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February 2023

Tuesday, 28 February 2023 00:00

Fungus and Athlete’s Foot

An infection on the skin of the feet may be athlete’s foot. This condition is caused by different fungi and often affects the area between the toes. Common symptoms can include redness and itchiness, and the skin may begin to scale or flake. Tinea pedis is a type of fungus that often causes athlete’s foot. It lives and thrives in warm and moist environments, which can include public swimming pools and shower room floors. With good foot care routines, athlete’s foot may be prevented. Proper foot care may consist of trimming the toenails straight across but not too short, washing the feet daily, especially in between the toes, and avoiding walking barefoot. Since athlete’s foot is contagious it is beneficial to wear appropriate shoes while in communal areas and refrain from sharing shoes and towels. If you have symptoms of this uncomfortable condition, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and treat this ailment.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with Dr. Anna Petrov from Family Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.

Prevention

The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:

  • Thoroughly washing and drying feet
  • Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
  • Using shower shoes in public showers
  • Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
  • Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot

Symptoms

Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Scaly and peeling skin

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.

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, 21 February 2023 00:00

Practicing Regular Foot Care

Our feet are usually the most overused, underappreciated parts of our bodies. In fact, it might be accurate to say we seldom think about our feet unless they hurt us. Because of this, most of us neglect daily foot care that could help prevent various foot problems and assist us in our mobility. Some tips to keep our feet in their best shape include washing, drying, and moisturizing them daily, wearing shoes that fit well and are comfortable, and trimming toenails properly and regularly. Some people do not know that the safest way to trim toenails is straight across with a nail clipper and to use a nail file to smooth rough edges. Soaking and massaging the feet every now and then is a treat that will soothe your whole being. If you would like more tips on instituting a good foot care routine, it is a good idea to make an appointment with a podiatrist who is an expert in everything related to the feet and ankles.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Anna Petrov from Family Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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, 14 February 2023 00:00

Poor Circulation in Babies

It is said that an individual has poor circulation in the feet when there is less blood flowing to the feet. As a result, individuals might feel any range of symptoms such as cold feet, a pins and needles feeling, or pain and achiness. Many parents of newborn babies often have many questions about whether and to what extent their baby might be experiencing any kind of poor circulation in the feet. For example, sometimes baby’s feet might experience poor circulation and turn a slight purple shade as a result. Interestingly, it is not always a serious sign if a baby exhibits some degree of reduced circulation in the feet. However, it is always best to consult with a health professional like a podiatrist, especially if your baby demonstrates a blue-ish tongue, which may be a more serious sign of an underlying problem. Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today for more information about your baby’s foot health. 

While poor circulation itself isn’t a condition; it is a symptom of another underlying health condition you may have. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Dr. Anna Petrov of Family Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) can potentially lead to poor circulation in the lower extremities. PAD is a condition that causes the blood vessels and arteries to narrow. In a linked condition called atherosclerosis, the arteries stiffen up due to a buildup of plaque in the arteries and blood vessels. These two conditions can cause a decrease in the amount of blood that flows to your extremities, therefore resulting in pain.

Symptoms

Some of the most common symptoms of poor circulation are:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Throbbing or stinging pain in limbs
  • Pain
  • Muscle Cramps

Treatment for poor circulation often depends on the underlying condition that causes it. Methods for treatment may include insulin for diabetes, special exercise programs, surgery for varicose veins, or compression socks for swollen legs.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

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, 07 February 2023 00:00

How Dancers Stretch Their Feet

Stretching the feet, no matter who you are or how frequently you engage in physical activity, can be beneficial for a number of different reasons. However, if you are a dancer, then stretching the feet can be all the more important and necessary. There are several different explanations for this phenomenon. By stretching the feet, a dancer is essentially building strength in their feet. This ultimately helps a dancer better handle the significant physical demands of dancing. Ballet, for example, is a particular kind of dance that is highly demanding on the feet. Therefore, ballet dancers stand to benefit to a great degree by stretching their feet. If you are a dancer looking to strengthen their feet through stretches and exercises, consider performing a hand towel or thera-band stretch. Contact a podiatrist today for more information about stretching the feet.  

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Dr. Anna Petrov from Family Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Great ways to stretch your feet:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

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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Thursday, 02 February 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.

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