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Five Foot-Care Resolutions Worth Keeping in 2018!

By: The Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois
Dr. John Sigle, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.


    Every time we approach the New Year, I think about the hilarious skit that pop singer Meghan Trainor and funny man James Cordan performed on the Late Late Show called, “All About That Change.” Both Trainor and Cordan reject the popular goals of getting in shape or drinking less and quickly come to a realization that they are worthless and lead to disappointment.  Unfortunately, this scenario is all too common for most Americans,
and they fall short of making positive change.
    Many of my patients subscribe to the more popular resolutions of getting healthier, living life to the fullest, and............
Read the rest of this article from Healthy Cells Magazine, December 2017 HERE.

December 04, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Flat Foot   Foot Problems  

Flat feet are common and are the source of many foot problems. Also called fallen arches, flat foot is a condition in which a person has no arch on the bottom of their feet.  Where most people’s feet are curved on the bottom, a person with flat feet has no curve or arch. When this occurs your feet can turn inward, causing stress on other parts of the body. With the help of your podiatrist, however, you can find relief from your flat feet while protecting other parts of your body from further problems.

Foot Problems

If you have flat feet, it can lead to other issues with your foot. You may develop is plantar fasciitis, which causes pain and inflammation in the ligaments of the foot. Tendonitis and arthritis can also result. The lack of shock absorption in the foot can cause shin splints. Bunions and hammertoes may also result.

Leg Problems

When problems in the feet occur, odds are you will eventually experience problems with your legs. Since people with flat feet pronate or roll their feet inward when they walk, the lower legs will try to accommodate to keep balance. When this occurs, it can lead to pain in the ankles, lower legs and, often, pain in the knees.

Treatment for Flat Feet

To stop the leg and foot pain, it is important to visit your podiatrist for further diagnosis and treatment options. Orthotics are commonly used to lift the foot and give you the cushion that your fallen arches normally would. If a fallen arch is caused by weight gain, losing weight will also help to alleviate your foot complications. Visit our office for a consultation!