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Tuesday, 31 October 2023 00:00

A Common Adolescent Foot Condition

Sever's disease, despite its name, is not a true disease, but rather a common pediatric foot condition. It primarily affects active children and adolescents, typically between the ages of 8 to 14, who are engaged in physical activities or sports. This condition is characterized by pain and discomfort in the heel, particularly the growth plate at the back of the heel bone, where the Achilles tendon attaches. Sever's disease, or calcaneal apophysitis, occurs as a result of the growth plate being pulled on by the Achilles tendon. The growth plate is still developing during adolescence and is vulnerable to injury. Repetitive stress from activities such as running, jumping, or sudden growth spurts can lead to inflammation, causing heel pain. The discomfort tends to worsen with physical activity and can be particularly bothersome during and after exercise. Understanding Sever's disease is vital for parents, coaches, and young athletes. While it is usually a self-limiting condition, meaning it resolves as the growth plate closes, it can be painful and disruptive to a child's daily life. Early recognition and appropriate care are important to ensure a smoother path to recovery for adolescents affected by Sever's disease. If your active child has heel pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat Sever’s disease.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Warren Levy, DPM from Armitage Podiatry Center. Our doctor can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.


Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

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Tuesday, 24 October 2023 00:00

Proper Recovery for a Foot Stress Fracture

A foot stress fracture can be a painful setback, but with the right approach to recovery, you can ensure a swift and safe return to your active lifestyle. The first step is rest. Allowing your foot to heal is of utmost importance, and this may mean using crutches or a brace to minimize weight-bearing. Getting adequate nutrition, rich in calcium and vitamin D, aids in bone healing. Gentle exercises like swimming or stationary cycling can help maintain cardiovascular fitness without adding stress to your healing foot. Gradually, as pain subsides, introduce weight-bearing activities and strength exercises. Wearing footwear with proper arch support and cushioning is suggested to help reduce pressure at the fracture site. A gradual return to regular activity and sport is vital to prevent re-injury. If you have suffered a foot stress fracture, it is strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can provide the correct treatment options.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact Warren Levy, DPM from Armitage Podiatry Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain free and on your feet.

How Are They Caused?

Stress fractures are the result of repetitive force being placed on the bone. Since the lower leg and feet often carry most of the body’s weight, stress fractures are likely to occur in these areas. If you rush into a new exercise, you are more likely to develop a stress fracture since you are starting too much, too soon.  Pain resulting from stress fractures may go unnoticed at first, however it may start to worsen over time.

Risk Factors

  • Gender – They are more commonly found in women compared to men.
  • Foot Problems – People with unusual arches in their feet are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Certain Sports – Dancers, gymnasts, tennis players, runners, and basketball players are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Lack of Nutrients – A lack of vitamin D and calcium may weaken the bones and make you more prone to stress fractures
  • Weak Bones – Osteoporosis can weaken the bones therefore resulting in stress fractures

Stress fractures do not always heal properly, so it is important that you seek help from a podiatrist if you suspect you may have one. Ignoring your stress fracture may cause it to worsen, and you may develop chronic pain as well as additional fractures.

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

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Tuesday, 17 October 2023 00:00

Risk Factors and Symptoms of Heel Spurs

Heel spurs are bony outgrowths on the calcaneus bone of the foot. They may cause chronic pain and discomfort as they gradually develop, although in some cases no symptoms are felt. Heel spurs are often associated with local inflammation in the foot's soft tissues or fascia. They can appear under the heel, at the back of the heel, or beneath the sole of the foot. Causes of heel spurs can include muscle strain, excessive stretching of the plantar fascia, and tearing of the heel bone's covering membrane. At risk of developing heel spurs, are people who run or jog frequently on hard surfaces, wear ill fitting shoes that lack arch support. Additionally, heel spurts may develop in people who are overweight, or exhibit abnormal gait patterns that stress the heel region. A common symptom of a heel spur is intermittent pain during activities such as walking or running. Other symptoms include inflammation, a pin-sticking sensation at the bottom of the foot while standing, and discomfort after being at rest. Treatment options focus on pain management, along with wearing proper footwear, and, in severe cases, surgery to remove the spur. If you believe you may have developed a heel spur, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a precise diagnosis and treatment options.

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 Warren Levy, DPM from Armitage Podiatry Center. Our doctor 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.


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.


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 our office located in Chicago, IL . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Tuesday, 10 October 2023 00:00

Morton’s Neuroma Symptoms and Treatment

A network of plantar digital nerves in the feet supply sensory signals to the forefoot and toes. Problems arise when these nerves encounter compression, which can occur when the toes are consistently pressed together, effectively obstructing the pathway for these nerves. Such compression often causes a condition known as Morton's neuroma. This may be the result of wearing high heels that force body weight onto the ball of the foot. When the plantar nerves become entrapped, their ability to efficiently transmit signals is affected. This leads to symptoms, including sharp, burning, or tingling sensations in the forefoot and toes. Individuals with Morton's neuroma may also experience numbness or the feeling of having a pebble or foreign object in their shoe. Morton's neuroma can be effectively managed in several ways. Start with footwear that has cushioning and provides adequate room for the toes. Custom orthotics can also help alleviate pressure on the affected area. In more severe cases, corticosteroid injections or surgical intervention may be recommended. If you suspect you are suffering from Morton's neuroma, it's suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a diagnosis and treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Warren Levy, DPM of Armitage Podiatry Center. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

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

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Tuesday, 03 October 2023 00:00

Foot Protection Tips for the Workplace

In many jobs, the feet are our most valuable assets, and ensuring their safety should be a top priority. Whether you work in construction, healthcare, or any field that requires you to be on your feet, there are essential foot protection tips to keep in mind. This begin with investing in high-quality, industry-appropriate footwear. Steel-toed boots or shoes with composite safety toes can provide protection against falling objects or heavy equipment. Consider the type of sole your work shoes have. Slip-resistant soles are especially important if you work in environments with wet or slippery surfaces. Regularly inspect your footwear for signs of wear and tear. Damaged or worn-out shoes can compromise your safety. If your job involves prolonged standing, consider orthotic inserts or cushioned insoles that can provide comfort and support. By prioritizing foot protection in the workplace, you can reduce the risk of injuries, ensure your comfort, and maintain your overall well-being on the job. If you would like more information about foot protection in the workplace, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the correct type of shoes to purchase. 

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Warren Levy, DPM from Armitage Podiatry Center. Our doctor 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 office located in Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 01 October 2023 00:00

Are You Suffering From Nerve Damage?

Neuropathy is a condition that can lead to numbness or loss of sensation in the feet, but it can also cause pain. This condition is more likely to develop for those who are diabetic, obese, or with high blood pressure.

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