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September 25, 2014
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Heels, flats, flip-flops: some of the trendiest shoes can be the riskiest. The worst offender are flip-flops. They’re meant for the beach and the pool, not for everyday walking.

People tend to drag their feet or grip with their toes in order to keep the flip-flops on their feet causing an imbalance and greater risk of injuries.

Flip-flops can contribute to a number of foot-related problems, including heel pain, cuts, scrapes, and abrasions. They can also lead to more severe conditions such as bunions, hammertoes back and leg pain, tendonitis and cracked, fissured heels.

By Affiliated Podiatrists, LTD
September 22, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Chicago   Foot Care   Podiatrists   Walking   IL   Footwear  
PodiatristsIn today’s society, many of us are interested in getting in shape and becoming healthy individuals. However, sometimes exercise can be a drag. One activity that can be beneficial to your health is walking, but what can you do to make it more fun and effective? To help you stay physically active, healthy and happy, Dr. Marc Feder, our Chicago podiatrist, offers 5 helpful tips for making walking more fun and effective, while also protecting your feet from harm.

1. Bring a Friend

It is hard to stay motivated—we’ve all been there before. To help you remain motivated, invite a friend. When you invite a friend to join you on walks, it can help you remain motivated because you won’t want to let your friend down. Having a walking partner can keep you both active and healthy by urging the other to keep up with your walking schedule. Find your buddy and start walking today!

2. Add Weights

While walking can be beneficial for your health, you can always add a great aerobic benefit with weights. The addition of weights as you walk can help to create further exercise in helping you get in shape and say fit. You can add the weights to your belt or pockets to help evenly distribute the weight while you are walking. It also helps to keep things changing within your workout routine—add more weights as you grow accustomed to the weight!

3. Take Your Dog

Previously we mentioned to bring a friend, but if you have a dog why not bring them, too? By bringing your dog on a walk, not only are you getting exercise, but your dog is, too! Start out slow and bring your dog on a short walk. Each time you take a walk, try going for a longer period of time until you reach your end goal and are able to complete the same walk every day or every other day. Try to mix things up a bit and change your walking area to try new things and keep it interesting.

4. Get a Pedometer

A pedometer counts each step you take and 2,000 steps equal a mile of walking. Wear your pedometer all day to see just how many steps you take daily. And at the end of your workday, go for a walk to add more steps to your pedometer! Not only will you be getting exercise, but you will have fun doing it. Uh oh—only at 4,500 steps? Take a quick walk to build up your steps to 6,000 for a total of 3 miles! There are even apps on your phone to aide in walking and monitoring how far you have gone, your route, and other benefits.

5. Bring Music

Sometimes all you need is a good set of tunes to get you going for your daily walk. Choose upbeat music that can motivate you to walk and to keep walking. Try to walk to the beat of the music to make it even more fun and entertaining. By listening to your favorite music, you can keep your interest from wandering to other things on your to-do list. You can even create a walking-specific playlist of songs that keep you in the mood to remain active.

Remember to Wear Proper Footwear

While you can make walking fun, it is also important to make sure you wear proper footwear so that you do not suffer an injury that prevents you from working out. When it comes to your shoes, it is important to choose a good quality, lightweight walking shoe with breathable upper materials. The heel counter should be very firm and it should have reduced cushioning to position the heel closer to the ground for walking stability.

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Proper footwear is essential in protecting your feet from injury and pain, while allowing you to remain active and properly walk for exercise. It is important to first meet with your podiatrist prior to beginning any exercise or walking routine. By meeting with your podiatrist in Chicago, a proper walking regimen can be created to ensure appropriate exercise and protection of your feet.
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May 13, 2014
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We’ve updated our list of Insurance Providers with whom we have partnered. Now, if you or a family member wants to know if we take your insurance you can quickly check our list. And then, feel free to call and schedule your appointment.

By Dr. Feder
April 18, 2014
Category: EPAT
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As residents of Chicago, we are fed up with the winter that has befallen our city.  During our extremely epatlong winter, many of us have experienced some foot problems. Regardless of its cause, pain can take a toll on daily tasks.  In our Chicago office, Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment, or EPAT, is available to help treat pain that impairs mobility stemming from:
  • Muscle
  • Tendon
  • Fascia
EPAT offers Chicago patients a non-invasive procedure to help treat a broad range of musculoskeletal conditions. As podiatrists serving the Portage Park and Chicago areas, Dr. Joel Feder and Dr. Marc Feder of Affiliated Podiatrists offer EPAT to help patients find relief from their pain so that they don’t have to slow down. Patients with heel pain or other tendon pain, such as Achilles tendonitis, can benefit from this treatment in Chicago with EPAT.
Understanding the Procedure
EPAT is a non-invasive treatment that delivers unique acoustic pressure waves to the affected areas of the body, which helps to stimulate the body’s own natural repair mechanisms and fast-tracks the healing process. This technology is FDA cleared and is currently used around the globe. It has also been reported that over 80% of patients who have received this procedure, are pain free or have significant pain reduction.
When performing an EPAT treatment (which does not require anesthesia), Dr. Joel Feder or Dr. Marc Feder will apply a gel to the targeted area.  The device applicator is placed in the gel over the sore area.  This applicator delivers pressure waves into the painful area, which stimulates healing of the damaged tissue. Each session typically lasts about 10 minutes, with most patients requiring three sessions performed at weekly intervals.
If you are experiencing heel pain, tendon or muscle pain, visit our office in Chicago for EPAT. With the availability of EPAT, we can help you find relief from your pain so that you can continue your daily tasks.

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