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Posts for: October, 2018

By FOOT & ANKLE CENTER OF ILLINOIS
October 03, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Care   Heel Spurs  

Have you been experiencing any heel pain or bothersome tenderness without any obvious cause? Although heel spurs themselves sometimes do not cause acute discomfort, they are frequently associated with the painful inflammation known as plantar fasciitis, a condition commonly described as feeling like a knife is wrenching through your foot. Read below for more information on the typical causes, symptoms, and treatments of heel spurs.

What is a Heel Spur?

A heel spur is often the result of overstraining foot muscles and ligaments, overstretching the plantar fascia (the thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes), and repeatedly tearing the heel bone membrane. From these actions arises a calcium deposit on the underside of the heel bone. Risk factor for developing the condition include:

  • Possessing any walking gait abnormalities

  • Regularly running or jogging on hard surfaces

  • Wearing poorly fitted or overly worn shoes

  • Wearing shoes that lack arch support

  • Being excessively overweight or obese

What are The Symptoms?

Heel spurs do not carry many symptoms by themselves. However, they are often related to other afflictions, most typically plantar fasciitis. The most common sign of this combo of conditions is a feeling of chronic pain along the bottom or back of the heel, especially during periods of walking, running, or jogging. If you are experiencing this recurring inflammation, it is a good idea to visit your local podiatrist's office and inquire about undergoing an x-ray or ultrasound examination of the foot.

What are the Treatment Options?

The solutions to heel spurs are generally centered around decreasing inflammation and avoiding re-injury. They include:

  • Applying ice on the inflammation

  • Performing stretch exercises

  • Wearing orthotic devices or shoe inserts to relieve pressure off of the spur

  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen to relieve pain

  • In extreme cases, surgery can be performed on chronically inflamed spurs

If you are dealing with symptoms of heel spurs or pain in your feet, turn to a podiatrist so that we can get you back on your feet. Don't ignore your pain.


By FOOT & ANKLE CENTER OF ILLINOIS
October 01, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Ingrown toenails are a common problem. Depending on the severity, they can cause everything from mild irritation and discomfort to ingrown toenailinfection and significant pain. Toenails become ingrown when a corner of the nail grows into the skin, and while they are most common in the big toe, they can affect the other toes as well. Although some ingrown toenails can be treated with over-the-counter remedies, if the toe becomes infected or if you have diabetes, a podiatrist may have to remove the ingrown portion of the nail to avoid complications. If you are experiencing this issue, the podiatry and chiropractic team at Foot and Ankle Center of Illinois in Springfield offers treatment options for a range of conditions.

Ingrown Toenail Prevention and Treatment in Springfield, IL

The best way to prevent a toenail from becoming ingrown is to trim them regularly, making sure to cut them neatly straight across and avoid rough, jagged edges. If you have diabetes, even minor podiatry problems like an ingrown toenail or blister can lead to potentially serious complications. In order to keep your feet healthy, visit a podiatrist for regular check-ups and maintenance. Other things you can do to protect yourself from ingrown toenails include wearing comfortable shoes with ample room to move the toes comfortably.

Causes and Risk Factors for Ingrown Toenails

The two most common causes of an ingrown toenail are cutting the toenails too short or at an angle, and wearing uncomfortable or poorly fitting shoes that squeeze the toes. Trauma and the natural shape and growth patterns of your toenails can also make them more susceptible to becoming ingrown.

If the nail becomes infected, a podiatrist may remove the ingrown portion and prescribe medication to treat the infection. Conservative treatments include soaking the foot in warm water and wearing comfortable supportive shoes to relieve pressure on the toes.

Find a Podiatrist

For more information about ingrown toenail treatment and other foot and ankle injuries, contact Foot and Ankle Center of Illinois in Springfield, Decatur, Carlinville, Shelbyville, Taylorville and Sullivan, IL today to schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists or chiropractors.