MIS, Understood

The Basics and Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)
Surgery can be a scary word after seeing a doctor or even researching your foot injuries online. It may conjure up ideas of scarring, pain, costs, and a long recovery. But it doesn’t always have to be the case. In fact, many foot conditions, pain, and problems can be eliminated without surgery. Find a podiatrist who can work with you on finding more conservative approaches first. 

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What a Pain in the Toe - Ingrown Toenails

Having ingrown toenails is a common foot issue, affecting people of all ages. It’s also one of the most painful concerns, causing swelling, bleeding, and infection, as well as discomfort while doing everyday activities. You may be tempted to wait it out, or try to resolve an ingrown toenail yourself, but this could lead to serious infection and slow the healing process.

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Common Causes for Foot Pain

If you have pain in your feet, it can limit your mobility and reduce your everyday quality of life. Whether you have an ache in your ankle, soreness in your toes, pain in your heels, or overall numbness, it’s something you should take seriously.

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Lasers Take Aim at Toenail Fungus

If you have thick, yellowed toenails, chances are you won’t want to show them off the next time you wear sandals or take a walk on the beach. But there are solutions for ugly, unsightly nails. One of the most effective treatments I’ve used in my practice is a series of short laser treatments.

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Get Your Feet Ready for Their Day in the Sun

As the weather in Chicago heats up, and we’re all looking forward to spring and summer weather, it’s time to think about the health -- and appearance -- of our feet! If you start now, you can take care of issues that are bothering you, as well as take steps to make your feet more attractive just in time for sandal season.

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You Don’t Have to be an Athlete to Get Athlete’s Foot

One of the conditions I frequently see in my practice is athlete's foot. This condition is caused by a fungal infection affecting the web of skin between the toes and the soles of the feet. Symptoms typically include itching, burning, pain and scaling. People pick up these fungal infections when walking barefoot on contaminated floors and objects.

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Six Ways to Treat Arthritic Feet

Arthritis pain in the feet can show itself in many ways. Maybe you have difficulty walking or standing, or maybe you experience sharp pain in your toes or ankles. Regardless of how arthritis presents to you, there are things you can do to help reduce the pain and get back on your feet again.

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Find a Fix for Your Flat Feet

We all know what to do when our car gets a flat tire – whether you can change a tire yourself or call Triple A in a flash, you make sure it’s fixed so your car is mobile again. Not many people know what to do to fix their flat feet. But not doing so truly could limit your mobility over time.

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Top-10 Reasons You Should Get Laser Treatment for the Health of Your Feet

I see patients every day who experience foot pain. While pain and inflammation are common concerns, there are many approaches to help with this issue. From the basic treatments of rest, ice, or heat to prescription medications or even surgery, there are many options and techniques available.

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The Truth About Bunions

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.

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Orthotics Aren't Just for Adults

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!

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Shermi Parikh
Winter and Your Feet

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?

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Your Feet and Springtime Running

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! 

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Why a Foot Massage is More Than Just a Luxury

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. 

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Strengthening Your Ankles to Increase Athletic Performance

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. 

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Flats vs. Heels: Which is Better for Your Feet?

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.

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Why Aren't My Orthotics Helping?!

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. 

 

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