Posts for: July, 2016

By Advanced Foot And Ankle Specialists
July 27, 2016
Category: Foot Care

If you suffer from ankle issues, your doctor may recommend surgery to correct the problem. However, open surgery is a daunting thought ankle arthroscopyfor many people, with substantial scarring and recovery times. However, ankle arthroscopy can cut down on recovery time and scarring, allowing you to get back on your feet sooner. Learn more about ankle arthroscopy with your doctor at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists in Crystal Lake, IL.

What is ankle arthroscopy? 
Ankle arthroscopy is an alternative to open ankle surgery. This minimally-invasive method uses a fiber-optic camera and miniaturized surgical equipment and tools for exploratory and corrective ankle surgeries. The equipment enters the ankle through small incisions in the skin, lessening the appearance of obvious scars. Ankle arthroscopy has proven to have fewer complications and faster recovery times than traditional open surgery.
Ankle Arthroscopy in Crystal Lake, IL 
Podiatrists use ankle arthroscopy to treat many ankle conditions, including:

  • fractures
  • arthritis
  • chronic ankle instability
  • infections
  • debris left behind by previous injuries
  • anterior or posterior ankle impingement (inflammation)

The procedure begins with administering general anesthesia to the patient. After cleaning the surgical site, your doctor will make several small incisions which provide an entry point for the camera and surgical tools required for the procedure. Your doctor will use fluid to expand the ankle joint for a better view during the procedure. The camera’s view is displayed on a screen, which provides an inside look at your ankle. After the procedure, your doctor closes the incisions using sutures.
What can I expect after surgery? 
 
You may experience some mild pain and swelling post-surgery. Your doctor may recommend keeping the leg elevated and using medications to relieve pain and swelling. Most patients can walk on their leg immediately. Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions for recovery.
 
For more information on ankle arthroscopy, please contact your doctor at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists in Crystal Lake, IL. Call (815) 356-0500 to schedule your consultation for ankle arthroscopy today!


Plantar warts are small white growths that can be caused by viral infections. These warts are typically found on the plantar surface of the feet. Surgical removal may be used in order to remove plantar warts, but it is not always necessary. However, some doctors advise their patients not to use surgery to remove their plantar warts, because it may result in calluses.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists of Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Legions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, will help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

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

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Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a condition that results from overactive sweat glands. A symptom of hyperhidrosis is constant sweating nonstop. Areas on the body that are affected by this condition include feet, the forehead, underarms, and the palms of hands. Hyperhidrosis can be caused by using an ineffective antiperspirant. It is important to make sure your deodorant contains aluminum chloride because it has been proven to prevent sweating. Another cause of the condition is eating too many spicy foods. Your diet can have a large impact on the way you perspire.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact one of our podiatrists of Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Illinois. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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A man named Kevin Peebles was recently attacked by a group of dogs while strolling through a park in the U.K. As a result of the incident, the young man fell down and broke his ankle in two places. While the attack was happening, Peebles said the owner of the dogs was in the woods riding his mountain bike. 

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  • Swelling around the area
  • Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Illinois. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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This time of year flip-flops may seem like the more convenient choice of footwear, but over longer periods of time this proves to be untrue. Due to their extreme lack of support, flip-flops can cause pain in the feet over time. Aside from the straps keeping the shoes on the feet, there is no other form of protection on flip-flops. This allows the lower extremities to become more susceptible to sunburn and fungal infections. Damaged toes, poor posture and heel pain are other issues to consider.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any questions concerning the feet, contact one of our podiatrists of Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off, perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like wearing flip-flops, are there safe alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and are made of high quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more, but will also last longer as a result.

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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