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A sprain is the stretching or tearing of ligaments and most commonly affects the ankle. Dr. Marc Feder, Dr. Jason Kalk, and Dr. Jacob Richey are podiatrists at Affiliated Podiatrists, Ltd., with an office located in Chicago, IL. They can provide expert care for your ankle sprain.
A ligament is a tough band of fibrous tissue connecting two bones in your joints, and when it is overstretched or tears, it leads to a sprain. When the sprain is mild, you can treat it at home with rest, ice, elevation, and compression. However, when an ankle sprain is more severe, you may need surgery to repair the damaged ligament.
Ankle Sprain Symptoms
Depending on the severity of the sprain, the symptoms experienced will vary, but they may include:
- Limited ability to move the ankle
- "Pop" felt or heard at the time of injury
When Should You See a Podiatrist
You may be able to treat a mild sprain in the comfort of your home. Dr. Feder, Dr. Kalk, and Dr. Richey of Affiliated Podiatrists, Ltd., in Chicago, IL, are experienced podiatrists who will evaluate you for a possible ankle sprain by performing a physical exam to determine the best treatment plan for you. The injury can cause serious issues, such as ankle fractures, so it is best not to wait to see a doctor. There are signs and symptoms to look for that indicate a more severe sprain that requires medical attention.
You need to see a doctor if you:
- Are unable to move or bear weight on the ankle
- Feel pain directly over the bones of the ankle
- Experience numbness or tingling in any part of the ankle
Causes of Ankle Sprains
When you overextend or tear a ligament in your ankle, a sprain occurs and is often caused by walking, running, or exercising on an uneven surface, or landing awkwardly after a jump.
Other risk factors can contribute to sprains, and they include:
- Fatigue: When a muscle is tired, they are not at their best to support your ankle. It is also more susceptible to succumb to forces causing stress on the joint.
- Environmental conditions: When an uneven surface is made worse by being wet and slippery, you become more prone to injury.
- Inadequate equipment: If your footwear is ill-fitting or poorly maintained, it can lead to poor support of your ankle. If you use faulty exercise equipment, it can also lead to an injury.
Treatment for An Ankle Sprain
Depending on the severity, you may be able to perform self-care of a sprain with just rest, ice, elevation, and compression. You may also take over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, to help with the pain. With time, you will be able to use the ankle again.
When you experience an ankle sprain, you can count on the podiatrists' team at Affiliated Podiatrists, Ltd., Dr. Feder, Dr. Kalk, and Dr. Richey, located in Chicago, IL, to provide expert care for your ankle sprain. Please call them for an appointment today at (773) 202-8800.
You can easily get your bunion pain under control with simple home care.
When was the last time you really looked at your feet? If you suddenly noticed that your big toe is leaning against the other toes and the joint at the base of the big toe is jutting out, then you could very well be dealing with a bunion. While bunions can happen to anyone, our Near North Chicago, IL, podiatrists Dr. Marc Feder, Dr. Jason Kalk and Dr. Jacob Richey see them most often in women.
If you have been diagnosed with bunions, there are simple strategies that you can implement in your daily life that can slow the progression of this common deformity and prevent you from needing surgery down the road. Here are some ways to manage your bunions,
- Avoid shoes that have a pointed toe or heels higher than 2 inches
- Wear shoes that have a wide toe box, provide ample cushioning and support, and are properly fitted
- Apply an ice pack for 10-15 minutes to reduce swelling
- Take a pain reliever like ibuprofen when pain and swelling appear
- Lose excess weight (if overweight or obese), which can take the pressure off of your feet
- Apply a non-medicated pad to your bunion before putting on shoes (this can prevent friction and reduce the risk for a callus)
- Tape or brace the foot to realign the deformed joint
- Stretch and exercise your feet and toes every day to improve strength and mobility
- Consider wearing a splint at night while you sleep, which can also temporarily realign the joint
When to See a Podiatrist
If you don’t know whether or not your foot pain is caused by a bunion then it’s a good idea to see our Near North Chicago, IL, foot doctors for an evaluation. If you’ve already been diagnosed with a bunion by a qualified foot care professional and your at-home care isn’t providing you with the relief you need then this is another reason to come into our practice.
If you are dealing with moderate to severe bunion pain that isn’t responding to nonsurgical treatment options, then you may want to discuss with us whether a bunionectomy might be right for you.
Worried that you might be dealing with a bunion? Living with bunion pain around the Near North Chicago, IL, area? If so, call Affiliated Podiatrists today at (773) 202-8800 to schedule an evaluation with one of our foot and ankle professionals.
Diabetes is a disease that occurs when the blood sugar level is too high. Drs. Jacob Richey, Jason Kalk, and Marc Feder of Affiliated Podiatrists Ltd. provide diabetic patients with foot care at their Chicago IL, offices, which serve the following neighborhoods: Edgebrook and Budlong Woods.
Why Diabetic Foot Care is Important
Diabetes can be dangerous to your feet because it affects nerves, which reduces feeling in the feet. Diabetes also reduces blood flow to the feet, which means it's going to take longer for your feet to heal from a simple cut. Both these points make diabetic foot care all the more important at your podiatrist office.
How to Care for Diabetic Feet
- Inspect your feet daily to check for cuts, blisters, redness, swelling, or nail problems.
- Wash your feet in lukewarm water daily using a soft washcloth or sponge and dry properly and carefully between toes.
- Moisturize your feet to prevent cracked feet but not between toes to avoid fungal infection.
- Cut nails straight across and file edges.
- Visit your podiatrist if you have corns or calluses instead of treating yourself at home.
- Wear clean, dry socks and change them daily.
- Wear socks to bed if your feet get cold at night and avoid heating pad or hot water bottle.
- Clean the inside of shoes before wearing them to avoid foreign objects like pebbles hurting your feet.
- Keep your feet warm and dry, especially when it's raining or snowing.
- Don't walk barefoot, even at home to avoid getting a scratch or cut.
- Keep your blood sugar levels under control, don’t smoke, and get periodic foot exams.
Do you need to speak with a podiatrist?
Diabetes makes it hard to notice foot issues and healing takes a long time. Things as simple as blisters or sores may lead to amputation if not taken care of properly and immediately. If you would like more information or would like to make an appointment, just call (773) 202-8800 or (773) 558-4799 today! Drs. Jacob Richey, Jason Kalk, and Marc Feder of Affiliated Podiatrists Ltd. can help. They're located in Chicago, IL, serving two Chicago neighborhoods: Edgebrook and Budlong Woods.
Why are bunions painful? Put simply, they’re deformities associated with the MTP (metatarsophalangeal) joint found at the base of your big toe. When the metatarsal bone of the foot begins to turn outward while the big toe turns inward, the joint will jut out and the bunion is formed. It becomes inflamed, stiff, and painful because the majority of shoes are not designed to support and protect against such misalignment of the joint.
What can you do to avoid bunion formation and progression? Aside from seeking professional advice from your podiatrist here at Affiliated Podiatrists, LTD., in one of our Chicago, IL, offices, here are some practical tips to keep your Chicago bunion in check.
Shoes for Comfort
When you wear comfortable shoes, there is less pressure over the joint where bunions usually form. Comfortable shoes are normally wider at the toe box to give your toes more room for movement. By allowing your toes to rest comfortably, you protect your feet from Chicago bunions.
Aside from the toe box, make sure that your heel and arch are protected as well. This can be assured by having properly fitted shoes. Make sure that your shoes feel comfortable the moment you put it on without having to break it in. In addition, use high heeled-shoes in moderation if necessary.
Take Care of Your Feet
It does not matter where you are, giving your feet ample rest will go a long way in protecting it against bunions. Take off your shoes whenever possible to allow your feet to rest. If you need to wear high-heeled shoes for work, take every opportune moment to rest your feet.
Likewise, learning to take care of your feet from childhood will protect you later in your life. Considering that bunions do not develop overnight, protecting your feet early on will spare you from the pain of bunions. Exercise your feet and toes to strengthen them and prevent bunions.
Part of taking care of your feet is to always be aware of their shape. Any changes in the shape may be a sign of bunion formation, especially if the condition runs in your family. This warrants a proper examination, and if applicable, professional treatment from your podiatrist here in Chicago, IL.
Padding the Bunion
What can you do if you already have a bunion? You should pad or brace the bunion to prevent it from progressing while also minimizing your pain. Shoe inserts that correct the position of the foot will also go a long way in negating the impact of bunions. Using a splint as you sleep will keep your toe straight to ease any discomfort. Additionally, you can treat it with a warm soak, ice pack, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications to help ease irritation and pain.
Take note that surgery is usually not an option in avoiding bunion formation and progression unless an underlying deformity has been identified. Consult with your podiatrist for treatment procedures that apply to your condition.
Get Relief from Your Bunion Now
Schedule a consultation with one of our podiatrists here at Affiliated Podiatrists, LTD, by calling our Central Ave. Chicago, IL, office at (773) 202-8800 or our Francisco Ave. Chicago, IL, office at (773) 558-4799.
Dealing with recurring toenail fungal infections? Laser treatment may be the answer.
Toenail fungus, also referred to as onychomycosis, is an unpleasant and unsightly condition that can be rather difficult to treat. While you may have turned to over-the-counter creams and other medications to help combat the problem, the unfortunate issue is that many OTC products aren’t effective enough. That’s where our Chicago podiatrists, Dr. Marc Feder, Dr. Jason Kalk, and Dr. Jacob Richey can help.
How does the PinPointe laser work?
Unlike ointments and creams, which cannot penetrate through the nail to target the fungus, our laser system is able to safely and painlessly penetrate the nail to heat up and destroy the fungus underneath without affecting the surrounding skin.
How long is the procedure?
Since this laser treatment is minimally invasive it doesn’t require anesthesia or any invasive techniques. Therefore, the procedure itself only takes about 30 minutes per nail. The procedure will take longer if several nails require treatment at a time.
Is there any downtime associated with laser treatment?
There is absolutely no downtime or recovery period associated with PinPointe laser treatment from our Chicago office. Once the procedure is over, you can go right back to your daily routine. There are also virtually no side effects associated with this treatment; however, it is important to note that toenails will not be immediately clear afterward. It will take months for the nail to grow out clear.
How many sessions will I need?
Most patients only require one session in order to fully treat the infection; however, more severe or persistent cases may require one or two additional treatment sessions.
Who should consider receiving PinPointe laser treatment?
Anyone who is dealing with a toenail fungal infection that isn’t finding results through at-home care could benefit from visiting a podiatrist for laser treatment. If you are dealing with severe infections that are causing yellow, thick, and brittle nails, then laser therapy may give you the best results without dealing with side effects. This also provides patients who may not be able to take oral antifungal medications with another effective treatment option.
Affiliated Podiatrists has three locations in Chicago to serve you better. Whether you are dealing with persistent toenail fungal infection, ingrown toenails, or diabetic foot problems, our podiatrists can help you find the care you need. To learn more about PinPointe laser treatment, call us at (773) 202-8800 (N. Central Ave.), (773) 696-4700 (W. Addison St.), or (773) 558-4799 (N. Francisco Ave.).