provide greater traction.

No matter what style of boot you decide to wear this season, if you suffer a fall, contact our office for prompt evaluation and treatment and follow the RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) protocol:

  • REST. Stay off the injured foot since walking can cause further damage.
  • ICE. To reduce swelling and pain, apply a bag of ice over a thin towel to the affected area. Do not put ice directly against the skin. Use ice for 20 minutes and then wait at least 40 minutes before icing again.
  • COMPRESSION. An elastic wrap should be used to control swelling.
  • ELEVATION. Keep the foot elevated to reduce the swelling. It should be even with or slightly above your heart level.
By Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists
October 26, 2018

Heel PainHeel pain is a common issue that affects many people. However, becoming familiar with the causes of heel pain and being able to spot them early can help you get to the root of your heel problem to find the diagnosis and treatment you need. Find out more about spotting heel pain and learn some common causes of this condition with Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists with locations in Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley, and Chicago, IL.

What causes heel pain? 
Though heel pain can come from many sources, there are some common conditions which can contribute to its development. If you have heel pain, you may experience difficulty standing for a long period of time or even standing on the affected foot at all. Walking may also become more problematic, especially as the condition worsens. These symptoms are often worse in the morning and improve upon activity. Common causes of heel pain often include:

  • plantar fasciitis
  • fibromyalgia
  • tendonitis
  • bone spur
  • heel spur
  • heel pad damage
  • tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • pinched nerve
  • stress fractures

How will my doctor diagnose heel pain?
Your foot doctor uses a physical examination to search for abnormalities or symptoms of underlying conditions. In some cases, they may use an x-ray or MRI to explore the inner workings of the foot. From there, your podiatrist makes a diagnosis and begins to craft a specialized treatment plan depending on your diagnosis and its severity.

Heel Pain Treatments in Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley, and Chicago, IL
Treating heel pain depends on several factors: the severity of your pain, your podiatrist’s diagnosis, any underlying conditions, and your lifestyle. Your doctor looks at the whole picture to begin creating your treatment. Treatment often begins with at-home and over-the-counter remedies. If these mild solutions fail to provide results, your doctor may suggest prescription medications, physical therapy, injection therapy, or a Topaz minimally invasive procedure. Your foot doctor will help you find the best solution to your heel pain.

For more information on heel pain and its causes, please contact Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists with locations in Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley, and Chicago, IL. Call to schedule your appointment with your podiatrist today!

Elgin, IL: (847) 468-1994

Crystal Lake, IL: (815) 356-0500

Schaumburg, IL: (847) 352-0200

Huntley, IL: (815) 356-0500

Chicago, IL: (773) 836-9900

Since feet are carrying the weight of the body all day, cramps are apt to occur especially after walking, standing, or during any type of vigorous exercise. While foot cramps are often unexpected, podiatrists suggest that sufferers stop the activity that caused the cramp and immediately stretch the foot. In a seated position, use your hands to hold your toes upwards to stretch the arches and hold for 30 seconds. Putting all of your body weight on one foot can also sufficiently stretch the cramped muscles and tendons in the feet. In addition to stretching, walking around on the cramped foot can help to release tension.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your 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.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you to gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important and often we forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate not to have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure its good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rise, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, also flexing the toes and involving the shins may help too. It is best to speak with your doctor regarding how to do these fitness steps and how often is right for you. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different and it varies from individual to individual to determine what should be done for you to maintain strength in your feet.

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

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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Guard T.J. Lang of the Green Bay Packers faced an upset when he reinjured his already broken foot during the NFC Championship Game against the Atlanta Falcons. Following the 44-21 match, which went to Atlanta, many wondered if Lang’s goodbyes would be his last. Next month, the former Packers guard will officially become a free agent. Lang, now 29, hopes he’ll be returning to Green Bay. “I’m just hoping (the NFC Championship Game) wasn’t the last time I get to put on that helmet,” Lang said. “It’s tough, man. Obviously, I’ll take some time, take a couple days, to rest up and recover and see what happens. I think everybody in this locker room knows that this is where I want to be.”

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, 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.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue (foot)
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

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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Athletes who play on hard surfaces, such as basketball players or tennis players, typically participate in sports that often give their feet a harsh workout. Fast and rough movements can contribute to foot and ankle injuries such as plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains, stress fractures, bone spurs, and Achilles tendon issues. Many of these injuries can be prevented by proper stretching, wearing proper footgear appropriate for the sport, and wearing orthotics as needed. For younger athletes, heel pain should be monitored. The heel growth plate is especially vulnerable to injury for growing children. If pain persists, activity should be stopped immediately.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries need proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, 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.

Sport Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports-related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

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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