Find out if customized shoe inserts could improve the health of your feet.
Whether you are on your feet all day for work or you are someone who likes to lace up their tennis shoes and pound the pavement, there are many scenarios in which our feet take quite the beating. You may not even realize that your feet are taking that much abuse each day but they truly are. Our River North and Schaumburg, IL podiatrists are here to tell you just who could benefit from orthotics.
If You Have Foot Pain
Most people, at some point during their lifetime will deal with foot pain. While most of the time these minor issues will clear up with a little rest, there are some people who deal with frequent or chronic bouts of plantar fasciitis or other conditions that cause pretty severe pain. If this is something you are faced with, getting custom orthotics could help correct alignment issues that could be putting unnecessary pressure on certain areas of the foot, as well as alleviate some of your discomfort.
If You Suffer from Knee or Back Problems
If you have knee or lower back pain, this could have something to do with faulty biomechanics in the feet. When there are biomechanical issues within the feet this problem also impacts how your knees, hips and even your lower back function. If you are someone who deals with knee or back pain regularly then it might be time to talk to our River North and Schaumburg foot doctors about how orthotics could help you.
If You Have Diabetes
We all know that people with diabetes often deal with foot problems. If you also suffer from neuropathy then the nerve damage can cause a loss of sensation in your feet. Not only does this put a lot of strain on your feet (and other areas of the body) but often times you won’t even be able to tell that your feet are overstressed and overworked. Luckily, custom orthotics can help reduce the amount of strain your feet endure every day.
If You’re an Athlete
We probably don’t have to tell you how physical activity can really test the strength and function of your feet. Whether you play team sports like football or you just enjoy solo activities like long-distance running it’s important that you give your feet the cushioning, stability and support they need to work hard without incurring problems. Custom orthotics can easily be placed within your sneakers to provide maximum support.
Do you have questions about getting orthotics? Do you want to learn more about the other foot services we offer in the River North and Schaumburg, IL area? Then turn to the specialists at the Center for Podiatric Medicine to learn more.
Have trouble with eliminating your toenail fungal infection? Laser therapy could finally help!
While toenail fungus may not seem like a big deal to you, it’s important that you don’t just ignore it. This is because an untreated fungal infection can continue to spread and could even lead to other complications. So, if you have a toenail fungus that is severe or doesn’t respond to at-home measures, our River North and Schaumburg, IL podiatrists are here to tell you whether laser treatment might be the next best option.
What is PinPointe FootLaser?
This laser treatment is a safe effective way to target, heat up and kill the fungus growing in and under your toenail. If you’ve tried topical antifungal creams in an effort to kill the fungus, you may know that it’s difficult for a medicinal cream to effectively penetrate the nail to kill the entire fungus. This is why laser therapy is a great option, as it can effectively pass through the nail to kill the whole infection.
What should I expect from laser treatment?
Before you get PinPointe FootLaser treatment, our River North and Schaumburg foot doctors will need to make sure that you are a good candidate for treatment. This means that you will need to come into our office for a consultation. We will examine the affected toenails and go through your medical history to determine if this is the best course of action for you and your health.
If the procedure is the right one for you, you can even have it done the same day. The entire procedure only takes about a half hour to complete and in some cases, you’ll only need one treatment in order to completely destroy the infection.
Will it hurt?
There isn’t any pain associated with this treatment, as it’s completely non-invasive. The only sensation you may notice is a slight warming when the heated laser is directed over the toenail.
Is there a recovery process?
There is no recovery time involved. You’ll come into our office, get the treatment you need and then you’re free to head back to your daily routine.
If you are having trouble tackling your toenail fungal infection on your own then it might be time to let the foot care experts at the Center for Podiatric Medicine step in and handle the issue themselves. Whether you require oral medication or laser treatment turn to our podiatry offices in River North and Schaumburg, IL, for the care you deserve.
Athlete’s foot is contagious. Find out how to prevent it from affecting others.
You know how quickly the common cold or flu spreads around your family the moment one child or member of your family falls ill. The same can be said for someone who has athlete’s foot. This fungal infection is highly contagious and can spread easily to others if you aren’t careful. Our Schaumburg, Elmhurst, and River North, IL and Highland, IN podiatrists are here to provide some tips on how to prevent the spread of athlete’s foot.
Okay, first thing is first. You’ll want to know what areas of the home could end up being breeding grounds for fungus. There are many ways that you can spread athlete’s foot to each other. If someone in your family has athlete’s foot our River North, IL foot doctors will most likely tell you:
Remove bathmats: How often do you wash your bathmats? These mats are typically used by everyone in a household and therefore spend a lot of time being damp or wet. This creates the perfect environment for fungus to live. If someone already has a fungal infection, your best option is to immediately remove all bathmats, throw them in the laundry and only put them back on the bathroom floors once the infection has completely gone away.
Don’t share towels: Just as bathmats can harbor fungus, so too can towels. It’s easy to spread athlete’s foot to another individual by using the same towel. Of course, this also includes shower sponges. Make sure that any items such as these that are used by the member of your family with athlete’s foot is kept separate from everyone else’s bathroom items.
Wear socks or protective shoes: Since you will all walk on the same floors it’s important to prevent the spread of infection by not only keeping feet clean and dry but also by wearing socks or even flip flops around the house. It might sound like overkill but it could provide the barrier of protection you need. Just remember to not wear the same socks twice in a row.
Center for Podiatric Medicine offers four convenient locations to serve you better. Whether you live in River North, Schaumburg or Elmhurst, IL, or you are in the Highland, IN, area, we are able to provide you with the comprehensive foot and ankle care you need. Call our office today.
Keep your feet and ankles healthy while still enjoying the heat of the game.
We know that as an athlete you are excited and pumped to head out on the field and play the game. Of course, before you start, there are some safety measures you have to take to protect your body from injury. Particularly if you play contact sports, you may be prone to foot and ankle injuries. In fact, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, about 25 percent of athletic injuries are actually foot and ankle injuries. Our Schaumburg, IL, podiatrists are here to tell you how to prevent these injuries from happening to you.
We believe in preventing injuries and diseases first and foremost. Here are some things you can do to protect your feet and ankles during a game:
Warming up and Stretching
Do not underestimate the importance of warming up before the game. Just as you wouldn’t take an exam unprepared, you shouldn’t go out on the field with a body that is cold and not fully ready to engage in physical activity.
Take anywhere from about 10 to 15 minutes to perform dynamic stretches or to jog in place prior to the game. Getting the blood pumping to all muscles and tissues before a game is a great way to prevent injuries.
Sometimes even the best of footwear can’t offer the full protection and shock absorption your feet and ankles need. When this occurs it might be a good idea to talk to us about custom-made orthotics. Don’t be fooled! Over-the-counter orthotics aren’t the same thing. This one-size-fits-most approach could end up making issues worse. Fortunately, we can tailor make these shoe inserts to provide the support you need to keep feet and ankles happy and healthy.
Choose the Right Footwear
It’s important that you are wearing the right shoes for the job. As you probably already know, not all sneakers are created equally. You’ll want to find shoes that offer the support, stabilization and cushioning that you need depending on the sport you are playing. Soccer players will need different shoes than someone who plays hockey or football. If you are in doubt, talk to us or head to a sporting goods store to get the advice you need on how to choose the right athletic footwear to meet your needs.
If you are experiencing symptoms of an injury it’s important that you get the problem checked out right away. Whether it’s foot pain and swelling or you can’t put weight on your ankle, these are all problems that should be looked at by our foot specialist. Call Center for Podiatric Medicine in Schaumburg, Elmhurst, and River North, IL and Highland, IN today!
One new treatment that foot doctors use to help their patients is called EPAT Shockwave Treatment. EPAT stands for Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment. It’s a tool used by the foot doctors at the Center for Podiatric Medicine in Schaumburg, Elmhurst, Highland, East Chicago, St. John and River North, IL to alleviate a number of common foot, heel, and arch ailments. Learn the uses for EPAT and find out how it might help you with your foot-related issue.
What Is EPAT Shockwave Treatment?
During an EPAT treatment, a wand connected to a machine is positioned at specific areas of the foot. The wand emits a wave of energy that stimulates circulation of blood in the foot and aids in the healing of stressed, inflamed, and torn tendons.
Uses for EPAT
Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment is a premier podiatric technology that addresses numerous foot-related problems. Here’s a short list of conditions it treats:
- Heel pain due to plantar fasciitis.
- Tendonitis (an inflammation or tear of the tendons).
- Fractures of the foot or ankle.
- Shin splints (common in athletes).
- Ankle pain (or sprains).
- Neuromas of the foot.
Benefits of this Modern Treatment
EPAT is one of the most popular modern foot solutions offered at the Center for Podiatric Medicine, located in Schaumburg, Elmhurst, Highland, East Chicago, St. John and River North. Consider the advantages of choosing EPAT over other foot treatments:
- There’s no need for incisions or invasive procedures (thus no risk of unattractive scars).
- EPAT can be administered in your podiatrist’s office.
- You can return to normal work or athletic activities soon after the treatment is completed.
Ask Your Podiatrist if EPAT Is Right for You
There’s a good chance that your foot ailment can be corrected with the help of an EPAT Shockwave Treatment. Call today to make an appointment at the Center for Podiatric Medicine, located in Schaumburg, Elmhurst, Highland, East Chicago, St. John and River North, IL.
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