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By Dr. Paul Potach, D.P.M.
May 13, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenail  

Have you or a loved one experienced an ingrown toenail? If so, you know the pain this simple podiatric condition causes. In Wheeling, IL, Dr. Paul Potach cares for ingrown toenails and he shows patients ways to prevent them.

What is an ingrown toenail?

The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) says that ingrown toenails, or onychocryptosis, usually develop on the big toes. Simply put, the nail is cut too short at the corners.

As it grows, it invades the surrounding skin, often causing infection, pus, redness and pain. A severe case impacts how well the sufferer walks. Plus, in a diabetic, onychocryptosis is dangerous.

Some mild cases of onychocryptosis may be treated at home with warm soaks and better-fitting shoes. Others, however, require careful intervention by the podiatrist in his Wheeling office.

Treating an ingrown toenail

In his office, Dr. Potach will examine your foot, noting your symptoms. He may trim the ingrown nail straight across or, as needed, actually remove part of the nail right down the affected side. He may even apply a medication to destroy the nail plate so the nail does not grow back. This partial nail avulsion and chemical matrixectomy resolve symptoms permanently. Your foot doctor may prescribe antibiotic medication to heal infection, too.

Preventing ingrown toenails

Keep this problem from developing on another nail by:

  • Wearing shoes which are roomy in the toes
  • Cutting your nails with clean clippers, trimming them straight across and not too short
  • Washing your feet daily with soap and water
  • Changing your socks every day
  • Avoiding trauma to the nail by wearing protective shoes on the job
  • Looking carefully and frequently at your feet to notice any signs of friction, swelling or nail changes

Great nails and happy feet

Dr. Paul Potach and his team take both seriously. If you start having nail problems, don't wait. Call our office in either Wheeling or Berwyn for a consultation with this experienced and caring foot doctor. Ingrown toenails are no fun, but we'll help you manage them. Call our Wheeling office at (847) 215-1525, and in Berwyn, IL, phone (708) 484-3338.

By Dr. Paul Potach, D.P.M.
April 09, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Foot Care  

What carry you everywhere but maybe the last things on your mind? They're your feet. To keep them functioning well, take care of them. Dr. Paul Potach is your Wheeling, IL, podiatrist. He wants you to avoid ingrown toenails, deformities such as bunions, and the problems of wear and tear and systemic disease.

Your wonderful feet...

They each have 26 bones and a network of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. Because they're in constant use, your feet are stressed. Walking, running, jumping, and simply standing exert tremendous pressures. Add the friction of shoes and socks, or worrisome health issues such as diabetes, and you end up with painful, poorly functioning feet.

What should you do? If you are over 40 or have underlying health problems, see your podiatrist in his Wheeling or Berwyn office. He'll do a complete podiatric exam, looking for skin, gait, structural, and nail issues (such as ingrown toenails). Then, he'll put together a care plan to optimize your podiatric health.

Common sense foot care

Dr. Potach and the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) recommend the following:

  1. Inspect your feet daily, looking for cuts, pressure points, and sores. This is particularly important for diabetics and patients with peripheral circulation problems.
  2. Wash your feet every day, and dry them completely with a clean towel.
  3. Moisturize the skin at least once a day.
  4. Wear well-fitting, moisture-wicking socks.
  5. Wear quality shoes that have plenty of room in the toe boxes. Make sure you have sufficient arch support if you are a runner or a worker who stands a lot.
  6. Avoid high heeled shoes.
  7. Trim all nails with a sharp, clean clippers. Cut straight across to avoid ingrown toenails.
  8. Rest your feet by elevating them above heart level. A foot massage promotes comfort and circulation.
  9. Keep your feet warm in winter and cool in the summer.
  10. Avoid injury and fungal infections, such as Athlete's foot, by not going outdoors barefoot.
  11. Exercise. A good rule is three to five 30-minute walks each week.

Feel good and stay mobile

And, remember, your foot doctor, Dr. Paul Potach, is available for comprehensive foot care in two convenient locations. Call us for an appointment! For the Wheeling, IL, office, phone (847) 215-1525. For Berwyn, call (708) 484-3338.

By Dr. Paul Potach, D.P.M.
February 20, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

How your podiatrist in Wheeling and Berwyn, IL, can help if you have plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a common condition among runners, but you don’t have to be a runner to suffer from plantar fasciitis pain. After all, anybody who regularly puts stress on their feet can end up developing this problem.

Fortunately, Dr. Paul Potach, your podiatrist in Wheeling and Berwyn, IL, can help you find relief from plantar fasciitis.

More about Plantar Fasciitis

So, how do you know if you have this condition? If you feel a sharp, stabbing pain in your heel and running along the side of your foot, you could have plantar fasciitis. If your pain also increases in the morning when you try to stand and put weight on your feet, this is also a common symptom.

The pain of this condition is caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia, the thick band of tissue that runs across your heel. There are many factors that can make you more prone to plantar fasciitis, including:

  • Overpronating or rolling your feet when you walk
  • Standing or walking on hard surfaces for long periods of time
  • Having flat feet and carrying excess weight

If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, you can try a few simple remedies, such as:

  • Taking over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medications
  • Placing an ice pack on your heel several times each day
  • Doing arch stretches several times each day
  • Changing to more supportive shoes

For stubborn, severe plantar fasciitis symptoms, it’s best to visit your podiatrist. Dr. Potach may recommend:

  • Custom-fit orthotics and footwear to provide support
  • Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medication to decrease swelling and pain
  • Physical therapy and stretching exercises to maintain flexibility

Concerned? Give Us a Call

You don’t have to suffer from plantar fasciitis pain when relief is just a phone call away. To find out more about plantar fasciitis treatment and other footcare options, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Paul Potach in Wheeling, IL, at (847) 215-1525 or at his office in Berwyn, IL, at (708) 484-3338. Call now!

By Dr. Paul Potach, D.P.M.
December 03, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Common Foot Issues  

Have you tried treating your foot issue at home yet still have pain or other symptoms? Although some foot conditions can get better after FootHealthrest or over-the-counter treatments, that's not always the case. Fortunately, your Wheeling and Berwyn, IL, podiatrist, Dr. Paul Potach, offers treatments for ingrown toenails, bunions, plantar fasciitis and other common foot conditions.

Types of foot ailments

Podiatrists treat many types of foot problems, including:

  • Ingrown Toenails: Your podiatrist can perform a minor, in-office procedure to free the trapped edge of your toenail. Make an appointment with our foot doctor if you can't easily free the nail yourself or you notice red streaks, swelling, pus or other signs of infection.
  • Toenail Fungus: Toenail fungus can be very difficult to treat at home. No matter how often you apply over-the-counter anti-fungal medication, your toenail may remain thick and yellow. Your foot doctor can prescribe stronger medication that penetrates the deepest layers of your nail and kills the fungus.
  • Plantar Fasciitis: A tough band of connective tissue called the plantar fascia runs along the bottom of your foot and connects your toes to your heels. If the fascia becomes inflamed, you'll experience pain in your heel. Your Wheeling or Berwyn podiatrist may recommend that you use night splints to gently stretch the fascia or wear prescription shoe inserts called orthotics.
  • Bunions: Do you have a bony bump at the base of your big toe? You may have a bunion. Although bunions usually worsen over time, your podiatrist can help you can slow their progression. Night splints and orthotics will help keep your foot properly aligned and decrease bunion pain. If these measures aren't helpful and your bunions are very painful or interfere with your life, surgery may be recommended.
  • Hammertoes: A hammertoe occurs when one of your toes is permanently bent at a right angle. Initially, you may be able to straighten the toe if you push on it. If you don't receive treatment at this stage, the toe can become rigid. Orthotics and toe exercises may be helpful if your toe is still flexible, while surgery may be the best option if the toe has become rigid.

Are you worried about a bunion or another foot issue? Schedule an appointment with podiatrist Dr. Paul Potach by calling (847) 215-1525 for the Wheeling, IL, office or (708) 484-3338 for the Berwyn office.

By Dr. Paul Potach, D.P.M.
August 20, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunion  

How your podiatrist in Wheeling, IL, can help with bunions

At their later stages, bunions can be very painful and make it difficult to wear shoes, to walk, or to even put weight on your foot. However,Bunions at their onset, bunions are often less easy to spot, causing many patients to delay receiving treatment until the deformity becomes serious. Fortunately, here at Dr. Paul Potach's offices in Wheeling and Berwyn, IL, your podiatrist offers a full range of podiatry services, including bunion treatment. Read on to learn if your feet require his expertise!


More about Bunions

A bunion is a large, bony growth on the side of your big toe. If you have a bunion, you may experience symptoms like these:

  • Inflammation, swelling, and pain around the big toe joint
  • Corns or calluses developing on the toes next to the bunion
  • Chronic pain in the area of the bunion
  • Stiffness and loss of flexibility in your toe

Bunions are often caused by a bone deformity in your foot or toe. They can also be caused by wearing shoes that are too narrow, as ill-fitting footwear causes toes to become crushed together and the big toe joint to bend outward. Medical conditions including arthritis, or a foot injury can also cause a bunion to develop.

There are some simple therapies that you can try at home to get relief from bunion pain. Consider:

  • Applying ice to the bunion to reduce swelling
  • Taping or bandaging the bunion to provide support
  • Wearing inserts in your shoes to cushion the bunion
  • Wearing wider shoes to give you more toe room
  • Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication to reduce pain and swelling

Large, painful bunions should be treated by your podiatrist. Recommended treatments may include:

  • Custom-fit orthotics or footwear for added support
  • Night splints and other devices to realign your foot and toe
  • Removing the corns or calluses to reduce friction
  • Stretches and physical therapy to maintain mobility
  • Surgery to remove the bunion and realign your foot and toe


Concerned? Contact us today

You don’t have to put up with bunion pain—you can get relief by calling Dr. Paul Potach's offices in either Wheeling or Berwyn, IL. Dial (847) 215-1525 for Wheeling or (708) 484-3338 for Berwyn.

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