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April 2020

Monday, 27 April 2020 00:00

Where Are the Sesamoid Bones?

The medical condition that is known as sesamoiditis can cause pain in the joints of the big toe. It can happen as a result of inflammation of the sesamoid bones, which are two bones that are found beneath that joint. These particular bones are found inside tendons that are attached to the bones, and if an injury occurs, the entire area may become painful, which may cause difficulty in walking. The sesamoid bones may be impacted if an injury occurs, or if there is an abnormal foot structure present. Relief may be found when the injured foot is elevated, as this may diminish a portion of existing pain and swelling. If you feel you have pain in this part of your foot, and are exhibiting symptoms of sesamoiditis, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat this condition.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact Dr. Mark Gagnon of Advanced Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your condition thoroughly and effectively.

Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis is a condition of the foot that affects the ball of the foot. It is more common in younger people than it is in older people. It can also occur with people who have begun a new exercise program, since their bodies are adjusting to the new physical regimen. Pain may also be caused by the inflammation of tendons surrounding the bones. It is important to seek treatment in its early stages because if you ignore the pain, this condition can lead to more serious problems such as severe irritation and bone fractures.

Causes of Sesamoiditis

  • Sudden increase in activity
  • Increase in physically strenuous movement without a proper warm up or build up
  • Foot structure: those who have smaller, bonier feet or those with a high arch may be more susceptible

Treatment for sesamoiditis is non-invasive and simple. Doctors may recommend a strict rest period where the patient forgoes most physical activity. This will help give the patient time to heal their feet through limited activity. For serious cases, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine a treatment option that will help your specific needs.

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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Saturday, 25 April 2020 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

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Monday, 20 April 2020 00:00

How Is PAD Diagnosed?

There are common symptoms that many patients experience with peripheral artery disease (PAD). These can include cramping in the legs and feet while walking or exercising, foot wounds that have difficulty healing, and coldness in the feet. This condition can develop as a result of blocked arteries, and cramps are the body’s natural warning method of having inadequate blood flow. A proper diagnosis may include having a test performed that can check the blood pressure in the feet, which can be compared to the blood pressure in the arm. If there is an abnormal difference between the two, additional testing may be performed. If you feel you have symptoms of PAD, it is suggested that you schedule a consultation with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat this condition.

Peripheral artery disease can pose a serious risk to your health. It can increase the risk of stroke and heart attack. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, consult with Dr. Mark Gagnon from Advanced Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is when arteries are constricted due to plaque (fatty deposits) build-up. This results in less blood flow to the legs and other extremities. The main cause of PAD is atherosclerosis, in which plaque builds up in the arteries.

Symptoms

Symptoms of PAD include:

  • Claudication (leg pain from walking)
  • Numbness in legs
  • Decrease in growth of leg hair and toenails
  • Paleness of the skin
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Sores and wounds on legs and feet that won’t heel
  • Coldness in one leg

It is important to note that a majority of individuals never show any symptoms of PAD.

Diagnosis

While PAD occurs in the legs and arteries, Podiatrists can diagnose PAD. Podiatrists utilize a test called an ankle-brachial index (ABI). An ABI test compares blood pressure in your arm to you ankle to see if any abnormality occurs. Ultrasound and imaging devices may also be used.

Treatment

Fortunately, lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, managing cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and quitting smoking, can all treat PAD. Medications that prevent clots from occurring can be prescribed. Finally, in some cases, surgery may be recommended.

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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Monday, 13 April 2020 00:00

Heel Pain and the Growth Plate

The condition that is known as Sever’s disease affects the growth plate in the heel. This condition can be common among children and teenagers who frequently participate in running and jumping activities. It is considered to be a bone disorder that can develop from swelling in the injured heel. The heel pain may increase from wearing shoes that do not fit properly, in addition to having an existing foot condition that may include overpronation or high arches. It may be beneficial to temporarily stop the activity that caused this condition to develop, and it may help to elevate the affected foot. If your child has heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can diagnose and guide you toward proper treatment techniques, which may include wearing orthotics.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Dr. Mark Gagnon from 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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Monday, 06 April 2020 00:00

Possible Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

The painful foot condition that is known as plantar fasciitis is a common foot ailment. It is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the portion of tissue that connects the toes to the heels. It typically occurs gradually, and can develop from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. Many patients find they are afflicted with plantar fasciitis when they stand for extended periods of time throughout the day, and it may be accelerated while standing on hard surfaces. Additional causes can include obesity, an increase in performing sporting activities, or it may develop from a foot structure deformity. There are a variety of treatment methods that may help to provide patients relief. It is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can determine which is the best type of treatment for you.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Mark Gagnon  from Advanced Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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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