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Parents have many worries. You worry about your children meeting milestones, what they eat for dinner, and how they are doing at school. Most parents don't think much about their children’s feet. However, untreated pediatric foot conditions may cause problems with your child’s growth and development. Here are some ways for Chicago parents to spot the most common pediatric foot problems.
While many babies are born without an arch in their foot, most children will develop an arch as time goes on. Children whose feet remain flat may have ankles that turn inward when they stand or walk. Flat feet are generally not an issue, but in some cases they can cause pain for your child, and your Chicago podiatrist may recommend treatment.
This type of skin lesion is common in children, and is characterized by a raised bump on the foot that may be filled with black dots. It's a common misconception that these are the 'seeds' of the wart, when they are actually tiny capillaries. Plantar warts are caused by the HPV virus, and appear at first like a callus but often become painful to the touch. The body may clear them on its own, but in some cases your podiatrist may need to remove them so they do not spread or worsen.
Pre-adolescents are susceptible to heel pain due to growth in the feet at around 10 years old. The heel is often prone to sports injuries around this time, but your podiatrist can recommend shoe inserts to help relieve your child’s pain.
If your child’s feet point inward, they may have pigeon toes. This is quite common when they are young. Pigeon toes, also called in-toeing, do not typically cause issues. However, they can be a sign of an underlying medical condition. It's best to bring your child in to see a podiatrist to be sure.
If you spot these or any other potential pediatric foot problems, consult with your child’s podiatrist. Affiliated Podiatrists of Chicago can diagnose and pediatric foot problems in infants, children, and teens. If you are worried about your child’s foot or ankle development, schedule an appointment today at 773-202-8800.
How are your feet feeling? Are they dried out and lumpy, characterized by corns or calluses that make just about every step a true chore?
If you're one of the millions of Americans today suffering from pained feet caused by calluses, which are protective layers of compacted, dead skin cells along the bony areas of your foot, then it's time you turned your attention to Affiliated Podiatrists, LTD, located right here in Chicago and leading the way in podiatric solutions.
That's because Drs. Joel and Marc Feder team of podiatrist professionals make it their mission to overcome whatever unsightly growth is ailing your feet in record time, whether it's corns or calluses. But what are they caused by in the first place?
Causes of Calluses
Foot calluses are formed when repeated friction occurs between your skin and the bony structures of your feet or irregularities in your shoes, as this continued rubbing motion along the surfaces of your feet eventually creates hard, tough areas of extra skin. While corns usually form near the toes, calluses show their ugly selves on the soles of feet.
When left untreated, the friction conducive to callus formation can lead to excess pressure that causes pain and burning. Some at-home remedies can aid in callus relief, including moleskin or padding placed in your shoes along the callused areas.
Whatever you do, don't try to cut calluses on your own, as doing so can lead to unwanted infections that will definitely require immediate podiatric intervention!
For more information on how to treat corns and calluses on your feet, give one of Dr. Feder's helpful associates a call today at (773) 202-8800 for the lasting foot relief you've been waiting for!
Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technique or EPAT is a treatment that Dr. Joel Feder and Dr. Mark Feder in Chicago provide for their podiatric patients. They are here to answer your questions about this exciting technique.
What is EPAT?
EPAT is a non-invasive treatment method that is used to treat tendon and muscle pain or injuries. This is accomplished by stimulating blood circulation which speeds up the healing process. EPAT has been approved for use by the FDA.
What Problems can EPAT Treat?
Some of the disorders EPAT can help with are:
EPAT uses a device that produces pressures waves to the painful area to slowly regenerate tissue. A gel is applied to the targeted area and then the device is moved over it in a circular motion.
How long does a EPAT treatment take?
A treatment session takes about fifteen minutes. Generally it takes three sessions, each roughly a week apart, to get their desired results.
What are the Results of EPAT?
Some people experience immediate pain relief after one session. For others, it may take up to four weeks to begin to feel pain relief. Long term results are showing that pain is eliminated and full mobility is restored in most patients.
Is EPAT Safe?
EPAT is approved by the FDA. When used by a qualified medical professional there are virtually no side effects or risks.
What are some of the Benefits of EPAT?
At Affiliated Podiatrists, LTD in the Six Corners Medical Center in Chicago, Dr. Marc Feder and Dr. Joel Feder are excited to offer this service to their patients. They care about getting you back on your feet as soon as possible! Call us today at (773) 202-8800 for an appointment!
Fungal infections of the toe nails are a common foot malady that an individual can - and should - bring to the attention of a podiatrist. While the symptoms of yellowed, brittle and thick nails are unsightly, distressing and easily recognized, not everyone knows what causes the problem and what can be done. Here's what the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) has to say about what precipitates infection with toe nail fungus and what you and your doctor can do about it.
The micro-organism which causes toe nail fungal infections is called Tinea Unguium. This fungus is practically everywhere, but it especially enjoys wet or moist and dark environments such as:
While healthy individuals "catch" this fungus all the time, people with less than optimal health are more likely to have toe nail fungus. They have a harder time getting rid of it, too. Those who are more prone are diabetics, persons with circulatory problems, cancer patients and anyone else whose immune defenses are suppressed.
Prevention and treatment of this infection go together. Podiatrists say good foot hygiene involves:
1. Washing and drying the feet with soap and water each day and after excessive perspiring from work or exercise
2. Wearing shower sandals or flip-flops in locker rooms
3. Cutting the nails straight across (not rounding them) with clean clippers that are shared with no one else
4. Wearing shoes that do not put excessive pressure on the toe nails and that have good ventilation, especially in the warm weather
5. Wearing breathable socks and hosiery
Your podiatrist may recommend an over the counter or prescription anti-fungal medication which may applied topically to the outside edges of the entire toe nail. Some doctors prescribe an oral anti-fungal agent although this may prove to be too toxic for some patients.
Marc Feder DPM and Joel Feder DPM of Affiiliated Podiatrists, Ltd. offer a state-of-the art laser treatment for toe nail fungus. Cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), this painless treatment focuses a beam of light through the toe nail, targeting the area of infection. The nail plate, nail bed and other healthy tissue of the foot are not harmed, but the fungus is eliminated in one treatment session.
The doctors ensure thorough treatment. When the nails are looked at in the follow-up exam the observed new nail growth is clearer.
Drs. Marc and Joel Feder practice podiatry for patients of all ages in the northside Chicago, Illinois area. In addition to treating nail fungus, they address many foot conditions, including ingrown toe nails, heel pain, and diabetic foot health.
Call them today at 773-202-8800 for an appointment to evaluate your foot health.
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