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Let your flexible spending account work hard for you and your footcare needs when you need it most.
Has your employer enrolled you in a flexible spending account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA)? If so, then this could help you afford the necessary medical care you need when you are dealing with foot or ankle problems in Chicago and you need to turn to our podiatrists for treatment. (The kind of care that might not have been a covered benefit by the terms of your insurance policy.) Medical care shouldn’t break the bank and using your flexible spending account can help you save money and stay healthy.
How does an FSA or HSA work?
It’s important to be aware that both of these spending accounts take a use-it-or-lose-it approach. Therefore, whatever money is in your account that you don’t use at the end of the year you’ll lose. While some companies may offer a rollover, chances are good that you will lose the money you put into your spending account if you don’t use it.
If you find that you have cash left in your FSA or HAS you’ll want to use it before December 31st. Luckily, podiatry visits and treatments qualify. With HSA/FSA you can pay for,
Regular appointments: Preventive care is always the best medicine. Visit our Chicago foot doctors every year to make sure that your feet and ankles are healthy and that you are doing everything you can to keep them free from disease and injury.
Orthotics: Custom orthotics can provide your feet with additional cushioning and support and can help everyone from diabetics to athletes.
Laser therapy: Whether your podiatrist has recommended EPAT to treat heel or tendon pain or you are interested in getting PinPointe™ laser therapy to treat your stubborn toenail fungus, your flexible spending account can make it possible to afford the treatments you need to care for your feet.
Affiliated Podiatrists has two offices to provide more comprehensive and attentive foot and ankle care to patients living in Chicago, IL. If you have a flex spending account then let’s talk about ways that we can help you save on the foot and ankle care you need. Call us for an appointment. Now the freedom to choose is yours. Call 773-202-8800.
This new laser treatment can target chronic and acute pain and inflammation.
Oh the places you go, thanks to your feet; however, this often means that at some point you may deal with foot discomfort. If foot and ankle pain has been going on for some time then our Chicago podiatrists can help.
While we offer a wide range of treatment options to cater to both acute and chronic pain and inflammation, Affiliated Podiatrists is also pleased to offer patients the MLS (Multi-Wave Locked System) 6 laser made by Cutting Edge for providing more effective pain relief.
What is MLS laser therapy?
This revolutionary, FDA-cleared laser treatment is used to reduce pain and inflammation while improving blood flow and healing to areas of the body including the feet. This laser has the ability to stimulate the body’s natural healing response, making it a safe way to target and eliminate pain. Plus, laser therapy offers a simple solution for managing pain without having to take medication for the long term or undergo invasive surgery.
Who could benefit from getting MLS laser therapy?
You may benefit from this laser treatment if you are dealing with,
- Muscle spasms
- Plantar fasciitis
- Sports-related injuries
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Stress fractures
- Strains and sprains
Many musculoskeletal injuries or problems that lead to pain and inflammation in the feet and ankles could benefit from this simple laser therapy.
What should I expect from this treatment?
In less than 10 minutes this laser system is directed over the affected foot, delivering energy into the body and stimulating the natural healing response. Before getting treatment our foot doctor will sit down with you and discuss the issues you are having. Based on the type and severity of the condition or injury, we will determine how many sessions you will need in order to receive the best results. In most cases, patients will need to undergo anywhere from 6-8 separate treatment sessions.
Affiliated Podiatrists has two offices in Chicago to provide more patients with the highest quality foot care possible. If you are dealing with chronic foot pain and inflammation that isn’t responding to conservative care then it’s time to sit down with one of our podiatrists to find out if MLS laser therapy is right for you.
PinPointe Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus
Struggling with toenail fungus? Toenail fungus is an infection underneath the surface of the toenail caused by fungus. It can make your toenail get thicker or change color. It can also be painful. If you suffer from toenail fungus, laser treatment can help. The PinPointe FootLaser provides effective, comfortable treatment of toenail fungus. Affiliated Podiatrists, which has two offices in Chicago, IL, offers PinPointe laser treatments to the patients they serve.
What is Toenail Fungus?
Toenail fungus is an infection underneath the surface of the nail caused by fungus. Toenail fungal infections can range from a simple nuisance to a significant problem in a person’s life. A toenail fungal infection is progressive and won't go away without treatment. A proper diagnosis and treatment can increase your chances of success and prevent long-term damage to the toenail.
How Does Nail Fungus Affect my Life?
A toenail fungal infection can be distressing and have a negative effect on your quality of life. Many patients who are suffering from toenail fungus feel embarrassed about their condition. Many patients avoid wearing sandals because of how their toenails look. Toenail fungus can also lead to pain and mobility problems.
How Does PinPointe FootLaser Work?
The laser works by shining a beam of light into a nail infected with fungus. The laser penetrates the nail and vaporizes fungus embedded in the nail plate and nail bed where toenail fungus exists. The biggest difference between nail fungus laser treatment and other treatments such as medications or topical treatments is that it reaches to the core of the infection and destroys the fungus completely.
Are Laser Treatments Painful?
PinPointe laser treatments are minimally invasive. The laser light beam does not harm the toenail or surrounding skin. PinPointe laser treatments are virtually painless, and there is no need for anesthesia. The procedure typically takes only 30-minutes to complete. Pinpointe laser treatments make it comfortable, easy and effective to finally get rid of toenail fungus.
Are PinPointe Laser Treatments Safe?
PinPointe laser treatment is safe and effective. It has been approved by the FDA and doesn’t involve any bandaging. There are no associated side effects with using PinPointe laser treatments in treating toenail fungal infections.
Toenail fungus can be treated with the PinPointe FootLaser, saving years of pain and embarrassment. Call Affiliated Podiatrists at (773) 202-8800 today to schedule an appointment for our office on N. Central Ave. in Chicago, IL. Call (773) 696-4700 to schedule an appointment for our office on W. Addison St. in Chicago, IL. You will experience exemplary service and world-class care at Affiliated Podiatrists!
When it comes to foot-related concerns, bunions aren't an easy problem to ignore and they don't get better without targeted treatment. They reshape your feet and toes, pushing them out of alignment, and they can cause other foot injuries. Find out how a foot doctor at Affiliated Podiatrists in Chicago, IL can treat your bunions.
Struggling with Bunions
In their normal state, your feet are straight and flexible, with a slight arch on the inside. When they are affected by bunions, the front of the foot turns out of alignment. Instead of pointing straight forward, the large toe is bent toward the left side on the left foot, and the right side for the right foot. This causes the toe bone to move outward, producing a bump that looks like a growth on the foot. The other toes press together and become irritated or develop calluses. Bunions are unattractive, uncomfortable, and harmful to your feet in the long term.
To understand the source of your bunions, start by looking at the shoes that you wear on a daily basis. Shoes that squeeze the toes together or push them forward when you walk are the likely culprits behind bunions. If you have a family history of bunions or foot deformities, you may be more likely to develop this relatively common foot problem. Arthritis, which causes inflammation of the joints, may also play a role in why some patients struggle with bunions.
Bunion Treatment Options
Your bunions can be successfully treated by your Chicago, IL foot doctor with non-invasive therapies and in severe cases, surgery. Here are some of the options that could help your case:
- Adding pads between the toes so that they’ll separate and realign.
- Orthotics to stabilize the foot joints.
- Night splinting to encourage better alignment of the big toe.
- Physical therapy and special foot exercises to make the feet flexible again.
- Injection therapy for pain.
- Bunionectomy (surgery for bunions).
No More Bunions
Seek assistance from a foot doctor if you have noticed bunions starting to form on your feet. Call (773) 202-8800 today to schedule a visit to Affiliated Podiatrists in Chicago, IL.
What your podiatrists in Chicago want you to know
If you have athlete’s foot, you already know how itchy and annoying it can be. Showing off your feet can be an embarrassing experience. Fortunately, you don’t have to suffer from athlete’s foot because there are effective remedies. Your podiatrists at Affiliated Podiatrists in Chicago, IL, want to share the facts about athlete’s foot prevention and treatment.
Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungus that thrives in moist, warm environments like public pools, showers, exercise facilities, and locker rooms. The best way to prevent athlete’s foot is to always wear shoes or flip-flops to avoid contact with the fungus. You should also keep your feet dry by changing your socks and shoes frequently to avoid exposing your feet to a sweaty environment for a long period of time.
Athlete’s foot has several identifiable signs and symptoms, including:
- Uncontrollable itching
- Red, scaly skin on your feet and toes
- Blisters, ulcers or open sores on your feet
- Itching that worsens when you take off your socks and shoes
If you experience any of these signs and symptoms and think you might have athlete’s foot, you can try some tips at home. Remember to:
- Wash your feet daily with antibacterial soap
- Apply over-the-counter antifungal cream daily
- Change your socks regularly to keep your feet dry
For stubborn cases of athlete’s foot, it’s best to visit the experts, your podiatrists at Affiliated Podiatrists. They can prescribe topical and oral antifungal medications to stop the itch and get rid of the fungus for good.
Remember that athlete’s foot fungus can spread so never share linens, mats, socks, or other personal items with others if you have athlete’s foot. Also, try not to scratch or pick at the rash because it can infect your hands by burrowing underneath your fingernails.
You don’t have to put up with the itchy, annoying problem of athlete’s foot. Get some help and relief today by calling your podiatrists at Affiliated Podiatrists in Chicago, IL. You and your feet deserve to look and feel great, so call today!