Easy steps to beautiful feet

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Make your feet Happy…

You don’t need to resort to radical foot surgery to make sure your feet look great in your High Heels this summer. Thankfully there are simpler and more pain-free ways to keep your feet healthy and looking Amazing. Of course pretty toes are about more than just vanity. Daily foot care is a way of warding off painful problems. Here’s what you need to do.

Get rid of dead skin

Dead or hard skin is caused by stress or friction on your foot and so tends to form on the heel, sides and balls of the feet. It’s tempting to ignore but left untreated can soon turn into painful corns. ‘The best way to handle this is to remove the dead skin with a foot file and apply an intensive moisturizing lotion immediately after,’ says Dr. Massuda, podiatrist at Foot and Ankle Clinic of America.

Healthy diet for healthy feet

Our feet and toenails receive daily abuse through wear and tear, and bad fitting shoes. However, what you eat can have a negative or positive effect on keeping your nails healthy. If your nails are brittle and dry, it is likely that your diet is deficient in fat. and certain vitamins. Diet’s that are rich in vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc and biotin will help keep your nails healthy. A deficiency in any of these may lead the nail to become brittle, thickened or discolored. To help avoid this, eat plenty of fish, lean meat, eggs, dairy products, salad, yogurt, veggie’s including carrots, and tomatoes.

Exfoliate and Moisturize your feet daily

Exfoliating and  moisturizing your feet daily can help prevent dead or hard skin and/or calluses forming on your feet. The skin of the foot is thicker than anywhere else on your body, moisturizing with deep penetrating lotions or even body butter is a must. Remember, if the skin on your feet is dry, apply lotion or cream at night. You can also use a urea based cream that will soften your feet as you sleep, and this will assist with lowering the growth of dead or hard skin cells. So in closing eat right for your feet, clean your feet, exfoliate them, dry them off, than apply lotion daily, and nightly. faca_website_2012-03-07_1823

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Dr. Massuda performs Biomechanical and Musculoskeletal Assessment

Many problems in the lower limb, knee, hip and lower back are from the way our feet contact the ground.

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Foot and Ankle Clinics of America in Chicago can provide a comprehensive bio-mechanical and musculoskeletal assessment service to help us identify common and complex presentations resulting from your sporting injuries and general wear and tear on your feet.

Bio-mechanical and musculoskeletal problems can increase stresses within the foot structure and surrounding soft tissues creating pain. In some cases, the problem may lie in a number of areas such as poor posture, pelvic misalignment, leg length discrepancies and tight or poorly toned muscles.

Feet are our body’s foundation

Our bio-mechanical and musculoskeletal assessment focuses on the foot, ankle and knee joints and further includes the pelvis and lower back whilst assessing the relationship between them. The bio-mechanical assessment highlights compensatory movements at the pelvis and throughout the lower limbs and particularly at the major joints of the ankle and foot.

Correction of poor foot bio-mechanics with orthotics can improve and prevent many types of symptoms to include:

  • Pediatric / children’s foot problems and rolling in at the ankle
  • Forefoot pain, Morton’s Neuroma – (Metatarsaglia)
  • Bunions – (Hallux Limitus or Hallux Rigidus)
  • Arch strain – (Plantar Fasciitis)
  • Policeman’s Heel – (Heel Spur)
  • Ankle Pain – (Tibialis Dysfunction, Lateral impingement Syndrome)
  • Shin Pain – (Compartmental Syndrome, Shin Splints)
  • Knee Pain
  • Patellofemoral syndrome
  • Lower back pain

Information compiled throughout the bio-mechanical assessment allows Foot and Ankle Clinics of America in Chicago to prescribe effective treatment and orthotic devices. 

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What is Podiatry?

What is Podiatry?

 

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Podiatry is defined as the branch of medicine concerned with the lower limb, particularly the foot and ankle.

Podiatrists are able to diagnose, treat and prevent foot problems using physical, mechanical, chemical and surgical therapies.

In order to become a registered podiatrist a three or four year full time undergraduate course is completed to obtain a degree in podiatry.

The medical training undertaken includes the study of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, general medicine and microbiology.  Podiatrists also undergo specialised training in the examination, diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the feet.

What to expect at your first appointment

At your first consultation with a podiatrist a full medical history will be taken.  The podiatrist will also need to be aware of any medication you may be taking.  The appointment usually lasts 20-30 minutes.  Any treatment and further plans will be discussed in full during your first appointment.

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Podiatric Care Services in Chicago by FACA

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Podiatric care services in Chicago are available at the Foot & Ankle Clinics of America. We have two convenient locations in Chicago, as well as podiatric care services in Orland Park. Podiatric care services in Chicago or Orland Park will include issues relating to the feet, ankles, and other lower extremities, such as the toes. We provide exceptional care for a variety of patients whether you are diabetic, an athlete, or salesperson on your feet all day.

When searching for the right podiatric care services in Chicago, it is important that you look for a clinic that specializes in the kind of expertise you need. For instance, the Foot & Ankle Clinics of America offer podiatric care services in Chicago that includes reconstructive surgery, advanced diagnostics, a full range of sports medicine solutions, physical therapy, diabetic foot care, toenail fungus, and prescription foot orthotics. This is important because it is not out of the ordinary for a patient to require treatment for multiple problems.

Patients will often start looking for podiatric care services in Chicago, when they discover their mobility has become limited. Our busy lives cause us to put off seeking treatment for foot problems or ankle injuries until they start to spiral out of control. For instance, a small break in the foot may cause the patient to change how they walk to compensate for the injury. Because podiatric care services in Chicago were not used, the original problem begins to trigger new issues. Patients may be more likely to twist an ankle or develop a bunion due to the new way of walking. Eventually, the compounded problems become unbearable or limit mobility and the patient will start to look for podiatric care services in Chicago.

Diabetics will often face this type of situation. A small ingrown toenail can quickly spiral into a serious infection that could require amputation of the toe, foot, or even leg. Foot problems in Chicago are so serious for diabetics that many physicians will recommend that regular podiatric care services in Chicago become part of the treatment plan for the diabetes. When diabetics do not take podiatric care services in Chicago seriously the results can be disastrous with the patient’s death a real possibility. It is for this reason that the Foot & Ankle Clinics of America encourage every diabetic to include podiatric care within their diabetes treatment plan.

For the rest of us, podiatric care services in Chicago are required when we least expect it. A patient may have avoided foot problems or ankle injuries their whole life until a hike or game of tennis changes everything. Suddenly, a perfectly healthy athlete is facing the need for a foot doctor in Chicago to repair a break or perhaps reconstruction is required for a devastating ankle injury. It is comforting to know that the Foot & Ankle Clinics of America is available to perform surgery and manage physical therapy following an unexpected injury.

Podiatric care services in Chicago are a critical part of diabetes maintenance, but they are also needed on a daily basis for patients who suddenly find that they are facing a foot or ankle injury after an accident. It can be a scary prospect for athletes or anyone with an injury that affects mobility. The right doctor could mean the difference between living a normal life or a daily fight of restrictions. The Foot & Ankle Clinics of Americaoffer exceptional podiatric care services in Chicago for a variety of conditions, so stop suffering and begin a journey of healing today by making an appointment at one of our convenient locations.

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Be good to your feet: Foot Tips by Chicago’s Top Podiatrist

Happy feet is a Happy Life

Never ignore your foot pain. It can result in many other health issues such as disease, and back issues.

Here’s our foot tip of the week:

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The Hated Cracked heels

Not moisturizing your feet can lead to heels that become dry and cracked.

Always wash your feet daily by using water, and a mild soap, but most of all dry your feet completely.

Now exfoliate your dead skin with the following:

  • Pumice Stone: Granulated stone is the ideal beauty tool for dry feet. They are available in a variety of shapes, and sizes for easy use.
  • Scrubs: Are specially formulated to work on your feet, foot scrubs typically contain ingredients that stimulate circulation, and condition the skin while cleaning away dead skin cells.
  • Creams: These are similar to common moisturizers, which provide a little something extra for your tired feet. They penetrate the skin with intense moisture, and provide long relief over time.

To make the most of your daily foot care, apply a foot cream nightly. Invigorate your feet with Tea Tree Oil, and moisturizer them with Shea Butter to ensure your feet stay soft like a newborns bottom.

 

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Easy ways to stop smelly feet

Smelly feet is also medically know as bromodosis, which is a common year round problem. It can be embarrassing and unpleasant for you and people around you when your feet smell.

The main cause is sweaty feet combined with wearing the same shoes every day.

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Why feet sweat

Did you know that there are more sweat glands in our feet than anywhere else in the body?

Anyone can get sweaty feet, regardless of the temperature or time of year, but teenagers, diabetics, and pregnant women are especially prone because hormonal and insulin changes in your body that make them sweat.

You are also more likely to have foot perspiration if you are on your feet all day or if you are under a lot of stress or you have a medical condition called hyperhidrosis, which makes you sweat more than usual. Fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot, can also lead to sweaty feet with bad foot odor.

According to Dr. Massuda, Podiatrist and President of Foot and Ankle Clinics of America, your feet become smelly if sweat soaks into shoes and they do not dry before you wear them again.

The Bacteria on the skin break down the sweat as it comes from your pores. An odor is released as the sweat decomposes.

“Your feet sweat into your shoes all day so they get damp and bacteria starts to grow. The bacteria continue to breed once you have taken your shoes off, and especially if you put them in a dark cupboard. Then, when you put your shoes back on the next day, even if you have just had a shower, putting your feet into still damp shoes creates the perfect conditions for the bacteria to thrive again with warm, dark and moist conditions.”

Preventing smelly feet

According to Dr.Massuda, keeping feet fresh and sweet smelling is all down to good personal hygiene and changing your shoes regularly.

“The key is never to wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row,” Dr. Massuda says. “Instead, try wearing different shoes on successive days so they have a minimum of 24 hours to dry out. And make sure teenage boys and girls have two pairs of gym shoes so that they do not have to wear the same pair for two or more consecutive days.”

Dr. Massuda says that it is also important to wash and dry your feet every day and to change your socks at least once a day.

If you are particularly susceptible to sweaty feet, Dr. Massuda suggests that you could also:

  • dab between your toes with cotton wool dipped in mineral spirits after a shower or bath – mineral spirits helps dry out the skin between the toes really well – in addition to drying them with a towel
  • use a spray deodorant or antiperspirant on your feet – a normal underarm deodorant or antiperspirant works just as well as a specialist foot product and will cost you a lot less
  • put medicated insoles, which have a deodorising effect, in your shoes
  • try feet fresh socks – some sports socks have ventilation panels to keep feet dry, and antibacterial socks are impregnated with chemicals to discourage the odor producing bacteria that feed on sweat
  • wear leather or canvas shoes, as they let your feet breathe, unlike plastic ones
  • wear open toe sandals in summer and go barefoot at home in the evenings

When to see a doctor

Smelly feet are a common problem that usually clears up, but sometimes it can be a sign of a medical condition.

See your Podiatrist if simple measures to reduce your foot odor do not help, or if you are worried that your level of sweating is abnormally high.

Dr. Massuda can offer you a treatment. Please contact us at (773) 752-2111.

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Diabetic Foot Care, Why do you need Diabetic Shoes?

 

A common side effect of diabetes is “peripheral neuropathy,” which causes loss of sensation in the extremities. Ill-fitting shoes that rub or pinch the feet excessively can lead to ulceration and foot injury, simply because the diabetic does not feel the injury until it is too late.

The Foot and Ankle Clinics of America supports the research which states properly fitted diabetic shoes are very important in preventing such injuries. By partnering with Dr. Comfort, Foot and Ankle Clinics of America can provide footwear and specialty insoles for diabetics to help alleviate and/or prevent foot pain and injury.

Diabetic shoes are often wider and deeper than regular shoes, to make room for special diabetic insoles. To ensure proper fit, minimize rubbing and uneven weight distribution, pedorthic insoles for diabetics are generally custom made for the patient’s feet, thus preventing injury. It is also important for a diabetic to have shoes with good air circulation; therefore many diabetic footwear features fabric or sandal-style uppers.

If you have any questions about diabetic shoes and their benefits, please contact one of our offices today to speak with one of our podiatrists about your specific needs.