Posts for: September, 2015

According to a study reported at the American Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting chemotherapy induced neuropathy has been found to hurt more in the feet than in the hands making every day routine difficult. The study included 184 patients from the San Francisco Bay area completing taxane or platinum based chemotherapy where chemo-induced neuropathy was in their hands and feet. With the help of questionnaires such as the pain interference scale and brief pain inventory, chemotherapy induced neuropathy was found to cause treatment delay, decreased functioning of the feet, and poorer quality of life since the pain reduced everyday activities.

When dealing with systemic disease of the feet, is extremely important to check the affected areas routinely so that any additional problems are caught quickly.  For professional help, see one of our podiatrists of Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will ensure that your feet receive the care that they need.

Systemic Diseases of 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. Common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs to relieve pain and inflammation, and other drugs that lower the acid levels in the body.

Diabetes mellitus – is an increase in the level of blood sugar that the body cannot counteract with its own insulin. Failure to produce enough insulin 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. 

If you have any questions feel free to contact our offices located in Hoffman Estates, Elgin, Crystal Lake, and Huntley, IL. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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By Advanced Foot And Ankle Specialists
September 25, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Learn how to eliminate your toenail fungus and all of its pesky symptoms.

Nothing can ruin your plans like a toenail fungal infection. Whether you are prone to these infections or this is the first time dealing with Nail Fungusone, one thing is certain: you want to treat the problem quickly and easily. Luckily, your Crystal Lake podiatrists Dr. Gary Ochwat and Dr. Craig Halihan have different treatment options for you to try.

Self-Care Measures

The good news is that even if you are dealing with a fungal infection, most cases can easily be cleared up with at-home methods. However, if you have a serious or persistent infection, your Crystal Lake foot doctor may recommend prescription medications or other treatments to eliminate your infection.

Over-the-counter medications

You can easily find antifungal medications at your local drugstore that can target and get rid of your infection. These common medications include Lamisil or Sporanox and work by helping the nail to grow free of infection so that healthy nail eventually replaces the infected parts.

Unfortunately, not everyone will respond as effectively to OTC antifungal drugs. Those over the age of 65 have a lower success rate. Also, if you have a fungal infection and have been diagnosed with diabetes then you need to seek treatment from your foot doctor in Crystal Lake immediately. Don’t try to treat the issue on your own, as complications are more likely to arise.

Medicated polish

We may also prescribe an antifungal nail polish to paint over the infected nails and skin each day. After about a week, the layers of polish are removed and you can reapply at the beginning of each week. This treatment will take longer than other antifungal medications to work, but can be a great way to prevent future infections.

Nail cream

A medicated nail cream may also be prescribed. This medication is rubbed directly into the infected nail after the nail has been thoroughly cleaned.

Surgical Treatments

While most people will find at-home remedies to be successful, those with more severe or painful cases of toenail fungus may need more aggressive options. This is where we come in. Nail removal or laser therapy can be great alternatives for those who aren’t finding the relief they need from non-invasive treatments. If you aren’t noticing a reduction in your symptoms after trying multiple courses of treatment, then it’s time you called us for a proper treatment plan.

If toenail fungus is affecting your life, or if you have other chronic health conditions like diabetes then you need to seek proper medical care from your Crystal Lake foot doctor. Let the experts at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists keep your feet healthy!


Floria Antell was suffering from bunion pain and while her podiatrist recommended she had surgery, Antell did not want to miss out on her Pilate’s classes and walking her dog. The seventy-six year old decided to get another opinion and received anti-inflammatory and shockwave therapy treatment. After being healed within six months Antell recalled being thankful for not having to stay bedridden and learned how to take better care of her feet. When faced with foot pain many believe that surgery would be the best way to heal, but there are nonsurgical methods such as shockwave therapy available to incorporate healing.

Shockwave therapy is a treatment commonly used to treat various injuries and conditions, particularly plantar fasciitis in the feet. To learn more, consult with one of our podiatrists of Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will provide you with quality foot and ankle information and treatment.

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a new treatment option designed to treat bone conditions such as tennis elbow, shoulder pain, and others. 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. This treatment is a better option to surgery, since it is proven safe.

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

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Niles Paul of the Washington Redskins will be out for the remaining season due to a fractured ankle. The injury occurred while Paul was blocking on a run play during a game. The projected starter twisted his left foot as he fell to the ground. The official injury is cited as a fractured and dislocated ankle. Paul’s injury is a “huge loss” for the Redskins, as he was reportedly impressive in camp. Last season, he caught thirty-nine passes for 507 yards and a touchdown.  

Sports related foot and ankle injuries need proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact one of our podiatrists of Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

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 in order 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 Hoffman Estates, Elgin, Huntley, and Crystal Lake, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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 Gareth Bale of Real Madrid has undergone a series of medical tests to ensure his toe is not broken. Bale was sent to Sanitas La Moraleja after suffering a blow to his right toe during a game in Gijon. While the x-rays revealed Bale had no broken bones, the club has taken the matter seriously to quickly rule out injury. Bale has since been preparing for a game against Betis.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. 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 to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • throbbing pain
  • swelling
  • bruising on the skin and toenail
  • the inability to move the toe
  • toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

If you have any concerns please feel free to contact our offices located in Hoffman Estates, Elgin, Crystal Lake, and Huntley, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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