All of the doctors at Affiliated Podiatrists are able to perform the new, highly effective, "EPAT” procedure to eliminate heel pain and tendon strain. “EPAT” stands for “Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technique.” It is an advanced, non-invasive treatment, cleared by the FDA. The technology uses acoustic pressure waves to soften and relax thickened tissue thereby stimulating the metabolism and enhancing blood flow to promote a natural healing process. It’s an effective method of treatment that is now used for conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendonitis (to name a few).
Performed in only a few minutes, in our office, and without the need for anesthesia, there are no incisions and no sutures. Recovery is a snap. Furthermore, there’s no need to take time off of work, nor away from activity.
Ask our doctors if you qualify to benefit from this technique.
Relaxing on the beach, hiking through the mountains, trekking around a new city or just keeping up with all the kids' summer activities - however you spend summer vacation, your feet will carry you through it all.
During the course of these adventures, your feet may endure stubbed toes, miles of walking, hot sand, and possibly even some sunburn. So be kind to your feet.
You may be looking forward to a beach vacation or lounging by the pool at a luxury hotel. But even those fun activities can take a toll on your feet if you don't practice proper safety.
Even if you're just lying on your back, soaking up the sun's rays, your feet are still vulnerable. You can sunburn your feet. And no matter how up-scale your hotel may be, athlete's foot can be present in all public pool areas.
To avoid foot problems, walk barefoot as little as possible. Going shoeless exposes your feet to sunburn, plantar warts, athlete's foot, and other infections, and increases the risk of injury. Wear shoes or flip-flops around the pool, to the beach, in locker rooms, and even inside your hotel room, as infection-causing bacteria can linger in carpets and on bathroom tiles.
Apply sunscreen to your whole foot, especially the tops and fronts of ankles. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to help minimize foot swelling caused by the heat.
Always pack an extra pair of shoes, especially if you expect your feet will get wet. And take along a foot-care kit that includes sterile bandages, antibiotic cream, an emollient-enriched cream, blister pads and an anti-inflammatory pain-reliever.
Take our phone number with you. If the need arises, call the doctors of Affiliated Podiatrists, Chicago.
Summer is a traditional time to kick off your shoes and relax, but it’s not always the best time of year for foot health. All that heat and humidity paired with the desire to go barefoot or wear unsupportive shoes, such as flip-flops and sandals, can lead to a lot of problems for your feet.
While anyone can have a mishap that leads to foot pain issues in the summer, if you have certain foot health conditions, the elements can worsen your foot woes. Plantar fasciitis, bunions, and various complications related to diabetes can all feel worse in the sweltering heat.
By taking the right steps, however, many foot health problems can be avoided or at least lessened, even during the dog days of summer. The secret is to pamper your feet by protecting them with the right summer shoes based on your feet’s unique needs.
Be practical and realistic when it comes to choosing the right shoes for summer. For example, flip-flops might be just fine for lounging poolside, but not the best choice for walking around a city sightseeing for hours. Also, leather tends to breathe better than rubber, so leather-soled shoes can be a better choice if sweaty feet are an issue.
Many of our patients with Plantar Fasciitis, Bunions, Heel Spurs, or Diabetes check with the doctors at Affiliated Podiatrists for advice in these matters.
It is estimated that 5 million gardeners will experience some sort of foot pain this spring as a result of failing to first warm-up and stretch muscles in the feet. We feel that Gardening is an exertive, weight-bearing activity and should be considered more of a sport than a passive hobby.
Problems that may be precipitated include: foot & ankle swelling, or foot & toe cramps, skin infections and plantar fasciitis. Improper shoe gear may invite other troubles. If foot problems persist long after your activity, you should call us at Affiliated Podiatrists for an appointment.
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