If you have suffered from foot and ankle pain at some point, you are not alone. Many people deal with some form of discomfort and foot pain at some point in their life. In many cases, the problem is as simple and reversible as switching to a more supportive and comfortable pair of shoes. Persistent heel and foot pain can also be a sign of an injury like a stress fracture or arthritis.
The podiatrists at Affiliated Podiatrists, Ltd in Chicago, IL recommend scheduling an appointment with a foot doctor to evaluate instances of foot and ankle pain that do not improve with rest and self-care.
Diagnosis and Treatment for Foot and Ankle Pain in Chicago
Some of the most common causes of ongoing foot and ankle pain are:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinitis
- Bone spurs
- Tendon/muscle tears and ruptures
- Breaks and fractures
- Diabetic/peripheral neuropathy
- Ingrown toenails
- Bone and joint deformities
- Flat feet/overpronation/low arches
- Uncomfortable shoes
- Bunions and hammer toes
When to Schedule an Appointment with a Podiatrist
Depending on the underlying cause, many instances of foot pain can be relieved with conservative treatment like rest, ice, switching to comfortable shoes, investing in supportive inserts if necessary (orthotics) and over the counter pain relievers. Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist if conservative treatment does not resolve the pain within a few days. Seek immediate treatment for any of the following symptoms:
- Intense pain and swelling
- Open wound
- Signs of infection
- Difficulty moving or putting weight on the foot or ankle
Find a Podiatrist in Chicago
If you are experiencing acute or long term pain, contact Affiliated Podiatrists, Ltd., in Chicago, IL by calling (773) 202-8800 to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today.
Bunion pain doesn't have to keep you off your feet. Dr. Marc Feder, Dr. Joel Feder, Dr. Jason Kalk and Dr. Jacob Richey, your Near North, Chicago, IL podiatrists, share information about the condition and discuss treatment options.
What are the symptoms of a bunion?
The most obvious bunion symptom is a bump at the base of your big toe. The bump forms when the bones in your foot become misaligned. Other symptoms can include:
- Pain at the base of your big toe
- Burning, redness and inflammation over the bunion
- Numbness in your toes
- Corns and calluses in the area where your big toe overlaps your other toes
- Difficulty moving your toe
How can I reduce bunion pain at home?
Wearing tight shoes or high heels can cause bunions and can also make pain worse. Making the switch to shoes with roomy toe boxes will prevent the sides of your shoes from pressing on your bunions. Protecting your bunion is the key to reducing pain. Bunion pads, sold in the foot care aisle of your local drugstore or discount store, cushion your bunions and reduce friction from your shoes. While you're at the store, pick up some toe spacers. Placing a spacer between your big toe and second toe will decrease corns and calluses.
When pain does flare up, apply ice to your foot and take over-the-counter pain medications that reduce inflammation, such as ibuprofen. Long periods of standing and walking can make bunion pain worse and should be avoided as much as possible.
What if I'm still in pain?
Sometimes, buying new shoes and taking pain medication just isn't enough to relieve bunion pain. Luckily, your Near North foot doctor can offer treatments and techniques to decrease pain. Since bunions are caused by a misalignment in the bones of your foot, moving your foot into a better position with splints or tape can be helpful. Your podiatrist will teach you how to use tape or splints to relieve your symptoms. He may also recommend that you wear orthotics, special shoe inserts that are custom made for your foot. If these measures don't help, surgery may be needed to remove excess tissue in your foot and realign the bones.
Does bunion pain keep you from doing the things you enjoy? Call Dr. Marc Feder, Dr. Joel Feder, Dr. Jason Kalk and Dr. Jacob Richey, your Near North, Chicago, IL podiatrists, at (773) 202-8800 to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Harold J. Feder, 93, Affiliated’s Founder and a doctor for more than 60 years died July 29, 2016. He was a leader in our profession, the Jewish Community and Niles Township government. He inspired two of his four sons to become podiatrists.
A recipient of the APMA’s Distinguished Service Citation, Dr. Feder served as a mentor to countless students and colleagues. He endowed the Feder Scholarship Award at Scholl College and donated an Orthopedics classroom there. He helped facilitate the merger of Scholl College with Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences in 2001.
Just weeks before his passing he celebrated 75 years of marriage to his wife, Selma.
He will be missed.
Before you get out on the field make sure your feet are also prepared.
Are you or your child looking to play soccer this fall? If so, you may be figuring out the many things you’ll need to do to prepare yourself. While it’s important to keep your body in shape, it’s also important to make sure your feet and ankles are ready for the sport. Fortunately, your Chicago podiatrists have the tips you need to keep feet healthy while enjoying your favorite sport.
Choose the Right Shoes
Did you know that if you wear cleats that are too small for your feet for an extended amount of time you could change the overall structure of your feet? This can lead to serious changes and other health issues for your feet, which will certainly affect your performance on the field and also cause pain and other problems. If the cleats you have are pushing against your toes, then they are too small. Go to a specialty shoe store to get properly fitted shoes for your feet.
Keep Nails Trimmed
If you aren’t keeping those toenails trimmed then you may find yourself dealing with a cracked or ripped toenail at some point (Ouch!). To prevent this problem from happening, you’ll want to keep your nails trimmed. Of course, you’ll want to trim the nails straight across, making sure the nail is in line with the tip of your toes. Trimming the nail at a curved angle or trimming them too short could lead to painful ingrown toenails.
If you have some pretty bad calluses, then you may find that your shoes don’t fit as comfortably as they once did. If this is the case, you’ll want to carefully shave down calluses with a pumice stone. We recommend doing this right after showering when the skin is a bit softer. If you don’t know how to properly shave down calluses, or if you have diabetes or circulation issues then you’ll want our Chicago foot doctor to do it for you.
Stretch Those Muscles
Did you know that quite a few foot problems are due to foreleg tightness? By incorporating some foreleg stretches into your daily routine before you go out to play you can often avoid painful issues like shin splints or Achilles problems. We would be happy to show you some effective exercises to use—just ask!
Have questions about caring for your athletic feet? Need to schedule a physical exam to make sure your feet and ankles are healthy enough for a new activity? Then don’t hesitate to call Affiliated Podiatrists, Ltd in Chicago, IL today to schedule your next foot care visit.
As the weather gets warmer, many people prefer to wear sandals in the sun rather than socks and sneakers. However, with your feet more exposed, you may notice a toenail that looks looks ugly, discolored or is thicker than the rest. Toenail fungus is a common and treatable condition. Find out more about protecting your feet from infection this summer with help from your Chicago, IL podiatrist.
How does toenail fungus form in the first place?
Fungus thrives in dark, moist and warm areas. Your feet, when inside of shoes all day, are the perfect environment for fungi. The fungus usually enters the toe through tiny cuts or scrapes which may be invisible to the naked eye. Feet commonly have reduced circulation, making it more difficult for to fight an infection in the toes. Additionally, people who are often in damp public areas, like locker rooms or swimming pools, are also more at risk for nail fungus.
How does one know if he has toenail fungus?
Nail fungus begins with a yellow or white spot on the nail. As the fungus grows, it may cause the nail to present other symptoms. They include:
- thickening of the nail
- discoloration of the nail
- crumbling of the nail at its edges
- changes to the nail’s shape
- separation of the nail from the nail bed, known medically as onycholysis
Most over-the-counter medications do not work. Your Chicago podiatrist may recommend stronger, prescription medication. In the most stubborn cases of nail fungus, Laser or surgery to remove the nail may be necessary.
How does one protect my feet from infection?
One of the most effective ways to prevent nail fungus is to keep your feet dry and clean. Be sure to wear fresh socks daily and change into a clean pair if they become wet. Anti-fungal sprays and powders available over-the-counter may also help reduce the chance of nail fungus. Always wear shower shoes in public showers or pools and socks in locker rooms. Finally, wear moisture-wicking shoes and socks to keep your feet dry and cool.
For more information on protecting your feet, please contact your podiatrist at Affiliated Podiatrists in Chicago, IL. Call (773) 202-8800 to speak with a friendly and knowledgeable associate about scheduling your appointment for a foot examination today!
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