By Center for Podiatric Medicine
June 14, 2017
Category: Foot Health

Wearing sandals should be a given during the warm weather months. People with toenail fungus, however, usually make sure that their toenail fungusfeet are covered at all times to hide the embarrassing discoloration and abnormal growth. Laser treatments from your podiatrist in River North, Elmhurst and Schaumburg, IL and Highland, East Chicago and St. John, IN can effectively treat your fungal toenails and allow you to enjoy the summer. In this post, you'll learn how the foot doctors at the Center for Podiatric Medicine use this technology to eradicate toenail fungus.

What is toenail fungus?

Fungal infection of the toenails is a common problem seen by your River North, Elmhurst and Schaumburg podiatrist, affecting about 10% of the population at any given time. People with diminished circulation, those who spend a lot of time at gyms or pools, or who consistently wear restrictive socks and shoes are at particular risk for developing fungal infections. A specific type of fungi called dermatophytes is typically the culprit; the toenails become yellowed, brittle and misshapen as the fungus grows on and under the nails. In severe cases, toenail fungus may affect the nail bed and cause pain or secondary infections to develop.

How does a laser treat toenail fungus?

Your Highland, East Chicago and St. John podiatrist uses the heated light of the specialized laser to kill the fungus from the inside out. The laser we use at the Center for Podiatric Medicine has been calibrated to target the fungus and pass through the structure of the nail without damaging it. This procedure is quick, taking only about 30 minutes, and most patients report no pain, although a few will feel a warming sensation. It also requires no downtime afterward. While results aren't instant - it will take time for a healthy nail to grow in - more than 90% of cases have success after one to three laser treatments.

Don't let toenail fungus put a damper on your summer. The staff at Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North, Elmhurst and Schaumburg, IL and Highland, East Chicago and St. John, IN can schedule a consultation for you about laser treatment. Choose the office closest to you and contact us today!

By Center for Podiatric Medicine
May 25, 2017
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Orthotics  

If you're experiencing pain while walking, orthotics can help. These devices, which are usually worn inside shoes, are designed to orthoticscushion and support the feet. There are several different options for foot orthotics, all of which differ based on the nature of your foot issue. People with bunions, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs and diabetes-related foot problems can benefit from the use of orthotics. Before you choose an orthotic device, the podiatrists of Center for Podiatric Medicine in Shaumburg, Elmhurst and River North, Chicago, IL, and East Chicago, Highland and St. John, IN, have given some details about the types of orthotics available.

Over-the-counter orthotics

When foot problems are minor, your Shaumburg, Elmhurst, Highland, East Chicago, St. John and River North podiatrist may suggest trying non-prescription orthotics first. These shoe inserts, which can be found in pairs at retail stores like supermarkets or drugstores, are relatively inexpensive and can provide the cushioning you need to improve comfort while walking or standing. You may also find that investing in a high-quality pair of sneakers can make a difference in the way your feet feel. The foot doctors at the Center for Podiatric Medicine can offer information about the best brands of both nonprescription shoes and shoe inserts.

Prescription orthotics

If you find that pre-packaged shoe inserts aren't working for you, you might find relief from prescription orthotics. These are custom-made to your River North podiatrist's specifications after a thorough evaluation at the Center for Podiatric Medicine. Functional orthotics help correct abnormalities in the way you walk or standing, while accommodative orthotics cushion and protect the feet from painful problems like calluses, bunions or foot ulcers complicated by diabetes. While the price of custom orthotics is higher than over-the-counter products, insurance usually helps cover the cost.

You don't have to let foot problems slow you down. To make an appointment with one of our podiatrists at the Center for Podiatric Medicine, contact one of our convenient locations in Shaumburg, Elmhurst and River North, Chicago, IL, and East Chicago, Highland and St. John, IN. We look forward to helping you return to your daily activities comfortably and safely!

By Center for Podiatric Medicine
March 23, 2017
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Laser Treatment  

If you have been suffering from toenail fungus, your Chicago foot doctor has the solution.laser treatment

Are you suffering from toenail fungus? Are you embarrassed to pull out those sandals this season? Before you retire those flip-flops and summer shoes for good, it might be time to consider another treatment option. Now your Chicago foot doctor can give you clear toenails with laser treatment. Find out more about how PinPointe FootLaser could help you.

Q. What is PinPointe FootLaser?

This procedure uses the first FDA-cleared laser for turning discolored, fungus-ridden toenails into clear, healthier nails. Since this is a laser treatment this procedure has virtually no side effects and won’t cause pain.

Q. How can PinPointe Laser help my feet?

The Pinpointe FootLaser is directed at the infected toe to target and eliminate the fungus that is living in or under the nail. As the laser passes through the nail, it will kill the fungus while leaving the rest of the healthy nail undamaged.

Q. What should I expect when I get laser foot treatment in Chicago?

Since the treatment is non-invasive you don’t have to worry about anesthesia or dealing with any of the side effects. This is also performed as an outpatient procedure, which only takes about 30 minutes to complete. While some people say they don’t experience any pain or discomfort during their session, some patients notice a warming sensation or what feels like a small pinprick.

Q. Will my toenail be clear right away?

Unfortunately you won’t walk out of your Chicago foot doctor's office with instantly clear nails. However, as your nail grows out you will start to see that it is significantly clearer and healthier than it used to be. This process takes time, but the results are well worth it.

Q. Will my toenail fungus come back?

Since fungus is all around us, it’s impossible to say that you will never become reinfected. The PinPointe FootLaser can greatly improve the health and appearance of your toenails after one session; however, it doesn’t promise that you won’t have to deal with another fungal infection in the future. Talk to your Chicago foot doctor about ways to protect your feet from another infection.

Don’t let summer catch you with unsightly toenails. Toenail fungus that hasn’t been successfully treated with other measures may just respond to our laser treatment. Schedule your first laser treatment session today with your Chicago foot doctors at The Center for Podiatric Medicine. Call today, we want to give you the beautiful feet you deserve.

By Center for Podiatric Medicine
March 16, 2017
Category: Foot Health
Tags: bunions   hammertoes  

Not sure if you have a hammertoe or a bunion? River North, IL, podiatrists - Dr. Mark Jones, Dr. Bryan Hersh, Dr. Michael Lacey and Dr. foot problemsGeorge Tsoutsouris - explain the difference.

What is a hammertoe?

A hammertoe causes the first joint of your toe to bend at a right angle. If you look at the toe from the side, it looks a little like a hammer. The condition can affect any toe except your big toe. You're more likely to develop a hammertoe if you have an imbalance in your toe muscles, experienced a toe injury, have arthritis or wear shoes that are too tight. Tight shoes not only cause hammertoe, but can make your symptoms worse. When your bent toe rubs against the top of your shoe, corns and calluses tend to form.

Applying cushions and corn pads to your toe will help reduce pain and pressure, but you'll also want to buy shoes that offer more room in the toe box. You may be able to push your toe into its usual position with your finger when a hammertoe first forms. Unfortunately, if you don't treat the problem when your toe is still flexible, it may eventually become rigid.

When you visit the Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North or our other convenient locations, our foot doctors may also recommend toe exercises to stretch your muscles, prescription orthotics or surgery if more conservative treatments don't improve your condition.

What is a bunion?

Unlike hammertoes, bunions only affect the big toe. The problem occurs when the bones in your foot become misaligned. When the bones move out of their normal position, you'll see a bump at the bottom of your big toe. Bunions are common in women who wear high heels, but can also occur if you frequently wear tight shoes, have arthritis in your foot or have a foot imbalance.

If you have bunion pain, changing the type of shoes you wear and taking over-the-counter pain medications can help ease your symptoms. Orthotics and night splints can also be helpful because these devices help realign your foot. If your bunion is severe, you may need surgery to correct your alignment problem.

Are you concerned about foot pain? Your River North, IL, podiatrists at the Center for Podiatric Medicine offer treatments that help you get back on your feet again. Make an appointment by calling one of these offices: Schaumburg, IL, (847) 352-1473, River North, Chicago, IL, (312) 923-1100, Elmhurst, IL, (630) 782-9600, Highland, IN, (219) 923-9090 or St. John, IN, (219) 627-2955.

By Center for Podiatric Medicine
March 16, 2017
Category: Foot Health
Tags: stress fractures  

Foot fractures aren't only caused by falls and other injuries. Stress fractures can also cause small, but painful, breaks in bones. stress fractureSchaumburg, IL, podiatrists - Dr. Mark Jones, Dr. Bryan Hersh, Dr. Michael Lacey and Dr. George Tsoutsouris - shares a few causes of stress fractures.

What are stress fractures?

Stress fractures cause small, hairline cracks in bones. The fractures typically affect the heel, ankle or bones in the middle of the foot.

Common causes of stress fractures

Stress fractures usually occur due to overuse injuries. It's difficult for stressed and overworked muscles to absorb the shock of running, jumping or other activities. If your muscles just can't handle the additional stress, they'll transfer the burden to your bones.

Increasing the intensity or duration of exercise increases your risk of developing a stress fracture. For example, if you usually only run a few miles a day, but decide to push yourself to prepare for a marathon, you may develop a stress fracture. It doesn't what matter activity or sport you play. If you don't gradually increase the time you spend walking, jogging, running or jumping, or try to accomplish too much too soon, you'll be more likely to suffer from a stress fracture.

Other factors that can cause stress fractures include:

  • Footwear Choices: Stress fractures can occur if you don't replace your running shoes every few months or wear shoes that don't adequately cushion and support your foot when you walk or run.
  • Poor Form: The way your foot strikes the ground when you walk or jump can increase your stress fracture risk, as poor form can put too much stress on one area of your foot.
  • Surface Changes: Surface changes may also make you more susceptible to stress fractures. If you typically run on a dirt path but begin running on asphalt, your risk will rise.
  • Osteoporosis: People who have osteoporosis are at increased risk of developing stress fractures.

Stress fracture treatment

Most stress fractures heal if you stay off your feet as much as possible, use ice and take anti-inflammatory medications. Your foot doctor may also recommend that you wear a boot or cast or use crutches to keep weight off your foot while it heals. Occasionally, surgery may be needed to treat a stress fracture.

Are you concerned that your foot pain may be caused by a stress fracture? Make an appointment with Schaumburg, IL, podiatrists - Dr. Jones, Dr. Hersh, Dr. Lacey and Dr. Tsoutsouris - by calling one of these offices: Schaumburg, IL, (847) 352-1473, Chicago, IL, (312) 923-1100, Elmhurst, IL, (630) 782-9600, Highland, IN, (219) 923-9090 or St. John, IN, (219) 627-2955.

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