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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Sweaty Feet, to Sexy Feet

Now you won’t have to read these odor-eating tips…. But first, could you maybe put your shoes back  on- and stick around for the following advice?

face feet how to take care of feet in summerHow does sweaty feet occur? Sweaty feet occurs due to a multiple of factors including hot or cold weather, diet, physical activities, and anxiety. The soles of the feet are completely hairless, but covered in hundreds of little sweat glands.

If you ignore the environment under the foot and in between the toes can become warm and moist, which is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and fungus odor, which may lead to Athlete’s Foot and toe nail infections. We recommend doing the following.

Wash your feet OFTEN: You should keep your feet clean. Use warm, soapy water and wash your feet several times a day if you perspire a lot,  smell them. Gently scrub them with a soft brush, wash between your toes, and after they are clean we recommend a quick rinse in cold water, but most important after cleaning is to dry them completely. Than let you feet air out 10 minutes prior to putting your shoes on. A little foot power helps too if you apply it to your toes after the 10 minutes to.

Change your socks often: An easy approach to dealing with odoriferous feet is to change socks three or four times a day. Plus try to always wear socks made of natural fibers, like cotton. Synthetic materials do not absorb well, and make your feet hotter. If you wear socks to bed wear cotton ones, and put a fresh pair of shocks on in the morning.

Good shoe sense: Try to wear a different pair of shoes every day. It takes at least 24 hours for your shoes to dry out thoroughly. It is never a good idea to wear shoes that do not breath, and sandals are a better choice if weather permitting.

You are what you eat: OK, maybe you are not onions or garlic, but they sure can make your feet smell like them if you eat a lot of them. Your body sweats out garlic, spices, onions, so try not to indulge in these as much and you will reduce your foot odor, also if you are a diabetic studies show that high sugar promotes foot sweating. So watch your sugar levels. Coffee or caffeinated products also cause your feet to sweat, and should be drank in moderation, and drink plenty of water.

Your mood: Be calm, and you got this. Your sweat glands in your feet and palms are similar to those found in your armpits and they respond to moods. Emotional Stress can trigger excessive sweating in your feet no matter if it is good or bad. If you are an athlete, after your activity, wash your feet, dry them, change your socks, and put on clean shoes. If you are stressed due to anxiety, you can increase your sweat activity in your shoes, which in turn leads to smelly feet. So try not get yourself stressed out, but if you do – wash your feet, dry them, change your socks, and put on clean shoes. Try smiling more, and use a stress ball when you have anxiety, but you should always seek the advice of a medical professional to assist you with your anxiety in an effort to regulate your body, and mind. Sometimes a simple blood test that also checks your thyroid can tell us  that we need to regulate it. By treating the thyroid, we can reduce the stress level in our bodies, and  this too helps prevent sweaty feet.

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For more tips on how to keep your feet looking and feeling healthy visit us at www.footexperts.com

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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Foot Problems in Chicago

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For many people, every day is a struggle with pain and discomfort, but there is no need to suffer from foot problems in Chicago. The Foot & Ankle Clinics of America have two locations in Chicago, as well as a facility in Orland Park and Indiana with a staff of professionals that are dedicated to making walking easier. If you live in the city, walking and standing are most likely a very important part of your day. Even if you drive most of the time, foot problems in Chicago can have a negative effect on your personal life.

Because there are so many varieties of ailments related to the feet, patients may give up on a solution or have the misconception that foot problems in Chicago are a natural part of growing old. The Foot & Ankle Clinics of America want residents to know that you don’t need to live with pain, discomfort, or embarrassment any more. There are treatments for many of the most common feet problems and the majority these solutions avoid the need for surgery. In fact, many of our patients discover that simply adding orthotics, changing shoes, or doing physical therapy will alleviate any foot problems in Chicago.

There are some foot problems in Chicago residents that will also include an ankle injury. When this is the case, you will need a foot doctor in Chicago that can also handle ankle injuries in Chicago. The Foot & Ankle Clinics of America are foot and ankle experts. When foot problems in Chicago involve the ankle, both issues must be corrected for treatment to be effective. Using the same clinic offers more convenience and better care because your treatment plan will include solutions for all of the affected areas.

It has been our observation that most patients suffer from similar ailments, especially when you look at patients from the same location. For example, foot problems in Chicago during the winter will often include injuries caused by a slippery sidewalk or stairs. This is reflected in the number of patients suffering from abroken foot in Chicago during a winter storm.

Of course, summer activities are also responsible for foot problems in Chicago. Foot injuries like cuts are a predominant complaint during the summer months. However, there are some foot problems in Chicago that are a year-long battle. For instance, bunions, corns, and diabetes complications concerning the feet can happen any time. The Foot & Ankle Clinics of America can usually treat these conditions without surgeryusing other techniques and medications. However, there are some foot problems in Chicago that will require surgery.

When foot problems in Chicago fail to respond to less invasive measures, surgery may be the only option. The removal of a corn may be a simple procedure that is completed during an office visit, but more serious injuries or bunions may require a short hospital stay. It is not uncommon for patients to avoid going to a foot doctor in Chicago until the pain is severe or your foot problems have started to cause mobility issues. The Foot & Ankle Clinics of America wants to encourage people suffering from a foot or ankle issue to seek medical treatment right away. The sooner we begin treating the problem the less likely surgery is.

Foot pain is painful and even embarrassing, but doesn’t have to be. The Foot & Ankle Clinics of America has the solutions to many common feet issues, so if your toenail fungus is keeping you from wearing sandals, or you have given up walking because of a painful bunion schedule an appointment today. Foot problems in Chicago shouldn’t keep you from enjoying life.

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