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When it comes to foot-related concerns, bunions aren't an easy problem to ignore and they don't get better without targeted treatment. They reshape your feet and toes, pushing them out of alignment, and they can cause other foot injuries. Find out how a foot doctor at Affiliated Podiatrists in Chicago, IL can treat your bunions.
Struggling with Bunions
In their normal state, your feet are straight and flexible, with a slight arch on the inside. When they are affected by bunions, the front of the foot turns out of alignment. Instead of pointing straight forward, the large toe is bent toward the left side on the left foot, and the right side for the right foot. This causes the toe bone to move outward, producing a bump that looks like a growth on the foot. The other toes press together and become irritated or develop calluses. Bunions are unattractive, uncomfortable, and harmful to your feet in the long term.
To understand the source of your bunions, start by looking at the shoes that you wear on a daily basis. Shoes that squeeze the toes together or push them forward when you walk are the likely culprits behind bunions. If you have a family history of bunions or foot deformities, you may be more likely to develop this relatively common foot problem. Arthritis, which causes inflammation of the joints, may also play a role in why some patients struggle with bunions.
Bunion Treatment Options
Your bunions can be successfully treated by your Chicago, IL foot doctor with non-invasive therapies and in severe cases, surgery. Here are some of the options that could help your case:
- Adding pads between the toes so that they’ll separate and realign.
- Orthotics to stabilize the foot joints.
- Night splinting to encourage better alignment of the big toe.
- Physical therapy and special foot exercises to make the feet flexible again.
- Injection therapy for pain.
- Bunionectomy (surgery for bunions).
No More Bunions
Seek assistance from a foot doctor if you have noticed bunions starting to form on your feet. Call (773) 202-8800 today to schedule a visit to Affiliated Podiatrists in Chicago, IL.
It’s not just the Students who return to school each fall about whom we’re concerned. Yes, their shoes should fit. And feet need to be checked as well as gait be examined. But, it’s also about the Teachers, Administrators, Social Workers, Engineers, Cooks & Support Staff who need good shoes and healthy feet to do their jobs. When your feet hurt, you hurt all over!
Please know that Podiatrists are THE EXPERTS in FOOT & ANKLE CARE. And we welcome New Patients in our practice. Feel free to have your loved ones call: 773-202-8800.
What your podiatrists in Chicago want you to know
If you have athlete’s foot, you already know how itchy and annoying it can be. Showing off your feet can be an embarrassing experience. Fortunately, you don’t have to suffer from athlete’s foot because there are effective remedies. Your podiatrists at Affiliated Podiatrists in Chicago, IL, want to share the facts about athlete’s foot prevention and treatment.
Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungus that thrives in moist, warm environments like public pools, showers, exercise facilities, and locker rooms. The best way to prevent athlete’s foot is to always wear shoes or flip-flops to avoid contact with the fungus. You should also keep your feet dry by changing your socks and shoes frequently to avoid exposing your feet to a sweaty environment for a long period of time.
Athlete’s foot has several identifiable signs and symptoms, including:
- Uncontrollable itching
- Red, scaly skin on your feet and toes
- Blisters, ulcers or open sores on your feet
- Itching that worsens when you take off your socks and shoes
If you experience any of these signs and symptoms and think you might have athlete’s foot, you can try some tips at home. Remember to:
- Wash your feet daily with antibacterial soap
- Apply over-the-counter antifungal cream daily
- Change your socks regularly to keep your feet dry
For stubborn cases of athlete’s foot, it’s best to visit the experts, your podiatrists at Affiliated Podiatrists. They can prescribe topical and oral antifungal medications to stop the itch and get rid of the fungus for good.
Remember that athlete’s foot fungus can spread so never share linens, mats, socks, or other personal items with others if you have athlete’s foot. Also, try not to scratch or pick at the rash because it can infect your hands by burrowing underneath your fingernails.
You don’t have to put up with the itchy, annoying problem of athlete’s foot. Get some help and relief today by calling your podiatrists at Affiliated Podiatrists in Chicago, IL. You and your feet deserve to look and feel great, so call today!
Are your toenails yellow, thick and brittle? It is estimated that 10 percent of Americans have toenail fungus. Don't be embarrassed by this podiatric condition(onychomycosis): it's more easily treated than you may think. At Affiliated Podiatrists, in Chicago, IL, your board-certified podiatrists see scores of patients who want normal, healthy toenails. Learn about Pinpointe Laser treatments which effectively eliminate toenail fungus in the Near North area.
The details on toenail fungus
The symptoms of toenail fungus in the Near North, Chicago area are familiar: thickened, yellow nails, brittleness, changes in shape and texture, and sometimes a vague odor. Often accompanied by athlete's foot, onychomycosis spreads from one foot to the other and to members of the same household via shared pedicure tools, towels, and shower tiles.
People develop onychomycosis for several reasons:
- Moist, dark environments such as sweaty shoes and sneakers
- Exposure to the fungus poolside, in the gym locker room or in other public places where people walk barefoot
- Having a compromised immune system (patients with diabetes and HIV as examples)
- Poor foot hygiene
Your podiatrist will examine your toenails for signs of fungal infection. While many doctors prescribe topical treatments and/or oral medications for this condition, the doctors at Affiliated Podiatrists. offer a more effective solution--laser therapy with the amazing Pinepointe Laser.
Performed in the office in about 45 minutes, laser treatment of fungal toenails is very comfortable, requires no special preparation and has no downtime. Typically, the doctor delivers a focused beam of light across the entire surface of the toenail, eradicating the fungus completely. He normally repeats the process overall ten nails to ensure no re-infection.
Afterwards , nails grow out straight, clear, and without that yellow or brown color characteristic of fungal nails. You'll have completely new, beautiful nails within months. Antifungal powder for your shoes and some topical cream helps prevent reoccurrence.
Additionally, practice diligent foot hygiene:
- Wash your feet daily and dry them thoroughly
- Wear clean socks every day
- Avoid going barefoot in public areas
- Do not share toenail clippers or towels
- Wear well-ventilated shoes in the hot weather
What's your treatment goal?
Of course, your goal is toenails that look as good as they feel. If you have signs of fungal problems, please contact Affiliated Podiatrists for a consultation with a member of our professional team in the Near North, Chicago, IL, area. Call (773) 202-8800.
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