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Tuesday, 31 October 2023 00:00

The Seriousness of Foot Pain

Foot pain can be more than just an inconvenience, it can be a warning sign of underlying health issues. Various health conditions can manifest through foot pain. For instance, a malfunctioning thyroid gland can affect nerve sensation in your feet. Similarly, degenerative changes in your lower back could irritate spinal nerves, impacting foot health. Peripheral arterial disease, or PAD, results from plaque buildup in leg arteries, causing foot pain and increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke. Rheumatoid arthritis is another culprit that can result in foot and ankle symptoms and severely alter the shape of your feet over time. Additionally, gout results from uric acid buildup, causing intense foot pain. Diabetes can damage nerves and blood vessels in the feet, leading to numbness and infections. Ignoring foot pain can be perilous. Not only could it indicate a localized issue, but it may also be a symptom of more systemic health problems. Therefore, if you have chronic or severe foot pain, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and individualized treatment.

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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Friday, 27 October 2023 00:00

Are You Suffering From Nerve Damage?

Neuropathy is a condition that can lead to numbness or loss of sensation in the feet, but it can also cause pain. This condition is more likely to develop for those who are diabetic, obese, or with high blood pressure.

Experiencing a sudden, sharp pain in your big toe can be agonizing and concerning. This discomfort can stem from various underlying causes, each demanding attention and care. One common culprit is gout, a form of arthritis where the excess buildup of uric acid crystals triggers sharp, intense pain in the big toe joint. Nerve entrapment or compression, as seen in conditions like Morton's neuroma, may also cause sharp, shooting pains. Overuse and strain from physical activities can lead to conditions such as turf toe, characterized by ligament damage and sharp pain at the base of the big toe. Ingrown toenails can induce stabbing pain if left untreated. Furthermore, acute injuries or fractures in the big toe can result in sudden, sharp pain. If you are experiencing any pain in your toes, it is strongly suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can correctly diagnose and treat toe pain.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, 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 Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking

Diagnosis

In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These 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

Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

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

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Tuesday, 17 October 2023 00:00

Common Causes of Foot Pain in Seniors

Foot pain is a common complaint among seniors, affecting approximately 20 percent of older adults regularly. Among the most common causes of foot pain in seniors are stress fractures, heel pain, diabetic neuropathy, gout, and blood clots. Seniors are more susceptible to stress fractures due to age-related changes in bone density. Stress fractures are tiny cracks in bones that typically manifest as pain during activity, but subside with rest. Plantar fasciitis, characterized by irritation and inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament on the sole of the foot, can cause persistent heel pain. Diabetes frequently leads to neuropathy, which causes tingling, burning, or numbness in the feet. Regular foot monitoring and care are essential for individuals with diabetes to prevent complications. A podiatrist can help manage conditions such as corns, calluses, and nail care. Gout, a form of inflammatory arthritis, typically affects the big toe. Sudden and severe pain, especially at night, may indicate gout. Blood tests or joint fluid analysis can confirm the diagnosis. Deep vein thrombosis, or a blood clot, is often associated with leg swelling and pain, but it can also cause sudden and severe pain in the ankle or foot. Seniors, especially those who smoke, are overweight, or are sedentary, may be at a higher risk. If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain that persists or worsens, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for treatment options.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Fox Valley Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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, 10 October 2023 00:00

Causes of Morning Heel Pain

Morning heel pain can have several underlying causes. One of the most common culprits is plantar fasciitis, a condition in which the broad band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed. This results in sharp or stabbing pain in the heel that tends to be most intense in the morning. Another source is Achilles tendonitis, which is the inflammation of the tendon that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. It can be caused by tight calf muscles or overuse. Morning heel pain has also been linked to rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition that causes Inflammation in the foot joints and results in stiffness and discomfort, especially after periods of rest. A stress fracture in the heel bone may also be responsible for morning discomfort. These hairline fractures can cause localized pain that becomes more noticeable when you first put weight on your feet in the morning. Lastly, aging can contribute to morning heel pain, as the muscles, tendons, and ligaments lose some of their flexibility and resilience. If you're experiencing morning heel pain, it's suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose the cause and recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, 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.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please 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, 03 October 2023 00:00

Custom Orthotics and Foot Health

Orthotics are specialized shoe inserts, or insoles, designed to provide support, cushioning, and alignment to the feet. These custom-made devices are prescribed to individuals for various reasons, aiming to address a range of foot-related issues and improve overall foot health. One of the primary reasons to wear orthotics is to alleviate pain and discomfort associated with conditions such as plantar fasciitis, flat feet, or bunions. These devices can help distribute pressure more evenly across the foot, reducing strain and preventing further damage. Orthotics can also improve alignment, correct gait abnormalities, and support the arches. This can be beneficial for individuals with irregular foot structures or those who engage in high impact activities. Additionally, orthotics can aid in injury prevention by promoting proper biomechanics and reducing stress on the feet, knees, hips, and lower back. Orthotics can be a valuable tool for maintaining foot health, preventing injuries, and enhancing overall comfort and mobility. If you would like more information about the benefits of custom orthotics, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. 

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact one of our podiatrists from Fox Valley Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please 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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