Posts for: February, 2019
How your podiatrists in Chicago, IL, can help with bunion pain
Bunions can make it difficult to go about your day. Bunions appear as hard, bony lumps on the side of your big toe, and are usually caused by wearing shoes that are too narrow, as they cause your toes to crush together. High heels add to the problem by pushing your toes forward, which is why bunions are more common in women. With two convenient office locations in Chicago, IL, the podiatrists at Affiliated Podiatrists can treat your bunions and relieve your pain. Read on to learn more about bunions, and call Affiliated Podiatrists for direct treatment!
More about Bunions
Narrow footwear isn’t the only factor that causes bunions. They can also be caused by a genetic bone deformity in your feet, a foot injury or trauma, rheumatoid arthritis, or foot stress at work or from your activities.
For small bunions and minor bunion pain, you may get relief from a few simple treatments you can do at home. You can try:
- Icing your bunion several times during the day
- Taping around the bunion for additional cushioning
- Placing inserts or padding inside your shoes to support the bunion
- Changing to wider, more supportive footwear
- Taking Tylenol or ibuprofen to reduce swelling and pain
If you have a larger, moderate or severely painful bunion, it’s time to visit your Chicago podiatrists. There are several effective treatments they may recommend, including:
- Removing calluses and corns to reduce friction
- Custom-fit orthotics and footwear to add support
- Physical therapy and stretching to maintain mobility
- Night splints to help realign your toe and foot
- Surgical therapy to remove the bunion, known as a bunionectomy
Need Bunion Treatment In Chicago? Give Us a Call!
Don’t put up with bunion pain when help is just a phone call away. For more information about bunions and other common foot conditions, call Affiliated Podiatrists today at either (773) 202-8800 for the N. Central Ave location or (773) 696-4700 for the office on W. Addison St.
Find out how shockwave therapy could eliminate chronic heel pain.
Dealing with heel pain is certainly frustrating but luckily some people are able to manage their symptoms until the problem goes away. But what if the problem doesn’t go away? If our Chicago podiatrists have diagnosed you with chronic plantar fasciitis or tendonitis and the symptoms aren’t going away or responding to at-home care then it might be time to consider extracorporeal pulse activation treatment (EPAT).
What is EPAT?
EPAT is a non-invasive treatment option that uses shockwave therapy to treat chronic forms of heel pain caused by tendonitis and plantar fasciitis, the two most common causes of chronic heel pain. EPAT technology targets the inflamed and damaged areas to trigger the body’s natural healing response to improve circulation and blood flow to the areas, regenerate healthy tissue and to speed up the healing process. This is a great option for those patients who want to avoid surgery.
What should I expect from this procedure?
EPAT is an amazingly fast treatment, which is a benefit to many of our patients who lead busy lives. There are also no anesthesia or needles involved in getting this treatment, so it’s completely non-invasive.
Does EPAT hurt?
EPAT uses special technology that sends pulses of energy to the areas of the foot causing you pain. EPAT should not be painful (after all, it’s trying to alleviate your pain not cause it). Some patients report a repetitive tapping sensation in their feet during the session, but you shouldn't feel discomfort.
When will I see results?
Some patients notice a reduction in their heel pain after just one session while others may experience pain relief after around four weeks of treatment. It’s usually around the third EPAT session that patients notice the biggest difference in their symptoms.
How many EPAT sessions will I need?
On average, a patient will need to undergo anywhere from 3-5 sessions spaced out over several weeks. During your consultation, our Chicago foot doctors will discuss your treatment plan and how often you will need to come in for EPAT.
Are you interested in learning more about shockwave therapy to improve the health and function of your feet in Chicago, IL? If you are ready to finally get back to your daily workouts then call Affiliated Podiatrists today to schedule an evaluation. Let’s find out if EPAT therapy is right for you.
We proudly announce the addition of our newest modality: Cutting Edge's Robotic 6 MLS (Multi-Wave Locked System) Laser Therapy. Without pain or heat, this Class IV Laser features 2 Wavelengths that synchronize to eradicate pain and inflammation to speed healing. And it's performed in our office.