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February 2022

Tuesday, 22 February 2022 00:00

Where Heel Pain Can Come From

Heel pain can be debilitating and have a brutal impact on everyday life. While there are a variety of causes of heel pain, the most common is plantar fasciitis. This happens when there is inflammation or even a partial tear in the tissue running along the bottom of the foot that connects the heel to the toes, known as the plantar fascia. Heel pain can also occur when there is an abnormal growth on the heel bone that is a result of a calcium buildup. This is known as a heel spur. Other common sources of heel pain include Calcaneal apophysitis (irritation of the heel bone from new shoes or a new activity), bursitis (inflammation of the sac that lines some joints), or when a nerve gets compressed (also known as a trapped nerve). If you are struggling with heel pain, consulting with a podiatrist is a good idea. A podiatrist will be able to find the cause of the heel pain and suggest the treatment options that are available.    

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Eveleigh Williams, DPM of Sole 2 Sole, PC. 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 Olympia Fields, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 15 February 2022 00:00

Topical Treatments for Toenail Fungus

Onychomycosis, more commonly known as toenail fungus, is an  infection of the toenails. There are a variety of treatment options available to clear up the fungus, including oral antifungal medications, topical ointments, and laser therapy. While oral antifungals are considered to be very effective, they are not the right treatment option for everyone. Oral antifungals can cause unwanted side effects and may interact with other drugs that you are taking. Topical treatments are applied directly to the nail. Recent advances in topical medications have made them more effective than they once were, with new formulas having more success penetrating the nail bed to cure the fungus. To learn more about topical treatments for toenail fungus, please consult with a podiatrist. 

For more information about treatment, contact Eveleigh Williams, DPM of Sole 2 Sole, PC. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

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

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Thursday, 10 February 2022 00:00

Why Live with Pain and Numbness in Your Feet?

Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

Tuesday, 08 February 2022 00:00

What Is Morton's Neuroma?

A Morton’s neuroma is the swelling and inflammation of a nerve that occurs between the third and fourth metatarsal bones in the foot. Morton’s neuroma usually causes a burning, stabbing or shooting pain in the ball of the foot and toes because the nerve gets trapped. Wearing tight fitting shoes, like high heels, can play a role in causing this condition, and continuing to wear the shoes can worsen the pain as well. Morton’s neuromas can also cause tingling and numbness in the feet and the feeling of a small stone stuck under the foot. If you think the pain in the ball of your foot that may be a Morton’s neuroma, consulting with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment is a good idea.  

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Eveleigh Williams, DPM of Sole 2 Sole, PC. 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 our office located in Olympia Fields, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 01 February 2022 00:00

How Blisters Serve a Purpose

When skin becomes damaged due to friction, a small bubble of fluid can form in the epidermis in order to protect the layers of skin beneath it which allow the skin to heal. Blisters are typically filled with a clear serum, but in some cases where there is excess pressure or friction, the sac may fill with blood. If the blister becomes infected, pus may collect in the blister. An infected blister may also become red, swollen, or painful. Most blisters will heal on their own if they are left alone, allowing the new skin to grow underneath it. Blisters should not be popped, as they provide a protective barrier that keeps bacteria away from the damaged skin to ward off further damage and infection. Wearing shoes that fit properly and are flexible can go a long way in avoiding blisters from forming. Socks that are clean and keep moisture away from the skin are also beneficial, as moist skin can blister more easily. If a blister becomes infected, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can help cure the infection, help your skin to heal, and offer preventive methods to avoid the formation of blisters.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact Eveleigh Williams, DPM of Sole 2 Sole, PC. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How Do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

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

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