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By Dr. Paul Potach, D.P.M.
January 31, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Is there a knob on the side of your big toe? Is it hard and bony? If that's the case, you may have a bunion and your Wheeling, IL, podiatrist can help.

 

What are bunions?

Bunions are a bone deformity that affect your metatarsophalangeal joint. They affect your walking because of friction and pressure that makes it painful to walk.

If you start to notice the joint of your big toe becoming larger, then you may be suffering from a bunion. Bunion protrusions can be very painful and other issues such as flat feet, foot injuries, and neuromuscular problems, which may contribute to their formation.

 

What are the causes of bunions?

The problem with bunions is that they can cause the formation of other toe deformities, such as hammertoes, bursitis, arthritis, corns, and calluses.

Bunions are usually formed because of tight, narrow shoes and high heels, occupational foot stress, genetics, and certain foot types, foot trauma, or injury, and rheumatoid arthritis.

 

How do you treat bunions?

Your Wheeling doctor may recommend an orthotic device designed to keep your toe in the proper position. If your doctor needs to take a more invasive approach, they may do the following:

  • Straightening your foot and big toe
  • Remove swollen tissue around the joint
  • Fuse your big toe joints together
  • Remove some bone in the big toe

Before resorting to surgery, there are conservative methods to help treat bunions, such as:

  • Taping foot to support bunion and cushioning it
  • Changing to wide, supportive shoes, or sandals, instead of tight, narrow shoes
  • Orthotic device (over-the-counter and/or custom made)
  • Certain exercises that help prevent stiffness or arthritis
  • Splints for nighttime wear
  • Wearing shoe inserts to cushion bunion and reduce friction

 

Need a consultation?

Bunions are painful. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, just call your Wheeling, IL, podiatrist at (847) 215-1525 or (708) 484-3338 for our Berwyn location today!

By Dr. Paul Potach, D.P.M.
November 06, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenail  

Ingrown ToenailIs your ingrown nail a real nuisance or is it becoming too painful to handle anymore? Dr. Paul Potach in Wheeling and Berwyn, IL, can help you!

More on Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are when your toenails perforate the skin in the corners, or sides of your feet. They may be hard, swollen, and tender in the beginning, eventually causing an infection if not taken care of immediately. If you do have an ingrown nail, your toe may become sore, skin may start growing over the ingrown toenail, and become red, or infected.

Causes of Ingrown Nails

There are several things that may lead to ingrown toenails, such as:

  • Not trimming toenails properly, like too short, especially on your big toes
  • Tight shoes that apply pressure to feet
  • Heredity, like poor foot structure
  • Repeated trauma or injury to your feet
  • Foot illnesses, or diseases, like fungal infections.

How to Treat Ingrown Nails:

Treating ingrown toenails can be a simple fix. Try wearing shoes that give your toes more space to move and try to avoid socks. Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic if there is an infection, but soaking the foot in warm and soapy water several times a day and keeping your feet clean may resolve the issue.

Surgery may be necessary though. If your ingrown toenail is causing an acute infection, the surgical removal of part of the ingrown toenail may be needed.

Basic Foot Care

  • Don't ignore foot pain
  • Trim toenails straight across.
  • Make sure that shoes fit properly
  • Avoid walking barefoot
  • Follow doctors orders when using medication
  • Inspect your feet regularly
  • Wash your feet regularly

If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, make sure to contact foot doctor, Dr. Paul Potach in Wheeling and Berwyn, IL.

By Dr. Paul Potach, D.P.M. June 27, 2018 Category: Foot Care
July 26, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Worried about that bunion? A bunion is a painful bony bump that forms on the joint connecting the big toe. Bunions are caused by wearing bunionsnarrow-toed shoes. Bunions occur mostly in women, as they are more likely to wear tight shoes. Some diseases can also cause bunions. Dr. Paul Potach is a podiatrist who offers treatments for foot problems. His offices are located in Wheeling and Berwyn, IL. Here are four treatments for bunions.

1. Padding & Taping- Bunion treatment often begins with padding and taping. Padding the bunion will minimize your pain and allow you to continue a normal, active life. Taping the bunion will keep your foot in a normal position, thus reducing pressure and discomfort. Padding and taping also prevent bunions from getting worse. 

2. Custom Orthotics- Custom-made orthotics can be a valuable treatment for bunions. Orthotics are inserts or footbeds that are inserted into shoes. Orthotics can prevent the progression of bunions and ease pain, improving joint function. You can get custom-made orthotics from your podiatrist.

3. Steroid Injections- Steroid injections can ease your pain temporarily by reducing inflammation. They're most commonly injected into joints — such as your elbow, hip, knee, ankle, shoulder, wrist, and spine. The injections usually comprise a local anesthetic and corticosteroid medication. You can get steroid injections at your Wheeling and Berwyn podiatrist's office.

4. Bunion Surgery- If your symptoms are severe, your doctor may recommend surgery to treat your bunion. The surgery is called bunionectomy. The goal of surgery is to correct the deformity and relieve pain.

Say goodbye to that bunion. Call our office at 847-215-1525 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Potach in Wheeling, IL. Call 708-484-3338 to schedule an appointment in Berwyn, IL. We are committed to providing high-quality patient care using state-of-the-art technologies. Our bunion treatments will ease your pain and help you get back to a happy and healthy life.

By Dr. Paul Potach, D.P.M.
June 27, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Warts  

What your podiatrist in Wheeling and Berwyn, IL wants you to knowwarts

If you have a clump of hard bumps on your foot, you could have warts. The good news is your podiatrist has several effective treatments to get rid of warts and clear up your feet. Dr. Paul Potach wants to share the facts about warts and how he can help. He has two convenient office locations in Wheeling, and Berwyn, Illinois to take care of your feet.

Warts that occur on your feet are called plantar warts, and they often look like rough bumps or growths. They can show up on your forefeet, heels, or toes and are caused by exposure to a virus.

There are some factors which can increase your risk of experiencing plantar warts, including:

  • Going barefoot in public pool areas, locker rooms, or showers
  • Being a child or teenager
  • Having a compromised or weakened immune system
  • Having a history of previous plantar warts

There are a few ways you can identify plantar warts because they:

  • Look like a callus if the wart moves inward
  • Have small black dots which are clotted blood vessels
  • Can cause open sores along the lines and ridges in your feet
  • Can interfere with walking or standing by causing pain

Over-the-counter wart treatments are usually not very effective at getting rid of warts, which is why you should visit your podiatrist. Dr. Potach offers effective treatments like these:

  • Ointments or medication
  • Eliminating the wart with Pulse Dye Laser treatment
  • Peeling the wart with topical salicylic acid

For more detailed information about warts and Pulse Dye Laser treatment, please view the Warts page on Dr. Potach’s website at http://www.wheelingfootdoctor.com/warts.html

Your feet deserve to be comfortable, and free of annoying, painful warts. Your podiatrist can help clear up your feet with simple, effective treatments. For more information about treating warts and other foot care topics, call Dr. Paul Potach, with offices in Wheeling, and Berwyn, Illinois. Call today!

By Dr. Paul Potach, D.P.M.
June 29, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Flat Feet  

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 Flat Feetpodiatrist, 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!