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Tuesday, 16 August 2022 00:00

Tips for Wearing Flip Flops

Flip-flops are undoubtedly a convenient kind of footwear. Not only are they fashionable, but they are also very easy to slip on during the warm summer months. However, they can wreak havoc on the health of your feet for many different reasons. Most importantly, flip-flops can be bad for your feet because they force the feet to work overtime to keep the shoe on the foot. For example, flip-flops lack a back strap of any kind causing the foot must scrunch up into unnatural contortions to keep the flip-flop in place. This type of shoe can be dangerous because the piece of foam resting underneath the sole of the foot offers little to no support. Additionally, many kinds of flip-flops are made using plastic and that plastic material can cause blisters and irritate the skin. If you must wear flip-flops, consider wearing them selectively. For instance, you might wear them only to walk down the block or from the car to the beach instead of on long walks or hikes. For more information about this kind of footwear, reach out to a trusted podiatrist.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Itasca Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are There Injuries Associated with Flip-Flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like Wearing Flip-Flops. Are There Safe Alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high-quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more but will also last longer as a result.

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

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A small percentage of people who have plantar fasciitis experience little or no positive response to ordinary treatment. An option to consider may be to have Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) performed. This can be a successful treatment for this type of foot condition. Shockwave therapy is administered by targeting shock waves into the damaged tissue surrounding the plantar fascia. This procedure generally takes about 20 minutes and anesthesia is typically not needed if the treatment is low impact. Conversely, with high-intensity treatment, general anesthesia may be needed as a result of the pain that may be felt. Patients have experienced little or no downtime after the session, however, several treatments may be needed for permanent relief. Possible side effects may include swelling, redness, and slight bruising at the treatment site. If you suffer from heel pain, please consult with a podiatrist who can determine if shockwave therapy is right for you.

Shockwave therapy is a treatment commonly used to treat various injuries and conditions, particularly plantar fasciitis in the feet. To learn more, consult with 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.

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a new treatment option designed to treat bone conditions such as tennis elbow, shoulder pain, and others. Shockwave therapy uses high intensity sound waves that are directed to the affected tissues of the body with pinpoint accuracy. The effects are very beneficial, leading to a production of collagen fibers, eliminating inflammation.

Who Benefits from Shockwave?

Shockwave is recommended for patients suffering from heel pain and associated problems. Heel pain is a common condition which can be caused by obesity, overexertion, and spending a substantial amount of time on hard floors with your feet exposed and unsupported.

Fast and Easy

The therapy is actually a simple process that can leave patients feeling better the very next day. Shockwave therapy is not as dramatic as it sounds. It enables more blood flow to effected areas, addressing the source of the problem and allowing treatment to last for a long time.

Treatment & Recovery Time

Shockwave treatment will enable your feet to recover quickly. This is especially important since surgery is not required. It is cost effective and does not require the use of anesthesia. This treatment is a better option to surgery, since it is proven safe.

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

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Tuesday, 02 August 2022 00:00

Gout or a Bunion May Cause Toe Pain

The big toe plays a significant role in helping to stay balanced as daily activities are completed. There are several reasons why pain in the big toe can occur, including gout, a bunion, bone tumor, or if a toe injury has occurred. It is important to obtain a proper diagnosis that can determine the cause of the pain which will precede beginning the correct treatment. The diagnosis process may consist of having an X-ray taken, or having a CAT scan or MRI performed. When pain is present in the big toe, larger shoes are often needed to make the foot feel more comfortable. For pain that is moderate or severe, the patient may benefit by performing specific stretches that may help to ease the pain. Additionally, it may help to implement a healthy eating regime, drink plenty of water daily, and participate in physical therapy if needed. If you have toe pain, it is advised that you have a consultation with a podiatrist who can determine the cause and offer the best treatment plan for you. 

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Itasca Foot & Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking

Diagnosis

In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

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

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