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April 2022

Research has shown that for every mile walked, there are sixty tons of stress that goes through the foot. Heel pain can indicate a heel spur may have developed and can become worse without proper treatment. It is defined as a bony growth that forms at the base of the heel and can cause severe pain and discomfort. This condition can come from standing on your feet for most of the day, or from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. Some patients find it helpful to practice specific stretching exercises, and this may help them to find mild relief. Additionally, when proper stretches are performed, it may give the foot the ability to have increased range of motion and flexibility. Obese patients may find it beneficial to lose extra pounds and wearing heel pads may provide temporary relief from the heel spur. If you have developed this ailment, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can properly treat heel spurs. 

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Inc. . Our doctors will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact one of our offices located in Sycamore, and Yorkville, IL . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Thursday, 21 April 2022 00:00

Toe Squats and the Plantar Fascia

An effective stretch that benefits the bottom of the foot is known as a toe squat. It is known to strengthen the plantar fascia, which is the portion of tissue that is found on the sole of the foot. It connects the heel to the toes and is instrumental in performing daily activities that include walking and running. This stretch is performed by keeping your feet together as you are sitting on your heels. As the toes are tucked under, it is important to remain on the balls of the feet and avoid the tips of the toes. Breathing with the posture may intensify the stretch, as it is being held for two to three minutes. People who practice this stretch find it is beneficial to slowly release the position, and this can help to protect the bottom of the foot. If you would like to learn more about how to practice effective foot stretches, please speak with a podiatrist.

Why Stretching Is Important for Your Feet

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Inc. . Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first to determine if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.

  • Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
  • Similar to the previous exercise, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
  • Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
  • Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.

It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising to ice and rest the foot. It is advised that you then see a podiatrist for help.

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

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Tuesday, 12 April 2022 00:00

The Importance of Caring for Foot Ulcers

Anyone can develop foot ulcers – but conditions such as neuropathy, poor circulation, foot deformities (like a bunion or hammertoe), or uncontrolled blood sugar, increase their likelihood. Foot ulcers are especially common among diabetics, and if left untreated can cause serious problems, even amputation of a foot or limb. The main culprit is a lack of feeling of pain, which leads to ignoring sores or wounds as they occur. Poor circulation lowers the body’s ability to heal properly, increasing the risk of foot ulcers developing. It is extremely important to keep the ulcer from becoming infected. Keep the area clean and bandaged, cleanse the wound daily, avoid walking barefoot, and monitor glucose levels. If the wound becomes infected, however, it is strongly suggested that you seek the regular care of a podiatrist who can examine the infected area and create an ongoing treatment plan. Such measures may include prescribing antibiotics, cleansing the wound, and even hospitalization, depending on the severity. 

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Inc. . Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

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

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Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

Tuesday, 05 April 2022 00:00

Foot Care For the Elderly Is Important

The importance of practicing proper foot care during the aging process is a key factor in maintaining overall health. There are simple methods to implement that can help the feet to feel good and stay healthy, including washing them daily, trimming the toenails properly, and using a good moisturizer. It can help to get routine foot massages, as these can be beneficial in promoting good circulation. Additionally, research has shown circulation is improved when the feet are frequently elevated. If there is noticeable foot pain, it is imperative the condition is identified as quickly as possible, so proper treatment can begin. When shoes fit correctly, uncomfortable foot conditions, including bunions, blisters, and hammertoes, may be prevented. If you would like more information about how to care for elderly feet, please speak with a podiatrist.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Inc. . Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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

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