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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.


By Dr. Paul Potach, D.P.M.
April 16, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Feet are an incredibly important part of your body, and you need to care for them—otherwise, debilitating conditions such as bunions canBunions develop! Read on to learn more about bunions, and if you require treatment for this issue, contact your Berwyn and Wheeling, IL, podiatrist, Dr. Paul Potach!

 

What are bunions?

Bunions are often painful bumps that appear on the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint of your foot. This bone deformity occurs when the toe dislocates from the joint.

 

What cause bunions?

Thirty-three percent of the population in Western countries have been diagnosed with bunions, a problem that is caused by a number of factors, including:

  • Wearing tight shoes
  • Inheriting a faulty foot structure
  • Experiencing foot injuries
  • Having neuromuscular problems
  • Having flat feet
  • Having pronated feet that can contribute to their formation

 

What are the symptoms of bunions?

Symptoms vary from one person to another, but they do largely consist of the following:

  • The obvious bump on your toes
  • Discomfort and pain
  • Constant irritation and friction against shoes
  • Red and tender skin over the toe
  • Joint flexes with every step

Another issue that may arise is bursitis or arthritis resulting in thicker skin and chronic pain.

 

What are some treatment options for bunions?

Bunion treatments include:

  • Protective padding in shoes to prevent friction
  • Wearing properly fitted shoes
  • Use of orthotic devices to support you while walking and standing
  • Exercises that prevent stiffness or arthritis
  • Splints to help bone development
  • Surgical treatment

 

What more you should know about surgery?

This surgery is called bunionectomy. During the procedure, your podiatrist removes the bunion and realigns the toe. Prior to surgery, however, make sure that you consult your doctor about conservative treatment options first.

 

Who should you contact?

If you need more information about bunions, make sure that you contact one of Dr. Paul Potach's offices in Wheeling and Berwyn, IL, for a consultation. Dial (708) 484-3338 for Wheeling, and (847) 215-1525 for Berwyn.