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By Norridge Foot Clinic
May 05, 2021
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: Heel Pain  

Your podiatrist in Chicago, IL, also serving Norridge, IL, can help with heel pain.

You can suffer from heel pain for many reasons, and it can disrupt your life. So, how do you know when you should be concerned about your heel pain, and when you should seek out the services of your podiatrist? Dr. Laura Pickard of Norridge Foot Clinic, in Chicago, IL, also serving Norridge, IL, offers a wide range of podiatry services, including treatment for heel pain.

Heel pain can be caused by:

  • Stepping on sharp objects, causing a heel bruise
  • Excess deposits of calcium, causing a heel spur
  • Plantar fasciitis, occurring because the thick band of tissue running across your heel, known as the plantar fascia, becomes inflamed

You may be experiencing plantar fasciitis because:

  • You have flat feet
  • You carry excess weight
  • You run or jog
  • You walk or stand on hard surfaces for extended periods
  • You overpronate or roll your feet when you walk

If you are suffering mild symptoms of heel pain, you can try a few easy tips like these at home:

  • Placing an ice pack on your heel for 15 minutes several times each day
  • Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory or pain medication
  • Resting and elevating your feet to reduce stress on your heels

How do you know when you should be concerned about your heel pain? If you are suffering from moderate to severe heel pain that is not going away or is getting worse, you should see your podiatrist.

Some common professional treatments for heel pain include:

  • Physical therapy, to keep you mobile and flexible
  • Custom-made orthotics, to support and cushion your heels
  • Night splints, to promote proper foot alignment
  • Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medication to decrease swelling and pain

You don't have to suffer from heel pain when relief is just a phone call away. To find out more about when to see your podiatrist for your heel pain treatment, call Dr. Pickard of Norridge Foot Clinic, in Chicago, IL, also serving Norridge, IL, at (773) 625-2211 now!

By Norridge Foot Clinic
March 30, 2021
Category: Foot Care

How your podiatrist in Norridge, IL, can help heal your feet.

Diabetes is a common disease, affecting over 29 million people in this country, according to the American Diabetes Association. If you are one of them, it can be distressing to suffer the effects of diabetes, especially in your feet. When your feet hurt, the rest of your body often hurts too. Your podiatrist can help heal your feet when you have diabetes.

Dr. Laura Pickard at Norridge Foot Clinic in Norridge, IL, offers comprehensive foot care services, including taking care of your feet when you have diabetes.

If you are diabetic, you should practice a few simple tips to take care of your feet. Remember to:

  • Thoroughly wash and dry your feet every day
  • After cleansing, apply moisturizing cream or lotion to keep your skin from drying out
  • Check your feet carefully for any blisters, cuts, or other injuries
  • Apply antibiotic cream to any open cuts, sores, or blisters
  • Bandage any injured areas on your feet to prevent infection
  • Stretch your arches, toes, feet, and ankles daily to increase circulation
  • Wear cushioned socks and supportive shoes
  • Don’t go barefoot

Your feet need special care because diabetes causes dramatic changes to your major body systems, and these changes show up in your extremities, including your feet. Diabetes can cause:

  • A decrease in immune system response, so that if you injure your feet, the injury may not heal properly, and infection can happen.
  • A decrease in blood flow, so lack of adequate blood flow can cause soft tissue death, potentially resulting in amputations of toes or feet.
  • A decrease in nervous system response, causing a loss of sensation in your feet. If you injure your feet, you may not feel it.

If you are diabetic, you should also make regular visits to your podiatrist a part of your self-care. Your podiatrist is an important part of your healthcare team. Regular professional foot examinations can help protect your feet from injuries and damage related to diabetes.

You deserve to stay active, so you need healthy feet. To find out more about special footcare needs when you are diabetic, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Pickard of Norridge Foot Clinic in Norridge, IL, at (773) 625-2211. Call today!

By Norridge Foot Clinic
December 29, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ankle Pain  

Your best podiatric health depends on many factors, including freedom from pain. At Norridge Foot Clinic, Dr. Laura Pickard helps many people in the Norridge, IL, area who have painful ankles, loss of mobility, and limited range of motion. She can help you manage your ankle pain, too.

A lot of people have painful ankles

The ankle is a complex joint, comprising the juncture between the two bones in the lower leg and the foot. It is responsible for weight-bearing and the simple and complex movements associated with ambulation. Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic state that ankle pain is a common complaint of young male athletes under the age of 24 and in young women 30 and older.

Along with persistent discomfort, particularly on the outside surface of the ankle, ankle pain co-exists with:

  • Swelling
  • Limited range of motion
  • Poor weight-bearing
  • Bruising
  • Redness

To determine the reasons behind these symptoms, Dr. Pickard will examine your ankle and take X-rays and other types of digital imaging if required. As she is known for her conservative and compassionate podiatric care, Dr. Pickard will put together an appropriate treatment plan to manage your pain and other symptoms. Some patients, depending on their diagnosis, require surgical intervention.

Common reasons for ankle pain include:

  • Sprains and fractures from acute and repetitive injuries
  • Gout
  • Arthritis
  • Scar tissue from previous injuries or surgeries
  • Tears and overstretching of tendons and ligaments

Managing ankle pain conservatively

Treatment options include:

  • Resting the affected ankle and modification of daily routines and sports training
  • Icing it, 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off
  • Compression and immobilization with an ACE bandage, soft cast, or another device
  • Elevation of the foot above heart level
  • Over the counter ibuprofen
  • Cortisone injections
  • Physical therapy (our Norridge, IL, office has on-site X-ray equipment and physical therapy for evaluation and treatment of your ankle pain)

Don't wait

Ankle pain means something is wrong. At the first sign of a problem, please contact Dr. Laura Pickard at Norridge Foot Clinic for a thorough, compassionate evaluation and care plan. Get back into your game and your life. Call our Norridge, IL, office to arrange your visit. Same-day appointments are available at (773) 625-2211.

By Norridge Foot Clinic
November 10, 2020
Category: Foot Issues
Tags: Arch Pain  

The Symptoms of Arch Pain

The arches of your feet run along the bottom of your feet from the ball to the heel. They transfer weight and absorb shock when you are standing, running, and walking. Arches are formed by the tarsal and metatarsal bones, as well as tendons and ligaments which give them extra strength. Arch pain can have several causes, the most common one being plantar fasciitis. If you need advice about arch pain, Dr. Laura Pickard is a podiatrist at Norridge Foot Clinic. She specializes in all foot and ankles issues.

Symptoms of Arch Pain

Patients will typically feel arch pain on the bottom of their feet, close to the heel, particularly if the pain is caused by plantar fasciitis. Often the arch pain is more severe in the morning and then eases slightly throughout the day. This is because the plantar fascia muscle, which runs from the heel to the toes, tightens up while you are sleeping. If your arch pain is due to an injury, your foot may also show signs of bruising and feel tender to touch.

There are several grades of arch pain including:

  • Grade I: You only feel pain when you are active.
  • Grade II: You feel pain before and after you are active, but it is not severe enough to affect your performance.
  • Grade III: You feel pain before and after you are active, and it is severe enough to affect your performance.
  • Grade IV: You feel pain constantly and it affects your ability to perform any kind of activity.

Treatment for Arch Pain

Your treatment will depend on the underlying cause of your arch pain. For less severe pain you can take over-the-counter medications. Your podiatrist may recommend a brace to support your arch, or a night splint if you have plantar fasciitis. If the pain is due to flat feet or high arches, you may benefit from custom made orthotic devices.

If you are having problems with your arches Call Dr. Pickard at Norridge Foot Clinic at (773) 625-2211 to schedule an appointment.

By Norridge Foot Clinic
June 08, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunion Formation  

If you are suffering from bunions, you know how uncomfortable they can be. Causing friction and pain, these protrusions on the side of your big toe make wearing shoes unpleasant, and may cause you embarrassment when barefoot or in sandals.

Fortunately, bunions can be treated, but prevention is always best. At Norridge Foot Clinic in Norridge, IL, our podiatrists can help you keep bunions from forming, and help reduce the pain of those that have already occurred.

What causes a bunion?
A bunion occurs when a joint on the big toe becomes displaced and enlarged, causing your shoes to be tighter around the bump. This puts pressure on the toe and the friction can cause pain, blisters, and redness. Bunions can also bend in direction of your other toes, causing further discomfort and irritation. Left untreated, bunions may lead to hammertoes, arthritis, and even difficulty walking.

How can I prevent bunions?

Most important in preventing bunions is choosing proper footwear. Shoes that are narrow, too small, pointy toed or otherwise ill fitting can cause bunions to grow and progressively worsen. A bunion can also result from foot injuries, so you should consult your podiatrist at our Norridge office if you suffer any trauma to your foot. If you have naturally flat feet, you may be more susceptible to bunions. Ask your podiatrist at our Norridge office about the best shoes for flat feet.

How can I treat my bunions?

Bunions won't go away on their own, so it is important to work with your podiatrist to effectively treat them early on. Non-surgical treatments won't reduce the size of your bunion, but they can provide you with relief and lessened irritation.

Choosing properly fitted, cushioned shoes is the first step—narrow, tight shoes will only worsen your bunions. You can try padding in your shoes to minimize friction, or orthotic devices to help keep your foot in proper position. Your podiatrist at our Norridge office may also recommend wearing splints while you sleep to help with joint alignment.

If your bunions are severe, they may require surgical intervention to remove the bunion, followed by a toe realignment.

Treatment for bunions

Don't let bunions distress your feet. Call your podiatrist in Norridge today at (773) 625-2211.

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