Posts for tag: Podiatrist

By Center for Podiatric Medicine
July 14, 2015
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Podiatrist  

When is your foot pain best treated at home and when should you visit your podiatrist at The Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North? While no one wants to make an unnecessary trip to the doctor, you don't want to avoid seeking treatment for a foot problem that Podiatristcould be potentially serious either. Here are three times when you will want to visit your podiatrist at The Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North to be safe.

1. You are at an Increased Risk for Serious Foot Complications

While foot and ankle injuries can rarely be predicted, there are times when you can know in advance that a foot or ankle problem is likely. If you have diabetes or if foot and ankle problems run in your family, visit your River North podiatrist before you have any troubles. Your podiatrist can assess your risk, and explain how you can best take care of your feet to minimize your chances of future problems.

2. You are Experiencing Chronic or Severe Foot Pain

If you are experiencing chronic or severe pain, you will certainly want a diagnosis and treatment plan. Don't try to live with chronic or severe pain and hope it gets better on its own. Not only is it unlikely to resolve itself, but you may just make your symptoms worse by waiting. Call The Center for Podiatric Medicine to get the help you need today.

3. You Have a Foot Specific Medical Condition

If you have a medical condition that is specific to your foot, it only makes sense to visit a River North podiatrist who specializes in this part of the body. Your podiatrist treats athlete's foot, bunions, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, warts, heel pain and discolored or crumbling nails. While a general practitioner may be able to identify the problem, they'll send you straight off to The Center for Podiatric Medicine to have it accurately diagnosed and treated!

Your entire body depends on your feet to provide a firm and steady foundation and to be able to take you where you want to go. Make sure your feet are always up for the task by visiting your podiatrist at The Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North today.

By Center for Podiatric Medicine
April 21, 2014
Category: Heel Pain
Tags: Podiatrist  
Your feet support your weight, and the padding on the foot’s bottom absorbs the extra shock. How much extra shock can there be? According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, every mile equals 60 tons of stress on each foot. Imagine how that feels if you have already encountered heel pain. To help counter that pain, check out these three tips.
 
#1: Choose Stable Shoes
For men and women, fashionable shoes tend to win over comfortable ones. Jamming feet into uncomfortable shoes can cause a number of foot issues: corns, calluses, bunions and heel pain. If you wear shoes without any cushion or stability, imagine adding 60 tons of stress to already sore heels. Your feet are probably aching just from the thought of it. And irritating a foot problem, such as heel pain, can intensify the pain, possibly causing inflammation. Here is what you need to think about the next time you are looking for shoes:
  • Arch support
  • Stable bottoms
  • Width of shoe
If need be, you may want to consult with a podiatrist about getting custom orthotics placed in your shoes.
 
#2: Kick Back and Put Your Feet Up
Physical activity promotes better health. You hear it time and time again. While it’s important to be physically fit, it’s also important to remember when too much exercise is too much for your feet. Walking is one of the best exercises for your feet, but other fast paced activities require much more excursion, increasing your chances of foot strain.
 
#3: Choose Shockwave Therapy in Chicago to Stimulate Healing 
While extra precaution with well-fitted, comfortable shoes can alleviate some discomfort, you may not find the relief you want. To combat further damage that can lead to plantar fasciitis, you have the option of talking to a foot care professional, such as the Chicago, IL podiatrists at the Center for Podiatric Medicine. They offer shockwave treatment for a number of foot complications:
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Heel pain
  • Shin splints
  • Delayed fractures
Shockwave therapy requires no incision, and it takes roughly 10 minutes for each application. The shockwave pressure stimulates the tissue, increasing blood circulation and the healing process.
 
It’s time to hop, skip and jump back to better foot health. Are you ready? Do you want more information about extracorporeal shockwave therapy in Chicago? Call our Chicago office at (312) 923-1100.
By Center for Podiatric Medicine
April 18, 2014
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Podiatrist  
Why do women wear heels? Some women enjoy looking taller while others prefer the shoes with certain outfits. No matter a woman’s preference, there is one thing that remains the same for anyone wearing high heels—people are increasing their risk of foot problems. Elevated shoes can cause tendon stress.
 
Why does this matter?
If you wear heels, do you ever notice how your toes point down instead of parallel to the ground? This hyperextension of the feet puts a strain on your Achilles tendon, a longer tendon attaching the bones of your heel to the calves. If a person wears high heels on a regular basis (60 hours or more), it’ll be more difficult to wear flat-footed shoes because of the shock.
 
Worst-case scenario, you could put too much stress on the Achilles tendon, causing pain or injury. If your love for pumps is causing a significant amount of discomfort, it’s better for you to seek a professional opinion and possible treatment.
 
What kind of treatment is available for heel and foot pain?
 
Foot Doctor in Chicago: Shockwave Therapy Treatment
Shockwave therapy is one of the newest and most innovative treatment options found nowadays at a podiatry practice. At the Center for Podiatric Medicine, shockwave therapy is available to patients looking to enhance or replace traditional treatments, such as, prescription drugs, injections and physical therapy. 
 
Do you want to know more about shockwave therapy? Chicago residents can call our office at (312) 923-1100.
By Center for Podiatric Medicine
February 14, 2014
Category: Hammertoe
Tags: Ailments   Podiatrist   Chicago  
Ill-fitting shoes and other factors can hammer away at your feet, causing hammertoe. This foot problem causes discomfort and should be taken care of once diagnosed. Read below to get some great info from the Center for Podiatric Medicine’s Chicago podiatrists.
 
What is hammertoe?
Also known as mallet toe, it is an abnormal bend in the joints. It can occur in more than one toe, particularly the second, third or fourth toe. Why is it called hammertoe? Well, the abnormal bend in the joint resembles the shape of a hammer. There isn’t a long list of causes for hammertoe. The common factors are related to ill-fitting shoes and trauma.
 
Ill-fitting shoes and hammertoe
It’s pretty common to wear the wrong shoe size. In the name of fashion, many women put too much stress hammertoeon their feet by wearing tight flats or tall heels. The same thing goes for men. Many people sport the same style or size of shoe. Worn shoes usually can tell us where we put the most pressure when we walk. For hammertoe, check and see if your shoe reveals toe-shaped ridges towards the front of the shoe. Most likely, your shoes are too small, which can increase your chances of developing hammertoe. The small shoes can constrict the toe muscles, causing an imbalance.
 
Foot trauma and hammertoe 
From stubbing to breaking a toe, foot trauma can lead to hammertoe, although it is less common. The injury can put a stress on a toe joint. If the injury isn’t correctly taken care of, the injury can get worse. Also, coupling an injury with ill-fitting shoes will cause pain, possibly hammertoe.
 
Hammertoe treatment
One of the easiest ways to fix toe discomfort is to find proper fitting shoes. New shoes should be soft and roomy. Check and see which of your toes is longest and choose a shoe that is one-half inch longer than that toe. In most cases, the second toe will be longest. There are some shoes that can accommodate a hammertoe.
 
Choosing the right shoe would be considered a conservative method you can do without treatment. However, you may want immediate results. Your Chicago podiatrists can also provide non-invasive surgical treatment to take care of a hammertoe—it may be the best option.
 
The risk factors for hammertoe are typically related to age, sex and toe length. If you are suffering from hammertoe, make sure to contact podiatrists in Chicago at the Center for Podiatric Medicine, for foot treatment. The right shoe size and treatment will get you back on your feet with little to no discomfort.


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