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It is located at: 1585 Barrington Rd. Building 2, Suite 103, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169. (Opened Tuesday's Only)
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Tuesday, 25 April 2023 00:00

Using a Mirror for Diabetic Foot Care

People who are diabetic often are aware of the extra attention the feet need. A good diabetic foot care routine begins by washing and drying the feet. This is followed by closely inspecting the soles of the feet by using a mirror, which is helpful in noticing if existing cuts, bruises, or scrapes have developed. It is imperative to wear shoes that fit correctly, in addition to refraining from walking barefoot outside. Many diabetic patients have their toenails professionally trimmed weekly, which may help to prevent painful ingrown toenails from occurring. Neuropathy is a common condition diabetic people may get. This is defined as the inability to feel existing cuts on their feet, and untreated wounds may lead to getting a diabetic foot ulcer. If you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this serious condition.

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 one of our offices located in Itasca, IL or Hoffman Estate, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Friday, 21 April 2023 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Tuesday, 18 April 2023 00:00

How Is a Broken Foot Diagnosed?

A broken foot is a common injury that can happen from falling or if a heavy object falls on it. There is often no mistaking if the foot has been fractured, as it is generally accompanied by severe pain and discomfort. Additional symptoms can include tenderness in the overall foot, difficulty in walking or standing, and you may hear a cracking sound when it is moved. Having an X-ray performed is often an efficient method of obtaining a proper diagnosis, and this is effective in determining the severity of the fracture. Treatment is generally done by placing the affected foot in a boot or cast, and crutches may be necessary in keeping weight off of the foot as the healing process occurs. It is helpful to elevate the foot as often as possible, and specific stretches may need to be performed after it has healed. If you have broken your foot, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can help you with proper treatment methods.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, 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.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

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.

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Tuesday, 11 April 2023 00:00

Preventing Falls in the Living Room

It can be exceedingly important for senior citizens to protect the health of their feet by guarding against a detrimental fall. Suffering a fall can exacerbate existing foot problems and lead to the development of new foot conditions. Many seniors might experience a fall in the living room. A senior may help prevent falls in the living room by arranging their furniture so there are clear walking paths to navigate. This can reduce the risk of falling. Additionally, it might be helpful for a senior citizen to minimize clutter by removing furniture or decorative items that are no longer being used. For example, removing non-useful furniture or loose rugs can help clear up the living room space. If you are a senior citizen or are caring for one, it is highly suggested that you contact a podiatrist today to schedule an appointment. 

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with one of our podiatrists from Itasca Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

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

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Tuesday, 04 April 2023 00:00

Symptoms of Toenail Fungus

Many people won't pay attention to their toenails unless there is a change in color or texture. This can happen from having toenail fungus, an unsightly fungal infection of the toenail. The medical name for this ailment is known as tinea pedis and the fungus that causes this lives in warm environments. These can include shower room floors, public swimming pools, and similar areas. Since toenail fungus is contagious it is best to wear appropriate shoes while in these areas. Common symptoms that many patients experience can consist of itchiness between the toes and on the bottom of the feet, and the skin may be red and flaky. One of the first signs a toenail infection may be developing is the discoloration of the toenails. They may change to a yellow or whitish color, and it is beneficial to seek medical attention when this is noticed. If you have signs of having toenail fungus, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition. 

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, 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.

Symptoms

  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail

Treatment

If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.

Prevention

In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

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.

 

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