Many foot-related problems can be resolved using non-invasive options, like orthotics, padding, and medications. Surgery is a last resort that’s reserved for cases where the foot has severe damage or fractures. A treatment called shockwave therapy (also called Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment or EPAT) is helping foot patients get relief faster and more efficiently. This therapy is available at the Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North and Schaumburg, IL.
What Is Shockwave Therapy?
When pulses of energy are delivered to damaged joints, tendons, and muscles in the body, it helps them to heal and regenerate. That is what shockwave therapy (EPAT) does for the feet. A tool emitting pressure waves is used to stop pain in the feet and help heal swollen, torn, or bruised tissue. The waves stimulate healing by increasing blood circulation and metabolism in the feet.
Why This Solution?
Foot surgery is often avoidable, especially when a foot condition is diagnosed and treated as early as possible. Shockwave therapy is one treatment that allows your River North and Schaumburg podiatrist to avoid having to default to an invasive procedure. The shock waves pulse through the skin and muscle to repair the targeted areas. There’s no need for anesthesia and no cutting, which means there’s no scarring or chance of infection. The appointment for EPAT is also very quick and easy—about 10 minutes per session. Your podiatrist will have you come in for about three appointments, once per week. With shockwave treatment, you’ll likely experience a faster healing time with minimal risks.
What Shockwave Therapy Can Treat
Shockwave therapy is becoming one of the most popular treatments in podiatry—especially for athletes and runners. It is very effective when used with other treatments, like physical therapy, foot wrapping, and orthotics. These are some most common foot conditions that are treated with shockwave therapy.
- Bunion pain
- Flat feet
- Plantar fasciitis and heel pain
- Minor foot fractures
- Shin splints
Consult Your Podiatrist
You can now have your foot ailment treated with shockwave therapy (EPAT) at the Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North and Schaumburg, IL. Call today to schedule an appointment.
Sports and exercise condition your cardiovascular system, muscles, bones, and connective tissues, helping you stay fit and active. But sports also may cause sudden and repetitive motion injuries. The foot doctors at the Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North and Schaumburg, IL, specialize in sports injuries of all kinds. They'll keep your feet and ankles functional and feeling great.
What happens during exercise?
A number of things happen to your feet and ankles. One is your feet impact a hard, soft, even or uneven surface. Repetitive motion activities, such as tennis, running, and dancing, stress the heel and forefoot over and over again, placing pressure on the bones and stretching the ligaments and tendons.
Additionally, sport and exercise often present the unexpected. A sudden blow from an opponent in a soccer game or a sharp twisting motion as you run down a hill can send you to the ER in River North and Schaumburg with a suspected fracture, severe sprain, or other sports injury.
Common sports injuries
At the Center for Podiatric Medicine, your team of four highly-qualified podiatrists see, diagnose, and treat a variety of sports and exercise-related injuries to the foot and ankle. Ankle sprains remain the most common injury, reports the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. Typically, a stretching or tearing of the ligament on the outer aspect of the ankle, these sprains can lead to serious ankle instability and immobility if not treated promptly.
Other frequent problems are:
- Corns and calluses from friction inside footwear
- Fractures of the ankle, toes, metatarsal bones, and heel (both acute and stress fractures)
- Achilles tendonitis, an inflammation of the tendon which connects the heel and the calf muscle
- Plantar fasciitis, pain, and inflammation associated with the broad band of fibrous tissue in the arch of the foot
Your foot doctor should see any of these injuries, perform a complete podiatric exam, and take X-rays and/or an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) as needed. Often, common sense measures such as rest, ice, compression with an elastic bandage, elevation, and over-the-counter analgesics repair many injuries. However, surgery, casting, physical therapy, and other interventions may be needed to speed healing and avoid long-term disability.
Preventing sports injuries
Preventive measures aid keep bones strong and muscles and connective tissues flexible and conditioned. Your foot doctor highly recommends routine physical activity to avoid sudden injury. In other words, don't be a weekend warrior, but keep in good shape with a plan of routine exercise.
Also, stretch before you run, play basketball, cycle, and so on. Wear proper, well-supportive footwear, and if you tend to get sprains, ask your trainer or foot doctor about elastic bandaging or tape to support your feet and ankles. Customized shoe orthotics from the Center for Podiatric Medicine cushion and correct gait problems which can place undue pressure on toes, the balls of the feet, heels, and other areas.
When a sports injury happens, get help at the Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North and Schaumburg, IL.
If your feet hurt, you could relieve the discomfort by putting them into positions that are more balanced and less strained. How can the average person achieve better biomechanics for his or her feet and ankles? The answer lies in a consultation with the podiatrists at the Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North and Schaumburg, IL. Customized orthotics, or shoe inserts, made of state of the art materials help feet be healthier, pain-free and well-functioning. It all begins with a call to our skilled and compassionate team of foot doctors.
What are orthotics?
They are rigid, semi-rigid or soft inserts which fit accurately inside your shoes to support, cushion and correct the positions of your feet as you walk, run and stand. Great alternatives to prescription pain medication, surgery or other more invasive treatments, orthotics offer relief for several foot health conditions, including:
- Poor gait
- Toeing-in or out
- Flat feet
- Plantar fasciitis
- Heel spurs
Orthotics can be adjuncts to other conservative treatments. Those non-invasive therapies may include:
- Stretching exercises
- Physical therapy
- Better fitting shoes with lower heels, good arch support and more room for the toes
- Losing weight and staying in good physical condition
- Rest (stay off your feet)
- Ice (to reduce swelling)
- Compression (with an ACE bandage)
Do you need orthotics?
Your podiatrist at the Center for Podiatric Medicine will perform a complete podiatric examination, checking how you walk, your range of motion and more. They may take digital X-rays to confirm a diagnosis and then devise a treatment plan to address your individual needs.
If your podiatrist believes orthotics are in order, he will take a mold of your feet and determine what materials would suit you best. Basically, orthotics may be:
- Soft, relieving painful pressure points, particularly on the ball of the foot (appropriate for people with diabetes and arthritis)
- Semi-rigid, suitable for children and people who run and play sports as these orthotics absorb impact well, cushion and support flat feet and correct toeing-in and toeing-out
- Rigid, made of carbon-based materials or plastic to fit snugly in dress shoes (taking pressure off the heel and back of the foot)
Your foot doctor will tell you how often and how long you should wear your custom-made shoe inserts. Long-term, orthotics relieve pain and provide proper alignment for connective tissue, muscles and bones.
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Eliminate pain. Stay balanced. Avoid athletic injury. These are what orthotics could do for you. Why not contact the Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North and Schaumburg, IL for a personal consultation with one of our knowledgeable foot doctors? You'll be amazed at how good your feet can feel with custom-made orthotics.
Sprained ankles can be very painful and may lead to joint instability if they're not treated promptly. The Center for Podiatric Medicine, with offices in River North and Schaumburg, IL, helps patients with sprained ankles recover from their injuries and get back on their feet again.
What can I do to treat my sprained ankle at home?
Staying off your ankle as much as possible is crucial to your recovery. If you continue your regular activities because you "just" have a sprain, your symptoms may worsen and it may take longer for your injury to heal. While you rest, keep your foot elevated and apply ice. Icing a sprain helps ease pain and decreases swelling.
Wrapping your ankle with a compression bandage is also important. If you don't use a bandage, your ankle is more likely to become swollen and stiff, which will affect your ability to walk easily. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication can also be used to treat pain and reduce inflammation and swelling.
What if my sprained ankle doesn't get better?
Mild sprains may improve after just a few days of home treatment, but more severe sprains may require treatment from a River North or Schaumburg foot doctor. Your podiatrist may recommend that you use a cast or walking boot and crutches to relieve pressure on your ankle. Braces or tape may also be recommended to provide extra support for the joint.
Physical therapy is often part of the sprained ankle treatment plan. During your therapy sessions, you'll be taught exercises that strengthen the muscles that support the ankle. Improving muscle strength and balance not only helps support your joint but may also reduce your risk of a future sprain.
Most people who have sprained ankles don't need surgery. If your joint is unstable, or your injury doesn't get better after treatment, surgery may be needed to repair or reconstruct the damaged ligament.
Thanks to effective treatment options, your sprain may soon become a distant memory. If you've sprained your ankle, schedule an appointment with The Center for Podiatric Medicine by calling (312) 923-1100 for the River North, IL, office; or (847) 352-1473 for the Schaumburg, IL, office.
What your podiatrists in River North and Schaumburg, IL want you to know
There are many reasons why you might experience pain in your toes and your feet. One of the reasons is bone spurs. Bone spurs can be caused by irritation and inflammation of conditions like arthritis,
Your foot doctors at Center for Podiatric Medicine want to share the facts about bone spurs. They have several convenient office locations in River North and Schaumburg, IL to help your feet.
Bone spurs can occur in many places including:
- Your heel; the heel spur protrudes underneath your heel bone. Heel spurs are often experienced along with plantar fasciitis, causing acute heel pain.
- Your toes; the most common area is on your fifth toe, either on the outside next to the toenail, or the inside tip or base of the toe.
- Other areas of injury or inflammation around joints
You may have a bone spur if you experience pain in your joints which can cause difficulty walking. Swelling due to inflammation is also a common symptom.
Bone spurs may be treated initially with conservative measures to reduce swelling and decrease inflammation. Common first-line therapy includes:
- Over-the-counter or prescription oral anti-inflammatory medications
- Cortisone injections into the area to reduce swelling
- Custom-fit orthotics, inserts or cushions
Surgery may be indicated to remove the bone spur. In cases of bone spurs on the toes, a small incision is made and the bone spur is smoothed down. The incision is closed with one or two stitches. In cases of heel spurs, an incision is made on the inside or the bottom of the foot.
For more detailed information about bone spur treatment, please visit the Bone Spurs page on the Center for Podiatric Medicine website at https://www.thefootdocs.com/bone-spur-surgery-of-the-toes.html
Bone spurs in your feet or toes can limit your ability to move around and enjoy your life. Fortunately, you can get help from bone spurs. Just pick up the phone and call your foot doctors at Center for Podiatric Medicine, with offices in River North and Schaumburg, IL.
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