Posts for: January, 2017

By Advanced Foot And Ankle Specialists
January 25, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: calluses  

Are you ready to visit your podiatrists in Crystal Lake, Elgin, Schaumburg, Chicago or Huntley about your calluses?

At some point in time, most people will deal with a callus. A callus is a thick, hard patch of skin that is caused by friction, usually due to callusesshoes that are too tight. While most calluses won’t cause issues for healthy individuals, they can be quite the nuisance for others. From the office of our Crystal Lake, Elgin, Schaumburg, Chicago or Huntley, IL podiatrists, find out how to treat your calluses.

Anywhere where friction continues to occur on your foot a callus can form. A callus is designed to protect bonier areas of the foot from damage caused by friction, tight shoes and stress. Of course, while calluses are protective in nature, they aren’t necessary for healthy feet.

While those with diabetes or nerve damage should always visit our Crystal Lake, Elgin, Schaumburg, Chicago or Huntley foot doctors immediately if calluses or other changes occur in their feet, healthy individuals may be able to get away with treating their calluses with simple at-home measures. Common ways to treat calluses include,

  • Moisturizing daily: You’ll want to keep feet moisturized to help target dry, dead patches of skin. Of course, before you start to use moisturizers that contain ingredients like salicylic acid or urea you will want to check with us first to make sure they are safe enough for your skin.
  • Wear protective padding: You can also purchase protective moleskin padding from your local drugstore. This padding can be placed over the callus before wearing shoes to reduce friction.
  • Consider a pumice stone: After soaking feet in warm water you can use a pumice stone and gently remove some of the dead skin. Just be careful not to remove too much skin, as this can cause bleeding or increase your chances of an infection.

Once the source causing friction on your feet goes away you’ll also find that these calluses will go away. Of course, if you find that you are dealing with painful calluses, or if you have diabetes or other health issues, then it’s time you turned to us for proper medical attention as soon as possible.

Don’t let calluses affect the health of your feet. Turn to Advanced Foot And Ankle Specialists in Crystal Lake, Elgin, Schaumburg, Chicago or Huntley, IL to treat calluses and other foot problems you are experiencing. If you have questions about how to remove calluses, don’t hesitate to give us a call today.


If you are experiencing moderate to severe pain in your heel or foot, you may have Plantar Fasciitis.  Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammatory condition that affects the heel of the foot, causing in some cases, very extreme pain. There are many causes for this, one being overstretching of the plantar fascia ligament, which runs from the heel to the ball of the foot.  This ligament supports the arch and can be affected by both the feet below it, and the muscles above.  If the calf muscles are too tight, this can pull on the ligament and cause inflammation.  A similar thing happens if you have flat feet.  The foot stretches the ligament from below.  Other activities that can cause Plantar Fasciitis are standing for long periods of time, running while planting your heel instead of your toe, and constant stress on the plantar fascia ligament.  Make sure to stretch your calves, take care that your footwear is not worn out, and seek podiatric treatment if your condition is painful.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will treat 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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Among foot conditions, corns and calluses are often seen as some of the more harmless concerns. Regardless, if a corn or callus does become troublesome, there are methods available for removal. Because calluses are essentially small areas of thick, hardened skin, softening calluses can help aid in their removal. Soaking the feet in warm water and avoiding using harsh soaps while washing can help maintain softness of the skin. Hard areas can also be buffed away using a pumice stone. If you are suffering from corns and calluses and seek ways to remove them, consult with your podiatrist.

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What are they? And how do you get rid of them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:
- Well-fitting socks
- Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
- Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Salicylic acid can help in getting rid of these corns because it dissolves keratin, which is the protein that makes up a good majority of corns. Podiatrists recommend that people with diabetes not use salicylic acid but should consult with their podiatrist regarding the treatment of corns.

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 and ankle needs.

Read more about Corns on the Feet.


A breakthrough in treating foot pain is beginning to get attention, particularly in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Doctors at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have been studying fat pad atrophy, which is when people lose the fat on the balls or heels of their feet. When bones no longer have the cushioning they need, they become bruised and inflamed. Husband and wife team Doctors Jeff and Beth Gusenoff have created a procedure called foot grafting, similar to liposuction, where fat removed from other parts of the body is injected into the bottoms of the feet. Patients are able to walk immediately after the procedure.

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.  If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

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 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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Rheumatoid arthritis is known as “one of the most common autoimmune diseases in America,” affecting women more often than men. The disease is known for causing pain and swelling symptoms in the body’s joints, as the immune system begins attacking tissues in the joints. Other symptoms include stiffness, fever, fatigue, and impacted mobility. Recent research suggests that removing certain foods from your diet and adding in others can help fight against inflammation symptoms. Avoid foods high in gluten, dairy and eggs. Opt for foods with Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin K2, Vitamin D, and calcium.

Because RA affects more than just your joints, including the joints in your feet and ankles, it is important to seek early diagnosis from your podiatrist if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.

Symptoms

- Swelling & pain in the feet
- Stiffness in the feet
- Pain on the ball or sole of feet
- Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

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.

Read more about Rheumatoid Arthritis




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