Friday, 17 May 2024 00:00

Diabetic patients often have decreased sensitivity in their feet, which makes a visual inspection of the feet even more important. If you're diabetic, having periodic screenings is extremely important for maintaining the overall health of your feet. 

Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

The human foot is a marvel of engineering, composed of an intricate network of bones, tendons, and ligaments that work in tandem to provide stability and mobility. At the center of this complex structure lies the big toe, also known as the hallux, which plays a vital role in maintaining balance and facilitating movement. However, when the alignment of the bones in the big toe is disrupted, a bunion can form at the base of the big toe. This can lead to a further deformity, known as metatarsus primus varus. It results from an abnormal inward angling of the big toe towards the second toe. This misalignment can result in a range of symptoms, including pain, discomfort, and difficulty walking or standing for extended periods of time. While the exact cause of metatarsus primus varus is not fully understood, it is believed to be influenced by both genetic factors and external triggers, such as wearing ill-fitting footwear. People with metatarsus primus varus may experience a variety of symptoms, including pain and discomfort in the foot, restricted range of motion, and skin irritation. Diagnosing metatarsus primus varus typically involves a physical examination and imaging tests such as X-rays. Treatment options may vary depending on the severity of the condition and can include orthotics or surgical intervention to realign the bones and restore normal foot function. For help with managing this deformity, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact one of our podiatrists of American Surgeons Group. Our practitioners can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Homewood, South Chicago Heights, and Mokena, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

Feet are remarkable structures comprising 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. These bones are divided into three groups, consisting of the tarsal bones, which form the back of the foot and ankle, the metatarsal bones, which make up the midfoot, and the phalanges, which form the toes. On average, a person takes approximately 8,000 to 10,000 steps per day, which adds up to about 115,000 miles in a lifetime. Among the many joints in the feet, some of the most essential include the ankle joint, subtalar joint, and metatarsophalangeal joints. These joints work together to provide support, flexibility, and propulsion during movement, allowing us to walk, run, jump, and dance with ease. If you have developed foot pain which may be due to your foot's structure, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can help you with relief solutions.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from American Surgeons Group. Our practitioners can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Homewood, South Chicago Heights, and Mokena, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 30 April 2024 00:00

Hammertoe is a prevalent foot deformity characterized by an abnormal bending of one or more toes, typically the second, third, or fourth toe. This condition develops when the muscles and ligaments surrounding the toe joint become imbalanced, causing the affected toe to bend downward at the middle joint, resembling a hammer. Hammertoe can result from various factors, including genetics, wearing ill-fitting shoes that force the toes into unnatural positions, or foot trauma. Over time, the bent toe may become rigid and inflexible, leading to discomfort, pain, and difficulty while walking or wearing shoes. In some cases, corns or calluses may develop on the tops or tips of the affected toes due to friction and pressure against footwear. While hammertoe can be bothersome, early intervention with proper footwear, toe exercises, splinting, or orthotic devices can help alleviate symptoms and prevent the condition from worsening. Seeking prompt treatment from a podiatrist can ensure effective management of hammertoe and improve foot function and comfort. If you are afflicted with hammertoe, it is suggested that you confer with this type of doctor who can offer you relief and treatment remedies that are right for you.

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of American Surgeons Group. Our practitioners will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. It can be caused by the type of shoes you wear, your foot structure, trauma, and certain disease processes.

Symptoms

  • Painful and/or difficult toe movement
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Calluses/Corns
  • Physical deformity

Risk Factors

  • Age – The risk of hammertoe increases with age
  • Sex – Women are more likely to have hammertoe compared to men
  • Toe Length – You are more likely to develop hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe
  • Certain Diseases – Arthritis and diabetes may make you more likely to develop hammertoe

Treatment

If you have hammertoe, you should change into a more comfortable shoe that provides enough room for your toes. Exercises such as picking up marbles may strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. Nevertheless, it is important to seek assistance from a podiatrist in order to determine the severity of your hammertoe and see which treatment option will work best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Homewood, South Chicago Heights, and Mokena, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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