Posts for: July, 2017

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant recently suffered an ankle sprain that is expected to keep him out of gameplay for at least one week. It is possible that the Cubs organization will opt to place Bryant on the 10-day disabled list to allow him time to heal and to refill his spot on the active roster. Bryant suffered the injury when he rolled his ankle trying to catch a pop-up in foul territory. In regard to the amount of time he will be sidelined, the third baseman said, “It shouldn’t be too long — I don’t think it should be.”

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits can aid in prevention

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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
July 21, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Does your heel hurt and feel stiff and swollen, especially when you get up in the morning? Does the pain worsen as you are on your feet heel painthroughout the day? Does the arch of your foot hurt, too? Heel pain, also called plantar fasciitis, is a common podiatric ailment, which your foot doctor treats successfully at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists in Crystal Lake, Elgin, Schaumburg, Huntly and Chicago, IL. Their podiatrists understand the underlying causes of this inflammatory condition and how to treat it. You can feel better and keep those active feet of yours moving.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

Heel pain stems from any one or a combination of factors such as:

  • Obesity
  • Wearing shoes with poor support (such as inexpensive flip-flops)
  • Working a job where you stand a lot
  • Having high arches or flat feet
  • Advanced age

Unfortunately, the broad band of connective tissue between the heel bone and the base of the toes (the plantar fascia) is prone to stress and inflammation. Additionally, heel spurs, little bony projections at the front of the heel bone, often develop along with plantar fasciitis, increasing discomfort and limiting mobility.

What can be done about heel pain in Crystal Lake, Elgin, Schaumburg, Huntly and Chicago?

Actually, there are many ways to manage heel pain, and many are just plain common sense. Our podiatrists often advise:

  • Stretching exercises, especially first thing in the morning
  • Wearing shoes with good support and low heels
  • Resting, elevating and icing your feet when they hurt
  • Adding some padding to your shoes
  • Physical therapy

In addition, the foot doctor employs more complex therapies as necessary, including:

  • Custom-made shoe inserts, or orthotics
  • Cortisone injections (an anti-inflammatory medication)
  • Ibuprofen as needed
  • Topaz minimally invasive procedure​

Wouldn't you like to feel better?

Of course, you would, and you can find an end to your heel pain. Just contact one of the convenient offices of Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Your foot doctor quickly will determine what therapy is best for your heel pain. Call today. In Elgin, call (847) 468-1994. In Crystal Lake, phone (815) 356-0500, and in Schaumburg, (847) 352-0200. Our Huntley phone number is (815) 356-0500, and in Chicago, call (773) 836-9900.


July 17, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: foot conditions   bunion  

While most people tend to take having pain free feet for granted, people with bunions do not have this privilege. A common myth is that only people of old age develop bunions; this, however, isn't often true. Approximately 30% of adolescents have developed bunions, and a majority of these bunion sufferers are girls. While footwear is commonly a cause of the deformity, genetics are also capable of playing a role in its development. Bunion treatment depends heavily on the severity of the condition. In mild cases, shoe inserts and wider shoes can be helpful; in severe cases, however, surgery may be needed. Nevertheless, you should have your podiatrist determine the severity of your bunion so that he or she can provide the best route of treatment for you.

If you are suffering from bunions, 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. 

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful. 

Why do Bunions Form?

  • Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary
  • Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can cause bunions to form


How are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor. 

How are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

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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Studies have shown that women with low body weight are more likely to develop stress fractures. According to a researcher at Ohio State University, “Having too little lean muscle mass to dissipate the impact of repetitive pounding on hard surfaces makes the bones of runners' legs vulnerable to injury.” In order to prevent stress fractures, it is advised that women incorporate resistance training into their workouts in order to strengthen their lower legs.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists of the Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

The Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  Then the feet and ankles lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection the bones receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes cracks to form in the bones, thus called stress fractures.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

-runners
-people affected with Osteoporosis
-play tennis or basketball
-gymnastics
-high impact workouts 

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves in high impact will aggravate pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Ahoskie, Durham, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs. 

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Adults who have arthritis are likely to experience joint inflammation in their feet. Arthritic symptoms in the feet may include stiffness, limited mobility, or tenderness in the joints. Common ways to treat feet issues caused by arthritis are physical therapy, joint replacement surgery, and exercise. It is crucial for people that have arthritis to exercise so that they do not lose any muscle mass. If common exercises such as walking are too painful, water aerobics and stationary bikes may be used instead.   

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking 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.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves inflammation of different joints in your body, such as in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. On top of this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help to temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

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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