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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Podiatric Care Services in Chicago

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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, and Indiana. Podiatric care services will include issues relating to the feet, ankles, and other lower extremities, such as your 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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Dr. OZ show talks about Diabetic Foot Care: Cotton Ball Test

Diabetes Cotton Ball Test by Dr. Archer on the Dr. OZ show:

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Recently, I was watching the Dr.OZ Show and Dr. Archer was on explaining a simple test for people at risk of Diabetes that they could do at home.

 

  1. First, Clean your feet with a mild soap, and water. Dry them completely.
  2. Wait about 5 minutes. Now take a cotton ball, and rub it on the top of your hand to see what the cotton ball feels like.
  3. Now do the same thing on the bottom of your foot. The feeling should be very similar, but if you can not feel it, it could be a sign of Diabetes.

Please alert your physician, and have your blood tested soon if you can not feel the cotton ball on your feet.

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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

Back pain and feet by Foot Health Facts

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!