Posts for: July, 2015

Three years ago Kathleen Sundbye began feeling a painful burning sensation in her right foot that was quickly diagnosed as gout. Accordingly, many women are often misdiagnosed since gout is known to occur more likely in males. In recent years more and more women have been diagnosed with the disease; however, it seems to occur in different areas of the lower extremities compared to men. Most men experience gout pain in their knees, ankles, and feet while women will have it in their knees and toes.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you have any concerns regarding gout, consult with one of our podiatrists of Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

What is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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 Rumer Willis, winner of Dancing with the Stars season 20, recently sustained a stress fracture in her left foot keeping her from performing for the remainder of the Dancing With the Stars Live Tour. The 26-year-old actress has been seen out and about sporting a boot to protect the injury of her lower extremity. “I have to hang up my dancing shoes for a little bit because of a few stress fractures in my foot but it’s not going to stop me from singing for you guys on the #DWTSlivetour,” Willis explained.

Activities, such as dancing, where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists of Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

The Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  Then the feet and ankles lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection the bones receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes cracks to form in the bones, thus called stress fractures.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:


-people affected with Osteoporosis

-play tennis or basketball


-high impact workouts


Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves in high impact will aggravate pain.

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 Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center surgeon, Dr. Timothy Miller, recently streamed an Achilles tendon surgery on the video-streaming app Periscope. Dr. Miller is one of the first among many surgeons using the app hoping that it will help advance medical education. In this day and age of medical education, students and residents are all equally busy which makes the viewing of cases like these increasingly difficult. The streaming session reeled in nearly 170 live viewers, was viewed more than 800 times after during the 24 hours Periscope archived the surgery, and with the help of an assistant in the operating room, five to six questions were answered during the procedure.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. 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.

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, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

- Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise

- Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Illinois. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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By Advanced Foot And Ankle Specialists
July 13, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Pain has become a part of your daily life. Your foot hurts at work, at home, and pretty much all the time. You noticed a bump on the side of your foot, right at the base of the big toe. What's going on with your foot, and what could be causing the discomfort? Podiatrists Bunionssuggest that your shoes may be the culprit, causing a foot disorder known as a bunion.

The Problematic Bunion

A bunion is an inflammation and deformation of the metatarsophalangeal or MTP joint, the "bump" at the base of the first toe. When left untreated, a bunion progresses to a serious and painful deformity as the first metatarsal bone pushes outward and the big toe pushes inward. Sometimes, the inward pressure on the big toe is so severe that the toe actually overlaps the second or even third toe in a condition called hammertoe.

Shoes Contribute to the Problem

People who wear narrow shoes with pointed toes tend to develop bunions. Physicians at the Mayo Clinic suggest that over time, tight, narrow shoes force the MTP joint into a poor position. In particular, women's shoes put a vice-like grip on toes, crowding them in on each other. Heels higher than 2 inches place additional pressure on the front of the foot, and summer time flip-flops give practically no support to feet, setting the stage for bunions. When factors such as heredity, arthritis and simply being on your feet all day are added in, bunions are an almost certainty.

Avoiding Bunions

The American Podiatric Medical Association says that proper footwear helps prevent bunion formation. These foot doctors recommend wearing well-made shoes with wide toe boxes, flexible but sturdy soles and heels no higher than 2 inches. Clogs and quality athletic shoes are great choices for people who stand all day at their jobs. In addition, shoe stretchers re-size shoes at the toe where ample room is needed most.

Treating Bunions

When bunions form, an experienced foot doctor in Crystal Lake, such as Gary F. Ochwat DPM and Craig W. Halihan DPM, may perform a bunionectomy to realign the toe joint. This procedure works well, is relatively comfortable and has a short recovery time. More conservative treatments can include:

  • wearing of customized orthotics or shoe inserts
  • padding the protuberance with materials such as Moleskin
  • splints worn at night to bring the MTP joint into more normal position
  • therapeutic exercises

For More Information

Would you like to know more about this foot condition? Drs. Ochwat and Halihan at Advanced Ankle and Foot Specialists in Crystal Lake, IL would be happy to consult with you about bunions at one of their 4 convenient offices. Call today for an appointment.

In Hoffman Estates or Elgin, phone (847) 468-1994. In Crystal Lake or Huntley, phone (815) 356 -0500.

Podiatrists, Rachel Ferguson and Marie Ann Lewis, pitched to investors on the popular television show Shark Tank for their premium orthotics company known as Synxsole. The pitch resulted in a three way bidding bar when they scored Talent2 founder Andrew Banks. The duo created the company when they would attempt to fit their patients with orthotic inserts, but they were too big to wear with most shoes. “The real potential is we all want happy feet,” stated Banks.

Orthotics can be helpful in reducing pain for many foot problems. If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact one of our podiatrists of Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain, but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct over arched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you, or if you have a more severe foot issue, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and more severe heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses, and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist on the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain free.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Illinois. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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