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May 2021

Monday, 24 May 2021 00:00

All About Corns on the Feet

Corns are hard bumps of skin that form on the feet in response to pressure. There are two types of corns - hard and soft. Hard corns typically form on the tops of the toes or on the sides of the pinky toes, where soft corns generally form between the toes. One of the most common causes of corns is wearing shoes that do not fit properly, as well as uneven pressure distributed between the feet. Pressure and friction from shoes rubbing against the skin irritates it, creating hardened layers of rough, tough, lumpy, and sometimes discolored skin. People who have foot deformities like hammertoes or bunions may be more prone to developing corns. If you have corns on your feet that are causing you pain or discomfort, please see a podiatrist for treatment.

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact Bruce Smit, DPM of Frankfort Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? and How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:

  • Well-fitting socks
  • Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
  • Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Consult with Our doctor to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

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

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Monday, 17 May 2021 00:00

Fungi and the Feet

Foot fungus is frequently used as a catch-all term to describe a fungal infection of the skin or nails. There are two main types of foot fungal infections. Tinea pedis refers to an infection of the skin on the feet and is more commonly known as athlete’s foot. It typically starts between the toes before spreading elsewhere on the foot and causes burning, peeling, and itchy skin. Athlete’s foot can be treated with topical antifungal medications. Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the toenails. It can make the nails brittle, thickened, and discolored. Toenail fungus is more difficult to treat and often requires a combination or oral and topical antifungal medications. If you notice the symptoms of a fungal infection on your feet or toenails, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for treatment.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact Bruce Smit, DPM of Frankfort Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Symptoms

  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail

Treatment

If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.

Prevention

In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

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

 

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Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

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Monday, 10 May 2021 00:00

How Does an Ankle Sprain Happen?

An ankle sprain is a common form of foot pain. Many people have endured ankle sprains at some point in their lives, and this type of injury can cause severe pain and discomfort. An ankle sprain is the result of ligaments that have been overstretched, and it may be difficult to walk and complete daily activities. It can happen when the ankle rolls outward, and the foot turns inward. People who enjoy running, and participating in jumping activities may be prone to ankle sprains. Some of the symptoms that are associated with this ailment can include immediate swelling, bruising, and the affected area is often tender. After a proper diagnosis is made, which generally involves having an X-ray taken, the correct treatment can begin. Mild relief may be found when the foot is wrapped in an elastic bandage, and this is helpful in providing adequate support as the healing process occurs. If you have sprained your ankle, please consult with a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition.

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Bruce Smit, DPM from Frankfort Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

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

 

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Monday, 03 May 2021 00:00

Should I Stop Wearing Flip-Flops?

If you frequently wear flip-flops and find your feet aching, sore, or injured, you may be wondering if these staple summer shoes are to blame. Often, the answer is yes. Wearing flip-flops regularly can be very bad for your feet. Flip-flops offer no arch support, which can lead to pain in the heels, arches, balls of the feet, and toes. As you walk in flip-flops, you must bend your toes to keep the shoes on your feet. Over time, this can strain the muscles and joints of the feet and lead to discomfort, pain, and toe deformities such as hammertoe. Wearing flat shoes can also strain the Achilles tendon by overstretching the calf muscles. Flip-flops offer no protection to your feet from the elements, which can cause dry, cracked heels and injuries to your feet from things like rocks, sharp objects, and other people stepping on your feet. If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Bruce Smit, DPM from Frankfort Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are There Injuries Associated with Flip-Flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like Wearing Flip-Flops. Are There Safe Alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high-quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more but will also last longer as a result.

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

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