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September 2021

Tuesday, 28 September 2021 00:00

Why Do I Have Foot Cramps?

Most people experience muscle cramps from time to time. These can occur just about anywhere in the body, but some of the most common cramped muscles are those in the feet and lower legs. All muscles work in pairs. When one muscle in the pair contracts, the other relaxes to allow for smooth movements. Cramps occur when the muscle that is supposed to relax doesn’t. Cramps can also happen if a muscle contracts suddenly and is then unable to relax. Though they are often associated with exercise, cramps can also be caused by dehydration, nutritional problems, nerve damage, underlying health conditions, poor circulation, certain medications, fatigue, injury, wearing ill-fitting shoes, and pregnancy, among many other potential causes. If you frequently experience muscle cramps in your lower limbs, please seek the care of a podiatrist. 

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Francis Kania, DPM from Illinois. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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

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Tuesday, 21 September 2021 00:00

What Is Extensor Tendonitis?

Extensor tendonitis is the inflammation or irritation of the tendons located at the top of the foot. These tendons are responsible for pulling the toes up while walking. Extensor tendonitis is a common cause of pain at the top of the foot and is usually the result of excessive friction and pressure on the foot from poorly fitted shoes. Other causes of extensor tendonitis include standing for prolonged periods of time, running on uneven surfaces or up and down hills, having tight calf muscles or abnormal foot arches, or direct injury to the extensor tendons. In addition to pain at the top of the foot, symptoms of extensor tendonitis may include swelling and bruising across the top of the foot. This condition can be treated with conservative methods, such as resting and icing the affected foot, taking anti-inflammatory medications, wearing the right shoes or orthotics, and doing strengthening and stretching exercises. If you are experiencing foot pain, please consult with a podiatrist. 

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Francis Kania, DPM from Illinois. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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

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Tuesday, 14 September 2021 00:00

What Causes Ankle Arthritis?

Ankle arthritis is caused by damage to the cartilage, which covers the ends of the bones that make up the ankle joint. Cartilage provides a smooth, cushioned surface for the bones to move along, and when it deteriorates, symptoms like joint pain and stiffness follow. There are several processes that can damage or deteriorate the cartilage in the ankle joint. Major ankle injuries, such as ankle fractures, can greatly increase the risk of developing ankle arthritis. More minor, but repetitive trauma to the joint from sprains or chronic instability can have a similar effect. Improper foot biomechanics from flat feet, high arches, and other deformities, can make the cartilage wear away over time. Rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune condition, can damage the cartilage through inflammation of the lining of the joint. Gout, pseudogout, and infectious arthritis can also damage the cartilage. If you are suffering from joint stiffness, pain, or reduced mobility in your ankles, please seek the care of a podiatrist.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Francis Kania, DPM from Illinois. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Westchester, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 13 September 2021 00:00

Are You Suffering From Ingrown Toenails?

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

Tuesday, 07 September 2021 00:00

Ankle Pain May Indicate Arthritis

One of the reasons people may experience ankle pain can be the onset of arthritis. Pain, swelling, and stiffness can indicate this condition has begun, and it can disrupt accomplishing daily activities. There are many forms of arthritis that can affect the ankles. Osteoarthritis is considered to be the most common form, and often develops gradually. Rheumatoid arthritis can be the result of an autoimmune disease, and can affect the joints in the feet and ankles. People who develop arthritis before the age of sixteen have juvenile arthritis. If you are experiencing any form of ankle pain, it is strongly suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can determine what the best course of treatment is for you.

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Francis Kania, DPM from Illinois. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

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

 

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