Your Chicago podiatrists Dr. Marc Feder, Dr. Joel Feder, Dr. Jason Kalk and Dr. Jacob Richey are trained with years of experience in order to treat a variety of foot issues for his patients. They evaluate each patient and determine the most helpful treatment options for their health. Some of the most common foot issues include fungal infections, heel pain and bunions. A Chicago, Illinois bunion specialist can treat a patient’s pain and inflammation effectively.
Treating Foot Issues in Chicago
A bunion is a bump on the side of the big toe. The bump change can affect the entire foot structure. This means that the big toe begins to lean in toward the second toe and throws all of the bones off. This oftentimes is inherited through a patient’s genetics. Certain foot types are also more prone to developing a bunion. Wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen a bunion over time too. Some symptoms of a bunion that warrant seeing your Chicago podiatrist include: burning sensation, pain, redness, soreness and numbness. Common treatment options include custom shoes, padding, anti-inflammatory medication, custom orthotics and injection therapy.
Another common foot issue is plantar fasciitis (heel pain). This can be due to arthritis, nerve issues, tendonitis, a cyst or even a stress fracture. Some signs of this condition include a stabbing pain in the bottom of the foot. The pain is typically worse during the first steps after getting up or after standing or sitting for too long. Heel pain can be diagnosed by your Chicago podiatrist. Treatment options include a change in footwear, custom orthotics or insoles, stretches or massages of the foot muscles, and in chronic cases Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technique (EPAT) treatments.
When you’re having foot issues, it’s best that you don’t put off seeking medical help. Schedule an appointment with Affiliated Podiatrists, Ltd. in Chicago, IL. Call our podiatry office today at 773-202-8800. We are ready and willing to answer any of your questions.
Toenail fungal infections are a common problem. Beyond affecting the appearance of the toenails, toenail fungus can actually lead to other health problems, particularly for individuals with diabetes or disorders of the immune system. For anyone with a toenail fungal infection, it is important to seek treatment from a podiatrist as soon as possible to prevent the infection from spreading. Affiliated Podiatrists in Chicago, IL, utilize state of the art PinPointe laser treatment technology for painlessly eliminating toenail fungus.
Symptoms & Causes of Toenail Fungus
A change in the color of the toenails can be a sign of a possible fungal infection. Additionally, nails appearing spotted or yellowish in color could be infected. Fungal infections can also cause the nails to become loose, brittle or unusually thick. If your toenails exhibit any of these symptoms, you could have a fungal infection and should see a podiatrist for an official diagnosis.
Toenail fungus can be contracted when walking barefoot in damp areas, such as public pools or gym locker rooms. An injury to the nail plate can also result in the development of a fungal infection. Additionally, individuals with circulatory problems or diabetes are especially prone to development fungus on the toenails, as are those with a history of athlete’s foot.
Treatment of Fungal Infections
There are several different options for treating toenail fungus. Traditional treatments include anti-fungal pills, nail lacquers and topical creams. Removing any toenails with a fungal infection is also an option. Unfortunately, some of these methods can be painful or do not always completely resolve the problem. PinPointe laser treatment is an innovative new method utilizing an infrared laser to painlessly remove and heal fungus on the toenails. Affiliated Podiatrists was the first Chicago area podiatrist office to utilize this exciting new technology.
Toenail fungus can be unsightly and also lead to other health problems. If you suspect you have a fungal infection on the toenails, see a Chicago, IL, podiatrist for treatment as soon as possible. To see a podiatrist for diagnosis and treatment of toenail fungus, contact Affiliated Podiatrists at (773) 202-8800.
Our doctors offer an alternative to heel spur and plantar fascia surgery called "extracorporeal pulse activation treatment", or "EPAT" therapy. It delivers low frequency sound waves to the foot, similar to the acoustic shock waves used in a lithotripsy treatment that breaks up kidney stones. The treatment only takes about 10 minutes per foot and delivers 3,000 pulses to the affected area.
The intensity of the pulses is adjusted to what you can tolerate, so a local anesthetic isn't ever needed. It increases blood circulation, stimulates tissue to regenerate and gets the healing process started in the area. Eventually the pain goes away and never returns.
EPAT is also used to treat Achilles tendonitis, bursitis, capsulitis & neuromas.
Find out how we can help you treat these common foot problems.
No one wants to face foot problems, but millions of Americans will deal with common ailments like bunions or fungal toenail infections. Isn’t it better that you are armed with the knowledge to know how to properly treat these issues should you have to deal with them? Our Chicago, IL, podiatrists are here to share the best ways to manage these foot problems.
There are various lifestyle changes you can make to prevent your bunion from progressing. Catching the bunion early on will certainly make treating your condition easier. Our Chicago, IL, foot doctors might recommend:
- New footwear
- Custom orthotics
- Bracing or splinting the foot
- Foot exercises
Most of the time these simple at-home measures are all that’s needed to eliminate symptoms and to prevent bunions from getting worse. Of course, those who have been dealing with severe bunion pain for over a year that haven’t found relief in more conservative measures may require surgery.
Fungal Toenail Infections
Fungus is all around us, and boy does it love to live in moist, dark environments! So if you don’t put on shower shoes the next time you enter the dorm shower or the locker rooms you may find yourself dealing with a nasty fungal infection.
Unfortunately, fungus that lies under the nail can be a bit more difficult to treat since topical treatments often can’t penetrate the nail to get to the fungus. While we can prescribe oral antifungal medications, those dealing with stubborn, chronic or recurring infections should consider PinPointe Foot Laser.
This laser treatment is able to penetrate the harder layers of the nail to heat up and kill the fungus that lies underneath. Plus, there is no recovery time and the procedure is completely safe. In most situations, one treatment may be all that’s needed although there will be follow-up visits after 4 months and 8 months to monitor your progress.
Your feet do a lot for you; isn’t it time you did something for them? If you are worried that you may have a bunion, fungal infection or other affliction then it’s time you turned to Affiliated Podiatrists in Chicago, IL, for the care you need to get back on your feet again.
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.
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