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Need a podiatrist to help out with sports injuries?
Sports are fun, but they always open you up to the possibility of an injury. Highly competitive sports, such as football, weightlifting, gymnastics, and wrestling, all pose higher risks of sports injuries, as well, which is why having a podiatrist in River North and Schaumburg, IL is important.
Common Sports Injuries That Your River North and Schaumburg, IL, Doctor Can Help With:
Achilles Tendinitis: This condition affects the Achilles tendon in your foot, the largest tendon in the body. Achilles tendinitis is a result of sports overuse, degeneration, and/or wearing down with age and time.
Plantar Fasciitis: This is when plantar fascia (the thick tissue supporting the arch of your foot) absorbs too much stress. Plantar fascia tissues strain and become inflamed from activities like running, resulting in heel pain.
Stress Fractures: Sports like running, basketball, tennis, gymnastics, and dance may lead to foot and ankle stress fractures. This is because of repetitive stress placed on feet and ankles.
Ankle Sprain: A sprained ankle is caused by a twisting of your foot ligaments, and leads to minimal or severe pain, making it difficult to walk and stand.
Heel Spur: This is a calcium deposit that causes a bony protrusion on the heel, and it usually occurs to athletes with flat feet or high arches. Running on hard surfaces, poor footwear, age, and weight, are all contributing factors as well.
Sports are a great way to stay fit and have fun, but if you're not careful, you may suffer from serious injuries. If you have questions and would like more information on treatment for sports injuries, call (801) 766-6344 for the Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North and Schaumburg, IL!
Some patients hesitate to visit the podiatrist’s office when they’re experiencing foot pain because they’re afraid that they may need surgery. But sometimes a foot problem can be easily resolved by simply reinforcing and supporting the feet with orthotic devices. Visit the foot doctors at Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North and Schaumburg, IL, for an examination to see if orthotics will help your feet.
What Are Orthotics?
An orthotic is a device that is placed inside of your shoe to provide extra support. It also helps balance and align the foot in a better position. Many people walk in a way that puts a strain on the feet and toes, which can cause a number of conditions including plantar fasciitis, bunions, and fallen arches (flat feet). There are rigid, soft, and semi-rigid orthotic devices—each type is designed to treat specific foot ailments. Wearing orthotics prescribed by your River North and Schaumburg, IL, podiatrist is a preventative measure and can also correct problems that already exist.
Orthotics Can Fix Your Feet
Some patients are born with structural foot problems and are at a higher risk of developing deformities like bunions. Orthotics help you avoid injuries, strengthen the bone, reduce arthritic joint pain, and increase flexibility. As an example, a semi-rigid orthotic support that’s placed under the foot can strengthen the arch and reduce the possibility of plantar fasciitis.
Additional Foot Care Tips
Consider the daily wear and tear that you put on your feet to understand why you may be experiencing a foot-related ailment. Orthotics can relieve the strain, discomfort, and pressure. Here are some tips for how you can keep your feet healthy:
- Keep your orthotic device in your shoe or near your shoe to ensure that you put it on each day before work or participating in energetic activities.
- Make time each evening to soak your feet in warm water to ease aching pain and rigidity in the joints after a long day.
- Keep your feet and toes flexible by practicing the stretching exercises recommended by your podiatrist.
Relief from Foot Pain and Deformities
After an exam with a foot doctor at Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North and Schaumburg, IL, you may be prescribed orthotics to help relieve your foot pain and discomfort. Call today to schedule a visit with a knowledgeable podiatrist.
It's just a couple of yellow toenails. So, what's the big deal? Frankly, those toenails embarrass you, and you want an effective treatment to eliminate the fungus which is discoloring and misshaping them. At the Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North and Schaumburg, IL, Drs. Jones, Hersh, Lacey, and Tsoutsouris use the sophisticated PinPointe Foot Laser to treat toenail fungus right at the source. That's right, a laser! Learn more here.
What is toenail fungus?
It's a podiatric condition affecting millions of Americans of all ages. Also called onychomycosis, toenail fungus infection in River North creates yellow, thick brittle nails, and when left untreated, it can spread to the hands and other areas of the body. Similar to Athlete's foot, or Tinea pedis, toenail fungus is extremely stubborn and thrives in dark, moist environments such as sweaty sneakers and socks.
Benefits of toenail fungus treatment
Persistent toenail fungus requires expert treatment. The team at Center for Podiatric Medicine inspects fungal toenails and recommends a treatment plan tailored to the patient's unique lifestyle and medical needs. Sometimes, a course of oral antifungal medication or topical antifungal cream combat onychomycosis. However, the problem often recurs.
As such, your podiatrist may advise something innovative. Called laser fungal toenail treatment, this in-office procedure in River North kills the fungus right where it lives--under the toenail.
If you qualify, Dr. Jones or one of the other highly-skilled podiatrists will use a concentrated beam of light to treat each of your ten toenails. Done right at the Center for Podiatric Medicine, this comfortable procedure lasts about half an hour.
There is no special preparation for the FDA-cleared treatment, and patients have no downtime
There are several ways to help prevent toenail fungus before it starts. They are:
- Washing your feet daily with soap and water and drying them thoroughly
- Wearing clean socks and dry shoes every day (alternate pairs of shoes as necessary)
- Avoiding going barefoot out of doors or in the gym
- Wearing sandals or flip-flops in public showers
- Using clean pedicure implements
- Trimming your toenails straight across
If, however, you see signs of fungus, call your foot doctor right away, especially if you are diabetic.
Find out more
For more information or a consultation on those yellow toenails, call the Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North and Schaumburg, IL. We'll be happy to help you have clear, healthy, beautiful toenails.
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.
Find out more
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.