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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Foot Orthotics Chicago

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Most of us will experience painful feet ailments at one time in our lives and foot orthotics Chicago doctors are the answer. Unfortunately, many people think that having feet pain is part of getting older, but that is not true. In fact, foot orthotics Chicago specialists, such as the Foot & Ankle Clinics of America, help individuals overcome feet issues every day.

It is not hard to understand how residents of Chicagoland would need the assistance of the Foot & Ankle Clinics of America. Fortunately, we have locations in Chicago, IL, Orland Park, ILEast Chicago, INHighland, IN, and Munster, IN to handle any foot orthotics Chicago area residents might need assistance resolving. Our qualified doctors have the experience needed to diagnose and treat your foot issues no matter what they are.

Foot orthotics Chicago is typically a confusing topic because it can represent both a specialty in the orthopedic world, as well as a device to insert into your shoes or special shoes designed specifically for your feet. This is why the confusion is so prevalent. However, patients should seek a foot orthotics Chicagospecialist to determine the best course of action for their ailment.

In some situations a foot orthotics Chicago doctor from the Foot & Ankle Clinics of America may recommend an insert to help alleviate pain from bunions or fallen arches. In other scenarios special shoes may be required that are made specifically for the patient. There are some cases were foot orthotics Chicagospecialists may use a combination of treatments, such as surgery with special inserts used afterward. The only way to get real relief is to seek the advice of a doctor at the Foot & Ankle Clinics of America.

There are some patients that will try to be their own foot orthotics Chicago specialist by diagnosing the problem using websites or special machines and then purchasing expensive inserts for their shoes. Although this may work for some situations, it could make the problem worse if the diagnosis is incorrect. For this reason, it is recommended that patients avoid trying to remedy their feet problems alone. It takes a trained foot orthotics Chicago physician to determine the proper course of treatment because many ailments can have similar symptoms, but require a completely different form of management to get relief.

There are foot orthotics that Chicago residents can buy at the store, such as gel inserts, etc. These items are fine for common aches and pains related to long periods of standing or to reduce foot odor. However, patients with serious pain in one or both feet should avoid self-diagnosis and seek the professional opinion of a foot orthotics Chicago specialist. These individuals are doctors with specialized training in the treatment of foot and ankle issues. In fact, the Foot & Ankle Clinics of America has board certified doctors that work with individuals and athletes to treat broken ankle Chicago problems, as well as simple problems, such as cornsbunions, and plantar warts that may require surgery or a basic orthotic to reduce or eliminate pain.

Remember, our feet are the foundation for our bodies, and we must take good care of them, if we want to have an active life as we get older. The Foot & Ankle Clinics of America is available to deal with all of your issues related to this important part of the body. So if you need a foot orthotics Chicago specialist or require an orthopedic doctor for an ankle issue, don’t waste time hoping the problem will clear up on its own. We always recommend that our patients seek treatment right away to avoid further damage.

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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