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Monday, 26 August 2019 00:00

What Is Buddy Taping?

If you have endured an injury to the toes, you may have a broken toe. It can occur if it is stubbed against a piece of furniture, or if a heavy object is dropped on it. The symptoms that many patients experience often include bruising on and around the affected toe, swelling, and it is typically difficult to walk. In severe fractures, the toe may look deformed. It is important to begin treatment as quickly as possible, as this may provide the best chance for a speedy and full recovery. The method that is referred to as buddy taping can be effective in providing support for the injured toe. This is accomplished by taping the affected toe to the one next to it. If you have injured your toe and feel it may be broken, it is advised to speak to a podiatrist who can assist you in beginning the proper treatment. 

Broken toes may cause a lot of pain and should be treated as soon as possible. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Bruce Smit from Frankfort Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is a Broken Toe?

A broken toe occurs when one or more of the toe bones of the foot are broken after an injury. Injuries such as stubbing your toe or dropping a heavy object on it may cause a toe fracture.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Swelling
  • Pain (with/without wearing shoes)
  • Stiffness
  • Nail Injury

Although the injured toe should be monitored daily, it is especially important to have a podiatrist look at your toe if you have severe symptoms. Some of these symptoms include worsening or new pain that is not relieved with medication, sores, redness, or open wounds near the toe.

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

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If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment. 

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Monday, 19 August 2019 00:00

What is Arthritis?

In the foot, arthritis causes inflammation and swelling of the cartilage and in the lining of the joints. Arthritic feet can result in a loss of mobility and independence, but early diagnosis will help significantly. Besides showing up hereditarily, some other causes of arthritis include bacterial and viral infections in the joints, ignored injuries in athletes and industrial workers, and bowel disorders such as colitis and ileitis that lead to arthritis. The three main types of arthritis most often found in the foot are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout. The symptoms to look for in arthritis are swelling in one or more of the joints, recurring pain or tenderness, redness or stiffness in the joints and any skin changes or rashes. There are also several treatments available for arthritis in the feet. These include physical therapy and foot exercises, aspirin and orthotics. Surgery would be a last resort option if the joints in the foot are extensively damaged and need to be replaced with artificial joints. If you feel you are developing some sort of arthritis in your feet, it is advised that you consult with a podiatrist. 

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Bruce Smit from Frankfort Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Frankfort, and Crete, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 12 August 2019 00:00

Flat Feet Symptoms and Causes

You have flat feet when the entire soles of your feet can touch the floor when you stand up. It is a very common and usually painless condition that occurs when the arches do not develop during childhood. It can also happen after an injury or from the stress brought upon by age. The majority of people that have flat feet will not show any signs or symptoms. Occasionally foot pain can surface in the heel or arch area. Flat feet is most common in infants and toddlers as the arches of their feet have yet to develop at this age. Most arches will develop throughout childhood, but there are some that will never develop them. Factors that can increase your risk of flat feet include obesity, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, injury to the foot or ankle and aging. If you are experiencing pain as a result of flat feet, it is advised that you consult with a podiatrist.

 

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. Bruce Smit from Frankfort Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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

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Monday, 05 August 2019 00:00

Possible Methods for Wound Treatment

Chronic wounds are skin wounds that have difficulty in healing, or may not heal at all. Research has indicated that there are existing circumstances that may slow the healing process down. These can include smoking, eating foods that lack essential vitamins that are necessary for healing, or taking specific medications. Effective treatment methods typically begin with cleaning the affected area, followed by dressing the wound. If the wound is large, stitches or staples may be necessary to close the wound so healing can begin. If an infection is present, it is beneficial to take antibiotics which may help to reduce a fever. If you have wounds on your feet, it is strongly suggested to be under the care of a podiatrist who can properly treat any foot condition.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Dr. Bruce Smit from Frankfort Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

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

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