Posts for: May, 2017

May 30, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot care  

Those who enjoy hiking as a regular activity should be sure to employ foot care while on the trail to avoid potential pain and injury. The first step to maintaining proper foot care while hiking is to be aware of one’s surroundings. Many hiking-related foot injuries and conditions often occur as a result of not being aware while on the trail: rolled ankles, broken toes, and blisters. When hiking, be sure to wear shoes that are breathable and that either dry quickly or are waterproof. When trying on hiking boots or shoes, finding a great fit is important. With modern innovations in footwear, hiking boots are becoming lighter and more comfortable.

Every day foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked 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.

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 and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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By Advanced Foot And Ankle Specialists
May 25, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

What your podiatrists in Montclare, Chicago, Elgin, Huntley, Crystal Lake and Schaumburg want you to know about your heel painheel pain

Heel pain can start with only mild symptoms which are easy to ignore. It may go away, or it may develop into more severe, debilitating pain. Heel pain can sideline you from the activities of your life, but there is help from the experts at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. They have several convenient office locations in Montclare, Chicago, Elgin, Huntley, Crystal Lake and Schaumburg, IL, to help you and your feet.

Heel pain can be caused by cracks and fissures on your heel, resulting from dry skin. The best treatment is just to moisturize your heels daily and don’t forget the sunscreen in the summer!

Heel pain can also be caused by bruising, resulting from stepping on sharp stones or objects. Helpful treatments include icing your heel and taking weight off of it several times each day. You can also benefit from wearing heel wedges and more supportive, cushioned footwear.

Heel spurs resulting from excess calcium deposits or muscle and ligament strain can also cause severe heel pain. Heel spurs need the help of the experts at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists.

The most frequent cause of severe heel pain is plantar fasciitis, a condition that affects runners and people who engage in high-impact activities. Plantar fasciitis is caused by the thick band of tissue running across your heel, known as the plantar fascia, becoming inflamed.

Plantar fasciitis doesn’t just affect athletes. You are at greater risk for plantar fasciitis if you have diabetes, are overweight, have flat feet, or if you wear poorly-fitting shoes.

If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, you can try:

  • Resting and taking weight off of your feet
  • Icing your heel for 15 minutes several times each day
  • Taking anti-inflammatory and pain medications like Ibuprofen or Tylenol

If your heel pain doesn’t respond to home therapies, increases after rising out of bed and increases over a period of several months, chances are you have plantar fasciitis. Your podiatrists at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists may recommend:

  • Padding and strapping your foot
  • Custom-made orthotics
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • A removable walking case or night splint
  • Physical therapy and stretching

Don’t let heel pain take over your life when help is just a phone call away. It’s time to call the experts at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. They have several convenient office locations in Montclare, Chicago, Elgin, Huntley, Crystal Lake and Schaumburg, IL, to help you get relief from heel pain so call today!


Foot pain is something that may plague any active adult, often manifesting in the form of plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis. Achy feet caused by inflammation can be eased, however, with the help of certain exercises. For starters, an easy foot roll with a foot roller from the ball of the foot to the heel can be performed while standing or sitting. This exercise can be repeated between feet and performed multiple times per day. Another exercise is the calf stretch, which can be done by propping the ball of the foot against the wall with the heel grounded. Slowly lean against the wall and hold to feel a slight stretch. Calf raises are another simple exercise. Both of these calf exercises can be performed multiple times per day.

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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With warmer weather now upon us, many children make a return to outdoor sports and activities. Many parents may eventually face the issue of their children experiencing heel pain. In adolescents, heel pain is often caused by Sever’s disease. Pain is typically described as being at the back of the heel; this is where the growth plate has not fully developed yet. Sever’s disease is thought to occur because of a mismatch in the growth of the heel bones to the calf muscle and Achilles tendon. Rest and pain relief are key parts of treatment.

Making sure that your children maintain foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, 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.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age.

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

  • Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet
  • Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet

  • Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
  • Be watchful of any pain or injury
  • Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible
  • Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play

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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Toenail fungus is a foot condition that many people can fall prey to. Symptoms of the condition include yellow or brown nails, nails that split or crumble, or nails that lift up from the nail bed. To avoid developing this uncomfortable and often unsightly condition, professionals recommend the following tips. Keep the toenails trimmed short to avoid debris from building up beneath the nails. Wear shoes that properly fit and that are breathable, as fungus thrives in warm and moist environments. Use antifungal sprays or powders when needed, avoid going barefoot in public facilities, and never share shoes or nail clippers.

For more information about treatment, 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.

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 and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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