Posts for: October, 2014

Oakville, Ontario resident Connie Glen has being using shockwave therapy to aid her plantar fasciitis that came without any warning or explanation. The 49-year-old has spent nearly $2,000 in finding the most efficient form of treatment. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the thick band of tissue from the heel to the bones in the toes becomes inflamed. Glen attempted many treatments including stretching, orthotics, physiotherapy, acupuncture, and even a cortisone shot in the inflamed area. After many of these treatments were not working as well as they could, Glen and sports medicine specialist Dr. Chris Woollam both agreed that shockwave therapy seems to be doing the trick in alleviating her pain during even the most simple of activities such as walking short distances.

Shockwave therapy is one of many forms of treatment for plantar fasciitis. If you are interested in receiving shockwave therapy for your lower extremities, contact one of our podiatrists  at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. We will assess your needs and give you his professional opinion.

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a new treatment option designed to treat bone conditions such as tennis elbow, shoulder pain, and others. This technique is used on patients that do not respond well to physiotherapy. Shockwave therapy uses high intensity sound waves that are directed to the affected tissues of the body with pinpoint accuracy. The effects are very beneficial, leading to a production of collagen fibers, eliminating inflammation.

Who Benefits from Shockwave?

Shockwave is recommended for patients suffering from heel pain and associated problems. Heel pain is a common condition which can be caused by obesity, overexertion, and spending a substantial amount of time on hard floors with your feet exposed and unsupported.

Fast and Easy

The therapy is actually a simple process that can leave patients feeling better the very next day. Shockwave therapy is not as dramatic as it sounds. It enables more blood flow to effected areas, attacking the source of the problem so treatment lasts for a long time.

Treatment & Recovery Time

Shockwave treatment will enable your feet to recover quickly. This is especially important since surgery is not required. It is cost effective and does not require the use of anesthesia.

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

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Members of the researcher faculty at the St. George’s University of London recently discovered that diabetes patients with the systemic disease peripheral neuropathy may be more likely to get heart disease than other diabetics. They arrived at this conclusion after detailed observation of around 13,000 type-2 diabetes patients who had never had any cardiopulmonary problems.

The researcher’s findings might be useful for doctors who are trying to determine the probability that a particular diabetes patient will get heart disease. “There is likely an unmet potential to reduce cardiovascular disease in this group of patients through greater monitoring and simple treatments," stated Robert Hinchliffe, Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Vascular Surgery.

Systemic diseases typically affect the whole body, but they can be particularly detrimental to the heels. If a systemic disease is causing you to experience lower extremity problems, see one of our podiatrists of Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. We will analyze your need for treatment and provide you with a suitable form of medical care.

Systemic Diseases and the Feet

Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable. Systemic diseases include: gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.

Gout – is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.

Diabetes mellitus- is an increase in the level of blood sugar in which the body cannot counteract with the insulin in the body. When the body doesn’t produce enough insulin this is a factor in Diabetes.

Diabetes of the Feet

  • Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease- can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the feet. 

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Athlete’s foot can be a troublesome condition to deal with. Often over the counter treatments are used, but keep in mind there are also natural home remedies that can work. Applying apple cider vinegar or tea tree oil directly on the affected area can help ease some of the irritation with the condition, for example.  

There are many natural liquid solutions that can be concocted to treat Athlete’s Foot. For example, one solution that consists of part white vinegar and warm water can work. Another solution made of garlic paste mixed with water is also effective. Neem leaves boiled in water for ten minutes is yet solution available to the holistic patient.

Athlete’s foot can be treated with either prescription drugs or natural remedies like those aforementioned. 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.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

If you suffer from itching, burning, dry, and flaking feet, this may be a sign of athlete's foot. Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be extremely contagious, and it often infects shower floors, gyms, socks and shoes, and anywhere else feet may come in contact with. It is commonly found in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

- Hydrate your feet by using lotion
- Exfoliate
- Buff off nails
- Use of anti-fungal product
- Examine feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts are present.

What is Tinea?

- Athlete’s foot is often caused by the same fungus that causes ringworm (tinea).
- Tinea can invade other parts of the body as well, if the proper thriving conditions for it are met.
- Tinea thrives in mostly dark, warm and moist environments.
- Although many people never experience athlete’s foot, around 70% of the population may suffer from tinea at some point.

For more information about Athlete’s Foot, 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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The Army of the United States needs to make sure that their soldiers remain in good health, especially their feet and ankles. One of these methods the U.S. Army is using to ensure this is the Born To Run story line and the forefoot/rearfoot debate. The study itself focused on past-year injury rates among 1027 soldiers, which included 232 women who sustained injuries.

“There are no large studies evaluating differences in injury profiles between heel strike and non-heel-strike runners,” one poster notes. “Due to high musculoskeletal injury rates in soldiers, a better understanding of the potential relationship between foot strike and injury could be beneficial to the military services.”

Running can be a great way to keep your body healthy, but it can also lead to injuries if you’re not careful. If you have a running injury, or are concerned about getting one, contact podiatrist Gary F. Ochwat, DPM of Advanced Foot And Ankle Specialists. Dr. Ochwat can instruct you on proper running techniques and help you keep your lower extremities safe.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. Runner’s knee usually is treated with strengthening exercises focusing on the quad muscles and sports orthotic. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned. Physical therapy can help you learn the best exercises to heal runner’s knee.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?

- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries

- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule.

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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