Posts for: June, 2018
If your feet hurt, you could relieve the discomfort by putting them into positions that are more balanced and less strained. How can the average person achieve better biomechanics for his or her feet and ankles? The answer lies in a consultation with the podiatrists at the Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North and Schaumburg, IL. Customized orthotics, or shoe inserts, made of state of the art materials help feet be healthier, pain-free and well-functioning. It all begins with a call to our skilled and compassionate team of foot doctors.
What are orthotics?
They are rigid, semi-rigid or soft inserts which fit accurately inside your shoes to support, cushion and correct the positions of your feet as you walk, run and stand. Great alternatives to prescription pain medication, surgery or other more invasive treatments, orthotics offer relief for several foot health conditions, including:
- Poor gait
- Toeing-in or out
- Flat feet
- Plantar fasciitis
- Heel spurs
Orthotics can be adjuncts to other conservative treatments. Those non-invasive therapies may include:
- Stretching exercises
- Physical therapy
- Better fitting shoes with lower heels, good arch support and more room for the toes
- Losing weight and staying in good physical condition
- Rest (stay off your feet)
- Ice (to reduce swelling)
- Compression (with an ACE bandage)
Do you need orthotics?
Your podiatrist at the Center for Podiatric Medicine will perform a complete podiatric examination, checking how you walk, your range of motion and more. They may take digital X-rays to confirm a diagnosis and then devise a treatment plan to address your individual needs.
If your podiatrist believes orthotics are in order, he will take a mold of your feet and determine what materials would suit you best. Basically, orthotics may be:
- Soft, relieving painful pressure points, particularly on the ball of the foot (appropriate for people with diabetes and arthritis)
- Semi-rigid, suitable for children and people who run and play sports as these orthotics absorb impact well, cushion and support flat feet and correct toeing-in and toeing-out
- Rigid, made of carbon-based materials or plastic to fit snugly in dress shoes (taking pressure off the heel and back of the foot)
Your foot doctor will tell you how often and how long you should wear your custom-made shoe inserts. Long-term, orthotics relieve pain and provide proper alignment for connective tissue, muscles and bones.
Find out more
Eliminate pain. Stay balanced. Avoid athletic injury. These are what orthotics could do for you. Why not contact the Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North and Schaumburg, IL for a personal consultation with one of our knowledgeable foot doctors? You'll be amazed at how good your feet can feel with custom-made orthotics.
Sprained ankles can be very painful and may lead to joint instability if they're not treated promptly. The Center for Podiatric Medicine, with offices in River North and Schaumburg, IL, helps patients with sprained ankles recover from their injuries and get back on their feet again.
What can I do to treat my sprained ankle at home?
Staying off your ankle as much as possible is crucial to your recovery. If you continue your regular activities because you "just" have a sprain, your symptoms may worsen and it may take longer for your injury to heal. While you rest, keep your foot elevated and apply ice. Icing a sprain helps ease pain and decreases swelling.
Wrapping your ankle with a compression bandage is also important. If you don't use a bandage, your ankle is more likely to become swollen and stiff, which will affect your ability to walk easily. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication can also be used to treat pain and reduce inflammation and swelling.
What if my sprained ankle doesn't get better?
Mild sprains may improve after just a few days of home treatment, but more severe sprains may require treatment from a River North or Schaumburg foot doctor. Your podiatrist may recommend that you use a cast or walking boot and crutches to relieve pressure on your ankle. Braces or tape may also be recommended to provide extra support for the joint.
Physical therapy is often part of the sprained ankle treatment plan. During your therapy sessions, you'll be taught exercises that strengthen the muscles that support the ankle. Improving muscle strength and balance not only helps support your joint but may also reduce your risk of a future sprain.
Most people who have sprained ankles don't need surgery. If your joint is unstable, or your injury doesn't get better after treatment, surgery may be needed to repair or reconstruct the damaged ligament.
Thanks to effective treatment options, your sprain may soon become a distant memory. If you've sprained your ankle, schedule an appointment with 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.