A bunion is an enlargement of the the joint at the base of the big toe. This is caused by pressure on the big toe joint, causing the big toe to bend towards the second toe, gradually resulting in a change in the bone structure. The skin around the joint becomes sore and painful, and can develop into persistent pain. Bunions can cause numbness and/or throbbing pain. Bunions can gradually increase in pain and worsen over time. If the bunion is mild, wider shoes can help alleviate the pain. Orthotics can also help slow the progression of the bunion especially if one has flat feet.Read More
Are you having heel pain? Are you experiencing heel pain shortly after waking up, or when standing after sitting for a long period? The majority of those effected with heel pain have pain in the bottom of the heel, while others can also suffer from pain towards the back of the heel.Read More
Nothing says relaxation like treating yourself to a mani pedi after a particularly long work week. You look good, you feel good, what could be wrong? Well, a lot of podiatrists have a mildly negative opinion about pedicures. While you're feeling scrubbed, smooth and clean, a pedicure done wrong can do a number on your feet.Read More
As humans, we put a lot of strain on our feet on a daily basis. The older we are, the more time we've had to put strain on these important parts of our body, so we spend a lot of time researching and discussing problems with our feet and ankles as adults, but kids experience a lot of similar troubles!Read More
If you've ever spent more than a few hours on your feet without a break, you'll known just how quickly your feet tire out. Nurses, health care workers, teachers, and restaurant workers often spend 10 - 12 hours or more a day on their feet, running around or even just standing in place for hours at a time.Read More
Winter is coming! Are your feet prepared?
As the weather cools down and we trade in our flip-flops for winter boots, our feet say goodbye to the fresh air and hello to the warm, moist environment of closed toe shoes.
Did you know that the bottom of your feet have more swat glands per unit area than any other part of your body?Read More
The weather is really shifting in Chicago and we're getting that spring fever! As we trade in our treadmills for lake front paths, keep in mind these few tips to ensure your you keep your feet (and the rest of you) happy and healthy!Read More
We often think of massages as an occasional treat; more of a way of pampering ourselves than anything else. But a good massage can have all sorts of positive effects on the body beyond relaxation.Read More
Most people don't realize that your feet and ankles, as the base of movement and shock absorption in the body, need to be trained and strengthened like any other part of the body. Athletes in particular put a great deal of stress on the ankle and surrounding muscles as they run and jump around. The stronger the ankle musculature, the greater the force it can withstand before sustaining injury.Read More
It's common knowledge just how bad those stiletto heels can be for your feet, but going too far in the opposite direction can cause problems as well. Many women turn to ballet flats as a comfortable yet professional alternative to high heels, but flats can cause their fare share of foot problems.Read More
Orthotics, custom inserts for your shoes, are crafted to your individual feet and are great for a number of different problems. However, Orthotics can't help your feet if you don't actually wear them!
In order for your orthotics to actually be effective, you have to wear them about 75% of the time.
So, the weather in the Chicago area has been a little crazy! It was 75 degrees last week, and then 50, then 60. The warmer weather is a great excuse to start running and exercising outside. Remember to take precautions when running outside, as it's easier to sprain your ankle running on uneven pavement or twist your ankle off a sidewalk curb than hitting the indoor treadmill.
The short answer is yes! If you suspect you’ve broken your toe, the best thing you can do to start the healing process is get it checked out by your doctor. The full extent of your injury may not be evident right away, but your podiatrist can provide a full assessment and devise a specialized treatment plan to prevent complications.Read More
Diabetes, a condition that affects nearly 26 million people in the U.S., prevents the body from making or properly using insulin. Without insulin, the body cannot process and convert sugars, starches, and other foods to energy, which elevates glucose levels in the blood and raises the body’s blood pressure. Over time, this condition can damage your eyes, heart, kidney, nerves, and even your feet.Read More
Custom orthotics are devices designed to help restore natural foot function and correct foot mechanics. They are placed inside the shoe and help redirect and reduce motions that place strain on the body while you're walking. They can be used to treat a number of different foot problems, including: heel pain, hammertoes, bunions, foot ulcers, and even back pain - conditions often caused by poor foot mechanics.Read More
Anyone who has ever worn high heels knows just how uncomfortable, and even painful, they can be. Though fashion trends are moving away from high heels as the ultimate sign of glamour and prestige, we still wear heels on special occasions, or even as part of company dress codes (yes, even in 2017!).Read More
Have you ever had this problem? This is an infected ingrown nail. It happens when we cut the nail too short along the border or when you try to cut the nail out when you feel it's ingrown. So, maybe you're in the bathroom, trying to do some bathroom surgery, thinking I can just cut that little piece of nail out.Read More
Ugh, the cold is coming back! It certainly feels like January again. If you are like most of us who made NY resolutions to work out in January, having foot pain can seriously hinder those "get healthy" plans. If you haven't worked out in a while and start going hard core on the treadmill, you may be experiencing plantar fascitis.Read More
Happy new year! It's that time again, resolutions for the new year. A lot of us want to start exercising to lose weight and to be healthy. Its great to start an exercising program but it can be a bummer if your feet start to hurt. Make sure you get gym shoes with good arch support. Look at the side of the shoe and examine the arch, does it have an arch?Read More
Muchas circunstancias pueden causar el dolor en los pies. El dolor puede presentarse en los dedos, el arco, la planta o el talón de su pie.