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By Dr. Feder
April 18, 2014
Category: EPAT
Tags: Podatrist  
As residents of Chicago, we are fed up with the winter that has befallen our city.  During our extremely epatlong winter, many of us have experienced some foot problems. Regardless of its cause, pain can take a toll on daily tasks.  In our Chicago office, Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment, or EPAT, is available to help treat pain that impairs mobility stemming from:
  • Muscle
  • Tendon
  • Fascia
EPAT offers Chicago patients a non-invasive procedure to help treat a broad range of musculoskeletal conditions. As podiatrists serving the Portage Park and Chicago areas, Dr. Joel Feder and Dr. Marc Feder of Affiliated Podiatrists offer EPAT to help patients find relief from their pain so that they don’t have to slow down. Patients with heel pain or other tendon pain, such as Achilles tendonitis, can benefit from this treatment in Chicago with EPAT.
Understanding the Procedure
EPAT is a non-invasive treatment that delivers unique acoustic pressure waves to the affected areas of the body, which helps to stimulate the body’s own natural repair mechanisms and fast-tracks the healing process. This technology is FDA cleared and is currently used around the globe. It has also been reported that over 80% of patients who have received this procedure, are pain free or have significant pain reduction.
When performing an EPAT treatment (which does not require anesthesia), Dr. Joel Feder or Dr. Marc Feder will apply a gel to the targeted area.  The device applicator is placed in the gel over the sore area.  This applicator delivers pressure waves into the painful area, which stimulates healing of the damaged tissue. Each session typically lasts about 10 minutes, with most patients requiring three sessions performed at weekly intervals.
If you are experiencing heel pain, tendon or muscle pain, visit our office in Chicago for EPAT. With the availability of EPAT, we can help you find relief from your pain so that you can continue your daily tasks.
As the Olympics are coming to a close, it has gotten us thinking: as an athlete, are you athletic injuriesprepared to protect your feet from pain and injury? As Chicago podiatrists, we understand the importance of remaining active as athletes and one injury can prevent you from participating in your sporting event. To help you remain in the game, let’s take a look at some helpful tips provided by our podiatrists in Chicago to help you protect your feet, while remaining active.
Overuse, improper footwear or poor training cause most sport-related injuries.  In order to help prevent these injuries from occurring:
Begin with Moving Your Muscles – By warming up properly before you exercise, run or begin playing a sport, you are helping to prevent straining your muscles.
Use Caution – It is important to pay attention when walking or running on uneven surfaces.  Even if your sporting event takes place on a basketball court where the floors are even, you might find yourself practicing on uneven surfaces for other sports, so be careful.
Support Your Feet – Wear shoes that offer proper support for your foot and are designed for your specific sport. By wearing shoes that are not made for your individual activity, you are setting yourself up for injury.
Build Strength – When remaining active in sports, it is important to maintain good muscle strength and flexibility through stretching and exercise. By maintaining strength and flexibility, you can protect yourself even more from injury.
Don’t Rush - Take your time.  When starting a new exercise program, begin slowly and progress gradually.  By exercising too long or too hard you are increasing your chances of injury.
Play it Safe – When experiencing pain, do not ignore it.  If you experience pain, remember to rest.  By ignoring your symptoms and signs of an injury, you are increasing your chances of worsening your symptoms, which could keep you out of the game forever.
It is never normal to experience pain in your feet or ankles.  Remember to exercise with caution when training in order to prevent serious injury.  If you experience pain, please visit our Chicago podiatrists at Affiliated Podiatrists, Ltd. We can diagnose your condition and provide you with the proper care to keep you in the game!
By Affiliated Podiatrists, LTD.
April 14, 2014
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Did you ever hear us refer to our team of Podiatric Medical Assistants as “Sole Sisters?” These wonderful, women (Nicky, Debra, Lili, Crystal, Lilian, Araceli, & Maria) help us deliver the very best of Foot and Ankle care efficiently and thoroughly in our conveniently located, northside office. We’re very proud of the fact that they’ve all sought Certification in our field and have been with us for years. They are our Right Hands even if you’ve got two left feet!

Our Doctors are pleased to announce their newest hospital affiliation. All 3 doctors are at Swedish Covenant Hospital located at Foster & California Avenues, only 3 miles away from our Portage Park office.    

 Conveniently located to a large segment of our patients, Swedish has a beautiful, new, state-of-the-art Surgery Center and a great support staff to aid us in our patients’ care.      

Now, when necessary, our patients have a choice of NorthShore University Hospital Skokie, St. Francis in Evanston, or Swedish Covenant in Chicago.        

By Affiliated Podiatrists, LTD.
January 02, 2014
Category: Back Pain
Tags: Pain   Podiatrist  
If you’ve been experiencing back pain, but can’t seem to put a finger on the cause, you may need to examine your footwear. Wearing poor-fitting shoes can place unnecessary stress on the back, causing discomfort and pain. Today, back pain is the second most common reason people visit their doctor, and billions of dollars are lost every year in the workplace because of work absences due to back-related injuries.
When your back hurts, your entire body hurts, and this can interrupt your daily activities. If you're suffering from severe backache, particularly after standing or walking for extended periods of time, the cause may not just be due to a problem with your back. As a matter of fact, there’s a good chance your feet, specifically your shoes, are the one of the sources of your pain. If you are experiencing back pain, consider visiting your podiatrist in Manhattan for an evaluation, and find out if your shoes are the problem.
Our Podiatrists in Chicago, Dr. Joel Feder and Dr. Marc Feder, Share Why Your Shoes May Be Causing Your Back Pain
Your spinal column and the surrounding muscle tissue serve as the foundation of your body. But when strain and stress are exerted on the muscles, tendons and vertebrae, unbearable back pain can be the result. Long hours of standing on your feet, lifting heavy objects incorrectly and age can all play a role in the presence of back pain as well.
What many people don’t know, however, is that something as simple as your shoes may be the cause of your agony. The spinal column is comprised of bone with discs of tissue, muscles, ligaments, and sensitive nerve endings. The vertebrae are stacked one on top of the other, making the spinal column both strong and flexible.
Poor posture caused by poor fitting shoes, however, can pull the vertebrae out of alignment, which in turn pulls on the tender muscles and nerve endings. Making sure your feet are supported properly will help ensure that your body posture is aligned properly.  And if your body is within the correct alignment, back pain may be relieved. By scheduling an appointment with Dr. Joel Feder and Dr. Marc Feder, our Chicago, IL podiatrists, we can determine the cause of your pain from the support your feet are receiving.
Selecting the Best Shoes for Your Best Spinal Health
If your shoes do not offer adequate support for your feet, you may be putting yourself at risk for injury, including chronic back pain. That’s why it is very important to replace old, worn shoes that don’t offer the support and stability you need. Instead, purchase shoes that have a thick and cushioned sole to absorb the shock of walking and good arch support.
As your go-to Chicago podiatrists, Dr. Joel Feder and Dr. Marc Feder may also prescribe you with a custom made insole, or orthotic, that will help stabilize the foot, support the arch, and balance the body.  The orthotic also can include a lift to even out the legs and help relieve back pain.
While it is important to seek treatment with a back specialist, it is also important to remember that Dr. Joel Feder and Dr. Marc Feder are experienced podiatrists in Chicago that are available to help devise methods to relieve the pressure your feet may be placing on your spine, and this is an important adjunct to treatment of back pain.   
At Affiliated Podiatrists, Ltd., we can evaluate your feet and recommend shoe modifications and other treatments that can take the pressure off specific areas of the spine. If the spine is the foundation for the rest of the body, your feet are the foundation for your spine.

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Chicago, IL 60641
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