Do you spend more time on the couch than you'd like due to heel pain? The foot doctors at the Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North and Schaumburg, IL, share information on common causes of heel pain and explain how your podiatrist can help ease your symptoms.
Stress fractures are overuse injuries that may occur if you exercise more intensely or for longer than normal, or decide to suddenly start an ambitious exercise program after being inactive. Stress fractures cause small cracks in your bones that can be quite painful. Rest and over-the-counter pain medications can help reduce your pain. If it continues, your foot doctor may recommend that you wear a boot or cast to relieve pressure on your foot during the healing process.
Although arthritis most often affects the fingers, hips, knees and spine, it can also affect your heel, particularly if you've had a heel injury at some point in your life. If you have pain in your heel due to arthritis, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or corticosteroid injections may be helpful. Orthotics, custom-made shoe inserts that support and reposition your foot, may also reduce your pain.
Plantar fasciitis, a common cause of heel pain, occurs due to an inflammation of your plantar fascia. The fascia is a long band of connective tissue that connects your heel to your toes on the underside of your foot. Your podiatrist can recommend several exercises aimed at gently stretching the fascia and reducing your pain. Night splints that stretch the fascia while you sleep and orthotics may also be recommended. These treatments help most people in the River North and Schaumburg areas recover from plantar fascia, although a small percentage of people may need surgery.
Heel spurs are calcium deposits that form on the bottom of your heel bone. They may develop after you've had plantar fasciitis, but can also occur due to overuse injuries, unsupportive shoes, tight calf muscles or obesity. Rest, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroid injections, Shockwave Therapy (EPAT) and orthotics are often used to decrease pain. Luckily, surgery isn't needed very often but can be helpful in your pain is severe or doesn't respond to conservative treatment methods.
Find relief for your heel pain with a visit to the foot doctor. Schedule an appointment with the podiatrists at 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.
Have you stopped participating in your favorite activities due to bunion pain? Thanks to several treatment options, it's possible to reduce or eliminate your pain. The podiatrists at the Center for Podiatric Medicine in Schaumburg and River North, IL, share some information about bunions and explain how they're treated.
What are bunions?
Bunions occur when the joint at the base of your big toe moves out of alignment and begins to lean toward or overlap your second toe. Although high heels and tight shoes were once thought to cause bunions, foot doctors today know that's not the case, although wearing tight shoes will certainly worsen your symptoms. Many people who have bunions aren't the only people in their families with the condition. Because abnormal foot structure or mechanics are often inherited, your genes may have more to do with your condition than your footwear choice.
How can I manage bunion pain?
Wearing shoes that aren't wide enough to accommodate the bump at the base of your foot can be very painful. Once you swap tight shoes for ones that offer more room in the toe area, you may find that your pain decreases. In addition to choosing wider shoes that provide adequate support and cushioning for your foot, you may benefit from orthotics. The shoe inserts, specially designed for you in our Schaumburg or River North office, hold your foot in the optimum position and can slow the progression of your bunions.
Ice packs and over-the-counter pain medication can be helpful if your feet hurt at the end of a long day. As if bunion pain wasn't bad enough, many people who have the condition develop corns and calluses when the big toe constantly rubs against the second toe. Wearing corn pads can reduce pain and prevent corns and calluses from worsening.
What if home treatment doesn't help?
Although home treatment measures may reduce your pain and slow the progression of your condition, they can't eliminate your bunions. Surgery is the only way to restore the normal appearance and function of your joint. The type of surgery that your foot doctor recommends will depend on the severity of your condition.
Bunion treatment can help you lead a more active life. Call the podiatrists at the Center for Podiatric Medicine in Schaumburg and River North, IL, to schedule an appointment if you're tired of living with bunions.
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.
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