A Winning Strategy: Don’t Play Through Pain

TIMELY TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION KEY TO PROPER HEALING by Foot Health facts

Sometimes athletes can be their own worst enemy especially when they continue to play following an injury to a foot or ankle. To ensure proper recovery from an injury, athletes should seek a proper diagnosis, prompt treatment and full healing and rehabilitation.

Athletes often misunderstand how serious an injury can be and try to rush back into competition without appropriate treatment and rehabilitation. Some of the most difficult cases seen by foot and ankle surgeons are those in which athletes have continued to play after an injury. Orlando, Florida, foot and ankle surgeon, Robert Duggan, DPM, FACFAS, says, “Athletes often make the mistake of ignoring what seems like a minor foot or ankle injury because they are able to walk. Serious injuries can exist even when the foot or ankle is able to accept weight or pressure.”

PlayingSoccer.jpgOne such injury involves the Lisfranc joint, on the top of the foot. It’s possible to walk with a Lisfranc injury, but this can lead to damage to the soft tissues of the foot or even chronic conditions such as arthritis. “Sometimes the pain of this injury is mistaken for an ankle sprain, but treatment for the two conditions is very different,” Dr. Duggan comments.

Another injury that may be overlooked is a fracture of the fifth metatarsal—the bone that runs along the outer side of the foot. This can accompany an ankle sprain, or the athlete may think it’s a sprain. However, this injury is difficult to heal, and continuing to participate in sports will make it worse.

Playing with pain is never a good strategy for athletes. Prompt treatment is. “Foot and ankle surgeons can determine the best course of treatment for the specific injury and help get athletes back into the game,” Dr. Duggan comments.

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Why everyone could use a pair of Orthotics by Dr. Kruse

Why everyone could use a pair of orthotics. A question and answer session
with Dr. Kruse, associate physician at Foot and Ankle Clinics of America.

Q: What are custom orthotics…

A: Orthotics are custom made inserts that go into your shoes to address
many types of foot disorders. They provide support, correction and/or
cushion to improve foot performance and comfort.

Q: Will orthotics benefit me…

A: Properly made foot orthotics can benefit everyone. Think of them like a
custom made pair of shoes, while some people require them, anyone can
appreciate them.

Q: Are they uncomfortable…

A: Proper orthotics are designed to treat foot discomfort, not cause it.
At Foot and Ankle Clinics of America we guarantee our inserts to be
comfortable. We use a cast molding system that creates a very natural and
accurate impression of your foot. Because the orthotics may change your
foot posture, a break- in period of 2 – 3 weeks is normal.

Q: How long do orthotics last…

A: Insert life depends on materials, intensity of use and corrective
nature. As a rule of thumb, most orthotics will last 2 to 3 years before
they will need to be refurbished or replaced. Orthotics for runners will
normally out last several pairs of shoes. Top covers may need to be
replaced yearly. Our refurbishing service is available for $70 per pair.

Q: Will the inserts fit in all my shoes…

A: Most orthotics will fit in any shoe with a removable (or glued in) sock
liner or insole. Dress shoes and other “low volume” foot wear may require
a special ¾ length device or something that ends at the arch.

Q: Will I need to buy larger shoes…

A: If the shoe has a removable sock liner or insert, the orthotic will
replace it and should not require more space. If the inserts are going
into dress shoes you may need a little more room. It is best to try shoes
on with the orthotics in them.

Q: How long does it take to get my orthotics…

A: An initial appointment with evaluation which includes casting for the
orthotic will take about 30 minutes. The cast molds are then sent out and
usually are returned in two weeks.

Q: Will my health insurance company pay for my orthotics…

A: Some insurance plans will pay for orthotics when prescribed by a
physician, but many do not. Foot and Ankle Clinics of America will provide
the necessary documentation (L code) and will submit the claim for you.

We hope you consider a pair of orthotics and any of our physicians are
available at a location convient to you to discuss this topic further.

Timothy Kruse, DPM
Foot and Ankle Clinics of America

http://www.FootExperts.com

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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.

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Chicagoland and Evanston Podiatry Locations in Illinois:

Hyde Park Beverly
1644 East 53rd Street
Chicago, IL 60615Tel: (773) 752 2111
Fax: (773) 752 6703Click here for driving
directions and location
map.
9333 S. Western Avenue
Suite 102
Chicago, IL 60643Tel: (773) 445 8700
Fax: (773) 445 4646Click here for driving directions and location map
Gold Coast Orland Park
30 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60610Tel: (312) 280 7886
Fax: (312) 280 9547Click here for driving,
directions and location
map.
9501 W. 144th Place
Suite #106
Orland Park, IL 60462by Lagrange road (Rt.45) and 144th PLTel: (708) 403 3668
Fax: (708) 403 3684Click here for driving directions and location map.
9501 W. 144th Place
Evanston Lakeview/ Lincoln Park
1605 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201Tel: (847) 424 9888
Fax: (847) 424 9649Click here for driving
directions and location
map.
(Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center)
3000 N. Halsted Street
Suite 621
Chicago, IL 60657
Tel: (773) 871 2250
Fax: (773) 697 0134Click here for driving directions and location map.
(Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center)

Northwest Indiana Podiatry Locations:

East Chicago Highland
(St. Catherine Hospital)
Professional Building
4320 Fir Street
Suite 216
East Chicago, IN 46312Tel: (219) 398 0100
Fax: (219) 398 4192Click here for driving directions and location map.
4320 Fir Street, Suite 216, East Chicago, IN 46312
3100 45th Avenue
Highland, IN 46322Tel: (219) 922 0510
Fax: (219) 972 6968Click here for driving directions and location map.
3100 45th Avenue, Highland, IN 46322

 

Munster
9134 Columbia Avenue
Suite B
Munster, IN 46321Tel: (219) 836 3112
Fax: (219) 836 3109Click here for driving directions and location map.
9134 Columbia Avenue, Suite B, Munster, IN 46321

 

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Common Foot Problems Treated by Foot and Ankle Clinics of America

Most Common Problems Treated by Foot and Ankle Clinics

Common Problems Treated by Our Doctors
  • Bunions
  • Corns
  • Flat Feet
  • Foot Pain
  • Athlete’s Feet
  • Hammertoe
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Swollen Feet
  • Toenail Fungus

Welcome to Foot and Ankle Clinics of America, the Chicago podiarty experts, which has 9 locations in the Chicago-land, Northwest Indiana and Evanston area. We specialize in solving foot and ankle problems.

 

Our trusted, caring group of doctors are here to serve you and help you achieve optimum health through multitude of services. Whether it’s simple, but sometimes life-changing advice or advanced surgical care, we have the answers for you…

Foot & Ankle Clinics of America treat ailments such as Sport Injuries, Bunions, Heel Pain, Ingrown Toenails, Warts, Arthritic / Joint Pain, Diabetic Ulcers, Bone Spurs, Hammertoes, Neuromas and Toenail Fungus.

Foot Experts of America Invite you to explore why our podiatric surgeons in the chicago area are the smart choice. Please check out our list o podiatry services, and surgical sections. At FACA our doctors and staff want to make sure your treatment is comfortable and pleasant. Contact us if you have any questions, or to make an appointment, and we look forward to helping you.

We are happy to serve your foot and ankle needs. Call us to make an appointment and let us help you! (773) 752 2111

 

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About Foot and Ankle Clinics of America (FACA)

 

Foot and Ankle Clinics of America (FACA)

Established in 1981, Foot and Ankle Clinics of America is recognized among the best established practices in the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana areas. Peers and patients regard them as being highly innovative and professionally competent.

Taking great pride in the quality of our Podiatric care, it is our philosophy to offer Patient Focused Podiatry. At FACA, this means the needs of our patients are paramount.

Our aim is ensuring the highest quality podiatric care available, in an environment specifically designed for this purpose. From simple and routine treatments, to laser therapy and minor surgery, we endeavor to make every experience as pleasant and comfortable as possible.

We try at all times to treat our patients as we would like to be treated ourselves. Our caring and gentle approach places great emphasis upon listening to the concerns of each patient, enabling us to tailor the treatment which best suits the needs of the individual. Whether it be your foot or ankle, we’ll work together to find the answers that will bring relief. Our holistic approach considers maintenance and prevention as important as treatment and cure.

Because of our philosophy, most of our new patients have found us through personal referral. This may be from friends and family or through their own general practitioner. Referrals are very important to us, as they are the best examples of patient satisfaction.

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For all Appointments and Inquiries, please call: (773) 752 2111

We are happy to hear from you. Please contact us using the information below:

Chicagoland and Evanston Podiatry Locations in Illinois:

Hyde Park Beverly
1644 East 53rd Street
Chicago, IL 60615 

Tel: (773) 752 2111
Fax: (773) 752 6703

Click here for driving
directions and location
map.

9333 S. Western Avenue
Suite 102
Chicago, IL 60643 

Tel: (773) 445 8700
Fax: (773) 445 4646

Click here for driving directions and location map

Gold Coast Orland Park
30 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60610 

Tel: (312) 280 7886
Fax: (312) 280 9547

Click here for driving,
directions and location
map.

9501 W. 144th Place
Suite #106
Orland Park, IL 60462 

by Lagrange road (Rt.45) and 144th PL

Tel: (708) 403 3668
Fax: (708) 403 3684

Click here for driving directions and location map.

9501 W. 144th Place
Evanston Lakeview/ Lincoln Park
1605 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201 

Tel: (847) 424 9888
Fax: (847) 424 9649

Click here for driving
directions and location
map.

(Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center)
3000 N. Halsted Street
Suite 621
Chicago, IL 60657
Tel: (773) 871 2250
Fax: (773) 697 0134 

Click here for driving directions and location map.

(Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center)

Northwest Indiana Podiatry Locations:

East Chicago Highland
(St. Catherine Hospital)
Professional Building
4320 Fir Street
Suite 216
East Chicago, IN 46312 

Tel: (219) 398 0100
Fax: (219) 398 4192

Click here for driving directions and location map.

4320 Fir Street, Suite 216, East Chicago, IN 46312
3100 45th Avenue
Highland, IN 46322 

Tel: (219) 922 0510
Fax: (219) 972 6968

Click here for driving directions and location map.

3100 45th Avenue, Highland, IN 46322
Munster
9134 Columbia Avenue
Suite B
Munster, IN 46321 

Tel: (219) 836 3112
Fax: (219) 836 3109

Click here for driving directions and location map.

9134 Columbia Avenue, Suite B, Munster, IN 46321

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Website: www.footexperts.com

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Re-evaluate your athletic shoes by Dr.Unanue

Time to re-evaluate your athletic shoes by Dr.Unanue

As springtime approaches and warm weather arrives, more people start to head outside to exercise. Walking and running outdoors provides great cardiovascular exercise, and allows for much needed fresh air after being inside during the winter months. Before lacing up your old pair of athletic shoes now is a good time to re-evaluate and see if you need a new pair.
Running and walking with an old worn out pair of shoes can cause increased joint impact on the knees, hips as well as heel pain and shin splints-especially if you walk or run on concrete or other hard surfaces. We have some tips on when to replace your old pair of shoes as well as what to look for when buying new ones.

When to replace shoes:

1. Place shoes on a flat surface: If the sole is uneven or notice more than4mm of wear on the heel
2. The midsole (between the upper part of the shoe and hard outer sole) has significant creasing or cracking
3. If your shoes have 300-500 miles of running or walking.

New Shoe Shopping tips:

1. Bring orthotics to the shoe store- this can increase the size as well as
width needed for new shoes.
2. Draw an outline of your foot barefoot and place shoe on top of the
drawing to make sure the shoe will be wide enough for your foot
3. When trying on shoes, try on both shoes at the same time and lace them
up- wear the socks that you normally wear for activity to get a better idea
of fit as well as cushioning
4. Try on many different brands of shoe- there is no one perfect brand for
everyone- you need to find the best shoe for your foot and activity
6. Specialty running stores can assist in picking out shoes and measure
your foot to ensure appropriate fit

Foot and Ankle Clinics of America Doctors are always available to answer any questions you might have
and can help you re-evaluate your shoes and orthotics before beginning new activities.

9 Locations to choose from – please click on the picture below for a list of locations.