Posts for: December, 2015

Peyton Manning, the Denver Broncos quarterback, is expected to keep playing despite the foot injury he sustained in the game against Indianapolis. The injury was reported to not have been too serious, but will still be listed on the injury report. Manning also suffered a right shoulder injury the previous week but did not exit the game and continued to play.

Playing with a sports injury can cause many problems with later on. For more information contact one of our podiatrists of Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Playing Sports with Foot Injuries

Many types of foot injuries affect athletes over the course of their athletic career. Despite their setbacks, many of these athletes will continue to play with mild foot injuries and attempt to ‘push’ through the pain. In order to be able to prevent injuries, it is important to stretch before any activity, wear proper footwear and replace shoes as needed. Some of the foot injuries athletes are at risk for include:

  • Turf toe- upward bending of the big toe outside normal range of motion
  • Stress Fractures
  • Overpronation- excessive foot movement during gait
  • Plantar Fasciitis- swollen ligament in the foot’s base
  • Strains

For more serious injuries it is recommended to consult with a podiatrist or orthopedic specialist as fractures and other serious conditions may require surgery.

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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Arian Foster of the Houston Texans suffered an Achilles tendon injury while running a pass pattern and immediately fell to the ground following suit. Foster has had groin, hamstring, and calf injuries, which prevented him from playing in a full season since 2012. Texans coach Bill O’Brien has no details on the injury yet but believes “ ‘it obviously didn’t look good.’ ” If the injury is too severe, it can end Foster’s rest of the season.

Anyone can wind up suffering from heel pain. If you have any concerns regarding gout, consult with one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Causes of Heel Pain

● Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

● Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

● Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

- Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  

- Wearing non-supportive shoes

- Weight change           

- Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a thing of the past.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.  

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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Causes and Treatments of Heel Pain Heel pain can be caused by several different reasons, but one particular condition to look out for is plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis results when the tissue between your heel bone and toes, called the plantar fascia, becomes inflamed. This can be caused by factors such as weight, your age, and the kind of physical activity you do. Women are more prone to plantar fasciitis than men, and it is important that the condition is treated when diagnosed. Some treatment options include physical therapy, exercising programs, deep tissue massage, wearing orthopedics, and surgery.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you have any concerns regarding gout, consult with one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

·      Excessive running

·      Non-supportive shoes

·      Overpronation

·      Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

·      Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices

·      Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis

·      Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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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By Advanced Foot And Ankle Specialists
December 08, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Have you spent more money than you'd like on useless toenail fungus medications? Over-the-counter medications are often ineffective when stubborn fungus is a problem, but laser therapy stops fungal growth with just one treatment. Doctors Gary Ochwat, Ronald Clemente, Craig Halihan and Michael Williams explain how Crystal Lake residents can benefit from laser toenail fungus treatment.Toenail Fungus

Why over-the-counter products don't always help

Those drugstore anti-fungal products might help you get rid of mild to moderate toenail fungus, but often have little effect on severe cases. Over-the-counter products only reach the top of the nail and do nothing to kill the fungus that lurks under the nail. If the products do offer some improvement, chances are that it doesn't last for long. Even oral anti-fungal medications prescribed by your doctor may not help, and those medications often have unpleasant side effects.

Laser treatment is a better option

Traditional toenail fungus treatment often takes months, but laser treatment quickly gets to the source of the problem. Foot doctors use a thin laser beam to precisely target the infection during a treatment session that takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes. The targeted laser beam kills the fungus without damaging surrounding tissues. Laser therapy is so effective because the pigment in the fungus absorbs the light from the laser and creates heat that kills the infection for good. Best of all, laser treatment has no uncomfortable side effects. Although the fungi don't like the laser, all you'll feel is a slight warming under your toe or possibly a mild pinprick sensation.

Results are long-lasting

Once the fungus is killed, it doesn't come back. Although the fungi die after treatment, it does take a while for a completely healthy nail to appear. During the course of a few months, you'll see the new, fungus-free nail gradually start to grow.

If you live in the Crystal Lake area and are tired of looking at your yellow toenails, find out how laser toenail fungus treatments can help you. Call (815) 356-0500 to schedule an appointment with Doctors Gary Ochwat, Ronald Clemente, Craig Halihan or Michael Williams.


A new study has discovered that sleep apnea may increase the risk of developing gout and experiencing gout flare ups. Lead author Yuqing Zhang of the Boston University Clinical Epidemiology Research and Training Unit shared that while obesity plays an important role in both sleep apnea and gout, sleep apnea still increased the risk for gout even when weight was considered. Over a one-year period 270 cases of gout were observed, with 76 in the sleep apnea group and 194 in the larger comparison group. Gout was nearly twice as common in the sleep apnea group in contrast to the comparison group.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you have any concerns regarding gout, consult with one of our podiatrists from 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 treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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