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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.