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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.
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!
Modern shoes are unfortunately designed mostly for style rather than function, which is why many patients develop foot problems over time. Orthotics are devices, available at the Center for Podiatric Medicine in Schaumburg, IL, that can help treat problematic foot conditions. Find out more about orthotics and how they can be custom-made to give you relief from a number of common foot problems.
What Are Orthotics?
Orthotics are devices that can be placed inside of a shoe to relieve foot pain, adjust the position of your feet and improve the way that you walk. They help your feet by giving your balance and support when and where you need it the most. Here is a short list of the foot problems that can be resolved with the help of orthotics:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Heel spurs and general heel pain
- Achilles tendonitis
- Flat feet
They may be prescribed as a part of a wider treatment plan that may also include medication, physical therapy, laser or shockwave therapy. Your podiatrist will create a custom device from an impression taken of your feet.
Types of Orthotics
There are three different types of orthotics that your Schaumburg, IL podiatrist may recommend:
- Rigid (made of a firm material that is best for strains and chronic pains in the foot and ankle)
- Soft (used for shock-absorption; good for repairing deformed feet)
- Semi-rigid (used for patients with flat feet, pain in the feet from playing sports and toe disorders)
Your foot doctor will be able to tell you exactly what type of orthotic device will be best for your specific case.
The Initial Appointment
The process of getting custom orthotics starts with a foot consultation at your podiatrist’s office. The appointment includes X-rays and a physical examination of your feet. You will discuss any health conditions that may contribute to your foot concerns as well as the activities or sports you participate in. The consultation will help your podiatrist determine if a custom orthotic is right for you.
Call the Center for Podiatric Medicine
An orthotic device prescribed by your podiatrist may be just the thing you need to resolve your foot problems. Call the Center for Podiatric Medicine in Schaumburg, IL today at (847) 352-1473 to set a date and time for a foot consultation.