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Your feet are covered a good part of the day. If you are diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often another sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

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The medical condition that is known as rheumatoid arthritis can occur when the immune system attacks the tissues that surround the joints. This typically causes the toes to become stiff and inflamed, and it may be difficult to walk and perform daily activities. Additional symptoms may include increased warmth that is felt throughout the foot, and the joints in the ankles and toes may become swollen. Bursitis is known to develop as a result of having rheumatoid arthritis, in addition to nodules that can form on the Achilles tendon and the sole of the foot. Mild relief can be found by soaking the feet in warm water, and elevating the feet which may reduce existing swelling. For severe cases, surgery may be recommended to remove the damaged tissue. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is advised that you schedule a consultation with a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.

Because RA affects more than just your joints, including the joints in your feet and ankles, it is important to seek early diagnosis from your podiatrist if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, contact Dr. Mark Gagnon of Advanced Podiatry. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

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

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Tuesday, 23 July 2019 00:00

Symptoms and Causes of Poor Circulation

The purpose of the circulation system in the body is to carry oxygen and nutrients that are found in the blood throughout the body. The symptoms that are associated with poor circulation often include muscle cramps, a tingling sensation that is felt in the lower extremities, and the feet feeling numb. There are a variety of reasons why poor circulation may occur. These can include peripheral artery disease (PAD), blood clots, or medical ailments such as diabetes and Raynaud’s disease. It may be helpful to wear compression socks that can relieve any pain or swelling that may accompany poor circulation. Additionally, performing specific exercise programs may be an effective way to increase circulation. If you have any of these symptoms, it is suggested that you schedule a consultation with a podiatrist who can properly treat poor circulation. 

While poor circulation itself isn’t a condition; it is a symptom of another underlying health condition you may have. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Dr. Mark Gagnon of Advanced Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) can potentially lead to poor circulation in the lower extremities. PAD is a condition that causes the blood vessels and arteries to narrow. In a linked condition called atherosclerosis, the arteries stiffen up due to a buildup of plaque in the arteries and blood vessels. These two conditions can cause a decrease in the amount of blood that flows to your extremities, therefore resulting in pain.

Symptoms

Some of the most common symptoms of poor circulation are:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Throbbing or stinging pain in limbs
  • Pain
  • Muscle Cramps

Treatment for poor circulation often depends on the underlying condition that causes it. Methods for treatment may include insulin for diabetes, special exercise programs, surgery for varicose veins, or compression socks for swollen legs.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

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

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Tuesday, 16 July 2019 00:00

Biomechanical Problems of the Foot

As the foundation for your body, the feet provide both support and balance. It can be key to know the anatomy and function of the foot, as well as its shape, in order to be able to tell if it has become altered by a deformity or disease. The foot can be divided into various sections such as the forefoot which contains the toes and bones, the midfoot which forms the foot’s arches, and the hindfoot which forms the heel and ankle. All together the foot has 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments. The average American walks on average about 5,900 steps per day. All that walking a person is able to achieve is due to all of those bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments at work. To get educated on the health of the feet, make an appointment with a podiatrist as soon as you can.


 

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Mark Gagnon from Advanced Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

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

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Pregnant women notice there are many changes that occur to their bodies, and these often include differences in the feet. Foot pain is a common complaint, and it may result from having flat feet. This happens to the feet as the mother-to-be gains weight from the growing fetus. Additionally, swollen feet is a common ailment among pregnant women, and this condition can produce severe discomfort. Mild relief may be found when the feet are elevated, and salt intake is reduced. Ingrown toenails may form during pregnancy, as a result of possible changes in the shape and size of the nail. It is important to moisturize the feet daily, as this often helps in preventing cracked heels from developing. If you would like additional information about how pregnancy affects the feet, it is suggested to consult with a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Dr. Mark Gagnon from Advanced Podiatry. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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

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Monday, 01 July 2019 00:00

What is Sever’s Disease?

Sever’s Disease describes when a child undergoing a growth spurt develops serious heel pain. It is common with boys between the ages of 10 to 15 and with girls between the ages of 8 to 13. This occurs because during a child’s growth spurt, the heel bone outgrows all of the muscles, tendons and ligaments within the leg. Since these parts of the leg are unable to catch up to the growth pace of the heel bone, they can become stretched too tightly. If this happens to a child that is very active, it can cause extra strain to the already overstretched tendons in the leg and lead to intense swelling and pain. Some symptoms of Sever’s Disease include trouble walking, running with a limp, tightness and tenderness in the backs of the heels and heel pain that increases after running or jumping. Although Sever’s disease can last up to a couple months, it presents no long term foot problems and the simplest treatment for it is rest. It is important for the child not to participate in physical activities until the heel is back to being pain-free. If your child exhibits any signs of Sever’s Disease, it is recommended that you take them to see a podiatrist. 

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Dr. Mark Gagnon at Advanced Podiatry. Our doctor can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

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

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