Posts for: May, 2018
What your podiatrists in River North and Schaumburg, IL want you to know
There are many reasons why you might experience pain in your toes and your feet. One of the reasons is bone spurs. Bone spurs can be caused by irritation and inflammation of conditions like arthritis,
Your foot doctors at Center for Podiatric Medicine want to share the facts about bone spurs. They have several convenient office locations in River North and Schaumburg, IL to help your feet.
Bone spurs can occur in many places including:
- Your heel; the heel spur protrudes underneath your heel bone. Heel spurs are often experienced along with plantar fasciitis, causing acute heel pain.
- Your toes; the most common area is on your fifth toe, either on the outside next to the toenail, or the inside tip or base of the toe.
- Other areas of injury or inflammation around joints
You may have a bone spur if you experience pain in your joints which can cause difficulty walking. Swelling due to inflammation is also a common symptom.
Bone spurs may be treated initially with conservative measures to reduce swelling and decrease inflammation. Common first-line therapy includes:
- Over-the-counter or prescription oral anti-inflammatory medications
- Cortisone injections into the area to reduce swelling
- Custom-fit orthotics, inserts or cushions
Surgery may be indicated to remove the bone spur. In cases of bone spurs on the toes, a small incision is made and the bone spur is smoothed down. The incision is closed with one or two stitches. In cases of heel spurs, an incision is made on the inside or the bottom of the foot.
For more detailed information about bone spur treatment, please visit the Bone Spurs page on the Center for Podiatric Medicine website at https://www.thefootdocs.com/bone-spur-surgery-of-the-toes.html
Bone spurs in your feet or toes can limit your ability to move around and enjoy your life. Fortunately, you can get help from bone spurs. Just pick up the phone and call your foot doctors at Center for Podiatric Medicine, with offices in River North and Schaumburg, IL.
Due to their location, your feet bear the brunt of your body’s weight and are in a prime location for injuries. Heel pain is common but can come from many causes which come with various treatment options. Find out the best treatment option for your heel pain with our podiatrists at Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North and Schaumburg, IL.
What causes heel pain?
Heel pain can come from numerous sources. Sometimes, the source of your heel pain can be an underlying condition like flat feet. Other times, an injury may contribute to your heel pain. Some of the most common causes of heel pain include:
- plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
- heel spurs
- tarsal tunnel syndrome
- stress fracture
Diagnosing heel pain will depend on several factors. Your doctor will gather your medical and family history to investigate into possible causes of your heel pain. A physical examination will help your podiatrist visually inspect your foot to search for abnormalities. Imagining techniques, if necessary, allow your doctor to see inside your foot to its bones and connective tissues.
Treating Heel Pain in River North and Schaumburg, IL
Your foot doctor will work with you to ensure that you have the best treatment options available for your condition. However, these options may vary widely depending on the cause of your foot pain. Most treatments begin conservatively with at-home remedies like the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) method or over-the-counter medications and work up to prescription-strength drugs and other, more in-depth treatments and therapies.
For more information on heel pain, please contact the Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North and Schaumburg, IL. To schedule your appointment, please call:
River North, Chicago IL: (312) 923-1100
Schaumburg, IL: (847) 352-1473