Posts for: February, 2016

There are many different kinds of treatment options for toenail fungus, and a new paint-on product has just become one of them. “Some 35 million people in the U.S. suffer from onychomycosis,” and these infections can lead to further health complications for those who may have diabetes or other health problems. Have your doctor properly diagnose your toenail fungus condition before resorting to medication. Other treatment options for toenail fungus include oral anti-fungal prescriptions and “fungus-zapping lasers”.

While toenail fungus is troublesome to eradicate, doing so is not impossible. If you have any concerns with your feet 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.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.

Antibiotics & Treatments 

Lamisil – is the most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body.  Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean and air free. 

Talcum powder – applying powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well

Alternative Treatments

There are always surgical procedures that are available for toenail fungus. Some people would like immediate quick removal of toenail fungus. Surgeons will be able to cut through and remove the growth using laser surgery. It is important not to try and remove it yourself. Once removed, your old shoes will need to be replaced to avoid reinfection.  

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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Senior forward Amile Jefferson of Duke University has been out indefinitely due to a right foot injury. Jefferson has been cited as the team’s most productive player in the past. He averaged 11.4 points and 10.3 rebounds in Duke’s first nine games and was among the best offensive rebounders in the country. Duke’s program is not unfamiliar with players suffering significant injuries. During the 2012-13 season, Ryan Kelly had missed 13 games. Before that, Kyrie Irving had suffered a right toe injury.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries need proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. If you have any concerns, 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.

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 Illinois. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Keeping your shoes clean is one important factor in ensuring your feet stay clean too. Make sure to always wear socks to prevent moisture from accumulating in your shoes or on your feet. Wash your feet often to repel foot odor and odor-causing bacteria. Antiperspirant sprays are also great for killing bacteria and getting rid of foot odor. Other less common solutions include using insoles that have activated charcoal, or carbon. Activated charcoal insoles are absorbent and can be adjusted to fit the size of your shoe. Use moisture-absorbing material like cedar shoe trees or newspaper to put in your shoes after wearing them. Don’t forget to also swap often between different pairs of shoes.

Every day foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you have any concerns, 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.

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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
February 04, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: bunion treatment  

Bunions are one of the most common foot deformities, are usually quite painful, and get worse over time. However, many people wait bunion treatmentuntil their bunion affects their every day lives before seeking medical attention. Luckily, this condition is treatable before that stage with help from your Crystal Lake, IL podiatrists at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists.

What are bunions? 
Bunions are a bony growth at the base of the big toe. As the bunion forms, your big toe is pushed outward toward the smaller toes, causing the bump to form and your toe to point sideways rather than straight. Over time, the bunion grows bigger, causing the toe to point more. The bunion’s characteristic bump tends to rub while wearing shoes, causing irritation, swelling, and pain.

What causes bunions? 
Genetics play a large part in bunions’ development as you inherent the type of feet which are prone to bunions forming. Wearing narrow or uncomfortable shoes such as high heels causes bunions progress faster and make the condition worse over time, and thus bunions are more common in women than men. However, men can suffer from the condition as well.

How are bunions treated? 
Even though bunions are visually obvious from the outside of your foot, your doctor takes x-rays to determine the severity of the condition. Your treatment plan depends on your specific situation. Some common treatments for bunions include:

  • Shoewear: In some cases, simply changing the shoes you wear decreases pain from bunions and slows their development. Switching to comfortable shoes with a roomier toe box keeps the bunion from being irritated and slows development.
  • Medications: Over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen help reduce pain and bring down swelling.
  • Icing: Icing the painful area for 15 minutes three times a day can help relieve swelling.
  • Padding: Padding the shoes you wear to minimize irritation from rubbing helps decrease pain.
  • Surgery: If your bunion starts affecting your daily life, chronically inflamed, severely painful, or if you have not benefited from non-surgical options, bunion surgery is required. This surgery removes the bunion’s bump and realigns the toes’ ligaments and bones.

For more information on bunions, please contact your doctor at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists in Crystal Lake, IL. Call 815-356-0500 to schedule your appointment today.


Duke’s senior forward Amile Jefferson will be sidelined for a month following a broken right foot injury after the game against Utah in Madison Square Garden. Jefferson is considered Duke’s “most consistent front court player” in the season and his absence will impact the team. Jefferson averages 11.4 points. Duke won the game against Utah with a score of 9-1, a new record.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. 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.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue (foot)
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

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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