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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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

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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Podiatric Care Services in Chicago by FACA

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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. Podiatric care services in Chicago or Orland Park will include issues relating to the feet, ankles, and other lower extremities, such as the 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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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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