Foot problems which affect walking and standing can quickly decrease your quality of life. Luckily, if you suffer from pain caused by flat feet, your podiatrist can help you overcome your foot pain and gait issues. Learn more about flat feet and how your Wheeling, IL podiatrist, Dr. Paul Potach can help treat them.
Do I have flat feet?
There is a simple test you can perform to determine if you have flat feet or fallen arches. Simply get your feet wet, then stand on a surface where your footprint will show such as concrete. Then, look at your footprint. A normal footprint will have no water where the arch of the foot is. If you can see the entire outline of your foot, including the arch, you probably have flat feet. Symptoms of flat feet include:
- feet which tire easily
- back pain
- leg pain
- difficulty standing on your toes
- pain, aching, or swelling, especially on the inside of your foot where you arch should be
If you discover that you think you have flat feet, you should consult with your doctor to determine the best treatment plan for you.
Flat Feet Diagnosis in Wheeling, IL
Flat feet are common in children and are usually present from birth. Damage or injury to the tendons and bones can also cause flat feet. Obesity, diabetes, pregnancy, and simply aging also play a part in the development of flat feet. Finding the cause of flat feet is an important part of diagnosing and treating this condition. Dr. Potach will use a physical examination along with your family and medical history and various testing to determine if you have flat feet. Additionally, Dr. Potach may use imagining techniques like MRIs or x-rays to see inside the connective tissues and bones inside of your foot.
How can my podiatrist help with my flat feet?
Many cases of pain caused by flat feet can be resolved with custom orthotics. Orthotics, prescribed by your doctor, fit inside your shoe to help evenly distribute the body’s weight onto the foot. Stretching exercises, pain relief medications, physical therapy, or injections may also help relieve the symptoms of flat feet. In severe cases, surgery may be the best course of treatment. Dr. Potach can help you determine which treatment is best for you and your feet.
For more information on flat feet, please contact Dr. Paul Potach, D.P.M., with offices in Wheeling, and Berwyn, IL. Call to schedule your appointment for a foot examination today!
What you need to know about calluses and callus treatment
If you have an area of thick, hard skin on your foot, chances are it’s a callus. Calluses can form on your heel, outside your big toe, or on the ball of your foot. They may look like a skin condition, but they are actually the result of a bone in your foot pressing against your shoe for a long period of time. Your skin becomes irritated and over time, it hardens forming a callus. Dr. Paul Potach, your podiatrist in Wheeling, Illinois wants you to know how to prevent calluses and what to do if you have one.
To prevent calluses, Dr. Potach wants you to wear supportive shoes, with plenty of room so they don’t rub against your foot. You can also use custom-fit orthotics to correct poor foot alignment. You should also wear socks with padded toes and heels. Moleskin or callus pads can also be worn for added padding and protection.
If you develop a callus, you can try over-the-counter callus removers, but these products contain acid which can cause chemical burns, so apply carefully. You can also try soaking your feet in warm water with soap. After your skin is softened, you can use a pumice stone to file away dead skin. Apply a moisturizing cream or lotion to soften the skin on your feet.
If you have a thick callus and need help to treat it, call Dr. Potach. He will trim it and apply padding to help you with pain relief. Additionally, he may prescribe professional strength anti-inflammatory medication or cortisone injections to relieve swelling and inflammation. If you have recurring calluses due to a bone abnormality, surgery might be indicated.
When calluses form on your feet, you can have difficulty wearing shoes comfortably. You don’t have to suffer when help is just a phone call away. If you have a stubborn callus that doesn’t go away, it’s time to call Dr. Paul Potach, your podiatrist with offices in Wheeling, and Berwyn, Illinois. You deserve happy feet, so call today!
Welcome to the Blog of Paul Potach, DPM
Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a podiatrist in the Wheeling and Berwyn, IL area, we're excited you are here. With the podiatry industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.
As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote podiatric awareness as a vital part of your healthy, active lifestyle.Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including the latest developments in podiatry, podiatric treatments and helpful foot care advice from Dr. Paul Potach, DPM and his staff.
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