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By Affiliated Podiatrists
March 11, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Callus  

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 Foot Calluscompacted, 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!

By Affiliated Podiatrists, LTD.
January 29, 2015
Category: EPAT
Tags: EPAT   treatment options  

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:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Heel Spurs
  • Hallux Limitus
  • Sports Injuries
  • Bone non-union
  • Bursitis
  • Tibialis anterior syndrome
  • How is EPAT done?

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?

  • Full weight bearing is restored
  • Cost-effective
  • No surgery, no incision, no anesthesia
  • Effective, fast, and safe
  • Can treat both feet or ankles at the same time
  • Time off work is minimized
  • Research is showing over 80% successful outcomes

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!

By Affiliated Podiatrists, LTD
January 13, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Toenail Treatment  

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.

Cause and contributing factors of toe nail fungus

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:

  • gymnasium locker rooms
  • areas around swimming pools
  • gym floors and exercise equipment
  • sweaty socks
  • closed toe shoes and sneakers
  • showers
  • most anywhere that people are barefoot

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.

Treatment for those yellow, thick, brittle toe nails

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.

The Pinpointe FootLaser

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.

By Affiliated Podiatrists, LTD
December 31, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: SteriShoe  

If you have problems with foot or nail fungus, you may want to look into a new foot care solution called the SteriShoe. This is a product that provides a way for patients to prevent some common foot-related conditions. Learn more about this innovative solution and how it can improve your foot health from Near North nail fungus Dr. Marc Feder, DPM.

Shoes Are a Haven for Germs
Many of our shoes are full of germs, bacteria and fungi that grow over time. The inside of the shoes is a perfect place for germs to thrive because it’s dark and moist from sweat. Socks provide some protection, but germs and fungus can still find their way to the feet. These organisms attack the nails, toes and surface of the skin causing athlete’s foot and toe nail fungus. 

What Is SteriShoe?
Near North nail fungus Dr. Feder now recommends SteriShoe to his patients. SteriShoe is a product that cleans, disinfects, sterilizes and deodorizes the inside of your shoes. You simply insert the device into your shoe and a strong UV light kills bacteria and fungi in about 45 minutes. It was featured on "The Doctors" television show and "Good Morning America" as a viable solution for people who suffer from recurring toenail fungus.

Are You a Candidate?
If you have had a problem with foot or toenail fungus in the past, or are dealing with this issue currently, you are a candidate for SteriShoes. Athletes are a group of patients that often benefit from wearing SteriShoes since they spend hours on their feet, running, jumping and lifting. Anyone who participates in activity that causes them to release a lot of sweat from their feet should ask Dr. Feder about SteriShoes.

Ask Dr. Feder
If you’re interested in SteriShoes, contact Near North nail fungus Dr. Marc Feder, DPM today at 773-202-8800 to schedule a consultation appointment. You can purchase them at his office or by visiting his website at and following the instructions provided.

December 30, 2014
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged
We proudly announce that Dr. Jason Kalk now holds a new credential: He is a "Certified Wound Care Specialist." Dr. Kalk holds the additional distinction of being the only Panel Physician and Surgeon at  St. Francis Hospital's Wound Care Center in Evanston. 

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Affiliated Podiatrists, LTD.
Six Corners Medical Center
4211 N. Cicero Ave. #301
Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 202-8800

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