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Cracked heels can often be more than just a cosmetic issue. They may signal an underlying health condition, such as a thyroid disorder. The thyroid gland plays a vital role in regulating metabolism, and its imbalance can impact skin health. Hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid gland, can lead to dry, thickened skin, which may appear as cracked heels. The reduced hormone levels affects the skin's ability to retain moisture, causing it to become rough and prone to fissures. Individuals with thyroid disorders might notice other symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, or hair loss as well as cracked heels. Maintaining good foot care, such as regular moisturizing and gentle exfoliation, is essential in managing and preventing cracked heels in those with thyroid issues. If you have cracked heels that are causing you pain and discomfort, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you effective relief remedies.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, 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.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

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

Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Understanding and Preventing Bunions

A bunion is a bony bump that forms at the base of the big toe, resulting from misalignment of the joint. It can cause pain, swelling, and difficulty in finding comfortable footwear. Genetics, wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes, and certain foot shapes can contribute to bunion development. To prevent bunions, it is important to wear shoes with a wide toe box and avoid high heels that put pressure on the front of the foot. Custom orthotics can provide support and alleviate pressure on the big toe joint. Stretching and strengthening exercises for the feet can improve alignment and reduce strain. Early intervention, such as using bunion pads and maintaining a healthy weight, can also help prevent the progression of bunions. If you have a bunion, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can provide you with additional methods for relief and treatment options.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, 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.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

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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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Causes Of Cracked Heels

Cracked heels can be caused by many factors. The skin on heels are naturally dry and may crack when exposed to long periods of pressure, such as standing. Additionally, wearing open-backed shoes, like sandals, may progress the condition by allowing the skin to expand and split. Other causes of cracked heels include the lack of moisture from harsh weather and underlying health conditions. Certain medical conditions, including diabetes, eczema, psoriasis, and thyroid disorders, also may be factors in cracked skin on the heels. The aging process can aid in development of cracked heels, due to the skin losing its flexibility over time. Proper foot care, such as moisturizing and supportive footwear, may help prevent this condition. Podiatrists can provide professional care and guidance to manage and treat cracked heels. If the cracked skin on your heels forms fissures or begins to bleed, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for treatment to avoid infection. 

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, 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.

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 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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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

What Is Involved in Elderly Foot Care?

Elderly foot care involves regular inspection, cleaning, and maintenance to ensure overall foot health. It is important because aging feet are more susceptible to incurring conditions like dry skin, brittle nails, and decreased circulation, which can lead to severe issues if not properly managed. As we age, feet undergo various changes such as thinning skin, loss of cushioning fat pads, and reduced blood flow. These changes can result in common problems like corns, calluses, bunions, and toenail disorders. Proper foot care includes daily washing, moisturizing to prevent dryness, trimming nails correctly, and wearing well-fitted, supportive shoes. Regular exercise and stretches can help maintain flexibility and strength. Monitoring for signs of infection, swelling, or other abnormalities is essential. Due to the increased risk of complications such as ulcers or infections especially in individuals with diabetes, it is suggested that if you are elderly, you visit a podiatrist regularly for professional care and advice.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, 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.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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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