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Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

What Does a Podiatrist Do?

Podiatrists are medical professionals specializing in diagnosing, treating, and preventing foot and ankle disorders. Their expertise covers a wide range of conditions, including bunions, heel pain, ingrown toenails, sports injuries, and diabetic foot care. Podiatrists play an important role in maintaining mobility and overall health, particularly for individuals with chronic illnesses or those engaged in physical activities. To become a podiatrist, one must complete a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, or DPM, degree, which involves four years of specialized medical education following a bachelor's degree. This training includes courses in anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and pathology, as well as clinical rotations. After obtaining their degree, podiatrists must complete a residency program, usually lasting three years, to gain hands-on experience in various settings. Podiatrists can help people by providing tailored treatments, such as orthotics, medications, and surgical interventions, to alleviate pain and improve function. Regular visits to a podiatrist can prevent minor issues from becoming major problems. If you are in need of foot or ankle care, it is suggested that you seek guidance and treatment from this type of doctor.

If you are dealing with pain in your feet and ankles, you may want to seek help from a podiatrist. Feel free to contact Ronald Pieroni, DPM from Bolingbrook Foot and Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine who diagnoses and treats conditions of the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. Your podiatrist may specialize in a certain field such as sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics, and diabetic care. Podiatrists have the ability to become board certified through training, clinical experience, and then taking an exam.

What Do Podiatrists Do?

On a daily basis, a podiatrist may perform the following activities:

  • Diagnose foot ailments such as ulcers, tumors, fractures, etc.
  • Use innovative methods to treat conditions
  • Use corrective orthotics, casts, and strappings to correct deformities
  • Correct walking patterns and balance
  • Provide individual consultations to patients

It is very important that you take care of your feet. It’s easy to take having healthy feet for granted, however foot problems tend to be among the most common health conditions. Podiatrists can help diagnose and treat a variety of feet related conditions, so it is crucial that you visit one if you need assistance.

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

 

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Complex regional pain syndrome, or CRPS, also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy, is a debilitating condition affecting the feet and other body parts. It often emerges following an injury, surgery, or trauma, although its precise origins remain uncertain. CRPS encompasses a range of symptoms, notably persistent and severe pain disproportionate to the initial injury. Sensory disturbances like burning sensations, tingling, or hypersensitivity are common, in addition to vasomotor symptoms such as changes in skin temperature and color, swelling, and alterations in sweating patterns. Additionally, CRPS can lead to motor and trophic symptoms, including muscle weakness, coordination difficulties, and changes in hair and nail growth. Treatment for CRPS typically involves a multidisciplinary approach, incorporating medication and nerve blocks. Podiatrists help in managing foot-related CRPS symptoms, offering specialized care like custom orthotics and tailored pain management techniques to improve mobility and enhance the overall quality of life for individuals grappling with this challenging condition. If you have symptoms of CRPS, it is suggested that you seek help from this type of medical professional.

Some foot conditions may require additional professional care. If you have any concerns, contact Ronald Pieroni, DPM of Bolingbrook Foot and Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Rare Foot Conditions

The majority of foot conditions are common and can be treated by a podiatrist.  Standard diagnostic procedures are generally used to identify specific conditions and treatment can be rendered. A podiatrist also treats rare foot conditions which can be difficult to diagnose and may need extra attention and care. 

There are many rare foot conditions that can affect children. Some of these can include:

  • Freiberg’s disease
  • Kohler’s disease
  • Maffucci syndrome

Freiberg’s disease - This can be seen as a deterioration and flattening of a metatarsal bone that exists in the ball of the foot. It typically affects pre-teen and teenage girls, but can affect anyone at any age. Symptoms that can accompany this can be swelling, stiffness, and the patient may limp. 

Kohler’s disease - This often targets the bone in the arch of the foot and affects younger boys. It can lead to an interruption of the blood supply which ultimately can lead to bone deterioration. The patient may limp or experience tenderness, swelling, and redness.

Maffucci syndrome - This affects the long bones in a child’s foot leading to the development of abnormal bone lesions. They are benign growths and typically develop in early childhood and the bones may be susceptible to breaking. 

A podiatrist can properly diagnose and treat all types of rare foot conditions. If your child is affected by any of these symptoms or conditions, please don’t hesitate to call our office so the correct treatment method can begin.

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

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Sunday, 19 May 2024 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!

Plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the plantar fascia, often affects individuals between 40-60 years old. This is due to factors like excessive pronation, high arches, or prolonged standing that affect the broad band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. One of the main symptoms of plantar fasciitis is sharp heel pain, particularly in the morning or after rest, which can radiate along the foot's arch. Initial management of plantar fasciitis may involve reducing inflammation and pain by moderating activity, taking certain pain relievers, and wearing properly fitting shoes. A podiatrist can assess factors like foot structure, gait abnormalities, and muscle imbalances that may contribute to the condition. Physiotherapy with stretching and strengthening exercises also may be implemented. A podiatrist may recommend advanced treatments like corticosteroid injections for persistent symptoms. In severe cases, podiatric surgical options, such as plantar fasciotomy, may be considered. It is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist, who can conduct a thorough exam and suggest the best treatment options for plantar fasciitis discomfort. 

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Ronald Pieroni, DPM from Bolingbrook Foot and Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.

Prevention

  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

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

 

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Custom orthotics offer significant benefits in managing bunions, hammertoes, and Achilles tendinosis by controlling pain and slowing the progression of deformities. Specifically designed to fit the unique contours of an individual's foot, these orthotic devices provide support and stability, redistributing pressure away from problem areas. For bunions, orthotics can alleviate discomfort by cushioning the joint and preventing further misalignment. In the case of hammertoes, custom orthotics help stabilize flexible deformities, promoting proper alignment and relieving pressure on the affected toes. Additionally, orthotics can address Achilles tendinosis by reducing strain on the tendon and promoting optimal foot positioning during movement. By providing support and alignment, custom orthotics not only manage symptoms but also help prevent the worsening of these conditions, allowing individuals to maintain an active lifestyle with reduced pain and improved function. If you have foot pain from one of the above-mentioned conditions, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss how custom-made orthotics can help you.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Ronald Pieroni, DPM from Bolingbrook Foot and Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

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

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