Posts for: September, 2014

http://2-ps.googleusercontent.com/x/www.broadwayworld.com/images.bwwstatic.com/columnpic6/250xNxicon-fitness.jpg.pagespeed.ic.GKYM9vkZCR.jpgDuring the Annual Scientific Conference of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS), a presentation stated that women are more likely to develop foot conditions due to unsupportive footwear than men. The most common condition is the Morton’s Neuroma; however it is not limited to those wearing unsupportive footwear, genetics and day to day activities may also be a factor.

Surgeon Kristin DiNucci stated that active women, the flat footed, as well as flat or narrow shoes are all factors in developing Morton’s Neuromas. This condition occurs at the base of the fourth and fifth toes when the nerves become inflamed. Swelling and a burning sensation are also subject to occur. In many cases wearing supportive footwear to adding orthotic insoles to the everyday routine can help prevent Morton’s Neuromas from occurring. 

Morton’s neuroma can be a difficult condition to contend with. If you are experiencing symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma, talk to podiatrist Dr. Gary Ochwat of Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Dr. Ochwat and staff can diagnose and treat your feet accordingly.

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the third and fourth toe and the ball of the foot, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible to this condition. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.  Women are more likely than men to have an occurrence of this foot condition.

What Increases the Chances of having Morton’s Neuroma?

-Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot area.
-Jogging, running and any sports that involve constant impact to the foot area.
-Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformity may put you at a higher risk for developing Morton’s neuroma.

If you suspect that you may have this condition, you should visit your podiatrist. A podiatrist will first conduct a thorough physical examination to check for palpable masses between the bones of the foot.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Illinois. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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While surgery is a good, sometimes necessary method when it comes to correcting hammertoe, insurance companies often encourage patients to attempt non-surgical treatments before undergoing surgery. For example, analgesic or anti-inflammatory drugs may help ease pain and swelling as could cortisone injections. Less invasive methods might include the use of a custom-made orthotic insert to help prevent the hammertoe from worsening and to ease discomfort. Splints or non-medicated pads may also be used.

Regardless of the treatment you choose, hammertoes require some form of medical attention if they are to be corrected. If you are seeking treatment for a hammertoe, consult with podiatrist Gary F. Ochwat, DPM of Advanced Foot And Ankle Specialists. Dr. Ochwat can attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is little-known a painful condition that affects the second, third and fourth toes involving different joints of the toe and foot. Hammertoe can be caused by many other conditions such as RA (rheumatoid arthritis), osteoarthritis, trauma or injuries to your foot, it can be hereditary and it can also be caused by a cerebral vascular accident. If you wear shoes that are too narrow or short for your feet, it may exacerbate any pain you already have.

It is really important to your overall well-being to seek out medical attention at the first signs of foot pain or anything that may hinder your ability to walk in a normal manner. Taking care of your feet is one of the first steps to being able to live a full and healthy life.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Hoffman Estates, Elgin, Crystal Lake, and Huntley, Illinois. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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September 10, 2014
Category: foot health
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Sue Asher is an instructor of a local aerobics class for senior citizens. Asher’s class meets at the local swimming pool two times per week, where clients can focus on exercising the feet, arms, and legs. The relatively calm, simple workout serves to improve muscle strength and prevent the onset of joint problems like arthritis.

“Class starts at 10:45 but between 10:30 and 10:45 we catch up on things that are happening in the town, happening with the senior citizens and it is our social time,” Asher stated. “Then we do our exercises and work hard.”

Swimming is a great way for the elderly and people with arthritic feet to get exercise. If you have any questions about the benefits of swimming on the feet, consider contacting podiatrist podiatrist Gary F. Ochwat, DPM of Advanced Foot And Ankle Specialists. Dr. Ochwat will explain the unique health advantages this activity has and recommend some simple exercises for you to do.

Benefits of Swimming and Foot care

Our feet receive the most stress on a daily basis. Walking, running, and long standing contribute to pain and stress on the feet. Swimming helps promote circulation and keep the body feeling great and healthy.

Benefits of swimming:

Improve blood circulation

  • Swimming is a good, safe way to get in extra physical activity and improve circulation, without causing further trauma to the feet

Relieve aches or pains

  • It takes all the pressure off of them, allowing the feet to relax and recover, and     improves blood flow to them.

Circulation overall for diabetics

  • Swimming contributes to blood flow, and increase oxygen levels within the body.

Reduce foot inflammation

  • Swimming in warm water can increase blood flow and make it easier to move       and stretch the afflicted foot. The feet are also exposed in water, giving them        much needed air.

Swimming the helpful alternative:

Many people like the elderly and diabetics suffer from weakened muscles and joints. A water sport like swimming will support the body, thus allowing him or her to move freely. Blood flow circulation is a main trigger to tired inflamed feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Hoffman Estates, Elgin, Crystal Lake, and Huntley, Illinois. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Dr. Jonathan Sinclair, a faculty member of the University of Central Lancashire, conducted a study regarding orthotic insoles and how they can prevent an Achilles tendon injury. The study focused on 12 male runners and observed them as they ran with and without orthotic insoles. The surface they ran on was a mat equipped with special sensors to measure their strike force.

The study showed that wearing orthotic insoles improved the runners’ resistances to Achilles tendon injuries by dampening the amount of pressure of the tendon in question. “This probably happens because orthotics offer further cushioning to that already provided by the shoe midsole,” Dr. Sinclair claims.

Achilles tendon injuries can be very painful. If you think you have this kind of condition, pay a visit to podiatrist Gary F. Ochwat, DPM of Advanced Foot And Ankle Specialists. Dr. Ochwat can treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body, and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can cause severe difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

- Inflammation

- Dull to Severe Pain

- Increased blood flow to the tendon

- Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

- Extreme pain and swelling in the foot

- Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation. Often the doctor will order an MRI to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment will involve rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries.

For more information about Achilles Tendon Injuries, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Hoffman Estates, Elgin, Crystal Lake, and Huntley, Illinois. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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