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.
Diabetes is a condition that, when uncontrolled, can cause circulation issues that affect the feet. If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you should visit a podiatrist in addition to your primary care doctor. A foot doctor at the Center for Podiatric Medicine in Schaumburg, Elmhurst, Highland, East Chicago, St. John and River North, IL can help you with diabetic foot care to protect the health and vitality of your toes, feet, and ankles.
What Is Diabetic Foot Care?
Podiatrists put a focus on diabetic patients because they are at a higher risk of foot problems that progress quickly without treatment. The goal of diabetic foot care is maintaining the health of your feet using preventative measures and treating the feet immediately when there’s a potential issue.
Why It’s Important
Wounds can develop on the feet due to irritated corns or calluses, ingrown toenails, injuries, or shoes that are too tight. Usually, wounds heal on their own after a short period of time, but in diabetic patients sometimes wounds can develop into ulcers that can get seriously infected. In extreme cases, surgical amputation of tissue may be necessary to avoid the spread of an infection.
Diabetic Foot Care Treatments and Tips
Here are a few common diabetic foot care treatments offered at the Center for Podiatric Medicine in Schaumburg, Elmhurst, Highland, East Chicago, St. John and River North, IL:
- Regular foot examinations to check for cuts, wounds, and changes in skin color that could be a sign of neuropathy.
- Toenail clipping to help avoid ingrown toenails.
- Orthotic devices and shoes to protect your feet and keep them comfortable when working.
Observe these tips at home to keep your feet healthy:
- Keep your feet clean every day and moisturize thoroughly.
- Take note of any changes in the way your feet look or feel and keep your podiatrist updated.
- Cover your feet with socks that are dry and clean.
- Avoid walking around barefoot.
Care for Your Feet
Staying active is an important part of staying healthy, which is why it’s important to take care of your feet. Call today to talk to a podiatrist at the Center for Podiatric Medicine in Schaumburg, Elmhurst, Highland, East Chicago, St. John and River North, IL about diabetic foot care and treatments that can help you.
Wearing sandals should be a given during the warm weather months. People with toenail fungus, however, usually make sure that their feet 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!
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