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Toenail fungus, medically known as onychomycosis, is a common nail infection caused by fungal organisms that thrive in warm and moist environments. This condition typically starts as a white or yellow spot under the tip of the toenail and can spread to the other toenails, causing the nail to become discolored, thickened, and brittle. The fungi responsible for toenail infections live in areas such as public pools, showers, and locker rooms. Additionally, tight or non-breathable shoes can create an environment conducive to fungal growth. Preventive measures can include keeping the feet clean and dry, and wearing well-fitting shoes that are made from breathable materials. Additionally, it is beneficial to refrain from walking barefoot in public places. If you suspect a toenail fungus, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can help to prevent its progression and guide you toward effective treatment methods.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, 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.

Symptoms

  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail

Treatment

If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.

Prevention

In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

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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Sunday, 27 August 2023 00:00

We Can Treat Your Foot or Ankle Pain

Foot or ankle pain can negatively affect your day-to-day life and can occur due to several different conditions. Pain can also be an indicator of a more serious underlying condition, which is why you should seek professional help as soon as you notice any abnormalities in your feet.

Tuesday, 22 August 2023 00:00

Causes and Solutions for Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails, a common and often painful foot condition, can make each step a struggle. An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of a toenail grows into the surrounding skin, causing inflammation and discomfort. Causes can range from improper nail trimming techniques to wearing tight shoes that exert pressure on the toes. In some cases, a genetic predisposition or an injury can trigger this condition. Soaking the foot in warm water, gently lifting the ingrown edge, and applying antibiotic ointment can aid in healing. Wearing open toed shoes and avoiding tight footwear can also promote recovery. Seeking medical attention for severe cases ensures effective relief, often involving minor surgical procedures to remove the ingrown portion. By addressing the root causes and following appropriate treatment, individuals can bid farewell to ingrown toenail discomfort and regain comfortable strides. If you have developed an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can guide you toward the correct treatment method.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, 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.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

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, 15 August 2023 00:00

Common Causes of Foot Pain

Foot pain can significantly impact your quality of life, making it difficult to complete your daily activities. One common cause of foot pain is improper footwear, as wearing ill-fitting shoes or high heels can lead to foot disorders and discomfort. In addition, injuries sustained during high-impact exercises or sports activities, such as running or aerobics, may result in foot pain. This includes sprains, strains, fractures, and tears in ligaments, tendons, or muscles. Another cause of foot pain is osteoarthritis, which results from the overuse of cartilage surrounding the joints, particularly affecting the big toe. Rheumatoid arthritis also can lead to pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints of the feet and ankles. For patients with diabetes, nerve damage, and reduced blood flow, foot ulcers may develop and cause persistent foot pain. Apart from these primary causes, various specific conditions can lead to foot pain, such as plantar fasciitis, corns, calluses, bunions, and ingrown toenails. Flat feet, heel spurs, tarsal tunnel syndrome, and Sever's disease are other causes of foot pain. If you are experiencing foot pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can determine the cause and offer the appropriate treatment options. 

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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Toddlers' feet grow at an unpredictable rate, just like their ever-changing moods and preferences. Between ages 1 and 3, a child's foot typically grows about 1/2 to 3/4 inches per year, with occasional growth spurts leading to rapid changes in shoe size. Trying to measure their feet monthly can be a challenge, so monitoring how well their shoes fit is the best way to gauge their growth. It is common for toddlers to require two or three different shoe sizes within a year, which may seem costly but is a natural part of their development. After age 3, foot growth slows to about 1/2 inch per year until reaching adult size. When shopping for shoes, it is crucial to check the fit regularly, ensuring there is enough space for the toes. Non-slip soles are essential for toddlers, as they are still developing coordination. Opt for shoes with easy fastening, like hook-and-loop tape, as toddlers are not yet ready to tie laces independently. Parents can support their toddlers' healthy foot development by choosing the right-sized and comfortable shoes during these crucial early years. If you would like more help in understanding your toddlers’ growing feet and proper shoe selection, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, 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.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

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, 01 August 2023 00:00

Symptoms That May Indicate Gout

Gout is an inflammatory condition that causes extreme pain in the joints and is particularly common in the big toe. Patients with gout suffer from hyperuricemia, an overabundance of uric acid in the bloodstream. Uric acid then crystallizes, forming sharp, short needles that settle in the joint and cause extreme pain. Anyone can suffer from gout, but it is more common among men over the age of 30. Risk factors for gout are genetics, alcohol use, and a diet rich in foods that contain a high level of purines. These include red meat, seafood, and beverages made with alcohol or large amounts of sugar. The top indicator of gout in the big toe is severe pain. This may come on suddenly and typically occurs at night. The intense pain can linger for days. Swelling, tenderness, and redness are also hallmarks of gout. The skin on the toe may begin to peel and then become itchy and flaky. It also may begin to feel hot to the touch. In some cases, a low-grade fever develops, along with flu-like symptoms. If you believe you may have gout in the big toe, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can offer treatment options.  

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Fox Valley Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.

Symptoms

  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

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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