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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.

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.

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.

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