Do you have corns? The American Podiatric Medical Association says that about five percent of Americans do. Bothersome and irritating, these circular lesions of hardened skin resemble the vegetable we call corn. Unfortunately, they can really hurt and impede the activities of daily living. Your team of foot doctors at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists in Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley, and Chicago, IL, recommend in-office removal of corns. Learn the answers to frequently asked questions about these benign foot lesions.
FAQS about corns
1. What is a corn? This round piece of hard, irritated skin on the toe or another area of the foot grows suddenly and can last indefinitely. Sprouting in areas of irritation, such as where a shoe or poorly fitting sock is rubbing against the skin, a corn also can be soft and rubbery in texture. Either way, people who are diabetic, have circulatory or mobility problems or other serious health issues should see a podiatrist in Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley, and Chicago for in-office removal.
2. Who gets corns? Anyone can, particularly if they stand on their feet a lot during the day, wear shoes which fit too snugly (women's shoes typically are too narrow and tight) or wear poorly fitting socks which bunch up in their shoes.
3. Should I remove them at home? Sometimes gentle rubbing with a pumice stone will remove a corn. However, much depends on the size, location, and number of corns and on the health of the person who has them. Never cut into your skin with a razor or nail trimmers.
4. What does in-office removal involve? At Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists, your podiatrist will examine your corn carefully and help you decide on the right treatment. The doctor likely will apply a moderately concentrated salicylic acid medication to lift the corn from the surface of the foot. He also may use a scalpel to trim excess skin from the area around the corn. You may go home with a prescription for antibiotics or salicylic acid patches.
5. Do corns return? Yes, they can, and they do. So, be sure to wash and dry your feet daily, wear well-fitting shoes and socks, and avoid walking barefoot. Moisturize every day with an over-the-counter foot cream, and see your podiatrist every year, or as needed, for a check-up.
Love your feet
Take good care of them to avoid annoying and debilitating skin, bone, circulatory and gait issues. If you're developing corns, please call one of the five convenient locations of Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists in Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley, and Chicago, IL. Our doctors provide excellent basic care and also are highly skilled in the latest diagnostic and treatment techniques for a myriad of podiatric issues. Call 815-356-0500 to schedule an appointment in Crystal Lake, IL. Call 847-352-0200 to schedule an appointment in Schaumburg, IL. Call 815-356-0500 to schedule an appointment in Huntley, IL. Call 773-836-9900 to schedule an appointment in Chicago, IL.
What happened to your foot? It hurts when you walk, especially when you first get out of bed. Plus, you notice a reddened bump at the bottom of the big toe. At Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists in Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley, and Chicago, IL, your podiatrist sees many of these bony bumps. They are a common foot problem called bunions, and they can be corrected so you can stay active and feel comfortable.
Diagnosing a bunion
Bunions aren't unusual. A full 36 percent Americans develop bunions, and while gender (women get them more often), age (the older you get the more likely you are to get one) and heredity (bunions run in families) play significant roles in their development, bunions can happen to anyone at any stage of life. And, they are nothing to be ignored because they cause significant pain, deformity and even immobility.
What tells your podiatrist you have a bunion? Physical examination easily reveals the condition. A bunion is an obvious inward deviation of the first metatarsal bone of the foot and a pronounced bump at the base of the big toe at the metatarsophalangeal joint. Frequently, bunions lead to deformities called hammertoes and to Hallux Valgus, a crossing of the big toe toward the second and even third toes. Arthritis and bursitis may accompany bunions, leading to significant discomfort and stiffness.
If you come to Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists, your podiatrist will inspect your foot, watch you walk and take X-rays. This information helps him diagnose a bunion and to decide what treatment options are best.
Treatment for bunions
Some bunions are so severe they require a surgical procedure called a bunionectomy which removes the bump and properly aligns the metatarsophalangeal bone. Some bunions, however, respond well to more conservative interventions such as:
- A change in shoes to ones with wider toe boxes and better arch support
- Custom-made orthotics, or shoe inserts
- Shoe padding (moleskin)
- In-office removal of any corns and calluses formed from the friction between the bunion and the shoe
- Stretching exercises and physical therapy
- Over-the-counter pain relievers
- Cortisone shots
- Night splints (usually for adolescents whose bones and joints are growing)
- Staying within a normal weight range
You and your bunion
You can look forward to better mobility and an end to your discomfort with precise bunion treatment at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. We have five locations to serve you. Call 847-468-1994 today to schedule an appointment in Elgin, IL. Call 815-356-0500 to schedule an appointment in Crystal Lake, IL. Call 847-352-0200 to schedule an appointment in Schaumburg, IL. Call 815-356-0500 to schedule an appointment in Huntley, IL. Call 773-836-9900 to schedule an appointment in Chicago, IL.
5 Signs You've Sprained Your Ankle
Ankle sprains are common injuries. They occur when ligaments that connect the bones in the ankle and foot tear. Ankle sprains are often very painful and debilitating. If properly treated, your ankle will heal well, allowing safe return to activity. Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists, which has offices in Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley, and Chicago, IL, offers treatments for ankle sprains. Here are five signs you've sprained your ankle.
1. Pain- Ankle sprains cause localized pain at the site of the sprain. Even a minor ankle sprain can be painful. You may also feel discomfort or pain when you place weight on the affected area. The pain may be worse when the injured area is pressed or the foot moves in certain directions and during standing or walking. If your foot is painful to walk on — or if you're having trouble putting weight on your ankle, be sure to see your podiatrist.
2. Swelling- When an ankle is injured with a sprain, fracture, or tendon injury, inflammation occurs. Inflammation is the body’s normal protective response to an injury, irritation or surgery. Swelling occurs because of increased fluid in the tissue. This is sometimes severe. This is a normal reaction of the body and is the start of the healing process.
3. Bruising- Ankle sprains cause bruising at the site of the sprain. A badly sprained ankle can cause severe bruising. Bruising is typically a result of some degree of injury to the blood vessels in the skin. A bruise is made up of blood beneath the skin, resulting from broken blood vessels. Applying cold or ice therapy after injury will help limit swelling and internal bleeding.
4. Stiffness- A sprained ankle causes limited range of motion and stiffness. Pain and swelling often limit movement after the injury. Your podiatrist may advise against moving the ankle to allow the sprain to heal. Your podiatrist can also design an exercise program to help reduce stiffness after an ankle sprain.
5. Redness- Redness and warmth in the injured area is a common sign of a sprained ankle. Redness and warmth is caused by increased blood flow to the area. If your ankle is red, warm and swollen it is inflamed. Ankle sprains require medical care. The earlier you start treatment, the better.
Say hello to healthy and happy feet! If you have an ankle sprain, we can help you today. Call Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists at 847-468-1994 today to schedule an appointment in Elgin, IL. Call 815-356-0500 to schedule an appointment in Crystal Lake, IL. Call 847-352-0200 to schedule an appointment in Schaumburg, IL. Call 815-356-0500 to schedule an appointment in Huntley, IL. Call 773-836-9900 to schedule an appointment in Chicago, IL.
Calluses on the toes and feet can cause discomfort throughout the day. In many cases, your footwear might even be the cause of your calluses. At the very least, footwear can aggravate existing calluses. Fortunately, treatments are available for minimizing the discomfort of calluses or removing them completely. The podiatrists at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists are your doctors for callus removal in Crystal Lake, Chicago, Huntley, Schaumburg and Elgin, IL.
What are Calluses?
Calluses are often caused by ill-fitting footwear, but can also be due to a toe deformity, such as hammer toe. Calluses develop as a result of constant friction on the skin, usually in places where the shoe rubs against the foot. The constant friction prompts the top layer of skin to thicken, which irritates the layers underneath. The repeated friction, irritation, and thickening of the skin eventually cause calluses to form.
There are two types of calluses, soft and hard. Hard calluses are also called corns and tend to form on the toes where the shoe puts pressure on the skin. Soft calluses typically develop between the toes as a result of the toes rubbing together. Soft calluses do not harden like corns due to sweat trapped between the toes when wearing footwear. Soft calluses usually have the appearance of an open sore.
One option for treating calluses is to use an over-the-counter medication. However, such products only treat the callus at the surface and do not address the root cause, which means your calluses can return. The best solution for long-term relief from calluses is to seek professional treatment from a podiatrist who can determine the cause of your calluses and recommend the best course of treatment for you. Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists provide callus removal.
Possible treatments for removing or reducing the size of calluses include:
- Shaving away the dead layers of skin
- Correcting toe deformities
- Soaking the feet regularly to soften calluses
- Filing calluses down with a pumice stone or callus file
- Wearing properly fitting footwear
The podiatrists at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists can tell you what to do about your callus. To schedule an appointment at the Montclare, Chicago location, call (773) 836-9900. For Elgin, call (847) 468-1994; Schaumburg, call (847) 352-0200; and Huntley or Crystal Lake, call (815) 356-0500.
What makes your evening walk difficult? If you're like about 20 million Americans, you suffer from persistent heel pain. While your heel hurts more first thing in the morning, you rarely receive complete relief throughout the day. If you'd like to solve your heel pain problem, see your Crystal Lake, Chicago, Huntley, Schaumburg and Elgin, IL podiatrists at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. They help scores of people each year achieve pain-free feet for great mobility and overall well-being.
What statistics show
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons states that 90 percent of individuals with heel pain need simple, non-surgical interventions. In other words, only 10 percent require surgery. Aimed at relaxing and relieving tension on the broad ligament on the bottom of the foot (the plantar fascia), stretching, physical therapy and arch support help most people within 10 months of beginning treatment. Even individuals with heel spurs, small bony projections located on the front of the calcaneus, or heel bone, do well with minimally-invasive interventions from their foot doctors.
Causes of heel pain in Crystal Lake, Chicago, Huntley, Schaumburg and Elgin
Most frequently, heel pain originates with overuse of the plantar fascia due to:
- Sports such as running, tennis or basketball
- Occupations which require long periods of time standing on your feet on hard surfaces, such as concrete
- Overpronation of the foot which flattens the arch and irritates the connective tissue
- Flat feet (which can run in families)
Treatment of heel pain
Arthritis also leads to heel pain, but whatever the cause, our podiatrists will individualize a care plan to relieve it. They perform careful physical examinations of the feet and ankles, including X-rays, MRI, ultrasound and other kinds of imaging as required.
Recommendations for treatment of heel pain may include:
- Stretching exercises for the calf muscles
- Physical therapy
- Supportive, quality shoes
- Orthotics (custom-made shoe inserts and splints)
- Cortisone injections
- Topaz minimally invasive procedure
Less frequently, people with heel pain undergo surgical correction to release tension on the plantar fascia or to lengthen the calf muscles.
Please come to see us
Get your heel pain in Crystal Lake, Chicago, Huntley, Schaumburg and Elgin, IL pinpointed and treated. Call one of the five convenient locations of Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists today for a consultation appointment with one of our experienced podiatrists.
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