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Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist
- Wear shoes that fit well
- Wear proper shoes for each activity
- Do not wear shoes with excessive wear on heels or soles
- Prepare properly before exercising by stretching and warming up
- Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities
- Don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest and good nutrition
- Lose excess weight
Heel pain is one of the most common complaints a podiatrist hears about from patients. If you are dealing with heel pain above the heel bone then you could be dealing with Achilles Tendonitis, a result of overuse. The Achilles tendon is the longest tendon in the body and it serves to connect the muscles of the calf with the lower leg and heel bone.
While Achilles Tendonitis tends to occur most often in runners, this condition can still occur in athletes that play certain sports such as soccer or tennis. Unfortunately, this tendon does weaken as we get older, which makes at an increased risk for developing this overuse injury as we age.
What are the symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis?
The most obvious symptom of Achilles Tendonitis is pain above the heel bone. When the pain first appears it’s usually pretty mild and you may only notice it after running; however, over time you may notice that the pain gets worse after certain exercises. Along with pain you may also experience stiffness or tenderness in the heel, especially in the morning or after long periods of sitting.
When should I see a podiatrist?
If this is the first time that you’ve ever experienced heel pain then it’s a good idea to turn to a foot doctor who can determine whether Achilles Tendonitis is causing your symptoms or whether it’s something else. If you’re experiencing chronic heel pain around the Achilles tendon it’s also a good time to see a doctor. If the pain is severe or you are unable to put weight on your foot it’s possible that you might be dealing with a ruptured tendon, which requires immediate attention.
How do you treat Achilles Tendonitis?
In most cases, Achilles Tendonitis can be treated with simple self-care options. Unless symptoms are severe you may be able to treat your heel pain by:
- Taking over-the-counter pain medications
- Avoiding high-impact activities or activities that exacerbate symptoms
- Elevating the foot to reduce swelling
- Performing stretching exercises or undergoing physical therapy
- Icing the heel
- Wearing custom orthotics
- Replacing worn-out shoes, especially running shoes
Surgery is only necessary if your symptoms aren’t responding to any other nonsurgical treatment options after several months or if the tendon is torn.
If you think your heel pain could be the result of Achilles Tendonitis then it’s time to turn to a podiatrist as soon as possible. A podiatrist can provide you with a variety of treatment options, from simple lifestyle modifications to custom orthotics.
Caused by friction and pressure, corns are thick areas of skin that form on the toes. Although your body actually forms them to protect your skin, corns can be annoying, unsightly, and even painful. Armitage Podiatry Center, located in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood, offers treatments for corns. Dr. Warren Levy heads Armitage, and he is one of the finest podiatrists in the Lincoln Park area—read on to find out how he can help you with your corns!
1. Salicylic Acid- We may apply patches containing salicylic acid to treat your corns. These patches are used to soften the upper layer of dead skin so it can be easily removed. We can also give you a prescription for salicylic acid in gel form to apply on larger areas.
2. Apply a Bandage- Bandages, felt pads, or gauze pads secured with hypoallergenic tape help protect the skin and prevent infection. This provides optimum cushioning from rubbing and pressure, reducing your pain and speeding up the healing process.
3. Shoe Inserts- Custom-made orthotic devices, or shoe inserts, reduce your pain and prevent recurring corns. Orthotic devices provide cushioning and arch support, allowing you to stay on your feet longer. They also divert pressure away from the problem areas.
4. Debridement- We can pare down thickened skin a scalpel during an office visit. Don't try to cut corns yourself because it could lead to an infection. After the corns have been removed, they will not likely recur if you continue to wear shoes that fit properly.
5. Antibiotics- We may also prescribe antibiotics for any corns that have become infected, a case in which bacteria can spread through your bloodstream and cause infection in one or more joints. You could experience severe pain, redness, and inflammation in the joint and have difficulty moving it.
Don't let corns knock you off your feet. Call Armitage Podiatry Center at (312) 266-6326 right now to schedule a consultation in Lincoln Park. We will help you get rid of the corns on your feet once and for all!
Athlete's foot is one of the most common fungal infections of the skin and is frequently seen in our office. Whether you've had it or not, it's important to understand how you can avoid and treat this highly contagious infection if you do contract it.
The fungus that causes athlete's foot thrives in damp, moist environments and often grows in warm, humid climates, such as locker rooms, showers and public pools; hence the name "athlete's foot. " This infection can itch and burn causing the skin on your feet and between your toes to crack and peel.
Tips For avoiding Athlete's Foot:
- Keep your feet dry, allowing them to air out as much as possible
- Wear socks that draw moisture away from your feet and change them frequently if you perspire heavily
- Wear light, well-ventilated shoes
- Alternate pairs of shoes, allowing time for your shoes to dry each day
- Always wear waterproof shoes in public areas, such as pools, locker rooms, or communal showers
- Never borrow shoes due to the risk of spreading a fungal infection
A mild case of athlete's foot will generally clear up on its own with over-the-counter antifungal creams and sprays. But since re-infection is common due to its contagious nature, many people require prescribed anti-fungal medication to effectively treat the infection. Generally, it's always best to consult with your podiatrist before choosing a treatment.
Mild cases of athlete's foot can turn severe and even cause a serious bacterial infection. If you notice your rash has become increasingly red, swollen and painful or you develop blisters and sores, call our office right away. Athlete's foot left untreated could eventually spread to other body parts and infect other people around you.
With the right treatment, you'll be cured of your athlete's foot in no time, which means the sooner you can enjoy the activities you love without pain and irritation!
Ingrown toenails are one of the most common foot problems. When a toenail is cut too short or at a curved angle, pointy or jagged edges can grow into the skin at the side of the toe (usually the big toe) after which the nail may become ingrown causing pain, swelling, redness, and infection. Although mild cases can sometimes be treated at home and heal on their own, many ingrown toenails must be treated by a podiatrist to avoid serious infections and complications, especially for people who also suffer from diabetes. If you are afflicted with this problem, please reach out to Dr. William Levy, a podiatrist in Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL, that provides treatment and rehabilitation solutions for a range of foot and ankle problems.
Signs and Symptoms of Ingrown Toenails
Ingrown toenails are fairly easy to self-diagnose. The most common symptoms are pain, tenderness, swelling, and redness on the skin bordering the nail. Ingrown toenails may also become infected and require treatment with antibiotics and, in some cases, possibly partial removal of the ingrown portion of the nail. This possibility of additional treatment requirements is why you should see a podiatrist if your symptoms do not resolve within a few days or you first suspect infection. If left untreated, an infection can spread from the toenail to the bone, and cause other potentially serious complications. The big toe is typically the most common site for ingrown toenails, but they can develop on the other toes as well.
Although ingrown toenails are not always preventable, there are a few measures that you can take to protect your feet, such as making sure to trim the toenails straight across the nail plate and to regularly wear comfortable, supportive shoes. If you are diabetic, schedule regular check-ups with the podiatrist to avoid potential complications.
Contact Our Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL office Today!
For more information about ingrown toenail treatment and prevention, contact Armitage Podiatry Center Lincoln Park in Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL today by calling (312) 266-6326 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Levy.