Tuesday, 24 January 2023 00:00

A broken or fractured ankle happens when one or more bones in the ankle joint break. The ankle joint comprises the tibia or shinbone, the fibula or calf bone, and the talus between these two bones. A broken ankle is painful. When one breaks their ankle, they might hear a snapping or grinding noise, and experience swelling, tenderness, bruising, and difficulty bearing weight and walking. If a bone is sticking out of the skin and is bleeding, it should be considered an emergency and requires immediate medical care. An examination and imaging test will be performed to determine the type of fracture. It will be essential to stay off your foot. Depending on the severity of the break, you will be directed to wear a walking boot, cast, or splint, and possibly to use crutches. Surgery might be necessary and physical therapy might be prescribed. Broken ankle recovery time is typically six to 12 weeks. If you think you have broken your ankle, visit a podiatrist for a correct diagnosis and treatment.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. 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. 

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  •  Swelling around the area
  •  Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

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 care needs.

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Saturday, 21 January 2023 00:00

If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, 17 January 2023 00:00

Toenail fungus is a nail infection that is characterized by nails that become brittle, yellow, and generally unsightly. In severe cases, the fungus may cause the nail to fall off, and a new nail will grow that forms underneath it. Additionally, common symptoms include a change in the nail shape, and debris may be trapped under the nail. There are specific medical conditions that may put a patient at a greater risk for developing toenail fungus. These can include immune system disorders, genetic factors, or possibly from being diabetic. Many people decide to seek treatment for their toenail fungus, which generally consists of taking prescribed oral and cream medication, and laser treatment may be considered. If you have toenail fungus, it will typically worsen if prompt treatment is not sought. Please contact a podiatrist who can effectively treat toenail fungus.

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.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

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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Tuesday, 10 January 2023 00:00

As one ages, pain becomes a common theme, especially in the feet and back of the heel. The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, characterized by sharp pain and stiffness in the bottom of the heel. It also may extend under the arch and into the ball of the foot, which can then interfere with walking or carrying out daily activities. Another cause of heel pain is bursitis in the calcaneus, or heel bone, which connects with the plantar fascia. This inflammation causes throbbing pain, particularly after taking off your shoes. Pain increases with each step you take. Other sources of pain at the back of the heel include Achilles tendonitis and Achilles bursitis. Both of these conditions inhibit mobility and can make wearing shoes extremely uncomfortable. If you have pain in the bottom or back of the heel, please visit a podiatrist who can make a professional evaluation of the cause and provide treatment options. 

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, 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.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please 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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