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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 00:00

Why Live with Pain and Numbness in Your Feet?

Living with foot pain is hard on your body.  Give us a call and let us find out what's wrong.

Monday, 29 October 2018 00:00

Causes of Heel Spurs

If you are experiencing a sharp pain in the heel of your foot while standing after a night’s sleep, you may have what is referred to as a heel spur. It is generally defined as a hooked or pointy portion of bone that grows outward into the heel.  Additional symptoms of this condition would be swelling and tenderness in the heel and surrounding area, a small, hard protrusion under the heel, or a constant dull ache for the majority of the day. A proper diagnosis typically includes having an X-ray performed and this will aid the doctor in viewing the protrusion. There are known to be several causes why heel spurs may develop. These may include participating in running and jumping activities, age progression, or a possible injury to the heel. Research has shown partial relief may be obtained by wearing cushioned shoes that provide adequate support for the heel, reducing pressure on the feet by getting plenty of rest, or possibly taking anti-inflammatory medication. If you feel you have a heel spur, it is suggested to speak with a podiatrist, so the correct treatment can begin.

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 Dr. Lee R. Stein from Lake Shore Foot & Ankle, PC. 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 conditions spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

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.

Treatments

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 one of our offices located in Chicago, Highland Park, and Uptown, IL. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Monday, 22 October 2018 00:00

The Location of the Sesamoid Bones

The bones that are found surrounding the joints in the foot are referred to as sesamoid bones. Research has confirmed the big toe contains different types of these particular bones and they have specific functions, which includes providing stability while walking. If an injury should occur to one or more of these bones, inflammation is likely to develop and this typically results in severe pain and discomfort. This is referred to as sesamoiditis, and generally occurs from repetitive activity that may be associated with dancing, basketball, or tennis. Patients who experience this condition often notice gradual pain developing in the foot, in addition to swelling and tenderness surrounding the affected joint. The first phase of treatment will often include rest and cessation from the activity that has caused this ailment. It’s suggested to speak to a podiatrist if you are afflicted with sesamoiditis for further treatment options that are correct for you.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact Dr. Lee R. Stein of Lake Shore Foot & Ankle, PC. Our doctor will treat your condition thoroughly and effectively.

Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis is a condition of the foot that affects the ball of the foot. It is more common in younger people than it is in older people. It can also occur with people who have begun a new exercise program, since their bodies are adjusting to the new physical regimen. Pain may also be caused by the inflammation of tendons surrounding the bones. It is important to seek treatment in its early stages because if you ignore the pain, this condition can lead to more serious problems such as severe irritation and bone fractures.

Causes of Sesamoiditis

  • Sudden increase in activity
  • Increase in physically strenuous movement without a proper warm up or build up
  • Foot structure: those who have smaller, bonier feet or those with a high arch may be more susceptible

Treatment for sesamoiditis is non-invasive and simple. Doctors may recommend a strict rest period where the patient forgoes most physical activity. This will help give the patient time to heal their feet through limited activity. For serious cases, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine a treatment option that will help your specific needs.

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

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Wednesday, 17 October 2018 00:00

Do your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately?

Monday, 15 October 2018 00:00

Is Hammertoe Uncomfortable?

If you have ever worn narrow, pointed-toe shoes, you may be a candidate to develop hammertoe. The characteristics are a noticeable deformity that affects the middle toes, and may cause severe pain and discomfort. The toes may be bent at the middle joint and face downward, giving the appearance of a hammer. The surrounding muscles may become unbalanced, and this may cause difficulty in straightening the toes. This condition may become worse if prompt treatment is not administered, which may consist of performing simple exercises that may strengthen the foot and toes. Research has shown the most common cause of hammertoe is related to incorrect shoes that are worn. Additionally, there may be other reasons why this ailment may develop, including having an elongated second toe, incurring an injury to the toes, or genetic traits may play a significant role. If you are afflicted with hammertoe, it’s strongly suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist for a complete diagnosis and to gather information about proper treatment options.

Hammertoe

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Dr. Lee R. Stein from Lake Shore Foot & Ankle, PC. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.

Symptoms

  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes

Causes

Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible

Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur

Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe

Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe

Treatment

Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it

Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used

Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option

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

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If you stand on your feet for the majority of the day, you may experience discomfort on the heel of the foot, which may be known as cracked heels. This condition may typically develop as a result of the added pressure the heels endure during the day, and this may produce fissures, or cracks in the skin. This condition may be prevented by washing and drying the feet thoroughly, followed by utilizing an effective moisturizer. This may help to eliminate dry skin. Research has shown the most common season for this condition to develop are the summer months. During this time, many people choose to wear shoes with an open back, thus not offering adequate support for the heel pads. If you are afflicted with severely cracked heels, it is suggested to speak with a podiatrist who is able to properly treat this uncomfortable condition.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Lee R. Stein from Lake Shore Foot & Ankle, PC. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How do you get them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

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

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Thursday, 04 October 2018 19:55

Ankle Fractures in a Nutshell

ankle fxIf you have experienced a breaking of any of the bones that make up the ankle joint, which is referred to as an ankle fracture, you may be aware that there can be significant pain as well.  The bones that make up the ankle joint are the tibia, fibula, and talus bones. There are many reasons an ankle injury can occur, such as twisting your ankle inwards or outwards, falling, a crush injury, or a motor vehicle accident. An ankle fracture can also occur due to sports injury, repetitive stress, or as a consequence to nerve problems of the feet and legs.

The symptoms of a broken ankle are pain, swelling, bruising, numbness, throbbing, and difficulty putting weight down on the foot.  In more severe cases, there may be a deformity, which may represent a dislocation where the foot can actually separate from the ankle.  If you have had an ankle injury, it is important that you consult with your podiatric surgeon so you can start the best course of treatment immediately. If you have any concerns regarding you ankle, contact Dr. Lee R. Stein from Lake Shore Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs

Ankle fractures are usually diagnosed with a proper history, as well as x-rays. For proper evaluation, it may be necessary for the doctor to order a CT or MRI scan.

A broken ankle can lead to complications and can occasionally cause long standing deformity or severe pain if not treated properly. In certain cases, a splint, cast, or boot may be the preferred treatment, along with rest, ice, and elevation depending on the fracture type. In other cases, surgery may be necessary, which may involve open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) with screws and/or plate hardware or the use of external fixation (frame around skin). At LSFA we use the latest in biologic techniques to achieve efficient healing with amniotic tissue, bone marrow aspirate, bone stimulation, shockwave, and laser.

By Lee R. Stein, DPM, FACFAS, FACLES, FAENS

Wednesday, 03 October 2018 00:00

Before you start dancing...

 

Monday, 01 October 2018 00:00

Causes of a Broken Toe

If you have experienced breaking your toe, which is also referred to as a fractured toe, you may be aware of the severe pain that is often associated with it. There may be several reasons why this type of injury may occur. These may include dropping a heavy object on your toe, stubbing it against a piece of furniture, or being involved in an accident in which your feet are affected. There are noticeable symptoms that are indicative of a broken toe, including bruising, swelling, the inability to walk on it,  accompanied by pain and discomfort. Treatment options may include keeping the foot raised, which may aid in reducing any swelling, taping the injured toe to the toe next to it to promote stability, in addition to wearing shoes that have adequate room for the toe. If you feel you have broken your toe, it’s advised to counsel with a podiatrist so the best course of treatment can begin.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Lee R. Stein from Lake Shore Foot & Ankle, PC. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Throbbing pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising on the skin and toenail
  • The inability to move the toe
  • Toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • Tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

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

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