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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.
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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.

By Dr. Paul Potach, D.P.M.
June 20, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Is your ingrown nail a real nuisance or just too painful to handle anymore? Read on to learn how Dr. Paul Potach, your foot doctor in ingrown-toenailWheeling and Berwyn, IL, can help you!

 

More about ingrown toenails

This condition occurs when a toenail penetrates the corners or sides of a toe's flesh, often resulting in acute pain or infection. At their beginning stages, ingrown toenails first become noticeable due to the presence of hard, swollen flesh that is tender to the touch.

If left untreated by a foot doctor, your ingrown toenails may cause

  • Acute pain
  • Deep inflection
  • Pus

There are a few causes to why ingrown toenails begin in the first place, including:

  • Improper toenail trimming, particularly with the big toes
  • Wearing too tight or small of shoes shoes
  • Repeated trauma or injury to your feet
  • Fungus infections
  • Inherently poor foot structure.

 

What are some treatment options?

Treating ingrown toenails can often be a simple fix:

  • Soak your foot in warm and soapy water several times a day.
  • Try to keep your feet clean and dry well after washing them.
  • Wear shoes that give your toes more space to move to avoid over-crowdedness.
  • Avoid wearing tight socks.

In more serious cases:

  • Your foot doctor may prescribe an antibiotic if there is an infection
  • If you're suffering from an acute infection, you may need surgery from one of our offices in either Wheeling or Berwyn, IL. During a procedure called partial nail plate avulsion, Dr. Potach removes part of the ingrown toenail after it has been numbed with anesthetic. Accordingly, your treatment will be free of pain and discomfort!

 

Need relief from ingrown toenail pain? We can help!

For more information on ingrown toenail care, contact Dr. Paul Potach today by calling (847) 215-1525 for his Wheeling office, and (708) 484-3338 for his Berwyn location!

By Dr. Paul Potach, D.P.M.
April 23, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Your pain could be the result of an inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis.
 
Plantar fasciitis: It’s one of the most common causes of heel and arch pain. From wearing worn-out sneakers when working out to heel painoverpronation, there are many reasons that plantar fasciitis can occur. If you’re dealing with newfound heel pain contact our Wheeling and Berwyn, IL, podiatrist Dr. Paul Potach to find out if plantar fasciitis could be the culprit.
 
I have plantar fasciitis. Now what?
Plantar fasciitis sometimes clears up all on its own, as long as you give your feet ample rest and healing time. This means staying away from high-impact activities like running or other exercises that put additional strain on the inflamed plantar fascia (the tissue that runs along the soles of the feet).
 
While the plantar fascia takes time to heal there are certain conservative measures to reduce pain and inflammation. Some of these options include,

  • Stretching exercises
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Splinting or bracing, particularly at night

When visiting our Wheeling, IL, foot doctor for a consultation, we provide you with a list of effective ways to manage your heel pain. If your heel pain doesn’t improve with at-home care, or you experience recurring heel pain, then it’s time to discuss more aggressive treatment.
 
Those who develop plantar fasciitis often benefit from getting custom-made orthotics. Custom orthotics are much different from the over-the-counter shoe inserts you find at your local drugstore. Custom orthotics are tailor-made based on the specific condition you are dealing with, as well as biomechanical factors that play a role (e.g. high arches; flat feet; overpronation). Wearing custom orthotics may also reduce the likelihood of developing heel pain in the future.
 
If you are dealing with heel pain in Wheeling or Berwyn, IL, then it’s time to call our podiatry office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Potach. Find out how to get your plantar fasciitis under control and get back to your life. Call 847-215-1525 for our Wheeling office, 708-484-3338 for the Berwyn office.





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