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Monday, 14 October 2019 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning?

Monday, 14 October 2019 00:00

Painful Plantar Fasciitis

The portion of tissue that is located on the sole of the foot which connects the heel to the toes is known as the plantar fascia. If it should become inflamed, a condition that is referred to as plantar fasciitis may develop. It may happen as a result of an injury that has occurred, or gradually from walking and standing on hard surfaces. Plantar fasciitis may also develop from added weight the feet must endure should the body weight increase, and medical conditions such as flat feet, or feet that roll inward as walking occurs. There are noticeable symptoms that are often associated with this condition. These may include severe pain and discomfort in the heel and surrounding areas, and it may be more painful after a running or jumping activity has been completed. Some patients can find moderate relief when shoe inserts are worn, in addition to performing gentle stretching techniques specifically for the plantar fascia. If you feel you have developed plantar fasciitis, it is strongly advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can perform a proper diagnosis, and treat this condition.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists  from JB Jenkins & Associates. Our doctors 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 our office located in Chicago, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Saturday, 14 September 2019 00:00

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Monday, 07 October 2019 00:00

Painful Ankle Sprains

There are ligaments and tendons that surround the ankle which connect the bones to the feet. If an injury should occur that stretches or tears the tendons, the result may be an ankle sprain. A common reason ankle sprains occur may come from twisting the ankle by suddenly stepping off a curb. The typical symptoms that many patients experience can be severe pain and discomfort, swelling, and it may be difficult to walk. After a proper diagnosis is performed, which generally includes having an X-ray taken, the proper treatment can begin. The affected foot may feel better when it is wrapped with an elastic bandage, and this may help to provide adequate support. For severe sprains, it may be impossible to put any weight on the foot, and crutches may be needed for mobility. There are measures that can be taken which may reduce the risk of enduring a sprained ankle. These may include wearing shoes that fit properly, performing exercises that can strengthen the ankles, and being aware when walking on uneven surfaces. If you have sprained your ankle, it is advised that you consult with a podiatrist who can discuss the best treatment options for you.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from JB Jenkins & Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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

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Monday, 30 September 2019 00:00

Stretching And Massaging The Feet

Many people have tired feet at the end of a working day. Reflexology can help ease sore feet and may be beneficial in preventing specific foot conditions. During reflexology, a certain amount of pressure is applied to different parts of the feet to ease pain. Stretching the calves during reflexology may also help release tension that can build up in the legs during the day. A foot massage with essential oils can also be therapeutic for the feet and may positively enhance the emotional state of the patient. If you would like to learn more about different types of foot therapy, consult with a podiatrist.

Foot therapy is often necessary for those recovering from either foot deformities or foot injuries. If you have concerns regarding therapy, one of our podiatrists of JB Jenkins & Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Most Common Injuries

People who are active or athletes are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is often important to take part in physical therapy in order to quickly get back on the right track. 

What to Do When Injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. Physical therapy often involves:

Basic stretching and twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.

Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.

Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.

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

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Monday, 23 September 2019 00:00

Can Running Injuries Be Prevented?

The sport of running is known to be therapeutic and enjoyable. Research has indicated there are methods which can be implemented which may prevent painful running injuries. When the legs and feet are warmed up, the muscles become flexible, and can be less prone to having an injury occur. This can be accomplished by performing leg swings. It is beneficial to perform this type of stretch by standing on one leg, and swinging the other leg forward and backward. This can be instrumental in developing strength. It is helpful to run with a specific reason in mind, which can vary from running up and down hills to running on smooth pavement. This awareness may prevent running injuries by focusing on what type of steps are being taken. Additionally, it helps the body to run in small increments on a daily basis, and this may help to keep the body limber. If you would like additional information about how to prevent running injuries, please schedule a consultation with a podiatrist.

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists of JB Jenkins & Associates. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

There are a lot of mistakes a runner can make prior to a workout that can induce injury. A lot of athletes tend to overstretch before running, instead of saving those workouts for a post-run routine. Deep lunges and hand-to-toe hamstring pulls should be performed after a workout instead of during a warmup. Another common mistake is jumping into an intense routine before your body is physically prepared for it. You should try to ease your way into long-distance running instead of forcing yourself to rush into it.

More Tips for Preventing Injury

  • Incorporate Strength Training into Workouts - This will help improve the body’s overall athleticism
  • Improve and Maintain Your Flexibility – Stretching everyday will help improve overall performance
  • “Warm Up” Before Running and “Cool Down” Afterward – A warm up of 5-10 minutes helps get rid of lactic acid in the muscles and prevents delayed muscle soreness
  • Cross-Training is Crucial
  • Wear Proper Running Shoes
  • Have a Formal Gait Analysis – Poor biomechanics can easily cause injury

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

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Research has indicated the feet may undergo changes as pregnancy develops. Many pregnant women notice a loss of arches in their feet, and this may be indicative of flat feet. This can be a result of the weight of the growing fetus, and hormone changes may play a significant role. It is common for the feet to become swollen, and this typically occurs in the second and third trimesters. Moderate relief can be obtained when the feet are elevated for frequent periods of time throughout the day. Additionally, it may be beneficial to reduce excess salt intake, and it can be helpful to drink plenty of water daily. If you would like more information about how pregnancy can affect the feet, it is suggested that you schedule a consultation with a podiatrist.

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 one of our podiatrists from JB Jenkins & Associates. Our doctors 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 our office located in Chicago, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 09 September 2019 00:00

Medical Conditions And Cracked Heels

The medical condition that is referred to as cracked heels occurs when the skin on the outer edge of the heel(s) becomes dry. Pressure is applied on the heels as a result of walking and standing, deep cracks, or fissures, may form on the skin. This typically causes pain and discomfort, and it may become difficult to walk. Many people who experience this condition, find that it can develop from standing for extended periods of time, or from wearing shoes that have an open back. Additionally, people may become aware of cracked heels beginning to develop if certain medical conditions exist. These can include psoriasis, dermatitis, and specific types of athlete’s foot. The skin may feel better when the feet are washed and dried thoroughly, followed by using a good moisturizer. If you have this ailment, it is advised that you speak to a podiatrist who can recommend proper treatment options.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists from JB Jenkins & Associates. Our doctors 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 Chicago, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 02 September 2019 00:00

Older Patients and Proper Foot Care

Many elderly patients may experience difficulty in taking care of their feet. They may find it challenging to bend down to properly trim their toenails, which could cause ingrown toenails to develop. Elderly people may find it helpful to use the services of caregivers to monitor the condition of their feet. They can help the patient to look for existing cuts, scrapes or bruises that may be on the bottom of the feet. This is beneficial if the patient is diabetic, and may be crucial in possibly preventing foot ulcers. The feet may feel better when they are soaked in warm water, followed by applying a moisturizer on them. Additionally, the feet can become stronger when gentle stretching techniques are performed. If you would like additional information about the importance of elderly foot care, it is suggested to seek the counsel of a podiatrist.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from JB Jenkins & Associates. Our doctors 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 Chicago, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 26 August 2019 00:00

Is Hammertoe a Deformity?

Patients who have a medical condition known as hammertoe are familiar with the deformity of the second toe overlapping the third or big toe. It is considered to be a muscle imbalance, and it can be caused from a variety of factors. These can include genetic traits, having a history of toe injuries, or wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. The toe muscles can gradually become weaker, and the toe may become difficult to straighten out. Some patients find relief in performing specific exercises that are designed to strengthen the toes. These can include picking up items off the floor with the toes, and practicing overall foot stretches. For severe cases of hammertoe, surgery may be a viable option to permanently straighten the toes. If you are afflicted with this condition, it is strongly suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can advise you on the proper treatment options that are correct for you.

Hammertoe

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists from JB Jenkins & Associates. Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.

Symptoms

  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes

Causes

Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible

Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur

Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe

Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe

Treatment

Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it

Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used

Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option

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

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