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Dr. Marc Feder, Dr. Jason Kalk, and Dr. Jacob Richey of Affiliated Podiatrists in Chicago, IL, help you manage your foot care as you age. Taking care of your feet helps you stay on your feet! Foot care is especially important for our diabetic patients to prevent ulcers and other complications.
There are several changes we go through as we age, and some of these changes affect the health of your feet. Your feet may change in size or shape as arches begin to collapse. Skin also transforms as we age, becoming thinner and drier which can lead to cracks on your heels.
As we get older we can also start to feel the long-term effects of poor footwear choices. The best thing you can do for your feet is consistently wearing comfortable and supportive footwear. Remember your feet may have changed size and you should be sized appropriately. Get rid of old and uncomfortable footwear to prevent injury. Footwear that supports your arch and has ample room for your toes so they don't overlap is best.
You need to take extra care of your feet daily as you age, and diabetic patients are especially prone to developing foot problems. It's recommended to wash and thoroughly dry your feet daily, especially between the toes. Inspect both feet for any cuts, blisters, or signs of infection. Use a mirror to check the bottom of your feet if you need to. Moisturizing daily can help with dry skin and any cracks.
Regular activity is important for healthy circulation so make sure you're exercising regularly. If you do sit for a long period of time, elevating the feet and lower legs can help improve circulation.
Affiliated Podiatrists in Chicago, IL, can help you manage your foot care as you age. Contact Dr. Marc Feder, Dr. Jason Kalk, and Dr. Jacob Richey at (773) 202-8800.
Foot pain can be debilitating and at Affiliated Podiatrists, doctors offer several services to help you manage or heal that pain. At either of their Chicago, IL, medical offices, you can receive EPAT (extracorporeal pulse activation technology) to treat pain.
What is EPAT?
EPAT (extracorporeal pulse activation technology), known as shockwave therapy, is a technique used to treat numerous chronic inflammatory conditions. It utilizes high-intensity sound waves to breakdown scar tissue and increases blood flow to areas of poor circulation to stimulate healing.
You need a minimum of three sessions to a maximum of five sessions, each session lasting about 10-15 minutes for proper or complete treatment. If you're worried about the pain, EPAT treatment feels like getting repeatedly snapped with a rubber band initially then dulls into light pulses.
What are the benefits of EPAT?
EPAT helps relieve pain and heal chronic conditions that don’t respond to traditional treatment. One of its other advantages is it's non-invasive (no scarring), requires no downtime, and no anesthesia.
You can expect to see results/improvements within four weeks after the last treatment. More dramatic results may occur 8-12 weeks after the last treatment.
Who can receive EPAT treatment?
EPAT isn't recommended for people using blood thinners or women who are pregnant.
How to prepare for EPAT?
Discontinue all anti-inflammatories (Ibuprofen (Advil), Aleve, and all prescription anti-inflammatories) at least one week before the procedure. The only exception, but make sure to consult your Chicago podiatrist, is Tylenol because it's anti-inflammatory.
What does EPAT treat?
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Posterior Tibial Tendonitis
- Anterior Tibial Tendonitis
- Plantar Plate Injuries
- Peroneal Tendonitis
- Interdigital Neuromas
Do you want to speak with a podiatrist?
If you'd like to learn more about EPAT, or shockwave therapy, call Affiliated Podiatrists in Chicago, IL office at (773) 202-8800.
If you're dealing with the consequences of a musculoskeletal condition, the chances of MLS therapy working for you are pretty high. This dual laser system is placed directly over the treatment area by one of our podiatrists and delivers pulses that have an anti-inflammatory and anti-edema effect on tissues. MLS laser therapy can be a key component in your pain management plan. If you're interested in learning more about it, schedule a consultation with Dr. Marc Feder, Dr. Joel Feder, Dr. Jason Kalk, or Dr. Jacob Richey in one of our two Chicago, IL, locations.
What You Need To Know About MLS Laser Therapy
MLS laser therapy is FDA-approved as a safe and effective way to stimulate the body's natural healing process when it needs a little boost. It targets specific areas of the body, such as the tendons, ligaments, muscles, and soft tissues, to increase blood flow while reducing inflammation. At Affiliated Podiatrists, Ltd., we provide this service to patients because it's a non-invasive technique that doesn't require surgery. It can treat a multitude of painful orthopedic conditions, from foot to back and neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, and many others.
When to Visit a Podiatrist
No one deserves to live in chronic pain. When you're struggling with discomfort from debilitating conditions like tendonitis, arthritis, muscle tears, hip and knee pain, strains and sprains, etc., our podiatrists can improve your quality of life. They can also utilize this procedure to enhance nerve function, as well as vascular and metabolic activity. MLS laser therapy accelerates tissue and repair growth, leading to faster wound healing. MLS therapy doesn't mask an underlying condition - it resolves the problem with long-lasting results. If that sounds like a positive adjustment from your current situation, give our Chicago, IL office a call to get started.
If you'd like to discuss MLS laser therapy further, Dr. Marc Feder, Dr. Joel Feder, Dr. Jason Kalk, or Dr. Jacob Richey can address any questions, comments, or concerns during the initial visit. Many individuals can benefit from this procedure, and you may be a candidate. For more information about MLS laser therapy, other conditions we treat, and services provided by Affiliated Podiatrists, Ltd., visit our website. We have two convenient Chicago, IL, locations for our patients. Please call (773) 202-8800 or (773) 558-4799 for appointment scheduling.
Here at Affiliated Podiatrists Ltd. in Chicago, IL, Drs. Feder, Kalk, and Richley treat common foot conditions such as bunions, warts, hammertoes, and more every day. Read on to learn how our podiatrists can help keep your feet in top shape.
Why see a podiatrist?
If your feet/ankles hurt or your mobility has been impaired by a podiatric condition such as bunions or hammertoes, your entire life can be affected. After all, pain, poor gait, limited range of motion, and more can all impair your ability to care for your family, work, or enjoy your favorite hobbies.
Accordingly, here at Affiliated Podiatrists Ltd., your foot doctors recommend an annual podiatric checkup for everyone over the age of 40 and more frequently for diabetics and those with serious conditions such as peripheral artery disease. During these appointments, your podiatrists check the ligaments, tendons, and even skin and nails to ensure optimal podiatric health.
Additionally, your podiatrists perform specialized gait analysis, take sophisticated imaging (such as MRIS), assess circulation, and more. Customized treatment plans can include surgeries as needed, but more frequently, your foot doctors provide the exercises, shoe inserts, laser therapies, and other less invasive treatments that are effective yet cause less downtime and inconvenience.
Common podiatric conditions and treatments
Here are some of the podiatric conditions that your foot doctors treat in their Chicago offices:
- Bunions, an acquired deformity of the joint at the base of the big toe
- Hammertoes, in which the smaller toes resemble claws due to pressure from poorly fitting shoes
- Ingrown toenails which grow into the skin at the side of the big toes because of poor pedicure techniques and shoes with narrow toe boxes
- Fungal toenails, or onychomycosis, yellow, brittle nails infected with a fungi which thrive in moist, dark environments such as sweaty sneakers
- Plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the connective tissue which stretches across the arch, causing heel pain
- Plantar warts, small hard bumps on the bottom surface of either foot, typically caused by a virus
- Corns and calluses, thickened areas of skin which form from pressure and friction inside the shoe
Drs. Feder, Kalk, and Richley offer traditional and highly reliable treatment plans for these conditions. Additionally, they work to provide the latest innovations in foot and ankle care.
How are your feet doing?
Find out for sure by coming to Affiliated Podiatrists Ltd. in Chicago. We have two convenient locations and Saturday hours, as well. For the Central Avenue location, phone (773) 202-8800. For West Addison Street, call (773) 696-4700.