Posts for: March, 2017
If you have been suffering from toenail fungus, your Chicago foot doctor has the solution.
Are you suffering from toenail fungus? Are you embarrassed to pull out those sandals this season? Before you retire those flip-flops and summer shoes for good, it might be time to consider another treatment option. Now your Chicago foot doctor can give you clear toenails with laser treatment. Find out more about how PinPointe FootLaser could help you.
Q. What is PinPointe FootLaser?
This procedure uses the first FDA-cleared laser for turning discolored, fungus-ridden toenails into clear, healthier nails. Since this is a laser treatment this procedure has virtually no side effects and won’t cause pain.
Q. How can PinPointe Laser help my feet?
The Pinpointe FootLaser is directed at the infected toe to target and eliminate the fungus that is living in or under the nail. As the laser passes through the nail, it will kill the fungus while leaving the rest of the healthy nail undamaged.
Q. What should I expect when I get laser foot treatment in Chicago?
Since the treatment is non-invasive you don’t have to worry about anesthesia or dealing with any of the side effects. This is also performed as an outpatient procedure, which only takes about 30 minutes to complete. While some people say they don’t experience any pain or discomfort during their session, some patients notice a warming sensation or what feels like a small pinprick.
Q. Will my toenail be clear right away?
Unfortunately you won’t walk out of your Chicago foot doctor's office with instantly clear nails. However, as your nail grows out you will start to see that it is significantly clearer and healthier than it used to be. This process takes time, but the results are well worth it.
Q. Will my toenail fungus come back?
Since fungus is all around us, it’s impossible to say that you will never become reinfected. The PinPointe FootLaser can greatly improve the health and appearance of your toenails after one session; however, it doesn’t promise that you won’t have to deal with another fungal infection in the future. Talk to your Chicago foot doctor about ways to protect your feet from another infection.
Don’t let summer catch you with unsightly toenails. Toenail fungus that hasn’t been successfully treated with other measures may just respond to our laser treatment. Schedule your first laser treatment session today with your Chicago foot doctors at The Center for Podiatric Medicine. Call today, we want to give you the beautiful feet you deserve.
Foot fractures aren't only caused by falls and other injuries. Stress fractures can also cause small, but painful, breaks in bones. Schaumburg, IL, podiatrists - Dr. Mark Jones, Dr. Bryan Hersh, Dr. Michael Lacey and Dr. George Tsoutsouris - shares a few causes of stress fractures.
What are stress fractures?
Stress fractures cause small, hairline cracks in bones. The fractures typically affect the heel, ankle or bones in the middle of the foot.
Common causes of stress fractures
Stress fractures usually occur due to overuse injuries. It's difficult for stressed and overworked muscles to absorb the shock of running, jumping or other activities. If your muscles just can't handle the additional stress, they'll transfer the burden to your bones.
Increasing the intensity or duration of exercise increases your risk of developing a stress fracture. For example, if you usually only run a few miles a day, but decide to push yourself to prepare for a marathon, you may develop a stress fracture. It doesn't what matter activity or sport you play. If you don't gradually increase the time you spend walking, jogging, running or jumping, or try to accomplish too much too soon, you'll be more likely to suffer from a stress fracture.
Other factors that can cause stress fractures include:
- Footwear Choices: Stress fractures can occur if you don't replace your running shoes every few months or wear shoes that don't adequately cushion and support your foot when you walk or run.
- Poor Form: The way your foot strikes the ground when you walk or jump can increase your stress fracture risk, as poor form can put too much stress on one area of your foot.
- Surface Changes: Surface changes may also make you more susceptible to stress fractures. If you typically run on a dirt path but begin running on asphalt, your risk will rise.
- Osteoporosis: People who have osteoporosis are at increased risk of developing stress fractures.
Stress fracture treatment
Most stress fractures heal if you stay off your feet as much as possible, use ice and take anti-inflammatory medications. Your foot doctor may also recommend that you wear a boot or cast or use crutches to keep weight off your foot while it heals. Occasionally, surgery may be needed to treat a stress fracture.
Are you concerned that your foot pain may be caused by a stress fracture? Make an appointment with Schaumburg, IL, podiatrists - Dr. Jones, Dr. Hersh, Dr. Lacey and Dr. Tsoutsouris - by calling one of these offices: Schaumburg, IL, (847) 352-1473, Chicago, IL, (312) 923-1100, Elmhurst, IL, (630) 782-9600, Highland, IN, (219) 923-9090 or St. John, IN, (219) 627-2955.
Not sure if you have a hammertoe or a bunion? River North, IL, podiatrists - Dr. Mark Jones, Dr. Bryan Hersh, Dr. Michael Lacey and Dr. George Tsoutsouris - explain the difference.
What is a hammertoe?
A hammertoe causes the first joint of your toe to bend at a right angle. If you look at the toe from the side, it looks a little like a hammer. The condition can affect any toe except your big toe. You're more likely to develop a hammertoe if you have an imbalance in your toe muscles, experienced a toe injury, have arthritis or wear shoes that are too tight. Tight shoes not only cause hammertoe, but can make your symptoms worse. When your bent toe rubs against the top of your shoe, corns and calluses tend to form.
Applying cushions and corn pads to your toe will help reduce pain and pressure, but you'll also want to buy shoes that offer more room in the toe box. You may be able to push your toe into its usual position with your finger when a hammertoe first forms. Unfortunately, if you don't treat the problem when your toe is still flexible, it may eventually become rigid.
When you visit the Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North or our other convenient locations, our foot doctors may also recommend toe exercises to stretch your muscles, prescription orthotics or surgery if more conservative treatments don't improve your condition.
What is a bunion?
Unlike hammertoes, bunions only affect the big toe. The problem occurs when the bones in your foot become misaligned. When the bones move out of their normal position, you'll see a bump at the bottom of your big toe. Bunions are common in women who wear high heels, but can also occur if you frequently wear tight shoes, have arthritis in your foot or have a foot imbalance.
If you have bunion pain, changing the type of shoes you wear and taking over-the-counter pain medications can help ease your symptoms. Orthotics and night splints can also be helpful because these devices help realign your foot. If your bunion is severe, you may need surgery to correct your alignment problem.
Are you concerned about foot pain? Your River North, IL, podiatrists at the Center for Podiatric Medicine offer treatments that help you get back on your feet again. Make an appointment by calling one of these offices: Schaumburg, IL, (847) 352-1473, River North, Chicago, IL, (312) 923-1100, Elmhurst, IL, (630) 782-9600, Highland, IN, (219) 923-9090 or St. John, IN, (219) 627-2955.