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February 2021

Monday, 22 February 2021 00:00

Is My Wound Infected?

Wounds can occur on any part of the body but they are especially common on the feet and lower legs, especially in people who have diabetes. Often, a combination of diabetes, poor circulation, and peripheral neuropathy can lead to slow-healing wounds forming on the lower limbs and going unnoticed for a period of time due to a lack of sensation. This can increase the chances of the wound becoming infected. Symptoms of infection include increased pain, redness, warmth, and swelling around the wound, yellow or green discharge or an unpleasant odor from the wound, fever or chills, aches, pain, nausea and vomiting. If you have wounds showing signs of infection, it is strongly recommended that you seek treatment as soon as possible. If you have diabetes and are prone to foot wounds, a podiatrist can help you maintain the health of your feet. 

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Dr. Lee R. Stein from Lake Shore Foot & Ankle, PC. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

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

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Monday, 15 February 2021 00:00

Painful Heel Spurs


A common symptom of a heel spur is pain in the heel and surrounding areas. It is defined as a bony growth that forms on the bottom of the heel, and can cause severe pain and discomfort. It often occurs in patients who have plantar fasciitis, which affects the band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes. It can occur as a result of standing on hard surfaces, and walking for the majority of the day. It can be properly diagnosed by having an X-ray taken, which is necessary in determining how severe it is. Mild relief can be found when the affected foot is elevated, and the activity that caused the gradual development of the heel spur is temporarily ceased. If you are afflicted with heel pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can diagnose and treat heel spurs.

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 condition's 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 and Highland Park, IL. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Friday, 12 February 2021 00:00

Wounds That Don't Heal Need to Be Checked

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

Monday, 08 February 2021 00:00

What Is Capsulitis of the Second Toe?

Ligaments that surround the joint at the base of your second toe form a capsule. This capsule allows the joint to function properly. Capsulitis occurs when abnormal foot mechanics put excessive pressure on the ball of the foot and cause these ligaments to become inflamed. The symptoms of capsulitis may include pain in the ball of the foot, swelling in the ball of the foot or at the base of the toe, and difficulty walking barefoot. Left untreated, capsulitis can advance and cause the second toe to become unstable and cross over to lie on top of the big toe. While the second toe is most frequently affected, capsulitis can occur on the third and fourth toes as well. If you have symptoms of capsulitis, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for treatment. 

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Lee R. Stein from Lake Shore Foot & Ankle, PC. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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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Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a condition that can cause poor blood circulation in the lower limbs due to blockages in the arteries that supply blood to the legs and feet. People who have type II diabetes often also have PAD. PAD can be difficult to notice in its earlier stages, as it often doesn’t cause any symptoms. As it progresses, PAD can cause painful leg cramps following activities like walking or running, leg numbness or weakness, and sores on the lower limbs that do not heal. Your podiatrist can screen you for PAD using noninvasive methods such as an ultrasound. Another effective screening tool is the Ankle-Brachial Index, which measures and compares the blood pressure in your arm with the blood pressure in your ankle. If you have symptoms of poor circulation in your limbs, or are at risk of developing PAD, please consult with a podiatrist.

Vascular testing plays an important part in diagnosing disease like peripheral artery disease. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, or diabetes, consult with Dr. Lee R. Stein from Lake Shore Foot & Ankle, PC. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Vascular Testing?

Vascular testing checks for how well blood circulation is in the veins and arteries. This is most often done to determine and treat a patient for peripheral artery disease (PAD), stroke, and aneurysms. Podiatrists utilize vascular testing when a patient has symptoms of PAD or if they believe they might. If a patient has diabetes, a podiatrist may determine a vascular test to be prudent to check for poor blood circulation.

How Is it Conducted?

Most forms of vascular testing are non-invasive. Podiatrists will first conduct a visual inspection for any wounds, discoloration, and any abnormal signs prior to a vascular test.

 The most common tests include:

  • Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) examination
  • Doppler examination
  • Pedal pulses

These tests are safe, painless, and easy to do. Once finished, the podiatrist can then provide a diagnosis and the best course for treatment.

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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