Sore Feet Chicago – See a Podiatrists

PAINFUL FEET?

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The foot does not simply bear the weight of the whole body, but the weight springs off it many times a minute in walking, running or jumping and it helps to absorb the impact of landing. The bones, ligaments and muscles absorb an enormous amount of impact over a lifetime, especially in an athlete, but perhaps more so in the people that are overweight.

The foot is a dynamic piece of engineering. It has both a longitudinal and a transverse arch. The longitudinal arch is higher on the medial side. The foot may be inspected with the patient seated and the foot elevated to facilitate inspection, especially of the sole, but it is essential to examine the foot in a weight-bearing mode. This is when almost all the problems occur in this dynamic structure and failure to do so will result in missing the correct diagnosis in most cases. Problems of the ankles, knees, hips and back also merit examination of the feet.

  • Painful feet are a very common problem. One cross-sectional postal survey reported a 9.4% prevalence of disabling foot conditions.[1]
  • Risk factors for foot pain include advancing age, obesity, injudicious footwear, high-impact exercise (eg, jogging) and underlying medical conditions (see under ‘Aetiology’ section).

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There are many causes of painful feet:

  • Neuropathy – eg, sciatica, peripheral neuropathy.
  • Ischemia from peripheral arterial disease or embolism.
  • Skin lesions may be painful including blisters, corns, calluses, fungal skin and nail infections, and bacterial infections (skin and osteomyelitis).
  • Hallux valgus (bunions).
  • Plantar fasciitis.
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome.
  • Freiberg’s disease.
  • Arthritis affecting the feet, especially rheumatoid arthritis or the painful first metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint in acute gout.
  • Ingrowing toenails, especially if infected.
  • Abnormalities of the joints, ligaments and tendons of the foot.
  • Often there appears to be an inherent predisposition but other factors include poor footwear, obesity and hypermobility syndromes.

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  • When did it start?
  • Is it getting worse?
  • Is the pain diffuse or at a point?
  • Establish aggravating and relieving factors.
  • Note occupation, sport, training routines, and any recent injury.
  • Is there pain elsewhere? Poor posture of the feet can cause pain in the ankles, knees and back.
  • Look at the shoes. What type of shoes does the patient choose to wear? Are they fashionable shoes that distort the foot? Trainers are unique in the history of footwear in being designed for feet but when did he or she last get a new pair? If training seriously, does he or she have several pairs? Just as cars need to have tyres and shock absorbers replaced periodically, so too trainers need replacing.
  • Is there abnormal or uneven wear of the shoes?
  • Note any obesity.
  • Does the shape of the foot look normal? Look at the sole. Is there abnormal callus? Weight should be taken over the first and fifth metatarsal heads. Callus over other metatarsal heads means fallen transverse arch.
  • Is there local tenderness?
  • Now examine the feet with the patient standing with both feet bare. Are the longitudinal arches normal? Can you get your finger under the medial arch? Look at the feet from behind. Fallen arches cause hyperpronation and upset the line of the Achilles tendon.
  • If there is a postural problem such as a fallen arch it is often possible to put something underneath it, like a small pile of leaflets, to correct the abnormality and to prove that posture can be corrected.

Children rarely complain of painful feet and if they do, think of a foreign body. Pressure from shoes on a prominent navicular bone, or sometimes an accessory bone, or a prominent posterosuperior os calcis may require surgical trimming.[2]Osteochondritis and similar conditions may affect the bones of the foot. Osteochondritis of the metatarsals is called Freiberg’s disease.[3] An X-ray will aid diagnosis. A podiatrist can help. Usually an insertion into the shoe is satisfactory but occasionally a plaster cast is required.

The first metatarsal shows angulation towards the midline. It usually affects teenagers and may run in families. If deformity is marked, a metatarsal or proximal wedge osteotomy may be beneficial.[4] The addition of a plantar shelf has been found to assist in bone healing.[5]

The first MTP joint has arthritis, pain and restricted movement. A dorsal ring of osteophytes may occur. In early cases manipulation and injection of the joint with steroid and local anaesthetic may offer relief but in more advanced cases, arthrodesis, Keller’s operation, distal oblique osteotomy or decompression osteotomy may be required.[6]

See the separate article on Nail Disorders and Abnormalities.

Surgical interventions are more effective than non-surgical interventions in preventing the recurrence of an ingrowing toenail. The addition of phenol is probably more effective in preventing recurrence and regrowth of the ingrowing toenail.[7]

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  • This is pain across the metatarsal heads. It is often due to collapse of the transverse arch. A range of abnormalities including plantar plate tears may be visible on ultrasound.[8]
  • A metatarsal pad will often reform the arch and give relief. If there are difficulties, ask a podiatrist to help.
  • Surgical treatment for severe painful rheumatoid forefoot deformities has usually involved resection of the metatarsal heads with realignment of the lesser toe deformities and first MTP joint arthrodesis.
  • Correction of severe rheumatoid forefoot deformities by arthrodesis of all five MTP joints has been suggested as an alternative surgical approach.[9]

There is pain from pressure on an interdigital neuroma between the metatarsals. Fashionable shoes often contribute. Pain usually radiates to the lateral side of one toe, and the medial side of its neighbour. Pressure on the affected web space reproduces the pain. Ultrasound and MRI are the best modalities to diagnose the condition. Excision of the neuroma may be needed.[10] Ultrasound-guided steroid injection may be another option.[11]

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Foot care as you age

Older people need to take care of their Feet too

You are most to prone to foot problems like corns, blisters, foot infections, and heel pain in later life as your skin becomes thinner and less elastic.  Painful or sore feet are not suppose to be a natural part of aging, and can be treated.

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Foot problems in older people

  • bunions
  • corns and calluses
  • heel pain or arch pain
  • cracked skin
  • ingrown toenails
  • fungal infections (athlete’s foot)

If you’re having trouble looking after your feet, you’re not alone. Age UK reports that nearly one in three older people can’t cut their own toenails.

Foot care problems tend to happen if you’re less mobile than you used to be, particularly if you have difficulty bending down. Poor eyesight, can also make it harder for you to look after your feet.

How to look after your feet

Your feet will remain in better condition, if you have a regular foot routine. This includes:

  • cutting and filing toenails and keeping them at a comfortable length
  • smoothing and moisturizing dry and rough skin
  • checking for cracks and breaks in the skin and inflammation such as blisters
  • looking for signs of infection like nail fungus or other obvious early problems, and seeking professional advice
  • choosing suitable socks and footwear
  • keeping your feet clean, dry, mobile, comfortable and warm. Bedsocks are a good idea

If it’s difficult for you to follow this routine yourself, see a professional podiatrist for help.

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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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Broken Foot in Chicago

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broken foot in Chicago or anywhere for that matter is no fun and diagnosing the problem can be challenging. With over 26 bones and 33 joints, it is no wonder that you could have a broken foot and not even know it even after having x-rays. The foot is one of the most complex structures of the body. Unlike the hands which are just as complicated or ankle injuries in Chicago, a broken foot in Chicago can be caused by a multitude of situations. This means that unlike a break to the hand, you may not have any recollection of when the injury occurred. You may only realize there is a problem, when you start to experience pain. So when do you need to contact the Foot & Ankle Clinics of America?

Because a broken foot in Chicago can happen suddenly or over a long period of time, it may be hard to know when a specialist is needed. In other cases, the need for the Foot & Ankle Clinics of America is obvious. For instance, if your foot has been crushed by something, the damage could be substantial andsurgery may be required to correct the problems. Even with this type of injury you may be hesitant to seek medical attention. However, there are some signs that a broken foot in Chicago needs more than just some ice and a bandage.

For example, any time there is an open wound or protruding bone associated with a broken foot in Chicagoimmediate medical attention by the Foot & Ankle Clinics of America is required. This type of injury can quickly lead to a dangerous infection in the bone that could result in amputation or even death. Although most people will realize the seriousness of the situation, it is important to stress the need for medical care in these situations. However, a broken foot in Chicago may go unnoticed until pain starts and begins to grow worse over time.

Stress fractures are the most common source of a broken foot in Chicago that is not caught for some time. The reason why is easily explained. Patients with stress fractures get them over a long period of time. The cause may be associated with running, jumping, other strenuous exercise, and even obesity. The fracture occurs slowly and the broken foot in Chicago patients grows worse and more painful with each repeat of the activity. These are often the hardest injuries to diagnose because the tiny bones within the feet can be hidden by swelling. In many cases the Foot & Ankle Clinics of America’s doctors will require a CAT scan to find the fracture rather than a standard x-ray that can easily miss the problem.

broken foot in Chicago is more serious for people with diabetes, spinal cord injuries, or other forms of nerve damage because they may not feel any pain. This means the patient continues to use the afflicted appendage which can lead to complications. In most scenarios, a broken foot in Chicago will heal on its own with proper treatment, but more serious injuries may require surgery performed by the Foot & Ankle Clinics of America. It can be hard to know when an ailment is just a simple sprain or a fracture, so doctors often recommend that patients seek treatment if they are unable to put weight on the foot. Remember it is better to get the advice of a professional at the Foot & Ankle Clinics of America rather than risking additional damage that results in surgery.

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Ankle Injuries in Chicago

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Ankle injuries in Chicago are a common occurrence, regardless of the weather. In fact, you are just as likely to be injured during the slippery winter months as you are the warm sunny ones. Of course the ankle injuries in Chicago during the winter are typically caused by falling or slipping on icy roads and sidewalks, while the warmer months result in problems related to overuse or tripping. Regardless, the Foot & Ankle Clinics of America can help you get the right care.

Most ankle injuries in Chicago fall into the category of a strain, sprain, or fracture. Each of these ailments can be caused by a fall, a misstep, or sports related injury. The ankle consists of cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and bone. Most injuries involve either the ligaments (sprain) or the tendon (strain). When the bone is comprised during ankle injuries in Chicago the result is most often a fracture. Fractures are fissures in the bone. Breaks, which are a complete separation of one or more bones in the ankle into two or more parts, rarely happen, but they can be severe and require surgery. In many cases when an ankle is broken, the joint can be shattered. In this scenario, the Foot & Ankle Clinics of America would need to rebuild the ankle completely.

The majority of ankle injuries in Chicago seen by the doctors at the Foot & Ankle Clinics of America fall into the sprain or strain category and can be treated at home. The patient should immobilize the ankle using a bandage wrap or brace, which can be purchased at any drug store. The leg should be elevated and ice should be applied for the first 24 hours in 15 to 30 minute intervals. Afterward, the patient should use a combination of ice and heat. For minor sprains or strains, the problem will resolve itself in two to three days. However, some ankle injuries in Chicago are more serious. A sprain or strain can include tears that require surgery and/or physical therapy. The doctors at the Foot & Ankle Clinics of America can help you determine the seriousness of your case and provide you with the proper treatment.

While most sports ankle injuries in Chicago are the result of sudden trauma to the joint, there are ailments that can happen over time. As an example, tendonitis can occur because of overuse, which leads to painful inflammation. In other cases, there may be small tears that go unnoticed or are not given enough time to heal, which lead to more serious problems. These ankle injuries in Chicago require the care of an expert, such as the physicians at the Foot & Ankle Clinics of America. Only a qualified professional can determine the right treatment for your case.

Although arthritis is not considered true ankle injuries in Chicago or elsewhere in the world, it can be a crippling problem. Arthritis can be inherited or the result of past injuries. Ankle injuries in Chicago that are actually caused by arthritis can be treated using medication and therapy. The Foot & Ankle Clinics of America have experience working with all forms of ankle and foot related problems, so you can rest assured that you will receive the proper care needed to get you back on your feet and active as soon as possible.

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I need a ankle Doctor in Orland Park

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It happens all the time to people from all walks of life. You trip on a curb, step out of a car, or slip on the ice and suddenly you are in desperate need of an ankle doctor. Fortunately, there is a well-respected ankle doctor in Orland Park at the Foot & Ankle Clinics of America. With a board certification and privileges at some of Chicagoland’s most respected hospitals, you know you are getting the best care possible.

Now that you know that the Foot & Ankle Clinics of America is the place to go for treatment from a qualifiedankle doctor in Orland Park, you might be curious why ankle injuries are so varied in treatment. For instance, two people step off of a curb wrong in a similar way, but one person requires surgery while the other has only a minor sprain. Well, only an ankle doctor in Orland Park or elsewhere in the country could tell you the exact answer, but there are some simple explanations.

The Foot & Ankle Clinics of America‘s podiatrist will tell you that one of the main determinations for the seriousness of an injury is the flexibility of the joint prior to tripping on a curb or slipping on the ice. Individuals that are flexible tend to have less severe injuries. However, if an individual has experienced several sprains or strains in the past, then an ankle doctor in Orland Park may discover that the tendons, bones, muscles, and/or ligaments are damaged and loose. This makes the person more susceptible to injury.

When a person has a history of injuries to the ankle a podiatrist may determine that reconstruction of the joint is required to prevent further problems and damage. In this scenario, you want an ankle doctor in Orland Park that has experience with reconstruction. The Foot & Ankle Clinics of America has over 32 years dealing with all forms of reconstruction using the most modern techniques. Patients who undergo the procedure are often shocked the first time they experience a wrong step or twist of the ankle that would have caused a major problem in the past is of no consequence after surgery.

Of course, in some instances tripping on a curb or slipping on the ice can cause a severe problem without a prior history. It is easy for major injuries like a break to happen with any fall. An ankle doctor in Orland Parkor Chicagoland can treat the most severe traumas with a cast or surgery. The healing time can vary from a few weeks to a few months, but only a trained ankle doctor in Orland Park or Chicago, like the professionals at the Foot & Ankle Clinics of America can determine the right course of treatment.

Typically, when a person takes a tumble the result is a sore ego with a few bumps and bruises, but there are occasions that cause more than a minor sprain or strain. If an injury is severe or isn’t healing, it is critical that a qualified ankle doctor in Orland Park or Chicago is seen as soon as possible to prevent permanent damage. An appointment can be made at the Foot & Ankle Clinics of America website. We will help get you back on both feet in no time!

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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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