Posts for: January, 2019
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!
What is a Crush Injury?
Have a foot crush injury? A crush injury occurs when pressure or force is put on a body part. A foot crush injury may cause pain, swelling, and sometimes bruising. A foot crush injury may take from a few days to a few weeks to heal. If you have a foot crush injury, you should see a podiatrist. Podiatrists diagnose and treat foot and ankle conditions and injuries. Read on to learn more about foot crush injuries.
Overview- A crush injury is an injury that occurs when a body part sustains intense pressure. Minor crush injuries can be caused by dropping a heavy object on a foot. However, major crush injuries, such as those sustained in vehicle accidents, can cause serious problems. Such an injury can cause a number of issues, including pain, swelling, bruising, bleeding, laceration, fracture, and nerve injury. A crush injury can also cause compartment syndrome, which is a dangerous condition caused by pressure buildup from swelling of tissues or internal bleeding.
Causes- The primary causes of foot crush injuries include heavy falling objects, vehicles rolling over the foot, and injuries from industrial manufacturing equipment. Crush injuries are common on farms. The most serious cases occur in agriculture where heavy machinery is used and people become trapped in them or under them. This form of injury is common after some form of trauma from a deliberate attack or following a natural disaster.
Diagnosis- A proper diagnosis is key to treating a foot crush injury. Your podiatrist can accurately assess your situation and help you make the right treatment decisions for the best possible outcome. Your doctor will start with a physical exam, with attention given to the areas of complaint. Your podiatrist may take X-rays and other forms of imaging, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computerized tomography (CT).
Treatment- Firstly, any wounds that are present will need to be cleaned and bandaged to prevent infection. Treatments for a foot crush injury may also include medication, casting, kinesiology taping, ice and heat, physical therapy, or surgery. Often more than one of these treatments are used. Crush injuries of the foot are very serious. Potentially devastating complications can occur if these injuries are underestimated or mismanaged.
A foot crush injury can affect your day-to-day activities and make your life miserable. Whether your goal is getting back to the work, the gym, hobbies, or just enjoying life, a podiatrist can help. If you want to feel better and live well, find a podiatrist near you and schedule an appointment.