You shouldn't be wearing running shoes to Zumba or basketball sneakers for hiking.
There is a lot of technology that goes into sneakers, especially for workouts. Wearing the wrong type of shoes for your specific workout could cause injury.
For example, running and walking sneakers are made for forward motion and have the maximum amount of cushioning and shock absorption. Sports like basketball and tennis require shoes that provide lateral or side-to-side support. Cross-training shoes can be used for lower impact exercises like weight lifting, rowing, elliptical, and Zumba.
Medication isn't the only way to treat painful foot and ankle conditions. Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT) can ease your pain with low-frequency shock waves. Dr. Marc Feder, Dr. Joel Feder, Dr. Jason Kalk and Dr. Jacob Richey, your Chicago, IL podiatrists, explain how you can benefit from the innovative treatment.
What is EPAT?
EPAT is ideal for the treatment of soft tissue injuries. Acoustic pressure waves travel deep into your tissues, relieving pain, speeding healing and improving blood circulation to your foot and ankle. The FDA-approved treatment can be used to treat:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Ligament Tears
- Painful Thick Scars
- Joint Contractures
What are the advantages of EPAT treatments?
EPAT treatments are non-invasive without injections or incisions. More than 80 percent of people who've had the treatments have reported a significant decrease in pain or the complete elimination of pain.
Treatment intensity is established by you. You won’t need anesthesia before treatment and will experience no side effects afterward other than slight redness and temporary numbness. After treatment, you can bear weight on your foot and can resume your usual activities in a day or two.
What can I expect during EPAT treatments?
During your treatment, your Chicago podiatrist applies ultrasound gel to your foot or ankle before moving a handheld wand over the injured or painful area in a circular motion. Your treatment will take only minutes per area. You’ll return for three or four weeks, although some people only need one or two treatments.
EPAT can relieve your pain even if other therapies haven't helped. If you're interested in learning more about the advantages of the treatment, call Affiliated Podiatrists, Ltd. in Chicago, IL at (773) 202-8800 to schedule your appointment.
Skin Cancer is on the rise in the U.S., with one of the most serious forms of skin cancer (Melanoma) ranking as the most common foot malignancy. Melanomas on the foot are often misdiagnosed and more dangerous because they go undetected and untreated longer than those in easier – to – spot locations.
Melanomas can occur anywhere on the foot, including under a toenail. They most often appear as pigmented lesions. Similar to other skin cancers, excessive unprotected sun exposure, a family history of skin cancer, numerous moles on the body and having fair skin, blue eyes or red hair can put you at risk. Even people normally at low risk for skin cancer can develop melanomas on their feet.
If you notice any pigmented or unusual lesion on your foot, under a toenail or on the bottoms of your feet, make an appointment with our office to be checked out.
If you have suffered from foot and ankle pain at some point, you are not alone. Many people deal with some form of discomfort and foot pain at some point in their life. In many cases, the problem is as simple and reversible as switching to a more supportive and comfortable pair of shoes. Persistent heel and foot pain can also be a sign of an injury like a stress fracture or arthritis.
The podiatrists at Affiliated Podiatrists, Ltd in Chicago, IL recommend scheduling an appointment with a foot doctor to evaluate instances of foot and ankle pain that do not improve with rest and self-care.
Diagnosis and Treatment for Foot and Ankle Pain in Chicago
Some of the most common causes of ongoing foot and ankle pain are:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinitis
- Bone spurs
- Tendon/muscle tears and ruptures
- Breaks and fractures
- Diabetic/peripheral neuropathy
- Ingrown toenails
- Bone and joint deformities
- Flat feet/overpronation/low arches
- Uncomfortable shoes
- Bunions and hammer toes
When to Schedule an Appointment with a Podiatrist
Depending on the underlying cause, many instances of foot pain can be relieved with conservative treatment like rest, ice, switching to comfortable shoes, investing in supportive inserts if necessary (orthotics) and over the counter pain relievers. Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist if conservative treatment does not resolve the pain within a few days. Seek immediate treatment for any of the following symptoms:
- Intense pain and swelling
- Open wound
- Signs of infection
- Difficulty moving or putting weight on the foot or ankle
Find a Podiatrist in Chicago
If you are experiencing acute or long term pain, contact Affiliated Podiatrists, Ltd., in Chicago, IL by calling (773) 202-8800 to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today.
Bunion pain doesn't have to keep you off your feet. Dr. Marc Feder, Dr. Joel Feder, Dr. Jason Kalk and Dr. Jacob Richey, your Near North, Chicago, IL podiatrists, share information about the condition and discuss treatment options.
What are the symptoms of a bunion?
The most obvious bunion symptom is a bump at the base of your big toe. The bump forms when the bones in your foot become misaligned. Other symptoms can include:
- Pain at the base of your big toe
- Burning, redness and inflammation over the bunion
- Numbness in your toes
- Corns and calluses in the area where your big toe overlaps your other toes
- Difficulty moving your toe
How can I reduce bunion pain at home?
Wearing tight shoes or high heels can cause bunions and can also make pain worse. Making the switch to shoes with roomy toe boxes will prevent the sides of your shoes from pressing on your bunions. Protecting your bunion is the key to reducing pain. Bunion pads, sold in the foot care aisle of your local drugstore or discount store, cushion your bunions and reduce friction from your shoes. While you're at the store, pick up some toe spacers. Placing a spacer between your big toe and second toe will decrease corns and calluses.
When pain does flare up, apply ice to your foot and take over-the-counter pain medications that reduce inflammation, such as ibuprofen. Long periods of standing and walking can make bunion pain worse and should be avoided as much as possible.
What if I'm still in pain?
Sometimes, buying new shoes and taking pain medication just isn't enough to relieve bunion pain. Luckily, your Near North foot doctor can offer treatments and techniques to decrease pain. Since bunions are caused by a misalignment in the bones of your foot, moving your foot into a better position with splints or tape can be helpful. Your podiatrist will teach you how to use tape or splints to relieve your symptoms. He may also recommend that you wear orthotics, special shoe inserts that are custom made for your foot. If these measures don't help, surgery may be needed to remove excess tissue in your foot and realign the bones.
Does bunion pain keep you from doing the things you enjoy? Call Dr. Marc Feder, Dr. Joel Feder, Dr. Jason Kalk and Dr. Jacob Richey, your Near North, Chicago, IL podiatrists, at (773) 202-8800 to schedule an appointment.
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