Have you experienced an ankle sprain?
Ankle sprains are painful. They can be debilitating and lead to severe foot issues if not addressed as soon as possible. If you've experienced prolonged ankle pain, you'll need to talk to your Chicago, IL, podiatrist at Affiliated Podiatrists for more information.
More About Ankle Sprains
Ankle sprains aren't just because you lost your balance. It can be a result of playing sports or walking and/or running on uneven surfaces.
Ankle sprains are one of the most common foot injuries. They are usually accompanied by: swelling, severe pain, bruising, ankle instability, tenderness, limping and limited range of motion
Bone fractures are sometimes confused with ankle sprains. This is extremely important to prevent severe long-term repercussions. Only your Chicago doctor can properly diagnose an ankle sprain. They will physical and visual exam, as well as x-rays to detect the problem in your ankle.
There are several things that lead to ankle sprains, including:
- Losing your balance while walking, which may result in pain, your ankle twists inward due to an unexpected movement
- A tear, or stretch in one or more of your ligaments
How do you treat an ankle sprain?
Rehabilitating your ankle after you can stand on it is necessary. Your doctor may provide you with certain exercises to strengthen your: flexibility, muscles, ligaments, coordination and balance.
Treating your sprained ankle properly will increase the rate of your recovery.
All you need to remember is RICE:
In addition to RICE, avoid overexerting your ankle. Walking, jogging, running, and other activities will come back after your rehabilitation and recovery process.
Are you in need of a consultation?
For more information on how to deal with sprained ankles, just call your Chicago, IL, podiatrists at Affiliated Podiatrists, today at (773) 202-8800.
The foot is always changing just like the rest of our body. So it's not unusual for our foot size to change. Just like our shirts' neck size changes, as does our waists' belt size, so might our shoes' size change. That's why it is important to get your feet re-measured.
A mis-fitting shoe can cause a lot of problems. Make sure that your bunion matches up to the widest flare of the shoe and that strumming across the front of the shoe allows a rippling of the material. Lastly, make sure that there's enough room in front of the toes so that they may wiggle freely. Next time you're in the office, ask us to check.Call 773-202-8800.
EPAT is an advanced technology to alleviate foot and ankle pain. It can be used to treat several different conditions, including chronic heel pain, plantar fasciitis, and achilles tendonitis. EPAT is available at Affiliated Podiatrists. The doctors there are your trusted podiatrists for EPAT in Chicago, IL.
What is EPAT?
EPAT stands for Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technique. It is a technology used for treating foot and ankle problems. Some of the foot conditions that can be treated using EPAT include:
- Chronic heel pain
- Chronic muscle pain
- Acute muscle pain
- Achilles tendonitis
- Achilles tendinosis
- Plantar fasciitis
EPAT utilizes low-frequency sound waves to heal injured areas of the foot or ankle. The sound waves are delivered to the injured area using an applicator resembling the probe used to perform ultrasounds. As the applicator is moved over the injured area in a circular motion, the sound waves travel through the area, emitting energy, and penetrating the soft tissue. The soft tissue cells respond to the energy by releasing biochemicals that aid the body in the healing process. The result is the gradual regeneration of damaged tissues.
EPAT treatments only take about ten minutes. Treatments are usually administered once per week for between three to six weeks. As the damaged tissues begin regenerating and healing and the original source of your foot or ankle is treated, pain and discomfort should diminish long term. Your Chicago podiatrist can help you decide if EPAT treatments are right for you.
EPAT can help you with a wide range of foot and ankle problems. It can heal damaged tissues and ultimately alleviate pain or discomfort caused by the initial injury. For EPAT treatments in Chicago, IL, schedule an appointment with Affiliated Podiatrists by calling (773) 202-8800.
Do you have diabetes? If so, you know that your feet can become more prone to issues and infections due to long-term impairment of the nervous and circulatory systems. What can you do? For optimal care of your feet, partner with your Chicago foot and ankle doctors at Affiliated Podiatrists.
Podiatric care for the diabetic
Diabetic foot and ankle care is one of the most important services your doctors at Affiliated Podiatrists offer. Why? it's because a person with diabetes is prone to infection due to a lowered immune system. He or she also heals slowly, has reduced peripheral circulation, and impaired nerve function (peripheral neuropathy). To avoid serious complications from diabetes, your Chicago podiatrist urges you to come to the office regularly for visual inspection of your feet and prompt treatment of any concerning issues.
What happens at a podiatric examination
Your foot and ankle doctor will inspect your feet visually, looking for any swelling, redness, sores or lacerations. Also, he'll look for any deformities such as bunions or hammertoes because, for the diabetic, these issues cause pressure points which can lead to ulcerations, corns and calluses.
If necessary, your podiatrist will order X-rays and other imaging, along with blood work, particularly if he suspects an infection. He may confer with the primary care physician about his findings. Then, the foot and ankle doctor will write a customized care plan to outline his recommendations for treatment of immediate problems and for continuing maintenance going forward.
Common sense care for your feet
Whether or not you have diabetes, please consider a routine foot care regimen. Your feet help you stand, walk, accomplish your activities of daily living, go to work, play sports and much more. The staff at Affiliated Podiatrists advises the following:
- Wash and dry your feet thoroughly every day.
- Wear properly fitting shoes with ample room in the toes.
- Alternate pairs of shoes to avoid pressure points.
- Inspect your feet daily, looking for pressure points, cuts, excessive dryness and blisters.
- If you smoke, stop, as cigarettes hinder peripheral circulation.
- Control your blood sugars, cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
- If you have peripheral neuropathy, track your symptoms, and report them to your podiatrist.
- Wear diabetic shoes or customized orthotics as prescribed.
- Exercise to promote good circulation.
- Don't use heating pads or hot water bottles if you are diabetic and have neuropathy.
- Don't sit with your legs crossed as this affects circulation.
- Wear shoes when indoors and out of doors to avoid injury.
- Never self-treat calluses, cuts, corns or blisters. See your podiatrist right away.
- Call Affiliated Podiatrists at the first indication of a problem with your feet (redness, swelling, unhealed blisters, unexplained pain).
See you soon
Please schedule your routine foot and ankle check-up at Affiliated Podiatrists in Chicago. Call (773) 202-8800. We look forward to hearing from you!
Halloween or not, frightful feet don't scare us. After all, we've been treating painful foot and ankle problems for years, and have probably seen it all. Besides, we've embraced the very latest in proven technologies to help our patients heal quickly and completely.
Today, we've got Laser, EPAT, wound care products, diagnostic equipment, biologics, surgical instrumentation, orthotics, pads, straps, & physical therapists. And we make footcare affordable for those with insurance, and even for those without insurance.
If you know anyone with frightful feet who is scared to seek treatment, have them call us for an appointment today at: 773-202-8800. We'll say "BOO!" to sore feet.
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