Our foot pain specialist in the Niles and Berwyn, Illinois, area can help you find relief from your foot or ankle pain.
HEEL PAIN (PLANTAR FASCIITIS)
Experiencing heel pain?
Plantar Fasciitis is the inflammation of the band of tissue (plantar fascia) that connects your heel bone to your toe, and it's one of the most common causes of heel pain. Those suffering from the condition commonly feel a sharp, stabbing pain at the heel upon standing up after long periods of rest - especially in the morning after getting out of bed. The pain generally subsides over time, but returns after sitting or standing in one place for a while.
Who is at risk for developing Plantar Fasciitis?
- Runners - Exercises like running place a lot of stress on the heel and plantar fascia, which can cause micro tears in the tissue, leading to inflammation.
- Obese patients - Extra weight adds extra stress to the heel and surrounding tissue.
- Patients with flat feet/high arches - Abnormal foot mechanics can have an effect on the way weight is distributed when walking or standing.
- Workers who stand for prolonged periods - Teachers, factory workers, and other workers who spend most of the work day on hard surfaces, can damage the heel and plantar fascia.
- Older patients - Atrophy of the heel pad causes wear and tear on the heel and plantar fascia. Plantar Fasciitis is most common in patients aged 40 to 60.
Treatment of plantar fasciitis includes prescribed stretching and specific exercises, rest, avoidance of high-impact exercise and activities, shoe modification, and in some cases, a short course of anti-inflammatory mediation.
Always seek medical attention for any type of heel pain. Contact Dr. Parikh for a medical consultation.
FLAT FEET (PES PLANUS)
Flat feet occur as a result of the underdevelopment or injury of the arches on the inside of the feet. The tendons in a normal foot pull together to form a moderate arch. These tendons may fail to pull together during childhood development, or wear and tear on the feet can weaken the tendon over time and cause the arch to fall.
This can result in feet that tire easily, pain in the arch or heel, swelling of the bottom of the foot, back and leg pain, and difficulty moving the feet or putting pressure on the feet when standing. Obesity, foot or ankle injury, rheumatoid arthritis, aging, and diabetes can all increase your risk of flat feet.
Treatment of flat feet depends on the severity of the condition and whether or not the foot damage causes significant pain.
This may include:
- Wearing footwear or orthotics that support your daily activity
- Physical therapy to stretch the feet
- Avoiding high-impact sports
- Excision - removing bones or bony growths
- HyProCure, a minimally invasive surgical procedure that corrects foot and ankle deformities at their root cause
- Tendon transfer - adding tendon from other parts of the body to help balance the tendons that form an arch in the foot
Always seek medical attention for foot or ankle pain. Contact Dr. Shermi Parikh for a medical consultation today!
FOOT OR ANKLE FRACTURES
A broken bone is also known as a fracture. There is a common misconception that a broken bone is worse than a fracture. In reality, they are the same. There are many different types of fractures or breaks.
A bone can be broken and the fragments can be out of position. We call this a displaced fracture. Conversely, if they are in good alignment it's called a non-displaced fracture. If a bone is broken and you can barely see it on an x-ray, it is a hairline fracture. Finally, if a bone is broken and one of the fragments has punctured the skin, we call this an open or compound fracture. Since open fractures can easily become infected, immediate surgical management is required.
Broken bones are usually splinted initially to prevent bone movement and further damage to the soft tissues that surround them. If the fracture is displaced, it may need to be set. In certain fractures, setting can be difficult. In these types of fractures, surgery is also indicated. This will provide the best opportunity for healing.
Even though all of this sounds very scary, most fractures can be managed in a cast without going to the OR. Even simple fractures of the toes respond very well to this treatment. And, yes, we do put casts on toes - not the plaster or fiberglass most people think of, but a mesh tape that holds the toe in place.
If you, or someone you know has sustained an injury to the foot or ankle, our podiatry team at Family Foot and Ankle Center will make every attempt to see you ASAP - usually the day you call. Schedule an appointment today!
Ankle sprains are an extremely common injury. They involve possible joint damage resulting in swelling, instability and pain, to more severe damage, such as torn ligaments, bruised cartilage and broken bones. Immediate treatment includes rest, ice, compression, and anti-inflammatories.
Unfortunately, as many as 80% of untreated sprained ankles result in prolonged symptoms. These can include chronic pain or ankle instability that makes a person prone to repetitive injury later in life - as well as arthritic changes.
In our practice Family Foot and Ankle Center, we utilize the latest technology to determine if there is a fracture, dislocation or torn ligaments. If you've sprained your ankle or have a history of ankle sprains, early evaluation and aggressive treatment is the best way to avoid chronic pain, instability, and arthritis of the involved joints.
Come in immediately to be evaluated and to learn more about all of your treatment options.