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December 2019

Monday, 30 December 2019 00:00

Inflammation of the Plantar Fascia

Severe pain in the heel may be indicative of a condition that is known as plantar fasciitis. It occurs as a result of an inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the portion of tissue that is on the bottom of the foot. Its function is to connect the toes to the heels, and it provides support to the arch. There are a variety of reasons why plantar fasciitis may develop. These can include obesity, standing for the majority of the day, and wearing high heeled shoes. Additionally, frequently participating in running and jumping activities that put strain on the plantar fascia may increase the possibilities of developing plantar fasciitis. A common symptom that many patients are aware of can consist of pain in the heel area for most of the day, and it may be worse upon arising in the morning. If you are afflicted with this painful ailment, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. 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 one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.

Prevention

  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

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, 23 December 2019 00:00

Three Types of Arthritis

There are numerous bones and joints each foot is comprised of. The painful condition that is known as arthritis may occur as a result of a loss of cartilage that is located in the joints. Research has indicated that there are three types of arthritis. A gradual wearing of the cartilage is referred to as osteoarthritis. Patients who are over fifty years old may be affected by this type of arthritis. An autoimmune disease may trigger rheumatoid arthritis, and can affect the surrounding tissues of the joints. Foot arthritis can occur when the joints in the feet become affected, and may cause difficulty when walking. Once the pain has diminished, it may be beneficial to incorporate a gentle stretching regime into your daily routine. If your feet are affected by arthritis, please consult with a podiatrist who can offer you the best treatment options.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, 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.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.

Symptoms

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best for you.

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, 16 December 2019 00:00

How Does Gout Occur?

A condition that causes the big toe to become painful may be referred to as gout. Additional symptoms can include swelling, redness, and extreme discomfort. Patients who are afflicted with gout may find that their toe is so painful, it may be uncomfortable to have anything touch it. This condition is generally caused by elevated uric acid levels in the bloodstream. This can occur as a result of genetic factors, or by ingesting foods that have high purine levels. These can include shellfish, red meat, alcohol, and foods and drinks that have large amounts of sugar. There are measures that can be implemented which may help to prevent painful gout attacks. These typically consist of incorporating healthy eating habits into your daily routine, and practicing a gentle exercise regime. If you feel you have developed gout, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from JB Jenkins & Associates. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.

Symptoms

  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

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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Friday, 13 December 2019 00:00

Wounds That Don't Heal Need to Be Checked

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

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Monday, 09 December 2019 00:00

What is an Ingrown Toenail?

The medical ailment that is known as an ingrown toenail can occur as a result of the outer edges of the nail growing into the surrounding skin. This typically affects the big toe, and common symptoms can include pain and discomfort, in addition to swelling and redness. In severe cases, you may notice a discharge that comes from the nail. If this occurs, it’s important that your promptly seek treatment, as it may help to prevent an infection. Mild relief can be found by soaking the affected toe in warm water several times throughout the day, followed by placing a piece of cotton in the corner of the nail, which may help to lift the nail. If the ingrown toenail is causing constant pain, and appears red and swollen for an extended period of time, it is advised that you seek the professional advice of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact 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.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

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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People who enjoy running are generally aware of the importance of choosing the right running shoe. These types of shoes fall into different categories based on running style. Additionally, for heavier runners, it is helpful to select shoes that have added stability. Research has indicated that determining how often running is practiced can help you to choose the correct shoe style. If your style of running includes exposure to mountains or trails, it may be beneficial to choose shoes that have additional traction. It is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can help you to determine which type of running shoe is best for you.

You should always make sure your running shoes fit properly in order to avoid injury. For more information, 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.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

Improper shoe sizing can cause a myriad of problems for your feet. Shoes that don’t fit you properly can lead to muscular imbalances in your body, which can result in foot, knee, and hip injuries.

Tips for Finding the Right Running Shoe

  • Make sure you have a thumb’s width of wiggle room between the end of your longest toe and the front of the shoe.
  • There should be little to no slipping at the heel
  • Don’t assume your size in one shoe brand will be your size in another
  • Do not lace up your shoes too tightly
  • Walk around in the store with your new shoes before you buy them

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our 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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