Posts for: December, 2015
For people with feet problems, things as simple as standing up with ease, walking to the store or even running simple errands could be hard or even impossible. Thankfully, there are many forms of treatment for problems related to the feet. With help from your Schaumburg, IL podiatrist at the Center for Podiatric Medicine, you can find the right orthotic for you and get back to a normal, pain-free life.
How do I know if I need orthotics?
Orthotics are mainly used in patients with abnormal alignment or function, usually in the feet. More pressure may be put on one area of the foot, making it hard or impossible to walk correctly, and affecting not just the feet, but the alignment of the spine, pelvis and legs as well.
Most people have one of three types of feet. Pronated feet roll to the inside during movement. Neutral feet remain straight and do not roll during normal movement.The opposite of pronated feet, supinated feet roll outward during motion. Orthotics are needed when there is too high or too little of an arch in the foot, or when the feet are pronated or supinated. These types of abnormalities produce a variety of symptoms, including arch or heel pain, corns or calluses, knee, hip or back pain, tendonitis or ankle sprains.
What are orthotics?
Orthotics are orthopedic devices that support the feet or ankles to aid in comfort and functionality. They can range drastically in materials and function, and be found in two forms:
- Over-the-counter: Over-the-counter orthotics, usually bought at a drug store, are normally found in one-size-fits-all or small, medium and large varieties. While they could prove to be effective for mild cases, they are not as intricately designed as the custom made variety.
- Custom made: Custom made orthotics can range from inserts that fit into your existing shoes to completely custom made shoes. These can come in the form of functional orthotics (which help correct the actual shape of the foot) and accommodative orthotics (which are usually braces or splints used to correct minor foot problems or pain).
The best way to determine if you need orthotics is to consult with the doctors at the Center for Podiatric Medicine in Schaumburg, IL. Call 847-352-1473 to schedule your appointment today!
If you have ever suffered from foot problems like plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis, chances are you understand just how painful it can be. Thankfully, there is a technology called shockwave therapy that can non invasively treat these and other conditions. Together with your Chicago, IL podiatrists at the Center for Podiatric Care, you can get back on track to healthy and happy feet.
What is shockwave therapy?
Shockwave therapy uses high-energy waves to stimulate the blood flow to the affected area, coaxing the body into repairing the tissue on its own and encouraging healing. This procedure usually lasts around 30 minutes and is used to treat injured tendons or chronic heel pain. Shockwave therapy is safe and has a short recovery time. Since it is noninvasive, no bandages or stitches are required, though it is sometimes performed under local anesthetic. Pregnant women or people with certain conditions like heart or vascular problems should not use shockwave therapy. You should consult with your podiatrist to determine whether shockwave therapy is the best treatment for your condition.
A small probe is attached to the skin near the affected area. To ensure proper contact, a gel is applied to the area to be treated. The shockwave machine is placed right up against the area in question, and the machine’s power setting is adjusted to your needs. Usually, the intensity of the waves will be started low, and gradually increased to treatment level during the session. After the procedure, you will not have to wear any special shoes or bandages, and can wear your everyday shoes and walk normally. If local anesthetic is needed, you will not be able to drive yourself home, as your foot will be numb. Since general anesthetic is not needed and the procedure can be done in your doctor’s office, the costs of shockwave therapy are generally much lower than more invasive procedures.
If you are suffering from heel or tendon pain, shockwave therapy could be just the treatment you require. The Center for Podiatric Care in River North, Chicago, IL can help you beat foot pain and get back to walking normally in no time. Call (312) 923-1100 to schedule your appointment today!