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Monday, 29 March 2021 00:00

How Obesity Affects a Child’s Feet

Childhood obesity can precipitate a host of childhood development and health issues, with foot pain being high on the list. A child carrying extra weight is more prone to developing flat feet, calf or arch pain, stress fractures, and problems with the heel such as plantar fasciitis, hairline fissures, and inflammation where the growth plate and Achilles tendon meet (Sever’s disease). Some children may have foot conditions they inherited or were born with, which can be exacerbated by excess weight. However, losing weight can be difficult for obese children because physical activity can make their foot pain worse, making regular exercise difficult or even impossible. A podiatrist may be able to help with orthotics and other strategies to relieve foot pain, correct alignment, and treat any underlying foot or ankle disorders.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Paul Potach, DPM of Illinois . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Wheeling and Berwyn, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 22 March 2021 00:00

Why Does my Heel Hurt?

Heel pain can affect and hinder everyday life, and it can come from many different sources. The leading cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. This occurs when the plantar fascia, the band of tissue connecting the heels to the toes, becomes inflamed. Achilles tendonitis, which occurs when the Achilles tendon becomes inflamed, can also lead to heel pain. Other causes of heel pain can include arthritis, a stress fracture, bursitis, or the wearing down of the fat pad under the heel. Because of the variety of issues that can result in heel pain, patients who are suffering should seek the help of a podiatrist to find the source of their heel pain and relief. 

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Paul Potach, DPM of Illinois . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Wheeling and Berwyn, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 15 March 2021 00:00

Different Causes of Foot Pain

Our feet undergo a lot of use over our lifetime, and as a result, a variety of painful issues can develop.  Bunions, which causes the big toe to turn towards the other toes, can lead to a lot of pain while walking.  Plantar fasciitis, which is the inflammation of the tendon that runs along the bottom of the foot, can often lead to heel pain and pain in the arch of the foot.  Another common source of heel pain is heel spurs.  These occur as bony bumps in the heel that are calcium deposits.  Other issues, like gout, can lead to a burning sensation in the foot.  Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body that builds up in the joints.  Some issues can lead to numbness in the foot, and this numbness usually indicates Morton’s neuroma which is the thickening of the nerve around the ball of the foot.  If you are struggling with pain in your feet, consulting with a podiatrist is recommended.  A podiatrist will be able to help find the source and a proper treatment method.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Paul Potach, DPM from Illinois . Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Wheeling and Berwyn, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 08 March 2021 00:00

What Is Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease?

Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease is a hereditary condition that causes nerve damage in the peripheral nerves of the limbs. It can lead to symptoms such as muscle weakness, spasms, a loss of sensation, and difficulty walking. This disease can also lead to other foot problems, including high arches, hammertoes, and an abnormal gait or walking pattern. Symptoms often begin in adolescence or early adulthood, but they may also start in midlife and often affect the legs and feet first. While there is no cure, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease progresses slowly and there are various treatments aimed at reducing symptoms and maintaining mobility. If you are experiencing symptoms of this disease in your lower limbs, please consult with a podiatrist.

Neuropathy

Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with Paul Potach, DPM from Illinois . Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.

Treatment

To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Wheeling and Berwyn, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 01 March 2021 00:00

What Issues Do Podiatrists Treat?

A podiatrist, also known as a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM), is a doctor who specializes in the treatment of foot and ankle conditions. Podiatrists treat a variety of foot conditions for patients of all ages. Common issues that podiatrists diagnose and treat include ingrown toenails, blisters, warts, heel pain, foot pain, cracked skin, corns, nail infections, and foot injuries such as sprains or breaks. Many podiatrists also focus on specialized areas within foot medicine, and these specialties include surgery, wound care, sports medicine, diabetic foot care, and pediatric foot care. Podiatrists are also able to help patients who have underlying health conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, arthritis, and poor blood circulation, care for their feet. If you are struggling with pain, swelling, numbness, an open wound, or a possible infection surrounding the feet and ankles, consulting with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment is recommended.

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact Paul Potach, DPM from Illinois . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek the care of a podiatrist if they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems, etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Drugs
  • Orthotic inserts or soles
  • Surgery on lower extremity fractures

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Wheeling and Berwyn, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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