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December 10, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic Foot Care  

When you come to Fox Valley Foot Specialists in Naperville, IL, expect the best in diabetic care from your foot doctors, Dr. Brendon Diabetic Foot CareMcCarthy and Dr. Mark Konieczy. The periodic inspection of diabetic feet wards off serious infections, amputations, and impaired function common to this chronic health problem. Diligent home care helps, too. Learn more by reading below!

The diabetic foot

It's common for diabetics to experience reduced nerve sensation (peripheral neuropathy), slow wound healing, impaired circulation, increased dry skin, blisters, corns and calluses on their feet. Also, deformities such as bunions, Charcot foot (involving the ankle), and hammertoes change the appearance, functionality, and health of the lower extremities. Left untreated, small foot problems can lead to larger issues, compromising limb health and systemic health and function, too.

Caring for diabetic feet

Your foot doctors at Fox Valley Foot Specialists' Naperville office highly recommend periodic foot examinations for all diabetics. These simple check-ups look for irregularities in foot health and function, avoiding the serious complications which high glucose levels can cause.

In addition, Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Konieczy advise patients to take charge of their own foot care at home. To do so, follow these guidelines established by the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons:

  1. Inspect your feet and ankles every day, observing for changes in color, temperature, structure, and skin texture
  2. Wash your feet with warm water and mild soap daily. Dry them thoroughly with a clean towel and moisturize to prevent cracks and fissures in the skin
  3. Change your socks daily, and investigate diabetic sock options as necessary. (These socks provide extra support and wick moisture away from the skin)
  4. Cut nails straight across with clean clippers to avoid infection and ingrown toenails
  5. Wear shoes and socks at all times, even indoors, to prevent injuries
  6. Stop smoking, as tobacco constricts the small blood vessels of the foot and ankle
  7. Control your blood sugar
  8. Make sure your feet are dry and warm

Happy, healthy feet

You can have your best possible feet, even if you are diabetic or have other serious health condition. If you have a question or concern about your feet or ankles when you are in between office appointments, please call your friends at Fox Valley Foot Specialists. They'll be happy to help you! Phone (630) 548-3900 to contact our Naperville office.

July 26, 2018
Category: Podiatry
Tags: EPAT   heel pain  

Heel PainWhat your foot doctors in Naperville want you to know

Heel pain can be annoying. It can make it difficult to walk or stand. It can keep you on the couch. Fortunately, you don’t have to suffer from heel pain because there is a safe, effective way to get rid of heel pain for good, known as extracorporeal pulse activation treatment, or EPAT. Dr. Brendon McCarthy and Dr. Mark Konieczy at Fox Valley Foot Specialists in Naperville, IL, want to share the facts about this amazing, state-of-the-art treatment.

There are a few reasons why you might be experiencing heel pain, including:

  • Plantar fasciitis; inflammation of the plantar fascia, the thick band of tissue running across your heel
  • Heel spurs; excess hard deposits of calcium in your heel
  • Heel bruises; deep bruises from stepping on sharp, hard objects

No matter what is causing your heel pain, EPAT can help. It works by delivering waves of pressure to your heel, which stimulates blood flow and speeds up tissue healing. EPAT is FDA approved, so you know it is safe, and treatments are quick, requiring only about 15 minutes.

You may experience immediate relief after treatment however some patients get relief after about 4 weeks. After treatment, over 80% of patients experienced either total pain relief or a significant decrease in their heel pain.

Your foot doctors at Fox Valley Foot Specialists may also recommend:

  • Physical therapy to increase flexibility
  • Custom-fit footwear, inserts, or orthotics for added support
  • Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling

You can also add a few simple home therapies like these:

  • Placing ice packs on your heel several times during the day
  • Doing arch stretches several times each day
  • Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication
  • Changing to more supportive, cushioned shoes

To view informational videos about extracorporeal pulse activation treatment, please visit the EPAT page on the Fox Valley Foot Specialists website at

Don’t let heel pain keep you from enjoying your life. Relief is just a phone call away! Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Konieczy at Fox Valley Foot Specialists in Naperville, IL, can help, so call today!

May 21, 2018
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Ankle Injury  

Do you have an ankle injury? Ankle injuries are extremely common. If properly treated, your ankle injury will heal well, allowing safe return to activity. Dr. Brendon McCarthy and Dr. Mark Konieczy at Fox Valley Foot Specialists in Naperville, IL, treat all types of foot and ankle ailments, including ankle injuries. Read on to learn about treatment options for ankle injuries.

1. Rest your ankle. 

All ankle injuries require a period of rest. Resting your ankle will allow the healing process to begin. Rest your ankle by not walking on it. Use crutches if necessary. Avoid strenuous activities until you can walk without it causing any pain. Stop or take a break from any activity that may be causing your discomfort. 

2. Elevate your ankle.

Elevate your ankle on pillows anytime you are sitting or lying down. Keep your foot elevated for a few hours per day until your ankle stops swelling. Elevating your ankle after an injury is important because it helps to reduce the amount of blood flow to the injured area. This helps to reduce the swelling, bruising, and discomfort. 

3. Ice your ankle.

Ice treatment will reduce pain and swelling. Apply an ice or cold pack for 10 to 20 minutes, three or more times per day. Put an ice pack on your injured ankle for 10 minutes every 2 hours. Do not apply ice directly to the skin. Don't ice your ankle more than 20 minutes at a time to avoid frostbite. 

4. Compress your ankle.

Compression, or wrapping your ankle with an elastic bandage will reduce swelling. Don't wrap your ankle too tightly, because this can make the swelling worse. Loosen the bandage if it gets too tight. Do combine rest and elevation with compression whenever possible. Talk to your Naperville podiatrist if you think you need to use a wrap for longer than 72 hours; a more serious problem may be present.

5. Stretch your ankle.

Podiatrists prescribe stretching exercises for various foot and ankle conditions. Stretching exercises are one of your best bets for easing pain. Research has shown that stretching exercises ease pain, reduce swelling, and improve function. Stretching exercises should be continued on a daily basis and before and after physical activities to prevent reinjury. 

6. Take a pain reliever.

Pain medication may help reduce your pain and inflammation. Most podiatrists recommend anti-inflammatory medicines such as naproxen (Aleve) or ibuprofen (Advil). You can also take acetaminophen (Tylenol) for pain, although this medicine does not reduce inflammation. Be safe with medicines. Read and follow the instructions on the label.

7. See a podiatrist.

Podiatrists can diagnose and treat all types of ankle injuries. If you have an ankle injury, see a podiatrist for a full evaluation. Your podiatrist will diagnose your ankle injury by performing an examination of your foot and ankle. Your podiatrist may order x-rays to determine if you have a broken bone in your ankle. The sooner you seek treatment, the likelier it is that the problem won't get worse. 

An ankle injury can affect your daily activities and make your life miserable. If you have an ankle injury, call Fox Valley Foot Specialists at 630-548-3900 today to schedule an appointment in Naperville, IL. Our treatments will ease your pain and help you get back to a happy and healthy life.

February 06, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Are you one of the millions of Americans who suffer from stubborn toenail fungus? if you are, you know how embarrassing and toenail fungusdiscouraging this common foot ailment can be. Your Naperville, IL foot doctors, Dr. Brendon McCarthy and Dr. Mark Konieczny, provide helpful toenail fungus treatment at Fox Valley Foot Specialists. Their combined experience offers patients hope for a cure and for attractive, healthy feet.

What is toenail fungus?

It's most common in the over 70 age group, says online consumer journal, Berkley Wellness. However, regardless of age, occupation or lifestyle, you may be included in the 10 percent of Americans who struggle with:

  • Brittle, thick, yellow nails
  • Redness and itching around the nails
  • Loose nails

Also called onychomycosis, toenail fungus often hangs around for years, particularly if the tendency to have it runs in your family, if you smoke or if you are diabetic. Individuals who have repeated bouts of Athlete's Foot, or Tinea pedis, as your Naperville foot doctor may call it, frequently have toenail fungus as well.

Onychomycosis develops in warm, moist, dark environments such as athletic shoes. And, it commonly afflicts members of the armed forces because of the long hours they wear heavy, closed toe boots.

Treatments for toenail fungus

After physical examination at Fox Valley Foot Specialists and confirming you have toenail fungus, your foot doctor in Naperville may advise a change in shoes to something more open. Good quality sandals in the warm weather allow air to circulate freely around the toes.

Also, he'll likely recommend washing your feet daily with soap and water and drying them thoroughly. Clipping nails straight across with clean clippers discourages fungal growth and also avoids ingrown toenails. Wearing clean socks each day reduces the growth of fungus, too.

Additionally, Dr. McCarthy or Dr. Konieczny often recommend either over-the-counter or prescription anti-fungal medications in the form of creams, ointments or sprays. Patients must apply these as directed and expect complete cure to take some months.

Learn more

You can have healthy toe nails. For treatment of toenail fungus, call Fox Valley Foot Specialists in Naperville, IL. The professional staff will be happy to help you conquer this persistent problem. Call (630) 548-3900.

November 13, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic Foot Care  

Preventing foot complications doesn’t have to be difficult.diabetic foot care

When you are first diagnosed with diabetes your thoughts turn to how to keep your blood sugar levels under control and to prevent health issues from happening to you. Diabetics are often at risk for foot problems. Our Naperville, IL, diabetic foot doctors Dr. Brendon McCarthy and Dr. Mark Konieczy offer up some everyday tips you should follow to keep your feet healthy.

Check Your Feet Daily

You should perform comprehensive self-exams once a day to check for any changes in your feet. The more often you do this the faster you’ll be able to detect an issue if it occurs. Things to look for include wounds, cuts, blisters, corns and calluses, redness, swelling or areas that are tender to the touch. Even simple problems can turn serious if you aren’t careful. By checking your feet once a day you can catch issues right away so you get the care you need to prevent complications.

Stay Active

Whether you are looking for an exercise regimen that fits you or you already have one that you follow, it’s important that you remain physically active on a regular basis. Being healthy and maintaining a balanced diet can go a long way to controlling your blood sugar levels and improving your overall health. Just make sure that you always wear the proper supportive shoes for your activity of choice.

Never Go Barefoot

A lot of people with diabetes have some degree of nerve damage in their feet, which leads to a loss of sensation. This is why it’s so important that you wear socks and shoes even if you are indoors, as you could injure your feet and not feel it or notice it. If you aren’t sure which shoes to wear to protect your diabetic feet don’t hesitate to ask our Naperville, IL, foot doctors for advice.

Promote Better Blood Flow

It’s important that you get enough blood flowing to your feet. If you have to sit most of the day try to prop your feet up whenever possible. Move the ankles and toes around several times throughout the day to get circulation moving. Avoid crossing your legs and make sure you take time to get up from your desk and stretch those legs and feet periodically.

If you have questions about caring for diabetic feet don’t hesitate to call Fox Valley Foot Specialists in Naperville, IL. We would be happy to provide you with the care you need.

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