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December 2020

Monday, 28 December 2020 00:00

Athlete's Foot and the Skin

Athlete’s foot is a contagious infection of the skin of the feet. It is caused by a fungus that thrives in warm and moist environments. Athlete’s foot typically affects the toes, the areas between the toes, and the soles of the feet. Symptoms of this condition include itching, burning, peeling, and flaking skin on the foot. In severe cases, the skin may blister or the foot may have thick patches of dry, red skin on it. In extreme cases, the skin may crack and bleed, causing significant pain. Athlete’s foot can be treated by maintaining proper foot hygiene and using anti-fungal creams, powders, sprays, or oral medications. If you have athlete’s foot, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for treatment. 

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Michael A. Wood from Foot Health Institute.  Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

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

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Monday, 21 December 2020 00:00

Diagnosing and Treating Cuboid Syndrome

There are many different reasons why foot pain occurs. The condition that is known as cuboid syndrome can cause pain and discomfort along the outer edge of the foot, making it difficult to walk. Cuboid syndrome is caused by an irritation of the cuboid bone, which may happen as a result of gradual overuse or due to a sudden injury. Common symptoms can include tenderness when the foot is touched, and the affected foot may be swollen. After a proper diagnosis is performed, which generally consists of having an X-ray taken, effective treatment options can be implemented. Some patients can benefit from having a cuboid adjustment performed. Acupuncture or laser treatments may be a suitable type of treatment for other patients. If you have pain along the outer edge of your foot, it is strongly recommended that you consult with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the right treatment for you.

Cuboid syndrome, also known as cuboid subluxation, occurs when the joints and ligaments near the cuboid bone in the foot become torn. If you have cuboid syndrome, consult with Dr. Michael A. Wood from Foot Health Institute. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Cuboid syndrome is a common cause of lateral foot pain, which is pain on the outside of the foot. The condition may happen suddenly due to an ankle sprain, or it may develop slowly overtime from repetitive tension through the bone and surrounding structures.

Causes

The most common causes of cuboid syndrome include:

  • Injury – The most common cause of this ailment is an ankle sprain.
  • Repetitive Strain – Tension placed through the peroneus longus muscle from repetitive activities such as jumping and running may cause excessive traction on the bone causing it to sublux.
  • Altered Foot Biomechanics – Most people suffering from cuboid subluxation have flat feet.

Symptoms

A common symptom of cuboid syndrome is pain along the outside of the foot which can be felt in the ankle and toes. This pain may create walking difficulties and may cause those with the condition to walk with a limp.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of cuboid syndrome is often difficult, and it is often misdiagnosed. X-rays, MRIs and CT scans often fail to properly show the cuboid subluxation. Although there isn’t a specific test used to diagnose cuboid syndrome, your podiatrist will usually check if pain is felt while pressing firmly on the cuboid bone of your foot.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are ice therapy, rest, exercise, taping, and orthotics.

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

 

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Monday, 14 December 2020 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

Monday, 14 December 2020 00:00

Relieving Pain Associated With Neuropathy

Patients who experience peripheral neuropathy will most likely have tingling and burning sensations. It can affect their ability to accomplish daily activities and can hinder overall quality of life. Some of the pain that is often associated with this condition may be alleviated by wearing padded socks and shoes, and both should be non-constricting. There are topical treatments that may offer some relief, and these can consist of herbal neuropathy rubs. It can be beneficial to your overall health, as well as your foot health, to include vegetables, meats, and whole grains into a healthy diet, in addition to limiting alcohol intake. If you have this type of pain in your feet, it is recommended that you schedule a consultation with a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

Neuropathy

Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with Dr. Michael A. Wood from Foot Health Institute. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.

Treatment

To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

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

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Monday, 07 December 2020 00:00

High Heels Can Be Highly Damaging

High heels may look stylish, but they can cause a lot of damage to the feet. This is because high heels tend to crowd the toes, often into a too-tight space, shift the body’s weight to the ball of the foot, and disrupt the body’s alignment. Conditions that can be caused by wearing high heels include corns, calluses, and blisters, as well as bunions, hammertoes, and other deformities, neuromas, ankle sprains, and even pain in other parts of the body, like the hips and lower back. Although cutting high heels completely out of your wardrobe may not be an option, there are measures that you can take to minimize the potential damage. These include avoiding shoes with pointed toes and heels higher than two inches, wearing high heels in moderation, and seeking treatment from a podiatrist when foot pain and any other foot problems may arise. 

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Michael A. Wood from Foot Health Institute. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because of their many styles and societal appeal.  Despite this, high heels can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

Which Parts of My Body Will Be Affected by High Heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – May shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – Heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – They decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  The vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What Kinds of Foot Problems Can Develop from Wearing High Heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How Can I Still Wear High Heels and Maintain Foot Health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

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

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