We are happy to announce that our second office is now opened!
It is located at: 1585 Barrington Rd. Building 2, Suite 103, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169. (Opened Tuesday and Wednesday)
Walk-Ins Welcome!
We would like to welcome Dr. Daniel Reed to our practice beginning on April 29, 2024!
Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Choosing the right shoes is important for people with arthritic feet. Wearing proper footwear can significantly alleviate pain and improve mobility, while the wrong shoes can worsen symptoms of arthritis. Shoes with a wide toe box, cushioned soles, and adequate arch support can help distribute weight evenly, reduce pressure on sensitive areas, and support the foot's natural shape. Additionally, shoes with adjustable closures, such as Velcro straps or laces, can accommodate changes in foot size due to swelling. Podiatrists play a key role in this selection process by evaluating your specific foot structure, identifying areas of concern, and recommending footwear that addresses your unique needs. Podiatrists may also suggest custom orthotics, which are personalized insoles that fit inside your shoe. If you suffer from arthritic feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist when choosing shoes for maximum support and comfort. 

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Itasca Foot & Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Itasca and Hoffman Estates, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

Read more about How to Care for Your Arthritic Foot
Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Swollen and painful ankles can be caused by conditions that range from minor injuries to systemic health conditions. Ankle sprains, which occur when the ligaments that support the ankle are stretched or torn, are among the most common reasons for these symptoms. Sprains typically result from twisting or rolling the ankle awkwardly. Another prevalent cause of swelling is arthritis, which leads to inflammation of the joints, including those in the ankle. Conditions such as gout, where crystals accumulate in the joints, can also target the ankles and lead to intense pain and inflammation. Furthermore, venous insufficiency, a condition in which the veins struggle to send blood from the legs back to the heart, can cause swelling because of excess fluid. Systemic diseases like heart failure, kidney disease, and liver problems can result in ankle swelling due to fluid retention. Identifying the root cause of swollen and painful ankles is important for determining the appropriate treatment strategy, and this is something a foot doctor, or podiatrist, can do. If you have painful or swollen ankles, it is suggested that you promptly schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for diagnosis and treatment. 

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with one of our podiatrists  from Itasca Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Itasca and Hoffman Estates, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

Read more about Various Causes of Ankle Pain
Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

Diabetic foot problems pose significant challenges to an individual's quality of life due to their potential for severe complications. Diabetes can lead to neuropathy, reduced blood flow, and impaired wound healing, increasing the risk of foot ulcers, infections, and even amputations. These conditions often cause chronic pain, limited mobility, and decreased independence, impacting daily activities and overall well-being. Furthermore, managing diabetic foot problems requires rigorous self-care routines, frequent medical appointments, and lifestyle adjustments, which can be physically and emotionally demanding. The fear of potential complications and the burden of constant vigilance over foot health can contribute to anxiety, depression, and decreased social participation. Effective management strategies, including proper foot care, regular monitoring, and early intervention for any issues, are essential for preserving mobility and minimizing the impact of diabetic foot problems on quality of life. If you have diabetes and it has impacted your feet, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist for routine visits, in addition to receiving prompt treatment as needed.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Itasca Foot & Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Itasca and Hoffman Estates, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

Read more about Diabetic Foot Care
Wednesday, 20 March 2024 00:00

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