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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!
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:
- Limited range of motion
- Poor weight-bearing
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
- 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)
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.
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.
- Running requires shoes with shock absorption. Your feet take on a lot of pressure and friction. Cushioning your shoes in the correct areas keeps you from feeling the pain.
- Traction is important in sports that need quick changes in direction and sprinting, like basketball. Traction should never be too high or low. The right shoes keep you from slipping on the floor while letting you move and pivot.
- Ankle support is a must. It limits the side-to-side movement that knocks your ankle out of alignment. This kind of support keeps ankle sprains at bay. For sports like basketball, hockey, skiing, and skating, make sure that your shoes aren’t too high. Otherwise, they will dig into your Achilles tendon. You can also wear soft ankle braces.
- Arch support varies for everyone. Your podiatrist can test your foot to determine your gait. Depending on the results, your podiatrist can recommend orthotics or special shoe inserts.