Posts for: April, 2014

By Center for Podiatric Medicine
April 21, 2014
Category: Heel Pain
Tags: Podiatrist  
Your feet support your weight, and the padding on the foot’s bottom absorbs the extra shock. How much extra shock can there be? According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, every mile equals 60 tons of stress on each foot. Imagine how that feels if you have already encountered heel pain. To help counter that pain, check out these three tips.
#1: Choose Stable Shoes
For men and women, fashionable shoes tend to win over comfortable ones. Jamming feet into uncomfortable shoes can cause a number of foot issues: corns, calluses, bunions and heel pain. If you wear shoes without any cushion or stability, imagine adding 60 tons of stress to already sore heels. Your feet are probably aching just from the thought of it. And irritating a foot problem, such as heel pain, can intensify the pain, possibly causing inflammation. Here is what you need to think about the next time you are looking for shoes:
  • Arch support
  • Stable bottoms
  • Width of shoe
If need be, you may want to consult with a podiatrist about getting custom orthotics placed in your shoes.
#2: Kick Back and Put Your Feet Up
Physical activity promotes better health. You hear it time and time again. While it’s important to be physically fit, it’s also important to remember when too much exercise is too much for your feet. Walking is one of the best exercises for your feet, but other fast paced activities require much more excursion, increasing your chances of foot strain.
#3: Choose Shockwave Therapy in Chicago to Stimulate Healing 
While extra precaution with well-fitted, comfortable shoes can alleviate some discomfort, you may not find the relief you want. To combat further damage that can lead to plantar fasciitis, you have the option of talking to a foot care professional, such as the Chicago, IL podiatrists at the Center for Podiatric Medicine. They offer shockwave treatment for a number of foot complications:
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Heel pain
  • Shin splints
  • Delayed fractures
Shockwave therapy requires no incision, and it takes roughly 10 minutes for each application. The shockwave pressure stimulates the tissue, increasing blood circulation and the healing process.
It’s time to hop, skip and jump back to better foot health. Are you ready? Do you want more information about extracorporeal shockwave therapy in Chicago? Call our Chicago office at (312) 923-1100.

By Center for Podiatric Medicine
April 18, 2014
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Podiatrist  
Why do women wear heels? Some women enjoy looking taller while others prefer the shoes with certain outfits. No matter a woman’s preference, there is one thing that remains the same for anyone wearing high heels—people are increasing their risk of foot problems. Elevated shoes can cause tendon stress.
Why does this matter?
If you wear heels, do you ever notice how your toes point down instead of parallel to the ground? This hyperextension of the feet puts a strain on your Achilles tendon, a longer tendon attaching the bones of your heel to the calves. If a person wears high heels on a regular basis (60 hours or more), it’ll be more difficult to wear flat-footed shoes because of the shock.
Worst-case scenario, you could put too much stress on the Achilles tendon, causing pain or injury. If your love for pumps is causing a significant amount of discomfort, it’s better for you to seek a professional opinion and possible treatment.
What kind of treatment is available for heel and foot pain?
Foot Doctor in Chicago: Shockwave Therapy Treatment
Shockwave therapy is one of the newest and most innovative treatment options found nowadays at a podiatry practice. At the Center for Podiatric Medicine, shockwave therapy is available to patients looking to enhance or replace traditional treatments, such as, prescription drugs, injections and physical therapy. 
Do you want to know more about shockwave therapy? Chicago residents can call our office at (312) 923-1100.

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