Posts for: January, 2017
While there is never a good time to sustain a foot or ankle injury, the colder months make you more susceptible to these injuries. They also are the most inconvenient times to hurt your feet or ankles too. Whether an ankle sprain, frostbite or broken toes, damage can vary from patient to patient. However, with the help of your River North, Schaumburg, Elmhurst, Highland, East Chicago and St. John, IL podiatrists--Dr. Mark Jones, Dr. Bryan Hersh and Dr. Michael Lacey at the Center for Podiatric Medicine--you can learn preventative measures to take during this cold weather season.
Foot and Ankle Safety Tips This Winter
Injury prevention is important especially for those who have sustained an injury recently, have poor circulation, nerve damage or other conditions that make them more prone to injury. There are three main tips you should follow to limit your chance of injury this winter.
1. Wear adequate footwear.
Wearing warm shoes or boots that protect the foot is highly recommended. Water-resistant, insulated options are the most preferred as they create a barrier between the feet and the outside elements. Wearing high heels on icy surfaces are a no-no unless you want to sustain an injury from a bad fall. Wear low-heeled shoes or boots with traction that prevent slipping from occurring.
2. Keep your feet dry.
It’s no secret that our Chicago sidewalks can be slippery, so try to protect yourself the best you can. This goes hand in hand with wearing the right shoes as they should protect your feet from the elements and, in turn, keep them dry. Moisture-wicking socks can help prevent sweating or moisture accumulation, both of which can lead to fungal infections.
3. Seek professional help from a River North, Schaumburg, Elmhurst, Highland, East Chicago and St. John podiatrist.
In the case you suspect you have sustained an injury, it’s important to visit a professional immediately. At the Center for Podiatric Medicine, our podiatrists can closely evaluate your condition and treat you according to your specific injury. They are well versed in all injuries and can offer helpful tips on how to prevent future injuries from occurring too.
To schedule an appointment at The Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North, Schaumburg, Elmhurst, Highland, East Chicago and St. John, IL, call today.
There are countless times when individuals experience foot or ankle injuries (among others) during physical activity. With countless years of expertise, your River North, Schaumburg, Elmhurst, Highland, East Chicago and St. John, IL podiatrists -- Dr. Mark Jones, Dr. Bryan Hersh and Dr. Michael Lacey at the Center For Podiatric Medicine -- can evaluate each patient and determine a diagnosis and treatment plan that will help them recover from their sports injuries with the most ease.
Common Sport Injuries
While there are countless sport injuries, here are the most common:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Heel spurs
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Ingrown toenails
Ultimately, the treatment plans created for each patient will vary and will depend on their medical history, their current sports injury and their level of activity. Some treatments such as icing, elevation and rest are more conservative and may serve the minor sports injuries. Other treatments may be more invasive and will need direction from a professional podiatrist.
Diagnosing a Sports Injury in River North, Schaumburg, Elmhurst, Highland, East Chicago and St. John
After a discussion of your medical history, your podiatrist will determine which tests are required for proper diagnosis. To successfully diagnose a foot or ankle condition, diagnostic tests such as x-rays or MRIs will need to be performed. These tests will help determine whether orthotics, braces or taping, stretching and strengthening, physical therapy, electric stimulation, ultrasound or injections are needed for your particular sports injury.
At the Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North, Schaumburg, Elmhurst, Highland, East Chicago and St. John, IL, we treat all types of patients with foot or heal pain and can even help our patients to reduce their chance of being injured in the future. To schedule a comprehensive appointment today with the Center For Podiatric Medicine call them today.