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Tuesday, 30 May 2023 00:00

Various Types of Work Shoes

There are many hazards that exist in the workplace which can injure the feet. This can be in addition to the general aches and pains the feet can endure during a typical workday, and it is beneficial to implement methods that can protect the feet. This can begin with wearing shoes that are acceptable for the job, in addition to ensuring they fit correctly. It may help to choose a shoe that has a multi-layer insole that can provide extra support. Many people wear work shoes that have a wide toe box, which can give the toes ample room to move freely in. Jobs that require safety toed shoes have a steel tip on the ends, which is adequate in protecting the toes while tripping, or if a heavy object falls on the foot. There are various types of shoes that can be purchased for the work environment. If you would like more information about this, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can provide you with expert knowledge.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Itasca Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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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Finding running shoes for people who have flat feet may be challenging. There can be differences of opinion as to what type of running shoe to purchase. Many stores that sell these types of shoes may suggest a shoe that has extra arch support. Conversely, sports injury experts may advise a different type of shoe. The majority of people will come to the conclusion that the choice depends on their range of motion and what type of foot they have. People who are born with flat feet may opt to choose a shoe that has minimal arch support, and this may benefit the entire leg. A collapsed arch is defined as a muscle weakness, and additional arch support may be a good choice. If you are a runner with flat feet and are seeking knowledge about what type of shoes to buy, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can give you the advice you are seeking.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Itasca Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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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Sunday, 21 May 2023 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

As the weather gets warmer, it’s time to put on sandals and flip-flops. However, experts point out that both of these types of footwear can be harmful to the health of your feet. In most cases, neither provides the amount of shock absorption to ward off stress fractures or plantar fasciitis, which is the most common cause of heel pain. In addition, wearing such non-supportive footwear for long periods can lead to other foot issues, including bunions and hammertoe. Further wearing sandals and flip-flops can permanently affect the way you walk, which in turn can cause problems with the knees, hips, and back. Cracked heels are another negative side effect of wearing sandals and flip-flops. The real danger of cracked heels is the possibility of developing fissures, which are deep crevices in the skin that invite fungal, bacterial, and viral infections. If you need more information on the dangers of summertime footwear, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist.

Flip-flops can cause a lot of problems for your feet. 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

Flip-flops have managed to become a summer essential for a lot of people. While the shoes may be stylish and easy to slip on and off, they can be dangerous to those who wear them too often. These shoes might protect you from fungal infections such as athlete’s foot, but they can also give you foot pain and sprained ankles if you trip while wearing them.

When Are They Okay to Wear?

Flip-flops should only be worn for very short periods of time. They can help protect your feet in places that are crawling with fungi, such as gym locker rooms. Athlete’s foot and plantar warts are two common fungi that flip-flops may help protect your feet against.

Why Are They Bad for My Feet?

These shoes do not offer any arch support, so they are not ideal for everyday use. They also do not provide shock absorption or heel cushioning which can be problematic for your feet. Additionally, you may suffer from glass cuts, puncture wounds, and stubbed toes since they offer little protection for your feet.

More Reasons Why They Are Bad for Your Feet

  • They Slow You Down
  • May Cause Blisters and Calluses
  • Expose Your Feet to Bacteria

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, 09 May 2023 00:00

Uncomfortable Athlete's Foot

A fungal infection of the foot can be categorized as athlete's foot. Common symptoms can include itching between the toes or the bottom of the foot, and the skin may be red and flaky. It is generally an uncomfortable and unsightly ailment and is considered contagious. The fungus that causes this condition lives in warm environments, such as public swimming pools, locker rooms, and similar areas. When frequenting these places, it is beneficial to wear appropriate shoes, such as flip-flops or water shoes, in addition to refraining from sharing shoes, socks, and towels. A diagnosis can be confirmed by taking a scraping from the affected area and having a culture performed. If you are experiencing signs of athlete’s foot, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can prescribe medication, if needed. 

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with one of our podiatrists from Itasca Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.

Prevention

The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:

  • Thoroughly washing and drying feet
  • Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
  • Using shower shoes in public showers
  • Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
  • Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot

Symptoms

Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Scaly and peeling skin

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.

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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Tuesday, 02 May 2023 00:00

Causes of Cuboid Syndrome

People who have pain on the outside of their ankle may have cuboid syndrome. This ailment is defined as the cuboid bone moving outward while the heel bone moves inward. It is a foot condition that can be caused by twisting the ankle or from stepping off of a curb in the wrong way unexpectedly. It may also develop from running on hard or uneven surfaces or from wearing shoes that do not provide adequate support. The pain may increase when body weight is put on that side of the foot and may radiate to the other areas of the foot. Additional symptoms can consist of a reduced range of motion in the ankle and surrounding areas, and the toes may feel weak that are closest to the injury. Some patients may alter their gait, or walking style, to accommodate the pain by limping or swaying from side to side. If you have pain in this part of your foot, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can confirm cuboid syndrome and offer correct treatment options.

Cuboid syndrome, also known as cuboid subluxation, occurs when the joints and ligaments near the cuboid bone in the foot become torn. If you have cuboid syndrome, 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.

Cuboid syndrome is a common cause of lateral foot pain, which is pain on the outside of the foot. The condition may happen suddenly due to an ankle sprain, or it may develop slowly overtime from repetitive tension through the bone and surrounding structures.

Causes

The most common causes of cuboid syndrome include:

  • Injury – The most common cause of this ailment is an ankle sprain.
  • Repetitive Strain – Tension placed through the peroneus longus muscle from repetitive activities such as jumping and running may cause excessive traction on the bone causing it to sublux.
  • Altered Foot Biomechanics – Most people suffering from cuboid subluxation have flat feet.

Symptoms

A common symptom of cuboid syndrome is pain along the outside of the foot which can be felt in the ankle and toes. This pain may create walking difficulties and may cause those with the condition to walk with a limp.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of cuboid syndrome is often difficult, and it is often misdiagnosed. X-rays, MRIs and CT scans often fail to properly show the cuboid subluxation. Although there isn’t a specific test used to diagnose cuboid syndrome, your podiatrist will usually check if pain is felt while pressing firmly on the cuboid bone of your foot.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are ice therapy, rest, exercise, taping, and orthotics.

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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