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Friday, 30 December 2022 00:00

Wounds That Don't Heal Need to Be Checked

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

Tuesday, 27 December 2022 00:00

Foot Pain From Different Sources

Sometimes, it is possible that parts of the human body can cause us pain. The feet are certainly no exception. This is why you can visit a podiatrist if you are experiencing foot pain. This foot specialist will be able to address the problems that you have been having with your feet and work to find a solution to the problem. Your foot pain can be the result of any number of different foot afflictions. For example, you might be experiencing foot pain from a condition known as plantar fasciitis. This foot condition develops when the plantar fascia, the band of tissue in the arch of the foot, becomes inflamed and irritated. Conversely, you might be experiencing foot pain as a result of a condition known as flat feet. Although many cases of flat feet do not produce pain, it is still possible to feel discomfort from this condition. Flat feet is present in an individual if the entire sole of their foot rests flush against the floor. If you are experiencing foot pain of any kind, err on the side of caution and contact a podiatrist today.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Fox Valley Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Naperville, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 20 December 2022 00:00

Men and Bunions

A bunion is identified as a bony protrusion that gradually forms on the side of the big toe. It affects women more than men, and this may be a result of the type of shoes that are frequently worn. High heels fall into this category, because they have little room for the toes to move freely in. Limiting the time wearing high heels is suggested. If medical attention is not sought, the growing bunion can cause the other toes to shift toward each other, and larger shoes may need to be purchased. Research has shown that men are also affected by bunions, most commonly due to genetic reasons. Foot structure and bunions tend to run in families, and it is beneficial for men to be aware of the type of shoes they choose to wear. Effective prevention methods include buying shoes that can adequately accommodate the width of the toes. If you have a bunion, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine what the right course of treatment is for you.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact one of our podiatrists of Fox Valley Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Naperville, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 13 December 2022 00:00

Some Children May Be Prone to Plantar Warts

One ailment that can affect children is plantar warts. They are warts that develop on the bottom of the foot due to the pressure the foot endures while walking or running. These types of warts can cause extreme pain and discomfort and may disrupt the ability to run and play. Children may tell their parents that they feel like they are stepping on a small stone and the wart may have the appearance of a cauliflower with black veins in the center. These warts are contagious and the fungus that causes them lives in specific environments. These can include public swimming pools, locker rooms, and shower room floors so it is suggested that children wear appropriate shoes while in these areas. The fungus enters the body through small cracks on the skin and it is beneficial to refrain from sharing towels, shoes, and socks. Children with a weakened immune system may be susceptible to developing a plantar wart. This type of wart can be removed or treated by a podiatrist, so it is suggested that you schedule an appointment if your child is afflicted with this condition.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Fox Valley Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Naperville, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 06 December 2022 00:00

Ankle Pain and Cracking

The ankles are incredibly critical parts of the human body. Not only do they connect the feet to the lower leg, they enable the foot to move upward and downward. Sometimes, individuals will notice that the ankles can crack and pop. The medical term for this phenomenon is crepitus. When an individual’s ankle pops and it does not cause pain, there is a good chance that the popping is merely caused by the release of gas from the joints. Alternatively, the popping could be a result of tendons rubbing over the ankle. However, when an individual’s ankle pops and causes the individual pain, then this potentially could be indicative of a more serious problem. In this case, it is always best to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can help you identify and treat the problem. Contact a podiatrist today for more information.

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Fox Valley Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Naperville, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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