Do you have diabetes? If so, you know that your feet can become more prone to issues and infections due to long-term impairment of the nervous and circulatory systems. What can you do? For optimal care of your feet, partner with your Chicago foot and ankle doctors at Affiliated Podiatrists.
Podiatric care for the diabetic
Diabetic foot and ankle care is one of the most important services your doctors at Affiliated Podiatrists offer. Why? it's because a person with diabetes is prone to infection due to a lowered immune system. He or she also heals slowly, has reduced peripheral circulation, and impaired nerve function (peripheral neuropathy). To avoid serious complications from diabetes, your Chicago podiatrist urges you to come to the office regularly for visual inspection of your feet and prompt treatment of any concerning issues.
What happens at a podiatric examination
Your foot and ankle doctor will inspect your feet visually, looking for any swelling, redness, sores or lacerations. Also, he'll look for any deformities such as bunions or hammertoes because, for the diabetic, these issues cause pressure points which can lead to ulcerations, corns and calluses.
If necessary, your podiatrist will order X-rays and other imaging, along with blood work, particularly if he suspects an infection. He may confer with the primary care physician about his findings. Then, the foot and ankle doctor will write a customized care plan to outline his recommendations for treatment of immediate problems and for continuing maintenance going forward.
Common sense care for your feet
Whether or not you have diabetes, please consider a routine foot care regimen. Your feet help you stand, walk, accomplish your activities of daily living, go to work, play sports and much more. The staff at Affiliated Podiatrists advises the following:
- Wash and dry your feet thoroughly every day.
- Wear properly fitting shoes with ample room in the toes.
- Alternate pairs of shoes to avoid pressure points.
- Inspect your feet daily, looking for pressure points, cuts, excessive dryness and blisters.
- If you smoke, stop, as cigarettes hinder peripheral circulation.
- Control your blood sugars, cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
- If you have peripheral neuropathy, track your symptoms, and report them to your podiatrist.
- Wear diabetic shoes or customized orthotics as prescribed.
- Exercise to promote good circulation.
- Don't use heating pads or hot water bottles if you are diabetic and have neuropathy.
- Don't sit with your legs crossed as this affects circulation.
- Wear shoes when indoors and out of doors to avoid injury.
- Never self-treat calluses, cuts, corns or blisters. See your podiatrist right away.
- Call Affiliated Podiatrists at the first indication of a problem with your feet (redness, swelling, unhealed blisters, unexplained pain).
See you soon
Please schedule your routine foot and ankle check-up at Affiliated Podiatrists in Chicago. Call (773) 202-8800. We look forward to hearing from you!
Halloween or not, frightful feet don't scare us. After all, we've been treating painful foot and ankle problems for years, and have probably seen it all. Besides, we've embraced the very latest in proven technologies to help our patients heal quickly and completely.
Today, we've got Laser, EPAT, wound care products, diagnostic equipment, biologics, surgical instrumentation, orthotics, pads, straps, & physical therapists. And we make footcare affordable for those with insurance, and even for those without insurance.
If you know anyone with frightful feet who is scared to seek treatment, have them call us for an appointment today at: 773-202-8800. We'll say "BOO!" to sore feet.
The doctors at Affiliated Podiatrists have experience when dealing with bunions and the pain affiliated with them, which is why they provide their patients with state-of-the-art care at their Chicago, IL, office.
They are the deformity of the metatarsophalangeal joint of the big toe. This deformity occurs due to the big toe moving out of place and the pain accompanied with it increases as the enlarged joint constant rubs against your footwear. As time goes by, the toe starts bending towards the rest of the toes, sometimes causing hallux valgus (overlapping of the other toes). When this occurs, the pressure and friction placed on and against the toe cause discomfort, irritation, and inflammation. Unfortunately, if bunions are not treated they can cause other problems, such as:
- Hallus Abducto Valgus (the big toe moves towards the second toe)
- The skin over the big toe becomes thicker and more tender
- Corns and Calluses
- Wearing tight shoes
- Chronic pain
Causes of Bunions
Here are a few reasons as to why bunions occur:
- Flat feet
- Foot injuries
- Neuromuscular problems
- Faulty foot structure
Your Chicago podiatrists can help relieve your bunion pain using several techniques and methods:
- They may suggest wearing some sort of protective padding made of felt to help reduce the friction caused by your shoes and help alleviate inflammation and skin problems.
- Your podiatrists may opt to remove any corns and calluses that may have developed.
- A good idea would be to wear shoes designed to accommodate the bunion.
- Orthotic devices, which can be over-the-counter or custom made, help support the joint and position the foot so walking and standing are done with more ease.
- There are certain exercises which may help prevent stiffness or arthritis.
- Splints are worn at night, predominantly by adolescence, to help the proper alignment of the toe and joint.
- If the previous non-invasive methods don't work, your podiatrist may advise surgical treatment, called bunionectomy.
For more information on dealing with your bunion and bunion pain, call your Chicago, IL, podiatrists at (773) 202-8800 today!
Fall means more than “Back to School” for kids. It’s also a time when sports teams get back into action. Many young people are in several sports each season. If your children are involved in sports activities – especially those that are hard on their feet such as soccer, basketball, track and football – we here at Affiliated Podiatrists suggest that you be on the lookout for “Overuse Injuries.”
Damage can occur to bones, tendons and ligaments in kids’ feet and ankles that aren’t fully developed. Pain is never normal in a child’s foot or ankle! Any pain that lasts a few days should be evaluated in our office. Call 773-202-8800.
It’s not just the Students who return to school each fall about whom we’re concerned. Yes, their shoes should fit. And feet need to be checked as well as gait be examined. But, it’s also about the Teachers, Administrators, Social Workers, Engineers, Cooks & Support Staff who need good shoes and healthy feet to do their jobs. When your feet hurt, you hurt all over!
Please know that Podiatrists are THE EXPERTS in FOOT & ANKLE CARE. And we welcome New Patients in our practice. Feel free to have your loved ones call: 773-202-8800.
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