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Find out why bunions occur and what can be done about them.
Bunions are a very common foot deformity that often impacts the large joint at the base of the big toe. Anywhere from 10-25 percent of people will develop bunions. If left improperly managed, bunions can become so large and painful that they can alter the structure of your feet and impact everyday movement and activities. Before this happens let our Chicago, IL, podiatrists Dr. Marc Feder, Dr. Jason Kalk, and Dr. Jacob Richey help you get the proper care your feet deserve.
What Causes Bunions?
There are several causes for bunions including:
Genetics While you may not want to hear it, your genetics play a big role in whether you develop bunions. Therefore, if your parents or a close family member has a bunion, chances are good that you may develop one too. Certain foot structures are more prone to developing bunions or other foot deformities, and your foot structure is something you can thank your genes for.
Injury or Health Problems Foot injuries and certain health problems such as arthritis or neuromuscular disorders can increase your risk for developing bunions. If you have had a foot injury in the past or you’re dealing with a neuromuscular disorder, talk with our Chicago, IL, podiatrists about ways to manage your condition to prevent a bunion from forming.
Footwear The shoes you wear are also important for the health and structure of your feet. The reason so many women develop bunions is because of high heels. Shoes that put pressure on the big toe joint such as high heels will make it more likely to develop a bunion. It’s important to avoid high heels (heels over 2 inches) and shoes with pointed toes.
A combination of these factors contributes greatly to whether or not you develop bunions. While you can’t change certain health problems or your genes, you can protect your feet against injuries and make sure that you are wearing the proper footwear.
Our podiatrists can help you find the proper footwear or determine if custom orthotics could improve the overall function and structure of your feet to reduce your risk for bunions.
Affiliated Podiatrists is proud to provide compassionate, individualized care to patients in and around Chicago, IL. If you are dealing with a bunion, or think you might be, then call us today at (773) 202-8800 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Feder, Dr. Kalk, and Dr. Richey.
What's one of the common foot problems? It may surprise you to know that it's warts. Small, roundish, bumpy growths anywhere on the foot. Plantar warts often cause children and adults considerable discomfort. Do you have a wart or two? Your Edgebrook, Chicago podiatrists make wart treatment at Affiliated Podiatrists easy and effective. Your feet can look and feel great again.
What causes warts?
Also called Verruca Vulgaris, this benign skin lesion starts with a virus, the Human Papillomavirus, or HPV. Easily spread with skin-to-skin contact or even skin-to-surface contact (sinks, floors, toilets), HPV invades the skin through small cracks or abrasions and quickly forms one or more warts.
A group of warts is called "mosaic" while a single lesion is called a "solitary". Either way, your Edgebrook podiatrist easily recognizes the sometimes speckled, skin-colored bumps and knows how to treat them. He'll also tell you ways to keep yourself wart-free.
Other symptoms of warts
The older you are, the more a plantar wart can impact your life. If you have plantar warts, you will notice:
- Pain when you walk
- A rapid spread from one to two or more warts and other areas of the foot or body
- Calluses or corns forming near the wart
Available treatments from your Edgebrook podiatrists
Your foot doctor may approach your warts in different ways depending on how big they are, their number, their location, and how uncomfortable you are.
Common in-office options are:
- Surgical removal
- Laser removal
- Cryosurgery (freezing warts)
Bathrooms, gym locker rooms, showers, and other wet areas are great breeding grounds for the virus. So, try not to walk barefoot through them (wear flip-flops), and avoid sharing towels, sneakers, or athletic equipment. Never scratch existing plantar warts as they can spread to your hands.
Wart Treatment in Edgebrook
Eliminate those bothersome warts, and have comfy, smooth skin again. Call Affiliated Podiatrists for a consultation with one of our wonderful podiatrists in Chicago. Phone today: (773) 202-8800.
Toenail fungus can be a very serious issue if not taken seriously, and, unfortunately, foot care is generally ignored or unprioritized. Affiliated Podiatrists in Chicago, IL, realize this is a big problem. "Fungal infections are reported to cause 23% of foot diseases and 50% of nail conditions" according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
More About Toenail Fungus
Nail fungus, or onychomycosis, is when a fungus infects the areas between your toes. The fungus starts as a white or yellow spot under the toenail and starts infesting deeper layers of tissue causing discoloration, thickening, and crumbling of nails.
Symptoms generally consist of the description mentioned above in addition to a distorted nail shape and a foul smell. If you're unsure, it's always best to speak with your Chicago, IL, podiatrist.
What are risk factors to keep an eye out for?
- Age is an issue because of reduced blood flow as we grow older, as well as increased exposure to fungi and slower nail growth
- Heavy sweating and history of athlete's foot
- Walking without slippers or flipflops in damp communal areas like gym shower rooms
- Skin or nail injury like psoriasis
- Diseases like diabetes that, like aging, affects circulation
- Compromised immune system
What are some complications?
Severe toenail infections may be painful, permanently damage nails, and spread to other parts of your feet. This becomes a huge problem if you have a disease like diabetes. Medications used by diabetics suppress the immune system making it easier for the fungus to wreak havoc.
What are some preventative measures?
- Wash your hands and feet regularly using lukewarm water and moisturize your nails.
- Trim nails straight across and disinfect nail clippers.
- Wear sweat-absorbing socks and choose well-fitted shoes.
- Use disinfectants or antifungal powders in older shoes to protect feet.
- Wear footwear in damp communal areas.
Do you need to speak with a podiatrist?
Affiliated Podiatrists in Chicago, IL, can help diagnose and treat your foot problems. For more information about a toenail fungus, give them a call at (773) 202-8800.
Dealing with ankle pain? Here’s what it could be.
Pain is your body’s way of letting you know that something is wrong, and if you are dealing with ankle pain you better listen to what it is trying to tell you. If you find ankle pain to have taken its toll on your daily routine it’s important that you turn to Edgebrook, Chicago podiatrists Dr. Marc Feder, Dr. Jason Kalk and Dr. Jacob Richey. We can determine what’s causing your ankle pain and how to best treat it.
Here are the top three causes of ankle pain:
1. Tendonitis: When the tendons of the feet and ankles become inflamed this leads to tendonitis. Most people have heard of Achilles tendonitis, which often occurs over time and is particularly common in runners and other athletes.
If you ignore your ankle pain you may find yourself dealing with pain that continues to radiate to the knees, hips, and even back. While minor forms of tendonitis will often go away with rest and conservative care, if you find that pain doesn’t go away within a couple of days it’s a good idea to consult your podiatrist.
2. Fracture: A fracture occurs when one or more bones in the ankle break. When this happens, the injury results in immediate (and quite possibly, intense) pain, swelling, and difficulty moving or putting weight on the injured ankle. If the pain and swelling persist for days, it’s quite possible that you could have a fracture.
Since it is possible for someone to confuse the symptoms of a fracture with something more minor like a sprain, it’s a good idea to get X-rays from a podiatrist. If you have a fractured ankle you may need to wear a cast or a protective boot while you heal.
3. Arthritis: If you are noticing widespread pain in the ankle rather than just pain in a very specific spot, this could be a sign of joint problems. If you also notice stiffness and pain with movement, you could be dealing with a chronic disease known as arthritis. Ankles and feet are common areas for arthritis to set in, and it’s important that you see a doctor right away for treatment, as this condition is progressive and can lead to permanent joint damage.
Should I see a podiatrist?
It may be easy to shrug off minor ankle pain, but it’s important that you seek proper medical attention from our Edgebrook, Chicago podiatrists to find out what’s going on. If you find that your pain is getting worse or isn’t going away with rest and home care, then it’s time to see a doctor.
If you notice pain or other changes in the health of your feet or ankles it’s important that you call your Edgebrook, Chicago podiatrists as soon as possible.
To schedule an appointment with a podiatrist, call us at (773) 202-8800.
A bunion is a bony swelling that occurs on the joint at the base of your big toe. It begins to form as some of the small bones in your foot slip out of place. When this happens, the end of your big toe is drawn towards your other toes forcing the joint on your big toe outwards. Here at Affiliated Podiatrists, Ltd. in Chicago, IL, our podiatrists specialize in treating bunions.
Signs and Symptoms of a Bunion
Indications that you have a bunion may include:
- A hard swelling at the base of your big toe
- Inflammation of the affected joint
- Callouses or corns between the big toe and the second toe
- Tenderness of the affected joint
- Inability to move your big toe
- Sharp pains in the affected joint that come and go
Often, bunions do not require medical treatment. However, you can benefit from seeing a podiatrist, particularly if you have:
- Persistent pain
- Difficulty wearing shoes
- Minimal movement of your big toe
What Causes Bunions?
Though the exact cause of a bunion is not known, medical specialists believe that the following factors are involved:
- Trauma to the foot
- Inherited gene
- Birth deformities
- Ill-fitting shoes
People with rheumatoid arthritis may also be prone to bunions.
Bunion Risk Factors
It’s possible that the following factors may increase your risk of bunions:
- Wearing high-heeled shoes that compress the toes
- Wearing shoes that are too narrow
- An inflammatory condition such as rheumatoid arthritis
- Genes inherited from your parents
Possible Complications from Bunions
If left untreated, bunions may lead to more serious complications such as:
- Hammertoe: This condition causes an abnormal bend in the middle joint of a toe – usually the second, third or fourth toe. It can be painful and debilitating.
- Bursitis: This condition causes a build-up of fluid in the pads that cushion your toe’s joints. This causes the joints to become inflamed.
- Metatarsalgia: This condition causes inflammation and pain in the ball of your foot.
If you are suffering from bunions, call one of Affiliated Podiatrists' three offices:
- N. Central Ave Chicago, - (773) 202-8800
- W. Addison St Chicago - 773-696-4700
- N. Francisco Ave. Chicago - (773) 558-4799