Posts for: March, 2017

As the internet has become a popular go-to place for shopping, you may find yourself buying shoes online. However, as with all shopping online, it’s important to make sure that you know what you’re buying. One critical component of shopping for shoes is finding the right shoe size. Make sure that you know what brand you are buying online, as sizes can vary across brands, and make sure to inspect the return policy. Take the time to understand the product specifications, including heel height and width. As soon as you receive the shoes, test the shoes out indoors.

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even go barefoot
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion

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
March 21, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic Foot Care  

Find out why it’s important to give your feet the care they need, particularly if you have diabetes.

When you find out you have diabetes you probably feel a little bogged down with all the information and new changes you have to diabetic foot caremake. Our Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley and Chicago, IL, podiatrists understand that with any diagnosis it will take time to learn the ropes to managing your symptoms. We care about the health of your feet and we think you should too!

Why do we think foot health is important, especially for those with diabetes? Because diabetes can increase your chances of nerve damage and infection. By following these simple measures day in and day out you can keep your feet safe:

Inspect Your Feet

This is something you should be doing every day. Use a hand mirror if you need to and go over every inch of your feet. Check for redness, swelling, sores, open wounds, cuts, blisters or other problems. If you notice any changes or issues then it’s time to give our Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley and Chicago, IL, foot doctors a call.

Wear Proper Footwear

The shoes you wear are so important for keeping feet healthy. Look for shoes that offer support, cushioning and stability. When you try on shoes make sure your toes aren’t bunched up (they should be able to wiggle and move around freely), that there are no irritating seams and that the shoes have no heels. Make sure these are shoes that you could comfortably wear for hours a day, as you should never go barefoot even if you are indoors.

Avoid Hot Water

Whether you just want to take a soak in the hot tub or you want to run a relaxing bath it might actually be a better idea to skip these things altogether. Diabetic feet can often suffer nerve damage, which can make it difficult to determine just how hot water is. This can lead to blisters or burns that can quickly turn into an infection. If you must take a bath always check the water with your elbow before entering.

Wear Orthotics

While it isn’t necessary, some people find that prescription orthotics can provide the comfort they need while wearing shoes all day. While you may just choose to get over-the-counter orthotics, it’s important to know that these commercial orthotics aren’t designed to provide the proper support for your unique needs or individualized foot structure, so it might be a good idea to talk to us first about whether prescription orthotics are a safer bet.

Don’t let a diabetes diagnosis stress you out. Know that you can always turn to Advanced Foot And Ankle Specialists in Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley and Chicago, IL, to get immediate and knowledgeable care any time you need it.

If you have dried, cracked heels, you may also suffer from pain, especially when wearing tight footwear that puts stress on the heels. The following are some home remedies that can be used to treat cracked heels. Cocoa butter and shea butter can both be applied and left on overnight to help nourish dry skin. Additionally, castor oil, another natural moisturizer, contains omega fatty acids that help provide extra hydration. Coconut oil is another remedy that is ideal for any type of dry skin. Vitamin E oil and petroleum jelly are also great for hydrating cracked skin.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels are unappealing, and make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Not only may they look bad, but they can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How do you get them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief, or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – wearing socks with medicated creams, helps lock in moisture so it can stay on longer.

Moisturizers – applying it both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – these remove dead skin, and then you can massage cream onto your foot. This way the cream will be absorbed. The skin needs to be exfoliated; therefore the outer layer dead skin needs removal.

Change in Diet

Eating healthy, with a well-balanced diet, will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to what kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements will also help with skin tissue.

Most importantly seek a health professional for foot care if something is wrong or doesn’t seem to be working. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed.

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
March 15, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Are you sick and tired of your bunions? Find out what treatments options are available to you.bunions

When it comes to dealing with your bunions, most people can get away with simple at-home measures such as wider shoes to make sure that the problem doesn’t get worse. Of course, if your bunions are causing you pain or difficulty while wearing closed shoes then it’s time to visit our Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley and Chicago, IL, podiatrists. Find out more about the most common bunion treatments and when to consider surgery. Check our website and view the bunion video.

Since a bunion is a bony deformity caused by a misalignment in your foot, there is no way to get rid of it without surgical intervention. While it won’t eliminate your bunion, these conservative treatments can certainly prevent it from getting worse:

  • Shoes can be a serious problem when it comes to how quickly a bunion progresses. Most people don’t wear shoes that provide the support and cushioning your feet need to support the structural irregularities in your feet. Look for shoes that are wide enough to allow for your bunion. Toes should never be scrunched up in your shoes. If you aren’t sure what shoes are right for you, talk to our Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley and Chicago, IL, foot care specialists.
  • Some patients can benefit from placing orthotics into their shoes. This isn’t right for everyone but it could potentially reduce pain and discomfort and slow the progression of the bunion deformity. While you might find relief from over-the-counter shoe inserts, if you are already dealing with foot problems like a bunion it’s a good idea to get an expert opinion and find out whether we should provide you with prescription orthotics.

Advanced Foot And Ankle Specialists is proud to provide the very best in foot care to the Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley and Chicago, IL areas. If you are looking for professional bunion treatment, then call us today.

Since feet are carrying the weight of the body all day, cramps are apt to occur especially after walking, standing, or during any type of vigorous exercise. While foot cramps are often unexpected, podiatrists suggest that sufferers stop the activity that caused the cramp and immediately stretch the foot. In a seated position, use your hands to hold your toes upwards to stretch the arches and hold for 30 seconds. Putting all of your body weight on one foot can also sufficiently stretch the cramped muscles and tendons in the feet. In addition to stretching, walking around on the cramped foot can help to release tension.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you to gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important and often we forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate not to have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure its good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rise, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, also flexing the toes and involving the shins may help too. It is best to speak with your doctor regarding how to do these fitness steps and how often is right for you. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different and it varies from individual to individual to determine what should be done for you to maintain strength in your feet.

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

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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