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.
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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.
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
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.
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