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December 2023

Sunday, 31 December 2023 00:00

Are Bunions Affecting Your Everyday Life?

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, 26 December 2023 00:00

Suggested Exercises for Flat Feet

Flat feet, or fallen arches, can lead to discomfort and negatively affect your posture, which can cause problems in other parts of the body. Strengthening the arches through targeted exercises for flat feet not only helps alleviate this discomfort but can also contribute to improved posture in the long run. The towel scrunch and stair heel raises are two of many exercises that can improve your arch strength. For the towel scrunch exercise, sit on a chair with a towel laid flat under your feet. Using only your toe muscles, scrunch the towel toward you until you can't pull it any further. Complete two sets with each foot and gradually increase sets as you feel more comfortable. To perform stair heel raises, stand on a step with only your toes and the balls of your feet on the step. Slowly raise your heel into the air, holding for a few seconds. Resist lowering your heel below the stair line for effectiveness. Begin with 10 raises as one set, aiming for three sets per day without pain. These exercises are designed for all fitness levels and can be done in the comfort of your home. Start at a beginner level and progress at your own pace. If you experience pain, it is a sign to stop. Also, it is beneficial to skip a day if your muscles are sore. For further guidance on methods to manage flat feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. Anna Petrov from Family Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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

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Tuesday, 19 December 2023 00:00

Definition and Root Causes of Hammertoe

Hammertoe, a podiatric condition, unfolds as a deformity affecting the toes, altering their natural alignment. This ailment is characterized by a bending of the toe joints, resembling the shape of a hammer. The condition most commonly affects the second toe, but any toe can undergo this deformity over time. The root causes of hammertoe often stem from an imbalance in the muscles and tendons that normally keep toes straight. Shoes with inadequate space and high heels can exert pressure, forcing the toes into abnormal positions. Moreover, genetic predispositions and foot structure anomalies contribute to the development of hammertoe. Arthritis and other systemic diseases may exacerbate the risk. The progression of hammertoe typically unfolds gradually, starting with mild bending and progressing to fixed deformities if left untreated. Recognizing the definition and causes of hammertoe is essential for early intervention and the implementation of preventative measures, underscoring the importance of wearing proper footwear and having regular foot examinations. If you have symptoms of hammertoe, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can offer treatment methods that are right for you.

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Dr. Anna Petrov of Family Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. It can be caused by the type of shoes you wear, your foot structure, trauma, and certain disease processes.

Symptoms

  • Painful and/or difficult toe movement
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Calluses/Corns
  • Physical deformity

Risk Factors

  • Age – The risk of hammertoe increases with age
  • Sex – Women are more likely to have hammertoe compared to men
  • Toe Length – You are more likely to develop hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe
  • Certain Diseases – Arthritis and diabetes may make you more likely to develop hammertoe

Treatment

If you have hammertoe, you should change into a more comfortable shoe that provides enough room for your toes. Exercises such as picking up marbles may strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. Nevertheless, it is important to seek assistance from a podiatrist in order to determine the severity of your hammertoe and see which treatment option will work best for you.

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

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Tuesday, 12 December 2023 00:00

Causes and Symptoms of Gout

Gout, a form of inflammatory arthritis, arises from an excess of uric acid in the bloodstream, resulting in the formation of urate crystals within the body's tissues. These crystals, mainly concentrated in joints, trigger inflammation and lead to pain, redness, heat, and swelling. Gout symptoms occur suddenly and primarily affect a single joint, such as the big toe. The pain is intense, with heightened sensitivity to touch. Many factors can contribute to heightened uric acid levels, including genetics, obesity, and specific medications like diuretics. High blood pressure, surgery, trauma, dehydration, and kidney disease may also elevate the risk of developing gout. Surprisingly, even medications aimed at lowering uric acid levels may initiate gout flares. Tophi, hard nodules of uric acid beneath the skin, signify prolonged elevated uric acid levels. The presence of tophi demands immediate attention from a podiatrist. Left untreated, gout can result in joint damage, physical deformities, and kidney stones. If you suspect gout, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for an examination and a personalized treatment plan.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Anna Petrov from Family Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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Tuesday, 05 December 2023 00:00

Older Women Are More at Risk for Bunions

Hallux valgus, commonly known as a bunion, is a prevalent foot condition that affects many individuals, especially as they age. A bunion is characterized by the big toe bending towards the smaller toes, accompanied by a painful bony protrusion at the inside of the foot. Recent research shows the prevalence and factors associated with hallux valgus in an older adult population, and women in particular. The study revealed that the prevalence of bunion deformity was higher in women and increased with age. Family history, wearing high-heeled or narrow shoes, and having flat feet were identified as contributing factors. The severity of hallux valgus also significantly affected participants' quality of life. Additionally, participants reporting foot pain in the previous 12 months showed higher scores in both pain and decreased function, highlighting the substantial impact of bunions on daily activities. This research emphasizes the importance of proactive foot care, especially for older women who are more susceptible to the formation of bunions. Regular check-ups with a podiatrist, appropriate footwear choices, and early intervention can play an important role in preventing and managing this foot deformity. For help in managing the pain and side effects of bunions, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for the appropriate treatment option.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact Dr. Anna Petrov of Family Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

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

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Friday, 01 December 2023 00:00

Are You Suffering From Ingrown Toenails?

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

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