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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If you’ve ever had ingrown toenails, you know how aggravating they can be.
If you live in Chicago, IL and are suffering from ingrown toenails, it might be a good idea to contact a qualified, experienced podiatrist, like those on staff at Affiliated Podiatrists, Ltd. While ingrown toenails are not fatal, they are often painful and if left untreated or if improperly treated, the condition can easily progress from annoying to serious.
Ingrown toenails occur when the corners or sides of the toenail, generally the nail of the big toe, grow into the soft tissue of the nail bed. This can result in pain, swelling and infection. For some people, such as people with diabetes, the situation can become serious quickly. In severe cases, it could lead to surgical procedures, up to and including amputations.
Common causes of ingrown toenails include injuries to the toenail, wearing shoes that cramp your toenails, not cutting toenails straight across and having unusually curved toenails.
Fortunately, there are a number of treatment options for ingrown toenails, some of which are simple and can be done at home. Home and lifestyle remedies can include but are not limited to the following:
- Choosing sensible footwear
- Cutting your toenails straight across
- Soaking your feet for 15-20 minutes, 1-2 times a day in warm soapy water
If your condition becomes more severe, or if you are prone to more serious complications, such as can occur due to diabetes, you should see your qualified Chicago podiatrist at Affiliated Podiatrists. The doctor might consider any of several options, including but not limited to:
- Trimming the nail or part of the nail
- Removing the ingrown portion of the nail and soft bed tissue.
- Permanent removal of the ingrown portion of the
- Your doctor might also prescribe stronger antibiotics and pain medications.
If you live in Chicago, IL and are seeking treatment options for ingrown toenails, consider contacting Associated Podiatrists, LTD. For more information call (773)202-8800 or visit the website at www.aplfeet.com.
Are painful bunions slowing you down? You don’t need to deal with this condition any longer. Now, you can schedule an appointment with Affiliated Podiatrists, Ltd. in Chicago, the home of: “The Bunion Institute of Illinois.”
Why are we known as “The Bunion Institute of Illinois?” The title is earned based upon the reputation that we have built over many years of helping patients with bunions and treating a vast numbers of bunions at, not only our newest Portage Park location, but also at our previous Chicago locations in the Lakeview & Peterson Park neighborhoods.
Bunions are misaligned big toe joints that swell, become painful, and make shoewear difficult. Also, heredity is a big factor.
With the many technological advances that have taken place over the recent years, we find that our patients with bunions heal faster and better than ever before.
Our practice is well established with a 70-year legacy in Chicago that was originally founded by Dr. Harold Feder. Continued by his sons, Drs. Joel and Marc Feder, Affiliated Podiatrists now enters a new era of Foot & Ankle Care with Drs. Jason Kalk & Jacob Richey who have joined the group.
Affiliated Podiatrists’ office is conveniently located on Chicago’s northwest side, close to where Interstates 90 and 94 converge.
If you or a loved one is suffering from bunions, call “The Bunion Institute of Illinois” of Affiliated Podiatrists, Ltd. at (773)202-8800 today!
Much like general foot pain, heel pain can interrupt your life in a major way. You need your heels in order to take steps and run properly. When the ligaments and muscles in the heels are inflamed or painful, it can seriously affect your ability to work, drive or even just walk from room to room. Here are three common causes of heel pain that you should discuss with your Chicago, IL heel pain doctor at Affiliated Podiatrists, Ltd.
Heel spurs, also referred to as Plantar Fasciitis, is an inflammation of the foot that affects the heel. The tissue that connects the heel to the toes (plantar fascia) is what causes the pain. This condition commonly develops over time when there’s too much pressure on the bottom of the foot in the wrong place. Patients who have heel spurs often don’t walk properly and wear poorly designed shoes.
Another foot condition that causes pain in the heel that your Chicago, IL podiatrist at Affiliated Podiatrists, Ltd treats is Achilles tendonitis. The Achilles tendon is a muscle that runs from the heel bone to the calf. It can become injured while playing sports or just by not wearing the right shoes for your feet. Over time and with sudden actions, the tendon can tear—sometimes completely—causing intense heel pain. This is why it’s so important to stretch and warm up become participating in high activity sports.
Rheumatoid arthritis (also called RA) can also cause heel pain. Arthritis is a chronic disease related to a malfunction of the immune system that causes damage to ligaments and other tissue in the body. It can occur in the hindfoot region, which houses the heel bones. RA in the heel can be a painful condition that needs immediate treatment.
Get Relief from Heel Pain
If you need pain relief, contact your Chicago, IL podiatrist at Affiliated Podiatrists, Ltd to discuss a solution to your foot problem. Call the office at to learn more about foot anatomy and treatments.
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