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Monday, 28 September 2020 00:00

The Plantar Fascia and Heel Pain

Patients who have heel pain often notice that it can gradually get worse. It may become severe in the morning after arising, and an abnormal walking style may develop. Research has indicated that the majority of heel pain comes from an inflamed plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that is found on the bottom of the foot, and connects the heel to the toes. It can become torn or damaged from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, or if an injury has occurred. It can be common among patients who enjoy running or those who participate in certain sporting activities. Mild relief can be felt if additional weight is lost, as this may help to eliminate excess pressure on the heels. If you are experiencing any type of heel pain, it is strongly recommended that you consult with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose your condition and guide you toward the correct treatment options.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Dr. Milton N. Kondiles of Kondiles Chicagoland Footcare. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

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

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As we approach fall, we hit the heart of football season. While many of us enjoy football, it can be a high-risk sport, and it is important to understand the potential risks involved. One common injury is turf toe which is another name for a sprain of the metatarsophalangeal joint, the largest joint in the big toe. High ankle sprains, which are more severe than low ankle sprains, occur when the ligaments that connect the tibia and fibula bones are affected. Achilles tendon ruptures are common as well, and these are a result of a sudden change in direction or explosion. Lastly, because of the high amount of contact, broken bones in the feet and ankles are common. If you have experienced an injury to your feet or ankles while playing football, it is important to consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Dr. Milton N. Kondiles of Kondiles Chicagoland Footcare. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

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

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Tuesday, 15 September 2020 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

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Monday, 14 September 2020 00:00

Children May Walk With Their Toes in or Out

Children who are learning to walk may start out with their toes going inward or outward. These types of gaits typically do not cause pain and may improve as the child gets older. If the gait does not get better, it may be the result of bones that are growing incorrectly. This can be an ailment that slowly develops, and it may be beneficial to record a video of your child walking every year to see if there is a decline or improvement. It is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist if any foot condition does not get better by approximately three years of age.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Dr. Milton N. Kondiles of Kondiles Chicagoland Footcare. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

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

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Tuesday, 08 September 2020 00:00

Possible Symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma

As the day progresses, it is common for many people to have achy feet. If there is noticeable pain in the ball of the foot, the medical condition that is known as Morton’s neuroma may be the reason for the discomfort. Additional symptoms of this ailment can include a tingling sensation, and some patients describe a feeling that is similar to having a small stone in the shoe. This condition can develop as a result of a nerve that becomes inflamed or damaged in this part of the foot, and can be caused by wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. People who are afflicted with Morton’s neuroma may notice their toes are curling,  and there can be swelling between the third and fourth toes. If you have symptoms of this condition, please consult with a podiatrist who can help you to find relief as quickly as possible.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Dr. Milton N. Kondiles of Kondiles Chicagoland Footcare. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

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

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