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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RICE (Not the Food!)

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. 

 

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I Think I Broke My Toe! Should I See a Doctor?

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.  

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Caring for Your Feet with Diabetes

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.

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Custom Orthotics: What Can They Do For You?

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. 

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The Harm in High Heels

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!). 

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Ouch, my nail hurts!

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.

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