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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
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.

By Norridge Foot Clinic
May 28, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: toenail fungus  
Onychomycosis is the technical term for toenail fungus. It’s when fungus gets under the nail and causes an infection. You’ll notice that the nail changes color and starts emitting an odor. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the other toes and even the fingers. The best thing to do is to schedule an appointment with your local podiatrist. 
 
What Causes Toenail Fungus?
Your feet are vulnerable to fungi and bacteria due to their location on the body. This is especially true if you go barefoot in damp areas like locker rooms, showers, and swimming pools. Your feet come in direct contact with these pathogens. An injury to the nail bed also opens your body up to infection. Even the smallest cut provides an opening for bacteria. Other possible risk factors include pre-existing medical conditions like immune-deficiency, diabetes, circulatory problems, and other chronic illnesses. 
 
Podiatry Treatment for Toenail Fungus
Schedule an appointment with your podiatrist right away when you notice differences in the appearance of your toenail. This includes any thickening, discoloration, or deformity. Your podiatrist will first need to make a diagnosis before treatment starts. This is done through a simple lab test. 
 
The first line of treatment includes oral and topical antifungal. Topical antifungal medication or cream is applied directly to the nail. Oral antifungal is taken just like regular medication. These are also more effective. You will take the oral antifungal for approximately three months.
 
For severe cases, patients require surgery. That’s why it’s so important to seek treatment from your foot doctor right away. They can help you before it gets to this point. Otherwise, your podiatrist performs a temporary removal of the nail. This gives your doctor space to evenly apply the topical antifungal.  
 
Toenails that don’t respond to any treatment need permanent nail removal. This eliminates the fungal infection while getting rid of the damaged nail.
 
At-Home Solutions for Toenail Fungus
There are a few things you can do at home to help treat your toenail fungus. A strict cleaning regime can relieve mild infections. Patients have found success in filing off the white marks and then applying over-the-counter antifungal agents. These do not stop infections from coming back, which is why we encourage patients to seek treatment from a medical professional.
By Norridge Foot Clinic
April 29, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Shoes   Injuries  
The Right ShoesExercise is an important aspect of keeping our bodies healthy and happy. That’s why it’s so important to wear the correct shoes for certain activities. Whether you’re an athlete, workout buff, or enjoy walking and hiking, you need the proper footwear. It makes the difference between enjoying your favorite activities and sitting out with an avoidable injury. Talk to your podiatrist to have your feet evaluated for your future workout needs.
 
Essential Equipment
All exercise involves your feet, ankles, and knees. Placing pressure on them puts you at risk for strains, sprains, and wear-and-tear injuries. Find shoes made specifically for the activity you engage in while also providing a good fit. They should accommodate your body and activity level. 
 
Pay attention to the wear on your older shoes. The soles show where you need more support in the future. The right shoe also feels good from the start. Don’t believe the sentiment that a shoe needs to be broken in. This is not true and creates ongoing problems. 
 
Matching Your Shoe to Your Sport
Different types of exercise affect your feet in different ways. Your shoes need to support the high-risk areas. 
  • 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.
Remember to Replace Your Old Shoes
Pay attention to the state of your shoes to understand when to replace them. When the condition starts to decline, especially the arch support and sole, it’s time to go shopping. Start looking for a replacement when they become uncomfortable and wear differently. You don’t have to wear shoes for a long time for them to wear out either. If you are participating in sports or activity on an almost daily basis, your shoes are bound to wear out quickly. 


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Norridge Foot Clinic

773-625-2211
7325 W. Irving Park Rd Chicago, IL 60634