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

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.

That Pain in Your Back Could be Linked to Your Feet

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If your lower back has been hurting, and you don’t remember doing anything to injure it, the source of your pain could be your feet! Foot pain is something that many people try to ignore. After all, doesn’t everyone’s feet hurt now and then? But if foot pain is something that has been with you for quite awhile, it could be causing problems in your ankles, knees, hips and even your back.

That old song, “The leg bone’s connected to the thigh bone…The thigh bone’s connected to the hip bone…,” tells the whole story. Our bodies are like a chain, with one link–or bone–connecting at the joint to another link. Think about what would happen if the first link in the chain was out of position. The point at which it meets the next link would eventually overstress that link and adversely affect the entire chain.

That’s what happens when we have foot pain. If the normal way of walking is painful, we instinctively change our walking pattern. Say you have arthritis, and your big toe joint hurts, so you change our gait to avoid bending the joint when you walk. Changing your gait changes the mechanics of your ankle joint, eventually causing ankle pain. This change in your walking pattern can also affect the whole chain of your lower body… from the ankle, to the knee, to the hip, and then to the lower back.

When foot pain or a foot deformity causes you to change the way you walk, it changes the way the bones of all those other joints move with each other. Cartilage in the joints can wear down, ligaments and tendons can be stressed beyond their normal range, and arthritis can set in.

If your feet or ankles aren’t working right, don’t ignore them! Contact a foot and ankle surgeon for an evaluation. Your back (and knees and hips) will thank you!

Tips for Protecting Feet from the Heat

One perk of a beach-bound vacation is knowing that instead of snow soaking through your Choos or having your feet feeling toasty in sweaty Uggs, you can lounge happily with your toes dangling in the warm weather, shoe-free with the sand at your feet. But alas, the dream does come with its own set of tootsie troubles. “Even if you are just lying still on your back soaking up the rays, your feet are still vulnerable,” says American Podiatric Medical Association member Dr. Jane Andersen. “You can seriously sunburn your feet and no matter how upscale your hotel, athlete’s foot can lurk in all public pool areas.”

Wouldn’t you rather spend time collecting sea shells than doctor’s bills? No worries. There are ways to prevent these future foot predicaments so you can go back to your sun-kissed dreams and enjoy a liberated foot experience.

  1. Limit walking barefoot as it exposes feet to sunburn, as well as plantar warts, athlete’s foot, ringworm, and other infections and also increases risk of injury to your feet.
  2. Wear shoes or flip-flops around the pool, to the beach, in the locker room and even on the carpeting or in the bathroom of your hotel room to prevent injuries and limit the likelihood of contracting any bacterial infections.
  3. Remember to apply sunscreen all over your feet, especially the tops and fronts of ankles, and don’t forget to reapply after you’ve been in the water.
  4. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. This will not only help with overall health, but will also minimize any foot swelling caused by the heat.
  5. Keep blood flowing with periodic ankle flexes, toe wiggles, and calf stretches.
  6. Some activities at the beach, lake or river may require different types of footwear to be worn so be sure to ask the contact at each activity if specific shoes are needed. To be safe, always pack an extra pair of sneakers or protective water shoes. If your shoes will be getting wet, they should be dried out completely before your next wearing to prevent bacteria or fungus from growing.
  7. If you injure your foot or ankle while on vacation, seek professional medical attention from a podiatric physician. Many often only contact a doctor when something is broken or sprained, but a podiatrist can begin treating your ailment immediately while you’re away from home. Use our Find a Podiatrist tool to get treatment wherever your travels take you!
  8. In case of minor foot problems, be prepared with the following on-the-go foot gear:
    • Flip flops – for the pool, spa, hotel room, and airport security check points
    • Sterile bandages – for covering minor cuts and scrapes
    • Antibiotic cream – to treat any skin injury
    • Emollient-enriched cream – to hydrate feet
    • Blister pads or moleskin – to protect against blisters
    • Motrin or Advil (anti-inflammatory) – to ease tired, swollen feet
    • Toenail clippers – to keep toenails trimmed
    • Emery board – to smooth rough edges or broken nails
    • Pumice stone – to soften callused skin
    • Sunscreen – to protect against the scorching sun
    • Aloe vera or Silvadene cream – to relieve sunburns

Peroneal Tendon Injuries by Foot Health Facts

What Are the Peroneal Tendons?

PeronealA tendon is a band of tissue that connects a muscle to a bone. The two peroneal tendons in the foot run side-by-side behind the outer ankle bone. One peroneal tendon attaches to the outer part of the midfoot, while the other tendon runs under the foot and attaches near the inside of the arch. The main function of the peroneal tendons is to stabilize the foot and ankle and protect them from sprains.

Causes and Symptoms of Peroneal Tendon Injuries
Peroneal tendon injuries may be acute (occurring suddenly) or chronic (developing over a period of time). They most commonly occur in individuals who participate in sports that involve repetitive ankle motion. In addition, people with higher arches are at risk for developing peroneal tendon injuries. Basic types of peroneal tendon injuries are tendonitis, tears, and subluxation.

Tendonitis is an inflammation of one or both tendons. The inflammation is caused by activities involving repetitive use of the tendon, overuse of the tendon, or trauma (such as an ankle sprain). Symptoms of tendonitis include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Warmth to the touch

Acute tears are caused by repetitive activity or trauma. Immediate symptoms of acute tears include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Weakness or instability of the foot and ankle

As time goes on, these tears may lead to a change in the shape of the foot, in which the arch may become higher.

Degenerative tears (tendonosis) are usually due to overuse and occur over long periods of time – often years. In degenerative tears, the tendon is like taffy that has been overstretched until it becomes thin and eventually frays. Having high arches also puts you at risk for developing a degenerative tear. The symptoms of degenerative tears may include:

  • Sporadic pain (occurring from time to time) on the outside of the ankle
  • Weakness or instability in the ankle
  • An increase in the height of the arch

Subluxation – one or both tendons have slipped out of their normal position. In some cases, subluxation is due to a condition in which a person is born with a variation in the shape of the bone or muscle. In other cases, subluxation occurs following trauma, such as an ankle sprain. Damage or injury to the tissues that stabilize the tendons (retinaculum) can lead to chronic tendon subluxation. The symptoms of subluxation may include:

  • A snapping feeling of the tendon around the ankle bone
  • Sporadic pain behind the outside ankle bone
  • Ankle instability or weakness

Early treatment of a subluxation is critical, since a tendon that continues to sublux (move out of position) is more likely to tear or rupture. Therefore, if you feel the characteristic snapping, see a foot and ankle surgeon immediately.

Diagnosis
Because peroneal tendon injuries are sometimes misdiagnosed and may worsen without proper treatment, prompt evaluation by a foot and ankle surgeon is advised. To diagnose a peroneal tendon injury, the surgeon will examine the foot and look for pain, instability, swelling, warmth, and weakness on the outer side of the ankle. In addition, an x-ray or other advanced imaging studies may be needed to fully evaluate the injury. The foot and ankle surgeon will also look for signs of an ankle sprain and other related injuries that sometimes accompany a peroneal tendon injury. Proper diagnosis is important because prolonged discomfort after a simple sprain may be a sign of additional problems.

Non-Surgical Treatment
Treatment depends on the type of peroneal tendon injury. Options include:

  • Immobilization. A cast or splint may be used to keep the foot and ankle from moving and allow the injury to heal.
  • Medications. Oral or injected anti-inflammatory drugs may help relieve the pain and inflammation.
  • Physical therapy. Ice, heat, or ultrasound therapy may be used to reduce swelling and pain. As symptoms improve, exercises can be added to strengthen the muscles and improve range of motion and balance.
  • Bracing. The surgeon may provide a brace to use for a short while or during activities requiring repetitive ankle motion. Bracing may also be an option when a patient is not a candidate for surgery.

When is Surgery Needed?
In some cases, surgery may be needed to repair the tendon or tendons and perhaps the supporting structures of the foot. The foot and ankle surgeon will determine the most appropriate procedure for the patient’s condition and lifestyle. After surgery, physical therapy is an important part of rehabilitation.

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