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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.).
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.