Posts for: February, 2018
Have you stopped participating in your favorite activities due to bunion pain? Thanks to several treatment options, it's possible to reduce or eliminate your pain. The podiatrists at the Center for Podiatric Medicine in Schaumburg and River North, IL, share some information about bunions and explain how they're treated.
What are bunions?
Bunions occur when the joint at the base of your big toe moves out of alignment and begins to lean toward or overlap your second toe. Although high heels and tight shoes were once thought to cause bunions, foot doctors today know that's not the case, although wearing tight shoes will certainly worsen your symptoms. Many people who have bunions aren't the only people in their families with the condition. Because abnormal foot structure or mechanics are often inherited, your genes may have more to do with your condition than your footwear choice.
How can I manage bunion pain?
Wearing shoes that aren't wide enough to accommodate the bump at the base of your foot can be very painful. Once you swap tight shoes for ones that offer more room in the toe area, you may find that your pain decreases. In addition to choosing wider shoes that provide adequate support and cushioning for your foot, you may benefit from orthotics. The shoe inserts, specially designed for you in our Schaumburg or River North office, hold your foot in the optimum position and can slow the progression of your bunions.
Ice packs and over-the-counter pain medication can be helpful if your feet hurt at the end of a long day. As if bunion pain wasn't bad enough, many people who have the condition develop corns and calluses when the big toe constantly rubs against the second toe. Wearing corn pads can reduce pain and prevent corns and calluses from worsening.
What if home treatment doesn't help?
Although home treatment measures may reduce your pain and slow the progression of your condition, they can't eliminate your bunions. Surgery is the only way to restore the normal appearance and function of your joint. The type of surgery that your foot doctor recommends will depend on the severity of your condition.
Bunion treatment can help you lead a more active life. Call the podiatrists at the Center for Podiatric Medicine in Schaumburg and River North, IL, to schedule an appointment if you're tired of living with bunions.
Do you spend more time on the couch than you'd like due to heel pain? The foot doctors at the Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North and Schaumburg, IL, share information on common causes of heel pain and explain how your podiatrist can help ease your symptoms.
Stress fractures are overuse injuries that may occur if you exercise more intensely or for longer than normal, or decide to suddenly start an ambitious exercise program after being inactive. Stress fractures cause small cracks in your bones that can be quite painful. Rest and over-the-counter pain medications can help reduce your pain. If it continues, your foot doctor may recommend that you wear a boot or cast to relieve pressure on your foot during the healing process.
Although arthritis most often affects the fingers, hips, knees and spine, it can also affect your heel, particularly if you've had a heel injury at some point in your life. If you have pain in your heel due to arthritis, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or corticosteroid injections may be helpful. Orthotics, custom-made shoe inserts that support and reposition your foot, may also reduce your pain.
Plantar fasciitis, a common cause of heel pain, occurs due to an inflammation of your plantar fascia. The fascia is a long band of connective tissue that connects your heel to your toes on the underside of your foot. Your podiatrist can recommend several exercises aimed at gently stretching the fascia and reducing your pain. Night splints that stretch the fascia while you sleep and orthotics may also be recommended. These treatments help most people in the River North and Schaumburg areas recover from plantar fascia, although a small percentage of people may need surgery.
Heel spurs are calcium deposits that form on the bottom of your heel bone. They may develop after you've had plantar fasciitis, but can also occur due to overuse injuries, unsupportive shoes, tight calf muscles or obesity. Rest, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroid injections, Shockwave Therapy (EPAT) and orthotics are often used to decrease pain. Luckily, surgery isn't needed very often but can be helpful in your pain is severe or doesn't respond to conservative treatment methods.
Find relief for your heel pain with a visit to the foot doctor. Schedule an appointment with the podiatrists at the Center for Podiatric Medicine by calling (312) 923-1100 for the River North, IL, office or (847)352-1473 for the Schaumburg, IL, office.